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1. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

My friend told me it took them a year to help a Chinese tourist to get a Visa to Switzerland.

It breaks my heart. I just want to watch an event in Europe. Don't ask me what it is, coz I'll burst into tears. I don't have the tickets yet for the show. Airfare is cheap and for the 1st time in my life I can actually afford it. But then I remember, I need a Visa.

If I apply for a Tourist Visa for Poland, can I enter Europe via the UK? I assume I'll need invitation letters, and I can get that from the other EU countries, but what if I prefer going to London.

I just wish things are simple. Do they interview the applicants for a tourist visa, like they do for the US visa. I WISH THEY TAUGHT THESE things in the university.

I am a backpacker, and I probably fit the profile of foreigners who overstay in places, so I am a bit pessimistic.

2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 7y

You apply for a tourist Schengen visa for the EU. As i have understood you have to apply for a schengen visa at the embassy of the country where you will first arrive. If you are planning to arrive in London from the Philipines then you need to apply for the Schengen visa at the UK embassy. There you also need to exactly specify which countries in the E.U you are going to visit. This will then also be specified on your schengen visa and you will be allowed to visit these countries. It is indeed very difficult for third-world countries to visit the EU nowadays (because immigration problems). Even for touristic purpose you need a lot of documents to show and you need a lot of patience. It can indeed take upto a year. And even then you are not sure of the visa is given. Just give it a shot and be hopeful. Goodluck;)

3. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

This makes me sad and angry... someday...

4. Posted by pescardogy (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

hey, i tried to apply schengen visa too in Sweden embassy, so many things that i have to complete.

1. application for schengen visa completed, signed and dated.
2. appendix D: Family
3. Passport
4. photograph
5. proof of purpose visit, like evidence of accomodation e.g.confirmed hotel reservation
6. flight confirmation
7. evidence of occupation or studen status
8. evidence that u have funds ( at least SEK370/day ) to support urself during your stay.
9. Valid travel insurance.

I canceled my application tho, since im not sure winter would be great for vacation in europe, unless u go there for skying...im not sure..

5. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 7y

I would give it a shot because the EU is actually trying to disencourage people from the third-wirld countries to come here (again because the government is scared for illegal immigrants which we have a lot). But if you have all these documents and they are all correct then you really have a good chance. Do you know someone in Europe who can invite you?

6. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

Quoting wouterrr

Do you know someone in Europe who can invite you?

I have some friends there... travellers I met elsewhere. I'm thinking Germany, not that I am so interested in going there.

But I don't have any insurance or other stuff that 1st world backpackers have, like Malaria pills and mosquito repellant lotions. I don't have an official job either. I've been travelling for more than a year and have crossed many borders. I was hoping this will help in the future. Becoz I really want to see the West.

Do they interview the applicant?

7. Posted by pescardogy (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

if they ask u to come by person, then they will interview u. but i think it depends on the country that u apply. Some of them can apply by mail.

8. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 7y

Let's keep things simple: specifically which country do you need to go to ? Your question is rather vague.

9. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 7y

Quoting wouterrr

You apply for a tourist Schengen visa for the EU. As i have understood you have to apply for a schengen visa at the embassy of the country where you will first arrive. If you are planning to arrive in London from the Philipines then you need to apply for the Schengen visa at the UK embassy.

Schengen and EU are not the same. UK and Ireland are in the EU, but they are not part of the Schengen zone.

Swept Away, you should apply for the Schengen Visa from the country of your first point of entry or principal destination within the Schengen zone. If you plan to transit via the UK, you should check and see if you require a visa for transit within the UK.

[ Edit: Edited on 10-Feb-2009, at 09:15 by Hien ]

10. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

Thanks...

I am just thinking its impossible, coz I am not working... and I'm not an heir to a third world hotel magnate either.

I now thinking about Eastern Europe, on the premise that they would need tourist for economic reasons.

I can't even go to KOrea...

But China has been an excellent host.