The Schengen visa remains elusive to many Filipinos – thick pages of documents and bank statements, a personal interview, and quite a hefty fee are just part of the stringent visa requirements. On top of the cost of going to Europe, this dissuades many from going for their dream Eurotrip.
That’s why, when one finally gets the visa, part of the goal is to see as many cities as possible! Luckily, with the efficient European rail systems and hundreds of tours to choose from, jumping from several cities and even countries is possible on a holiday. The powerful visa can also be your entry to nearby, non-Schengen countries.
You can do a lot of exciting things during your vacation in these Schengen countries. For instance, check out this info on a beautiful evening tour of Paris through the personal experience of Abhishek & Neha, the authors of RevolvingCompass.
If you’re gearing up for your European or Round-the-World trip, you’d be glad to know that aside from the 26 Schengen nations, there are 16 more non-Schengen countries that your Philippine passport can carry you to, without the stress of fulfilling thick visa requirements!
Check them out below, and see where you can squeeze them into your itinerary.
Just a few general reminders for your Schengen visa travel:
– These apply to Philippine passport holders with valid Schengen visas.
– Contact the embassy of each country or visit their official website and clarify entry-requirements. While you may use your Schengen visa to enter these countries, they may require you to apply for an e-visa or a Travel Certificate before your arrival or for a visa upon arrival.
– Moreover, some countries do not have embassies based in Manila, so what you can do is obtain your Schengen visa from another Asian country (e.g. Japan, China or India).
– Lastly, ask the embassy about entry taxes (if any) and any travel advisories related to diseases or crime/violence.
Note: Schengen Embassies only require a flight reservation and not a purchased ticket for visa application. For those who would need a flight reservation for their Schengen application, read our post about Easy Steps for Hassle-free Flight Reservation for Visa Application. We offer this service so that travelers do not need to pay the full price of the ticket while they do not have their visa yet.
Let’s get started! Here is the FULL LIST and contact details of the embassies of these 16 non-Schengen countries.
1. ANDORRA – an independent principality between France and Spain.
Why visit: This mountainous mini country in between France and Spain doesn’t have its own airport, so if you’re driving or taking a train or bus Continue reading Extend Your Euro Trip to these 18 Countries (No Additional Visa Required)