SCHENGEN VISA – ITALY

How I Got my SCHENGEN VISA at CONSULATE GENERAL of ITALY in HONGKONG

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UPDATED SEPTEMBER 25, 2019

Have you ever dream of visiting Rome, Italy to see the Colosseum; Paris, France to stand next to the Eiffel Tower; Vatican to meet the Pope or so on?

End of the year 2016 a good friend of mine asked me “Kailan tayo mag Europe? I replied let’s go next year (2017), then we came up with a plan to visit Europe and decided to go on the month of September 2017.

But wait! Visiting a country or more in Europe is not easy especially if your a citizen from countries that need to a VISA to enter a European Country.

I’m a Philippine Passport Holder so I need to get a Schengen Visa first, by the way my friend doesn’t need to apply a visa.



What is a Schengen Visa?

A Schengen Visa is a short stay visa allowing its holder to circulate in the Schengen area. The Schengen area covers 26 countries without border controls between them.

SCHENGEN STATES includes: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Excerpt from https://ec.europa.eu/commission/index_en



Here I will share my experience on applying a Schengen Visa in HongKong and Macao.

Bear in mind that Schengen Visa application takes lot of time from preparing all the required documents to submitting it to the consulates or embassies. Make sure you fill up everything correctly, triple check all the details.

You can apply 3 months before your expected travel.

REMINDER: This may only applies for Filipinos Working or Living in Hongkong / Macau and strictly for TOURISM.



A. Where to Apply my Schengen Visa?

Remember: If the applicants is visiting one member state in Schengen apply your visa in their consulate/embassy. If applicants plan to visit more that one country apply in the consulate/embassy where you will stay the longest time.

Here are my specifics:

Countries to Visit: Italy, Vatican, France, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands
Visa: Single Entry
Nationality: Filipino

I applied my visa at Italian Consulate in HongKong, Why? because we will stay there for the longest time of our Eurotrip.

For inquiry and more details about visa application Visit the website of the Consulate/Embassy. Clink the LINK for ITALIAN CONSULATE

Some consulate need prior appointment before visiting the Visa Office, Click the link for Italian Consulate APPOINTMENT.


B. What are the Requirements?

Remember that the requirements may vary depending on the consulate you’re applying for so please inquire first.

Here are the list of requirements they asked at Italian Consulate in HK.

PRINT THIS CHECKLIST

  1. Schengen Visa Application Form
    • Please fill up the online application form correctly and honestly, incomplete will not be accepted so do not leave any questions unanswered. Print the form containing the 2D Barcode and bring it to the Consulate
    • Click the link to fill up the ONLINE FORM
  2. Passport
    • Valid Passport with at least 6 months before its expiry
    • For Italian Consulate “valid at least 90 days after the return to HK/Macao”
    • Provide a clear copy of the Biodata/Passport Details
  3. One Recent Photo
    • Size: 35 x 45 mm
    • white background, facing forward
    • just bring an extra photo
  4. HongKong/Macao ID or “Blue Card
    • Original and a Copy
    • For temporary resident, residence permit valid beyond the return date to HK/Macao.
  5. HongKong/Macao Residency Visa
    • Original and a Copy
    • For temporary resident, residence permit valid beyond the return date to HK/Macao.
  6. Round Trip Flight Reservation
    • Printed Ticket Reservation is required by the consulate/embassy
    • You can get a Ticket Reservation with your name and flight details, some travel agency or online website provide this ticket that you can cancel anytime.
    • Remember do not buy a Non-Refundale Ticket yet, you can buy after you get your visa.
    • I bought mine online at https://travelvisabookings.com/
  7. Proof of Accomodations
    • Printed copy of your accomodations for the whole duration of your stay in Europe
    • Hotel, Hostels, Apartments, etc.
    • You can booked hotels that offers no Prepayment and Free Cancellation
    • I usually used Booking.com for my hotel reservations.
  8. Travel Insurance
    • Original and Printed copy of Health Insurance Certificate and Policy
    • It must include emergency treatments, hospital and repatriation expenses, with minimum coverage of Euro 30,000, valid for all Schengen countries for the whole stay.
    • I bought my online at https://travelvisabookings.com/
    • Buy a refundable one as anything may happen with your application
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  9. Travel Itinerary
    • Provide a clear evidence of the applicant’s travel plans (confirmed flights and transportation bookings, accomodation details, name of first port of entry and port of exit in Europe).
    • Here is the Travel Itineray I submitted for my application CLICK BELOW
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    • We travelled from one place to another by TRAIN, the consulate will ask you to provide a copy of your train reservation. I bought mine at https://www.raileurope.com/.
  10. Proof of Employment
    • Original and a printed copy of Certificate of Employment or reference letter from your company or your employer
    • Stated on the letter is the name of the employer, the name of the employee, job title, annual/monthly salary, date of employment, date of leave of abscence and, if relevant, the duration of contract.
  11. Proof of Income
    • Original Copy of Bank Statements for the last three(3) months with a Bank Stamp.
    • Show proof of financial resources when entering the Schengen area (minimum amount is approximately 50 Euros/500 HKD per day

The Consulate may request further Supporting Documents so apply earlier to give you ample time before your travel date.


C. Where to Submit the Application?

I went to Italian Consulate in HongKong for my Schengen Visa application, you’re lucky if your going for the same consulate.

As I said before applicants need to make an appointment prior on visiting the Visa Office.

LOCATION AND ADDRESS

Consulate General of Italy in Hong Kong
Suite 3201, 32/F Central Plaza, 18 Harbour Road, Wanchai

VISA SECTION
Open to the public: Monday to Friday: 9.00-12.00
Phone enquiries: from Monday to Friday, from 2pm to 3pm: +852 24471846
Email: visti.hongkong@esteri.it

VISA FEE is around 60 EURO or 512 HKD

Applicants should arrived at the Visa Office at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment. Bring a copy of your appointment confirmation and documents. Documents for visa applications must be submitted to the Visa office in person by the interested applicant.

“ITALIAN CONSULATE DO NOT REQUIRE AN INTERVIEW”

The visa officer will initially check your documents and inform applicants if its incomplete or need further requirements. If the documents are complete pay the VISA FEE. The Visa Officer will provide applicants a copy of Visa Request Payment Reciept stating the day to return at the Visa Office.

For applicants coming from Macao, you need to inform the officer that you will return to Macao. The Visa Officer will ask you to write on the application that you will take your passport and return to the consulate on the collection date and signed by Applicants.

AFTER SUBMISSION

Submission of complete requirements does not guarantee the applicants an approved visa. The consulate will further review your application until the day you return to the visa office.

Applicants may collect their visas on Tuesday and Thursday from 2.30pm to 3.00pm.

For Macao applicants return your passport on the day specified on the receipt.

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MY SCHENGEN VISA

If the consulate granted you a SCHENGEN VISA you can finalize your TRAVEL PLANS now, and enjoy your EUROTRIP,

Double Check Your VISA before leaving the Visa Office.


GOOD LUCK on your VISA APPLICATION


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