Everything You Need to Know About Getting a Schengen Visa

Everything You Need to Know About Getting a Schengen Visa

Travelling to Europe is a dream to many. Who wouldn’t want to experience history while viewing the Parthenon and the Colosseum, or have a date in the moonlight by the Eiffel Tower, or geek out at the art collection of The Louvre, or marvel at the impressive architecture of La Sagrada Familia?


But for many, these dream destinations remain dreams. Aside from expensive airfare, travelling to Europe requires a lot of paperwork (especially if you’re from the Philippines!)


Filipinos going to Europe, or at least going to 27 countries in the continent, require a Schengen visa for them to enter.


A Schengen visa allows holders to enter Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, and Sweden without having to apply for a separate visa for each country.


This should make fulfilling your dream of a European tour easier – except it doesn’t. The task and the papers involve seem too daunting.


But don’t fret! It’s not as difficult as it seems. Here, we break down applying for a Schengen visa in seven easy steps.


  1. Make an itinerary
    Aside from ensuring that you maximize your stay in Europe, an itinerary is essential as it is one of the documentary requirements for applying for a Schengen visa. Your itinerary will also determine what embassy you should submit your application.


  2. Determine where you will apply
    Now that you have an itinerary, check what country you will stay in the longest. This would determine what embassy you will submit your application to.

    So, let’s say you plan to spend three days in Portugal, five days in Spain and two days in Italy, then you should apply for a Schengen visa at the Spanish embassy. If you plan to spend the same amount of days in every country you visit, then you should get a Schengen visa from the embassy of the country of first entry.


  3. Check and gather requirements
    While the European Commission has specified a list of requirements common to all Schengen countries, individual countries may require additional requirements. For example, Italy requires that tourists get health insurance at least €30,000.

    This is also the time that you book flights and hotel accommodations as these are among the documentary requirements.

    Here is a list of the general requirements for tourists:

    • Accomplished application form

    • One recent colored passport-sized or 2x2 photo with white background

    • Travel documents

    • Valid passport and photocopies of biographical page, last page, and pages with visas and immigration stamps

    • Old passport/s if available

    • Proof of financial means

      1. Bank certification, bank books

      2. Personal bank statements, credit card statements or balance for the last six months

      3. For minors: Proof of economic means of parents or legal guardian

    • Proof of travel

      1. Copy of roundtrip airline reservation with Passenger Registration Number or reservation number and travel itinerary

    • Proof of will to return

      1. Copy of employment contract or social security contribution, if applicable

      2. Copy of real estate property title-deed, if applicable

      3. Proof of family ties (e.g. marriage certificate)

    • Proof of occupation

      1. For those who are employed

        1. Certificate of employment

        2. Certificate of leave of absence

      2. For those who are self-employed

        1. Department of Trade and Industry or Securities and Exchange Commission registration of business

        2. Income tax return

        3. Business financial statement

      3. For students

        1. Proof of enrollment

        2. Certificate of leave of absence, if travelling within the school year

    • If travelling with spouse and/or children

      1. PSA certified marriage contract

      2. PSA certified birth certificates of children

    • For non-Filipinos living in the Philippines

      1. Copy of Alien Certificate of Registration

      2. Re-entry permit

    • For minors

      1. Affidavit of support and consent of parents, especially from the non-travelling parent, or legal guardian

      2. Copy of passport of parents or legal guardian

      3. PSA certified birth certificate

      4. Department of Social Welfare and Development clearance

    • Hotel confirmation or voucher

    • Detailed day-to-day itinerary of the trip


  1. Make an appointment (if needed)
    You can apply for a Schengen visa as early as three months before your planned entry. Schedule an appointment with the embassy where you would apply.

    Not all application centers require a scheduled appointment. Some VIA centers for Italy, for example, allow walk-ins.
    So, make sure to check!


  2. Appear at the embassy
    Head to the embassy on the scheduled date to submit all required documents and get your biometrics taken. Pay the €60 Visa fee and the P1,100 VIA service/handling fee.


  3. Wait
    Patiently wait for your passport, hopefully with the Visa attached, to be mailed back to you.


Get insured
It’s best to travel worry-free. As mentioned above, some countries may require that a Schengen visa applicant has some form of insurance. Fortune General offers a travel insurance plan which can cover your trips to any country you wish. So, go ahead and sail by the Greek islands and watch the Northern Lights in Ireland free from anxieties! Get insured now!

How Integrity Leads To Success

How Integrity Leads To Success

When it comes to being successful and well-accomplished, many people are always asking: What’s the secret? What’s the process? How can it be consistently attained?
Being a renowned agency established for years, FGen decides to share its best practices and its key factor for success – mainly, the critical value of integrity. What exactly can integrity do for you? 
1. Integrity gives you tough moral principles
Having a solid foundation rested on being morally firm, integrity reminds you to be honest and straightforward, no matter the circumstance. It is having a grounded stand on decisions, and remaining resolute in times of adversities.
2. Integrity encourages diligence

To be diligent translates to being hardworking and in constant effort. Being true and being morally upright initiates earnestness that can push you to do more and achieve more. Integrity is what unknowingly inspires you to go the extra mile.    

3. Integrity breeds prudence
Because the value imbibes unyielding morality, integrity also guides you to do what is right, even if doing so means encountering hardships along the way. It is doing the right thing just because it is the right thing to do. Integrity breeds prudence, and both breed success.

Integrity has always been the heart of FGen Insurance. When giving and providing to the public, our mission to be a role model and become the insurer of your choice is accompanied by passion, servitude and integrity. 

Go with the insurer you can trust. Go with FGen Insurance. 

5 Cheap But Hot Destinations for Summer 2018 

Beating the summer heat doesn’t have to mean booking a flight to Maldives or Hawaii. Just like the classic Pinoy, out-of-town trips still stand as the cheapest yet most exciting way of having fun under the sun.

Because local travelling is beginning to become a trend, FGen has hand-picked 5 cheap but hot summer destinations that will surely entice you to splash your way to the fresh, blue-green color of the country’s tropical beaches. 

 Photo from: sojournandstories.com

Photo from: sojournandstories.com

Sugba Lagoon, Siargao

Having gained instant popularity because of the film with the same name, Siargao tops the list as its very own Sugba Lagoon invites everyone to take a dip and swim to its shore. Surrounded by mountains, the 4,000-hectare bayou has a diving board open for anyone who wishes to take a swim in summer paradise.

 Photo from: shoestringdiary.wordpress.com

Photo from: shoestringdiary.wordpress.com

Potipot Island, Zambales

With clear, turquoise water gently crawling its white shores, the island of Potipot is a sight to behold. Small and sandy, Potipot is an intimate getaway for those wishing to spend summer with their partners. A 7-9 hour drive from Manila, Potipot is a commercial-free area that will also take your breath away because of the marvelous view of the Zambales mountains.

 Photo from: mermaidresort.com

Photo from: mermaidresort.com

Puerto Galera, Mindoro

Who would want to miss the white beach of Puerto Galera? Located in Oriental Mindoro, this hot spot is best for those who love snorkeling and island hopping. It is also nice to pay a visit to the Mangyan village and purchase handcrafted souvenirs.


 Photo from: tripadvisor.com.ph

Photo from: tripadvisor.com.ph


Sabang Beach, Baler

Just 5-6 hours from Manila, Baler has been originally dubbed as the surfing birthplace of the Philippines. With the gray shoreline of Sabang Beach, getting on your surfboard and having a ride with the waves under the orange skies is definitely a must.


4 Ways To Sustain Your Business

4 Ways To Sustain Your Business

Investing your business in industrial-related ventures enriches your resources. Investing your biz in an insurance package, however, enriches and protects your company’s lifespan. Most entrepreneurs and executives shrug off the seemingly far-fetched possibilities of calamities, sudden lawsuits, and emergencies. But consider this: if a fire suddenly breaks out and your establishment ashens down before you, what happens next?

Being in the field for years now, FGen is seasoned to flexibly adjust and provide services for these unforeseen circumstances. If you’re still indecisive, here are four types of insurance that also give you numerous reasons why you should heed our advice. 

Protection from business interruption losses

With fire breaking out in your establishment, you surely won’t be doing operations the next day. A business interruption insurance ensures you that whatever day-to-day expense and income that you lose, a protection coverage is given. 

Safeguarding of property

In addition to the biz operation troubles caused by the fire, you have another: even your assets have returned to dust. Forget the coffee maker. Nevermind the microwave. How are you going to collect costs to shoulder the repairs? If you have property insurance, you need not worry.

Survival from general liability

Unfortunately, your clients did not take the fire into consideration. Your services are being questioned, and a pile of corporate lawsuits are arriving at your burned office’s doorstep. A general liability insurance saves you from all the headache. 

Service assurance from professional liability

Indeed, we are all familiar with the rule of wasted time is wasted money. But to large companies and wide conglomerates, it is committing errors that is tantamount to millions wasted. Suppose that you made a lapse in judgment, or your expertise has been put to test. Insurance on professional liability aids you in negligence suits, or in claims of damages. For quotations and more details on business insurance, FGen has you covered. Connect directly and contact us at 02 706 39 59.