How to Apply for a Schengen Tourist Visa via Danish Embassy (Manila, Philippines)

How to Apply for a Schengen Tourist Visa via Danish Embassy (Manila, Philippines)

With its vast coastline and 400 islands, Denmark (or Kingdom of Denmark) is surely a great contender for an amazing Nordic or Scandinavian adventure! Thankfully, as a member of the Schengen Area, stopping by this wonder will be fairly easy to do when you include it on your Europe trip itinerary. Danish Embassy.

So in order to grab that coveted Schengen Visa, I hope that my visa application guide below can be of help to you.

But first, some disclaimers:

– NO ONE can give you the guarantee of your Schengen Visa’s approval — not even a lawyer, a consultant, a travel agent, or an embassy employee. Anyone who says otherwise is most likely going to be a scammer. So what I’m rather offering you here is a comprehensive guide with helpful tips to increase your chances of getting that visa. Nothing more, nothing less.

– There are different types of Schengen Visas (for fiance, work, study, etc.) but my main focus for this article will be a Schengen Visa for Tourism purposes only. To see a list of requirements for other types of visas for Denmark, go here.

– Take note that additional documents could be asked from you if the Embassy deems it so; and of course, initial requirements might also change over time after this post’s publish date, so it’s best that you check the Embassy’s main website as well which is located here.

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THE SCHENGEN VISA

» What is a Schengen Visa?

A Schengen Visa is a document that allows the holder to travel freely within the Schengen Area or Zone for a maximum stay of up to 90 days in a 6 month period. This Schengen Area is a group of 26 European countries (22 European Union member states and 4 EFTA member states) that have abolished passport and immigration controls at their common borders and they are namely:

  1. Liechtenstein
  2. Lithuania
  3. Luxembourg
  4. Malta
  5. Netherlands[3]
  6. Norway[4]
  7. Poland
  8. Portugal
  9. Slovakia
  10. Slovenia
  11. Spain[5]
  12. Sweden
  13. Switzerland

[1] Excluding Greenland and the Faroe Islands
[2] Excluding overseas departments and territories
[3] Excluding Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten and the Caribbean Netherlands
[4] Excluding Svalbard
[5] With special provisions for Ceuta and Melilla

There are certain nationalities worldwide that are exempted from applying for a Schengen Visa, but as Philippine passport holders, in order to visit one or more of these Schengen states, we are required to apply for the visa. (Remember, Schengen Tourist Visa holders are NOT allowed to live permanently nor work in Europe, they only have the right to travel as a temporary visitor within the allotted timeframe indicated on their visa.)

» READ: Ultimate Guide: How to Legally Stay Longer in Europe

NOTE: It helps to mention that there are non-Schengen members in Europe that allow entry to their country if you have a Schengen Visa, namely: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Macedonia, Monaco, Montenegro, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Turkey, and Vatican City.

HOWEVER, you must check these details beforehand since their rules might have changed. Plus, customarily, only multiple-entry Schengen visas are allowed. You can check this list for more details and updates.

» When should I apply for a Schengen Visa?

Apply as early as three (3) months or 90 days before your planned trip date departure.

You can apply several days before your trip, sure — but it’s always best that you give enough time for the embassy to look into your application since the visa processing could take longer. After all, you wouldn’t want to make plans only to have the embassy provide you with a visa which has a validity period that’s NOT within your intended travel dates.

» Where to apply for a Schengen Visa?

For Schengen Visas that have a main purpose of visiting a friend/family/national or reuniting with a fiancé/husband/etc. in a Schengen state, naturally, you should apply in the corresponding Embassy of the country where that person comes from.

Meanwhile, if you are planning to visit several Schengen Countries for your trip, your application must be made at the embassy of the main destination country — meaning, the country where you will be staying the longest. If the length of stay is almost the same, it’s best to apply for the country that you will first fly or enter to.

So as an example, apply at the Danish Embassy if according to your Europe itinerary, it is the country that you will be staying the longest and/or your first point of entry.

» Which Schengen embassy will I have a better chance of getting a Visa?

There’s NO such thing as an embassy that would easily give away Schengen Visas. But, if it is a question of time — like which Embassy can you get application results the quickest — then that would be an easier query for me to answer, which then leads us to the question…

» How long does it take for Schengen Visa results to be released?

To the best of my knowledge, the following Embassies usually release visas earliest in an average of:

  • Switzerland Embassy: 4 days
  • French Embassy: 5 days
  • Norwegian Embassy: 5 days
    – the Norwegian Embassy also handles Visa processing for Schengen countries that have no Embassies here in Manila, like Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Finland and Estonia
  • German Embassy: 7 days
  • Belgian and Netherlands (Dutch) Embassy: 15 days
    – the Belgian Embassy also handles Visa processing for Schengen countries that have no Embassies here in Manila, like Luxembourg, Slovenia and Hungary
  • Danish Embassy: 15 days
  • Italian Embassy: 15 days

It can surely take longer if they need more documents or details from you.

» Can I visit Greenland or the Faroe Islands with a Schengen Visa?

Greenland and the Faroe Islands are autonomous or independent constituent countries under the Kingdom of Denmark, and as I’ve mentioned previously, Denmark is part of the Schengen Area Agreement — however, Greenland and the Faroe Islands are NOT.

So this means that you CANNOT visit Greenland and the Faroe Islands with a Schengen Visa, even if they are “under” the Kingdom of Denmark. To get a visa to these places, you need to apply for an additional/separate visa which you could apply for at the Danish Embassy.

To the best of my knowledge, the requirements will almost be the same but it’s better to call the embassy to verify the steps (after all, when I visited the Faroe Islands, I applied for it when I was living in Europe; so I’m not sure how the Philippines’ Danish Embassy will go about this).
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How to Apply for a Schengen Tourist Visa via the Danish Embassy

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Step 1: Determine the type of Schengen Visa that you need to apply for.
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There are, of course, various types of Schengen Visas out there that you can apply for: a visa for residence, a visa for family reunification, a visa for studying, a visa for work, a visa for transit, a visa for being a spouse, etc.

For this particular guide though, I will only be discussing the requirements for a short stay (less than 90 days) tourist visa (both for tourism or for visiting family/relatives/friends) since it’s an experience that I’ve gone through myself.

If, however, you have a different situation or purpose of visit, it’s best that you head over to this page of the Embassy of Denmark in the Philippines for more information.

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Step 2: Schedule your appointment for VFS Global
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When it comes to the Danish Embassy, they do visa applications via their external service provider, VFS Global. You can just walk in to VFS without an appointment — but only from 7:00AM to 9:00AM from Monday to Friday. It’s during 9:00AM to 2:00PM on Mondays to Fridays that booked appointments are accommodated.

That being said, it’s still highly advisable to book your appointment beforehand so that you can select your intended time of visit (as well as to avoid long queue or waiting time).

Here’s how you can secure a time slot:

  1. Visit VFS website here (if you’re planning to apply in Manila) or  here (if you’re applying in Cebu) and click the text that says ‘New User‘.
  2. You will be lead to a registration page where you need to create your own VFS account. Provide your first name, last name, email, contact number, and intended password for your account. Click the button that says ‘Submit‘ once done.
  3. The page will load by itself and show you the log-in page. Enter the email and password that you set up and click the ‘Continue‘ button.
  4. On the next page, you will see a list on the left. Select ‘Schedule Appointment‘. You will then have to pick your application centre.
    • Under ‘Select visiting country’: Denmark
    • Under ‘Select residing country’: Philippines
    • Under ‘Select application centre: Denmark Visa Application – Manila (or Cebu if you’re in Cebu)
    • Under ‘Select visa category’: Tourists (or ‘Visiting Family’ if applicable to you)
  5. Once you have input all the necessary information, click ‘Continue‘.
  6. The next page will show the ‘Applicant List’ page. If you’re applying together with family or friends, you can only add 4 more applicant data (other than you) on this page to schedule a group appointment.
  7. Proceed to click ‘Add Applicant‘ and input all your relevant details. Afterwards, click ‘Submit‘ and proceed to secure your intended date for your appointment. Rest assured, there’s an option to cancel or reschedule your appointment.
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Step 3: Prepare the required documents for your application
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From what I’ve noticed, Schengen Visa requirements are almost similar, but with only a few tweaks or changes; so, you must ensure that you follow and provide everything that the Danish Embassy requires.

Now, depending on your circumstance, click the symbol ‘+‘ below to view the corresponding requirements for each section. Take note that I have listed the requirements in order — meaning that the Embassy requires you to arrange these documents in such order upon submission (so take note of the order/numbering below).

Of course, always make sure that you have authentic, original, and complete documents at all times.

(A) Schengen Tourist Visa for Tourism only

  1. Tourism Checklist. Download the checklist form here. Make sure that it is duly filled out and checked (as per the documents that you will be submitting that is applicable to you).
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  2. Schengen Visa Application Form. Download the application form here. Make sure that it is duly filled out, dated and signed by you — write only in block letters and use either black or blue ink only.
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  3. 1 Passport-sized Photo. This must have a white background, must not also be older than 6 months and must be sized at 35 x 45 mm. Take note that edited photos are NOT accepted. You must then paste this photo (do NOT staple) on the designated space of the Schengen Visa Application form.
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  4. Philippine passport, original. Make sure that it is valid at least three months after the end of the planned stay in Denmark or another Schengen Member State, and that it has at least 2 blank pages to affix the visa sticker.
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  5. Philippine passport, photocopy. You must photocopy the first page containing your personal information, as well as ALL the additional pages which contains visas and stamps that are both valid and expired.
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  6. Bank Certificates, original copy. You can request this from your bank. It’s not stated up to how many months you should show but to be safe, you can show the cash flow on your account for the past six (6) months.
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  7. Day-to-day Travel Itinerary. At this part, it’s good practice to include a cover letter along with this itinerary document so that you can properly explain the purpose of your trip. To see a sample cover letter and travel itinerary, you can view and download the file here.
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  8. Proof of Accommodation, copy(ies). These are confirmed hotel reservation(s) for the entire duration of your stay in the Schengen countries and they must contain the name and contact details of the hotel(s) you’ve chosen.

    I usually reserve my hotel stays via Booking.com and/or Agoda.com. With them, you can reserve a hotel with NO pre-payment and you can even cancel the booking a day before your arrival with NO cancellation charges at all. So yes, you can make reservations without any payment, you can change the reservation anytime, AND you can cancel them at no cost as well if in case your visa is not approved.

  9. Roundtrip Flight Ticket Reservation, copy. Do NOT buy flight tickets before the visa is issued because the Danish Embassy would NOT take any responsibility for the costs you’ll incur if your visa gets denied or if your departure times get changed. So — just simply supply a confirmed reservation only. You can get a reservation typically from the airline itself or through a travel agency, just call them up (example: I got a reservation from Etihad and Emirates before).

    In case you’re wondering where to look for the best flight deals, my go-to platforms are MomondoKayak, and Skyscanner.

  10. International Travel Insurance, photocopy or original. This can be purchased from local or international providers. You just have to ensure that it has a coverage of at least 30,000 EUR / 50,000 USD / PHP 2.5M to cover expenses for personal accidents, urgent medical treatment, urgent admission in a hospital or urgent repatriation on medical grounds; with coverage including ALL Schengen member states. The validity period of the insurance coverage must be for the ENTIRE duration of the intended stay including entry and exit day of the Schengen area
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    IF you’re looking for the best international travel insurance that you can easily purchase online with no hassles, I highly recommend World Nomads. They have enough coverage required by the embassy at an affordable price and they also have very comprehensive policies!
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    IF you rather want to purchase from a local insurance company, the Embassy of Denmark only accepts the insurance policies of the following Philippine Insurance companies. (Just visit their website by clicking the links below, and then email them to start your inquiry.)
  1. If the applicant is a minor (under age of 18): The following documents must be provided (expect longer processing time for this because the below documents will be verified thoroughly in order to protect the minor).
    • If traveling alone = original letter of consent signed by both parents, and photocopies of passports/valid IDs of parents with signature and contact details.
    • If traveling with only one of the parents = original Notarized letter of consent signed by the other parent along with his/her contact details and a photocopy of passport/valid ID with signature.
    • If only one parent has sole custody of the child = provide photocopy of Court Decision awarding custody to that one parent.
    • If the other parent is deceased = submit photocopy of Death Certificate.
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  2. Previous/old passports for the past 3 years, photocopies. You must photocopy the first page containing your personal information, as well as ALL the additional pages which contains visas and stamps.
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  3. If married: Marriage Certificate, photocopy. Only if applicable.
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  4. If with children: Birth Certificates of children, photocopy. Only if applicable.
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  5. If currently employed: you must provide the following…
    • Certificate of Employment stating position, length of service, salary and duration of approved leave of absence.
    • Photocopy of company ID.
    • Pay slips for the last 3 months.
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  6. If self-employed: you must provide the following…
    • A. Corporation – Photocopies of SEC registration with attached present Articles of Incorporation and Personal Income
    • B. Single proprietorship – Photocopies of Business Name Registration Certificate from DTI and latest Income Tax Statement
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  7. If currently a student: you must provide the following…
    • Certification of enrolment from the school.
    • School ID.
    • If you will be going on a holiday during summer break, submit a certification of reservation, or certification of enrolment to prove that you are enrolled for the next school year/semester.
    • If travelling during school year, a certificate of leave of absence from school should also be submitted.
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  8. Means and properties, photocopy(ies). If applicable or if available, feel free to provide photocopy proof of land titles, or car certificate of registration with official receipt.

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(B) Schengen Tourist Visa to Visit Family, Relatives, or Friends

  1. Document Checklist. If you’re visiting family, download the checklist form here. But if you’re visiting friends or relatives, download the checklist form here. Make sure that it is duly filled out and checked (as per the documents that you will be submitting that is applicable to you).
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  2. Schengen Visa Application Form. Download the application form here. Make sure that it is duly filled out, dated and signed by you — write only in block letters and use either black or blue ink only.
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  3. 1 Passport-sized Photo. This must have a white background, must not also be older than 6 months and must be sized at 35 x 45 mm. Take note that edited photos are NOT accepted. You must then paste this photo (do NOT staple) on the designated space of the Schengen Visa Application form.
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  4. Philippine passport, original. Make sure that it is valid at least three months after the end of the planned stay in Denmark or another Schengen Member State, and that it has at least 2 blank pages to affix the visa sticker.
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  5. Philippine passport, photocopy. You must photocopy the first page containing your personal information, as well as ALL the additional pages which contains visas and stamps that are both valid and expired.
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  6. Proof of Relationship. Provide NSO certified Birth Certificates of applicant AND family/friend/relative/reference person(s).
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  7. Passport of the family/friend/relative, photocopy. Photocopy the first page that contains the personal information of the reference person. If the reference person is not a citizen in Denmark, submit a photocopy of residence permit too.
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  8. VU2 Form (recommended) OR Letter of Invitation. VU2 form is the official invitation form that has to be completely filled out and signed by the reference person in Denmark. The VU2 form may be downloaded here. On the other hand, Letter of Invitation is a written and signed invitation from the reference person in Denmark mentioning clearly: the full address and contacts of the inviting person/s, duration of the visit, the person who will bear your travel and living costs, whether the sponsor gives financial guaranty for your return.
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  9. Bank Certificates, original copy. This must be submitted if the reference person in Denmark will not financially support you. You can request this from your bank. It’s not stated up to how many months you should show but to be safe, you can show the cash flow on your account for the past six (6) monthsIt is stipulated that you are required to have DKK 350/day during your stay. The requirement can be lessen if you already paid the lodging or boarding in advance (if you’re not staying in the house of your reference person in Denmark) or if you will stay with the reference person in Denmark.
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  10. Roundtrip Flight Ticket Reservation, copy. Do NOT buy flight tickets before the visa is issued because the Danish Embassy would NOT take any responsibility for the costs you’ll incur if your visa gets denied or if your departure times get changed. So — just simply supply a confirmed reservation only. You can get a reservation typically from the airline itself or through a travel agency, just call them up (example: I got a reservation from Etihad and Emirates before).
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  11. International Travel Insurance, photocopy or original. This can be purchased from local or international providers. You just have to ensure that it has a coverage of at least 30,000 EUR / 50,000 USD / PHP 2.5M to cover expenses for personal accidents, urgent medical treatment, urgent admission in a hospital or urgent repatriation on medical grounds; with coverage including ALL Schengen member states. The validity period of the insurance coverage must be for the ENTIRE duration of the intended stay including entry and exit day of the Schengen area
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    IF you’re looking for the best international travel insurance that you can easily purchase online with no hassles, I highly recommend World Nomads. They have enough coverage required by the embassy at an affordable price and they also have very comprehensive policies!
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    IF you rather want to purchase from a local insurance company, the Embassy of Denmark only accepts the insurance policies of the following Philippine Insurance companies. (Just visit their website by clicking the links below, and then email them to start your inquiry.)
  1. If the applicant is a minor (under age of 18): The following documents must be provided (expect longer processing time for this because the below documents will be verified thoroughly in order to protect the minor).
    • If traveling alone = original letter of consent signed by both parents, and photocopies of passports/valid IDs of parents with signature and contact details.
    • If traveling with only one of the parents = original Notarized letter of consent signed by the other parent along with his/her contact details and a photocopy of passport/valid ID with signature.
    • If only one parent has sole custody of the child = provide photocopy of Court Decision awarding custody to that one parent.
    • If the other parent is deceased = submit photocopy of Death Certificate.
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  2. Previous/old passports for the past 3 years, photocopies. You must photocopy the first page containing your personal information, as well as ALL the additional pages which contains visas and stamps.
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  3. If married: Marriage Certificate, photocopy. Only if applicable.
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  4. If with children: Birth Certificates of children, photocopy. Only if applicable.
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  5. If currently employed: you must provide the following…
    • Certificate of Employment stating position, length of service, salary and duration of approved leave of absence.
    • Photocopy of company ID.
    • Pay slips for the last 3 months.
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  6. If self-employed: you must provide the following…
    • A. Corporation – Photocopies of SEC registration with attached present Articles of Incorporation and Personal Income
    • B. Single proprietorship – Photocopies of Business Name Registration Certificate from DTI and latest Income Tax Statement
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  7. If currently a student: you must provide the following…
    • Certification of enrolment from the school.
    • School ID.
    • If you will be going on a holiday during summer break, submit a certification of reservation, or certification of enrolment to prove that you are enrolled for the next school year/semester.
    • If travelling during school year, a certificate of leave of absence from school should also be submitted.
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  8. Proof of Hotel Booking, copy(ies). IF you are NOT staying in the house of your reference person in Denmark, you must then submit confirmed hotel reservation(s) for the entire duration of your stay in the Schengen countries and they must contain the name and contact details of the hotel(s) you’ve chosen.

    I usually reserve my hotel stays via Booking.com and/or Agoda.com. With them, you can reserve a hotel with NO pre-payment and you can even cancel the booking a day before your arrival with NO cancellation charges at all. So yes, you can make reservations without any payment, you can change the reservation anytime, AND you can cancel them at no cost as well if in case your visa is not approved.

  9. Means and properties, photocopy(ies). If applicable or if available, feel free to provide photocopy proof of land titles, or car certificate of registration with official receipt.

NOTE: If in case you are a Philippine national living or residing in a foreign country and you wish to avail a Schengen tourist visa, kindly inquire with the appropriate Danish Embassy in the country that you’re living/residing in about the requirements and procedures that you need to take (as the process and requirements will not be similar).

Also, the Danish Embassy may request for more information or additional documents other than those listed above in order to verify the contents and truthfulness of the documents you’ve submitted; so, be prepared for that.

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Step 4: Submit your application at VFS on your appointment date
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It helps to arrive early for your appointment and the VFS address for both Manila and Cebu are:

Denmark Visa Application Centre – Manila
Ground Floor, Ecoplaza Bldg.,
Don Chino Roces Ave., Makati City
1231 Philippines

Denmark Visa Application Centre – Cebu,
Unit 503, 5th Floor, Keppel Center, Samar Loop
cor. Cardinal Rosales Avenue
Cebu Business Park, Cebu City
6000 Philippines

The process usually goes like this:

  1. Arrival and waiting period. Once you arrive at VFS, the security guard will confirm that you have an appointment and then he/she will usher you to the waiting area and advice you to wait for your name to be called.
  2. Submission of documents. Simply hand out your documents to the VFS staff and he/she will check the documents that you prepared and then ensure that everything is complete.
    • Like I mentioned previously, make sure that your documents are arranged in the right order.
    • If in case you have any missing documents, the staff will inform you about that.
    • The person will provide you with a 3-page questionnaire which you have to answer in a small private room. It’s basically your interview , but in written form.
  3. Biometrics. All Schengen embassies in the Philippines have to capture your biometric data (finger scans, digital signature, and portrait photo) and it will be kept in the Visa Information System (VIS) for 5 years.
    • If you have applied previously for the last 59 months you do not need to re-enrol your biometric data. However, there will be cases where you may need to re-submit your biometric data even if you have enrolled it previously. In such cases, VFS shall get in touch with you.
    • Do NOT wear colored or magnifying contact lenses which could alter your appearance.
  4. Visa payment. This must be paid in cash and it helps to prepare the exact amount in Philippine peso only. Once paid, they will give you a payment receipt (that has your application reference number and details) which you should keep. If you lose this receipt, VFS will not release your visa and passport; they will only release it after you give them a notarized affidavit of loss.
    • There are 2 things you need to pay for: first, the visa fee and second, the VFS service fee. As of 2017, the total fees are as follows:
      • 13 years old and above = Php 4,770
      • 6 to 12 years old = Php 3,435
      • 5 years old and below = Php 1,530
    • Be advised that payment of these fees is NOT a guarantee that the visa will be granted. It also helps to note that these are non-refundable and non-transferable if your application is denied or if you decide to terminate your application.

The Danish Embassy still reserves the right to ask you to appear for a personal interview after checking your visa application.

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Step 5: Wait for the results of your Schengen Visa application
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Once the Danish Embassy is done assessing your application, they will send back your passport and your other original documents to VFS. Consecutively, VFS will send you a text message that you can now pick it all up. Make sure to bring your ID and the payment receipt when claiming your passport and the document detailing the decision on your application.

NOTE: You can check or track the status of your application online via VFS on this page. Please remember that the time for passport collection is from 2:00PM to 4:00PM from Monday to Friday, except weekends and holidays.

Some other things to remember:

  • If you cannot come personally to pick up your documents, you may send a representative in your behalf with your authorization letter, photocopy of your ID, payment receipt, and a valid ID with picture of your representative.
  • You may also opt to have your documents sent back to you through courier for an extra fee to be settled with VFS upon submission of your application. However, sending passports via courier is at the applicant’s own risk. The Embassy assumes no resposibility for this. (Delivery will be done in 1-3 days within Metro Manila and 2-5 days if the address is in the province. Should the mailing address be outside a serviceable area, you may have to pick up your passport in the nearest courier branch.)
  • Naturally, the Danish Embassy will also NOT assume any responsibility if your visa application be rejected. And if it does get rejected, you will be given an information sheet that shows the procedures you can take in order to ask for an appeal.

Ideas for your Eurotrip itinerary!


I have been to a LOT of places in Europe, and you can find my travel guides for places like the ones below…
France 
Belgium
Denmark
Norway
– …and more!

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See ALL of my Europe articles here.

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F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions)

◘◘ Can I submit other documents not listed above?
If it can support your application even further, then sure! The Embassy encourages that, especially you have a sponsor that will fund your trip, or if you have other documents that can help provide proof of your economical or social ties within the Philippines (example: pay slips, real estate properties, land title, etc.).

◘◘ Do I need to provide a cover letter?
It’s not required, but it’s good practice to provide one.

◘◘ Do you have an example cover letter?
Yes, I have. Check it out here.

◘◘ How much money should I show in my bank account?
Most of the Schengen member countries would need you to show that you have at least EUR 50 (Php 2,500+) per day of your stay. You can use this as a standard and this is the bare minimum, that’s why I suggest that you add way more money to it if you can.

◘◘ Do I really need to purchase travel insurance?
YES. Apart from the fact that it’s required, it’s always good practice to get travel insurance for your trip. To avail, I would highly recommend World Nomads since they offer the best price and coverage.

◘◘ What if my plans change and I won’t be visiting some of the countries I indicated in my travel itinerary? Can I still travel to those other countries with my Schengen Visa?
There is no border control within the Schengen Zone, so yes — you can deviate from your original plans BUT only for as long as they’re within the Schengen member countries.

◘◘ If I am invited for an interview by the embassy, what are the usual questions that they will ask?
Interviews are done by embassies since they usually want more information about your situation, if not verify. From my experience, the questions will often be simple as it covers the following aspects:

  • Your background: proof of strong ties with the Philippines, your job, your financial capacity, etc.
  • Details & purpose of your trip: to where are you going to, why you’re going, how long, where you’re staying, etc.
  • Your relationship with your sponsor: only if you’re applying with a guarantor/sponsor
  • Your travel history: if you’ve been to the Schengen area before, if you have relatives/family there, etc.

Of course, the questions may vary depending on your circumstance but generally, there really are no difficult questions since they only want to know more about you and your trip.  So just be honest and concise.
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As you can see, applying for a Schengen Visa via the Danish Embassy is easy, and I hope that with this visa guide, I can help you prepare your documents and requirements better.

Let me know how it goes. Good luck!

How about you?

  • Do you have any other tips to add?
  • If you’ve already applied for a Schengen visa before, how was your experience?
  • Were you approved or denied? Please feel free to share your story!

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18 comments

  1. Hi Ms. Aileen! First of all, I want to thank you for this comprehensive and detailed informations in applying visa to Denmark and Schengen countries.
    Me and my bf are planning to apply for my visa going to Denmark this year. But I am quite not sure about the below:
    1. Am I required to have a show money of about 50 Euro per day even my bf will shoulder everything when I get to Denmark?
    2. I also do not have any properties in the Philippines which can help me prove my strong ties in the Philippines. My bf from Denmark has been renting for his own place but his parents have their own house and he has financial savings as well. Will that be okay instead?
    Hoping for your help and your reply asap.
    Thank you.

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    1. Hey Marie! Regarding your questions:

      1. If your bf is your sponsor, then he should be the one who has to prove that "show money".
      2. I only mentioned real properties as an example of strong ties to the Philippines. This means that these should be proof for YOU (and not your bf) since it's a way for the embassy to know that you have a reason for coming back to the Philippines. Other than real properties, this can be proof of employment or study.

      Good luck!

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  2. Hi Aileen! Very informative blog post, thank you so much.

    I have a question--

    Before you applied for an EU Schengen Visa, did you do much traveling to non-VISA-requiring countries before to prove that you were well-traveled? Is this even something that they will be looking at? :)

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    1. Hey Frey! When I first applied for a Schengen visa, I have only travelled to one country then. Rest assured, there are people who have been granted visas even if it's their first country abroad :) What they're mainly looking at is if you have the financial means to support the trip and that you have strong ties in the Philippines as a guarantee you won't overstay. Good luck!

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  3. My sister and her husband are also planning to invite me for a visit. This is really informative, thank you so much!

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  4. Hi Aileen! Could you please help me with my problem. My sister's passport is in the process of renewal in Denmark. Is it okay if we'll just have the photocopy of her Danish residence card as her ID? Or is it really necessary to have the passport? She lives in Denmark now. We are planning to visit by the end of March. Thank you!

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    1. Hey Bea, if your sister's passport can be renewed in time, then it's best to wait for it. Otherwise, maybe it's possible to give a copy of her previous passport ID and provide a letter of explanation. Hope that helps!

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  5. How much is the cost for trip ticket from Philippines to Denmark and vice versa?

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    1. Hey Fe, I'm not a travel agent but from my experience, it ranges around Php 40,000. But to check the price for the dates you want, I suggest searching through ere to look for the best flight deals, my go-to platforms are MomondoKayak, and Skyscanner.

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  6. thank you.. now, i know some details.

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    1. Good luck!

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  7. Hi Aileen! Thanks for the helpful and informative post. I'm applying for a visa to Denmark, and I'm staying at my host's place. My host will be taking care of my accommodation, food, transport, etc. However, I also plan to submit my own bank account statements and company docs to prove my stability as an employee (I've been working in the same company for 11 years now). In the Schengen visa application, I've indicated there that my host will shoulder the costs of my stay. Do you think it's also wise for me to also tick/check the box indicating that I will also support my own travel through cash and credit card? This is my first time to apply for a visa with a host as guarantor, so I'm unsure how to proceed. Thank you in advance!

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    1. Glad to hear that this helps! Regarding your question, yes, it's alright to check both columns. :) I've done that before for my other Schengen applications if I also want to show that I have my own savings apart from my sponsor. Good luck!

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      1. Thanks for the swift reply! Crossing my fingers!

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  8. Love how detailed and informative this post is.

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    1. Thanks Courtney!

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  9. Thanks for this very detailed information about applying for a Schengen visa. I hope to be visiting Europe soon and this post has answered all my questions. Cheers!

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    1. I'm happy to hear that! Good luck :D

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