Frequently Asked Questions

  • List of visa exempt countries: Please use the link we have provided as there are footnotes on it.
  • What is a Visa?

    A Visa is an authorisation issued by the representative of the Government of a country permitting a person, not resident in that country, to enter its boundaries.

  • Do I need a Visa?

    You need a visa for short-term stay (for up to 90 days in any 180 days’ period) if you fall into one of the categories listed here. If the country of your nationality is not listed in the mentioned list, you can travel to Germany without a visa for up to 90 days within a period of 180 days, provided that your stay is non-profitable.

  • What is a Uniform Schengen Visa?

    It is a permit which is required to enter and remain in Schengen area for a short period of time. A visa is time-limited and can be issued for a maximum stay of 90 days in a six-month period.

    A visa granted by any of the Schengen countries is also valid for entry into the other Schengen countries. (In exceptional cases, the visa may only be valid for entry into the issuing country or only for certain countries if the applicant’s passport is not approved by all the Schengen countries).

  • To which countries can I travel on the basis of my Uniform Schengen Visa?

    Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Switzerland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.

  • My visa got refused with no explanation. Can you let me know why?

    There are various reasons why your visa application may be rejected. The reasons will be stated in the letter notifying you that your application has been rejected. These reasons are explained in the FAQ on the website of the German Embassy in Manila. If your visa application was rejected and you do not agree with the decision, you can remonstrate against the refusal of your visa. You are welcome to submit a new application at any time with complete, informative and verifiable documentation.” What will happen if I am called

  • If my sponsorship letter has expired, can I still submit my application?

    No, expired sponsorship letters are not accepted. Please also note that sponsorship letters which are older than 6 months will also not to be accepted.

  • Do my children also need an appointment? Do my children have to appear in person?

    Yes, all applicants, including children, have to make an appointment However, children 11 years old below do not need to appear personally.

  • Can I exchange my appointment with another person’s?

    It is unfortunately not possible to exchange appointments. You can at any rate cancel your appointment and book a new appointment through the appointment system.

  • Which Schengen country is competent for examining and deciding on my visa application?

    The Schengen country competent for examining and deciding on the application for a Schengen visa is the country whose territory constitutes the sole destination of the visit.

    If the trip includes more than one destination, the visa must be applied at the Embassy of the Schengen country whose territory constitutes the main destination of the visit(s) in terms of the length or purpose of stay.

    If no main destination can be determined, the visa must be applied at the Embassy of the Schengen country of first entry.

  • I made a mistake while booking an appointment. I entered the wrong passport number while booking an appointment. I booked an appointment under the wrong category. What should I do?

    All data submitted while booking an appointment must be correct, otherwise you will not be allowed entry to VFS premises. If you made a mistake while booking an appointment, please cancel it through the appointment system. You can book an appointment with the correct information right after.

  • We are a family of three. How many applications do I submit?

    One application per person has to be submitted. Each application must be supported by all required documents.

  • What should I do after submitting the Visa?

    You may track your application on our website or call our contact centre on (02) 528 2514 to check your application status. It is advisable to check the application status only after the average processing time mentioned in this website.

  • What will happen if I am called for an interview?

    The Visa Application Centre for Germany will contact you to schedule the interview; an interview letter will be issued. On the day of the interview you need to visit Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Makati along with the interview letter

  • In case of Schengen Visa, where will my interview be held?

    At the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Makati. The interview letter will have to be presented.

  • Where can I submit my application?

    Personal submission of application is required and you can submit your Visa application at Visa Application Centre for Germany in Manila or Cebu through prior appointment.

  • Can the Visa Office ask me to provide additional documents or information?

    Yes, The Visa Office may require you to submit additional documentation; you will then be asked to submit the additional documentation to the Visa Application Centre who will then submit it to the Visa Office on your behalf.

  • How long will the application process take?

    The normal processing time will take 2 weeks days however there are instances that it may be prolonged if the Embassy request for additional document (s) or if a personal interview is required.

  • No appointment slots are available. What should I do?

    Please monitor the appointment reservation system time to time. When an appointment has been cancelled, the time slot will be available again.

  • What do I need to carry for the interview?

    Interview letter, original documents, which you did not submit at the time of application, and any additional documents requested by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany.

  • What will happen after the interview?

    You can track the status of your application on track your application on our website or our Contact Centre 1. It is advisable to check the status after the average processing time mentioned in this website.

  • If the application is processed:

    Courier Case: your passport will be delivered at the address provided by you by courier. You need to hand over the stamped photocopy of the data page to the courier person to get the delivery.

    Non-Courier Case: you will be able to collect your passport from the Visa Application Centre where you submitted your application, between 14:00 to 16:00 by presenting the original receipt. Representatives will need to present the original receipt along with an authorization letter from the passport holder.

  • If the visa is refused

    Your passport and refusal letter will be handed over to you at the Visa Application Centre where you applied.

  • General information

    Visa fees / VFS Service Charges, once paid, are non-refundable

  • Will I get my visa at the end of the process?

    The Visa Application Centre for Germany is not able to guarantee the issuance of a visa. The issuance or refusal of a visa is the sole prerogative of Embassy of the Federal Republic Germany, and the Visa Application Centre for Germany cannot influence this decision.

  • How many days prior can I submit my application for Schengen Visa?

    You can submit your application only 6 months in advance (180 days) for regular Schengen visa and 9 months in advance (270 days) for Seafarer – Transit visa prior the intended date of travel.

  • Can a visa be extended in Germany?

    No,You would need to reapply for a new visa in your home or country of residence

  • Is the visa valid for Germany only?

    The German Embassy issues visas for Germany and for the other Schengen states. However, the Schengen Visa applications will only be accepted by The Visa Application Centre, only if Germany is the main destination or it is where the applicant will be staying the longest. In case multiple Schengen countries are to be visited with equal number of days, Germany must be the first point of entry.

  • Can the German Visa Application Centre prepare my application for me?

    The Application Centre for Germany does not prepare visa applications, but accepts and processes applications in accordance with the Embassy’s instructions.

  • What proof will I have that Visa Application Centre has my visa application?

    When your application is registered in our system, you will be issued a receipt for the fees you have paid.

  • Can I make a collective payment for the visa fees and logistic fees?

    Yes, the Visa Application Centre for Germany will accept collective fees made in person at the centre at the time of submission.

  • Will my fees be refunded if the visa is refused?

    All fees are non-refundable and, therefore fees will not be returned if your visa application is not successful.

  • When can I reapply? Is there a timeframe after the refusal that I must wait before I can reapply?

    You may file a remonstration or appeal against the refusal of your visa free of charge. Details of the remonstration procedure can be found on your refusal letter.

  • Can my application be processed on the same day that I submit it at the Visa Application Centre for Germany?

    Applications cannot be processed on the same day unless authorised by the Embassy. Requests for Emergency visa processing cannot be accommodated except in extreme medical circumstance and the Embassy's decision on this is the final authority.

  • Do I need Travel Health Insurance?

    You are required to provide Travel Insurance on all occasions.

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