Schengen Tourist Visa
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My second Schengen tourist visa

Schengen tourist visa application? I can see you shaking your head already. When I was battling my way to get a Schengen tourist visa, I was surprised how easy to get one! It was a long shot to be honest, as what they say – you’ll never know until you try to. Although I had an easy pass on this one, I can’t keep your hopes up. Because I was rejected once. There are some factors that could help you get your Schengen tourist visa easily.

I hold a Philippines’ passport by the time I applied for my Schengen tourist visa, I was in Hanoi, Vietnam on a tourist visa. How I was able to do this:

I emailed the Danish Embassy in Hanoi and explained my situation. I mentioned that I am travelling indefinitely and don’t have a plan to go back to the Philippines anytime soon. I asked if I can send my Schengen tourist visa application to them and mentioned that I have a Danish citizen to host me. I’ve got a go signal and started the process immediately.


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Alright, let’s face the truth, it’s a lot easier if you have someone who can host you. However, nowadays, many embassies are getting more strict regarding having a host. A host can be a friend, boyfriend/girlfriend, a family relative, your parents, or even the parents of your partner. Having a host will give your case a massive plus point. However, not everyone is qualified to be a host.

Is your host qualified?

  • Will the host only provide accommodation? – He/she has a place that he/she is legally living at the address he/she will provide
  • Will the host be going to cover all your expenses whilst you are in the Schengen State? – If yes, make sure that the host has a reasonable amount of money in his/her bank account to cover for you
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Vilnius, Lithuania


This process is applicable to most Schengen Embassy in the world. However, check to the nearest Embassy to you first before gathering your requirements and booking any flight ticket or hotel accommodation.


Must be valid at least six (6) months prior to your departure – passport must have at least two blank pages.

Application form – online

Which you can download from the embassy pr the third party companies like VFS if they are working under the embassy.

Your bank statement

It must be from the last three months, showing that the account is under your name, the transactions and the total amount you have on the bank.

Travel insurance

That covers you throughout your stay – Check my article about Schengen tourist visa travel insurance to find the best for you. I suggest you this affordable insurance!

IMGLOBAL – If you are applying from the Philippines, ask the Embassy first if it’s okay tp use this company or check their recommended list for travel insurance

Hotel reservation

You must book or reserve accommodation throughout your stay in the Schengen area. If you are going to stay at your host’s home, you must provide their address and a letter that your host is consenting on this setup.

If you are travelling outside your host’s country, you must provide a booking for these places.

Photocopy of your the first page of your passport

Make a photocopy of the data page of your passport, it will be submitted to the embassy.

Travel itinerary

You will be required to provide and submit a complete itinerary of your trip from arriving at leaving the Schengen area.

Entry and an exit flight ticket

You must provide a flight ticket in and out of the Schengen area, however, you should book a refundable ticket in case your visa will be denied.

Means of subsistence

You have to show how you will be paying for yourself during your stay, if you have a credit card, you must submit the last billing, if you have a traveller’s cheque, you must show this, if your host will be paying during your entire stay, hey must submit the needed documents to the Danish embassy.

TIP: To make your application stronger, make sure that you have your own money under your name.

Invitation ID online​

If you have a host, your host must submit an application to the Danish embassy as well. After submitting, your host will receive an invitation ID, you will need this to write it on your application form.

Bio-metric Record

The embassy or the third party company will take your bio-metric record during your appointment.


You must check on your embassy if you need to make an appointment, if you are going through a third party company like VFS, check as soon as you can their earliest appointment to avoid any hassle.

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Egeskov Castle, Denmark


1. Your host application

Ask your host to fill out this online invitation to visa application form. The bank statement of your host will be asked to be uploaded.

>Skip Step 1 if you don’t have a host

2. Fill out the application form online here

You will be needing the invitation ID from your host. Make sure you have one ready. >>You only need an invitation ID if you have a host.

3. Pay the application fee

Remember that you need to use a credit card or a Visa/MasterCard Debit Card. Check the fee table HERE.

3. Get an appointment 

Call the Danish Embassy you are applying to and find out where to book an appointment. In Hanoi, I had to go through VFS Global. Your bio-metric will be recorded and your documents will be received. If you go through VFS Global, you need to pay a processing fee.

4. You will be contacted to claim your passport and the decision letter

However, the decision cannot be discussed over the phone or through an email. You must pick up your passport in person by yourself. If a representative is going to pick up your documents on your behalf, make sure to write an authorisation letter and attach a copy of your ID.

I received a call from VFS Global exactly a week after I sent my application, normally, it will take at least 15 days to process a Schengen tourist visa application. However, it is proven that the decision time depends on every embassy.

RELATED POST: How to use your valid Schengen Tourist Visa after 90 day-rule


  • Your Schengen visa application should be submitted NOT more than three months before the start of the intended trip. FX: Flight date is June 10, the application should be sent after March 10 (NOT BEFORE).
  • Submit your application as soon as possible, non-working holidays could mess up your plan
  • The visa processing fee cannot be refunded if the visa is declined/refused

I hope my own experience has been useful to you, if you have any questions, let me know on the comment section.

Schengen Visa Application Guide
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Mary is the founder of amaryroad and one of the experts when it comes to travelling in Southeast Asia. Mary has been travelling around the world since 2013, she have extensively travelled and lived in Southeast Asian countries. She also has been featured in popular publications in the Philippines such as GMA Network, When in Manila, and Tripzilla. Today, Mary continues her round-the-world trip with no final destination. She travels in her own terms and tries to build her own world whilst pushing herself into every corner of life, breaking limit beyond her capabilities.

17 thoughts on “SCHENGEN VISA APPLICATION GUIDE: Danish Embassy”

  1. Hi Mary Charie,

    Thank you for sharing this, my hope was lifted at least. Do you mind sharing your email to the Danish Embassy explaining that you’re in an indefinite travel?

    I wanted to re-apply my Schengen Visa outside Philippines and was hoping I could learn some points from your experience inquiring the the embassy if it would be possible. Thank you for your time.

    • Hi Grace, thanks for reading. I don’t think I had to email the Embassy explaining my indefinite travel. However, I remember writing a cover letter which I sent together with my application (via VFS in Hanoi). I can’t remember if I mentioned my full-time travel life, but I can remember that I explained why I wanted to go to Denmark.

      I’m sorry I’m not much of a help. But if you have more questions, let me know xx

  2. I am a filipino passport holder. About my Shengen Visa, I was given 1 year & multiple entry for the period from Sept 11, 2017 to Sept 10, 2018. I was able to tour in Europe last year for 12 days on October. I have plans to travel again this year but the departure tour is on October 2018 which means that I need to apply again Shengen Visa. I would like to asks if I can just apply thru drop box and no need physical appearance in VFS? I heard in French Embassy that if you have travelled in Europe within 2 years you may just apply thru drop box, is this true? Another question I also plan to visit UK, I have gone there twice years ago, is there a chance that I can request for 1-2 years VISA? Thank you


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