Do you need a visa?
If you are holding a Philippine passport like me or you are a third world citizen, you definitely need a visa.
Where to apply?
If you intend to visit only one Schengen Member State, you must apply at the Embassy or Consulate of this Member State. If you intend to visit several Schengen countries, you must apply for a visa at the Embassy or Consulate of the country which is your main destination. If you intend to visit several Schengen countries but do not have a main destination, you should apply for a visa at the Embassy or Consulate of the country which is your first point of entry.
In our previous trips, we applied for at the Embassy of France because Paris is our main destination and happens to be our point of entry also.
What are the requirements:
The general requirements for Schengen visa is the same whether you are applying in the Philippines, here in Qatar or other countries. But sometimes the embassy may have specific requirements in your country of residence. In Qatar, the French Embassy requires the following:
- filled-in and signed visa application form (must include address in country of main destination)
- 2 pcs. applicant’s recent passport size photos (format 35*45 with white background)
- 1 copy of the passport and previous visas bank statement (showing transfer of salary for at least the last 6 months)
- 1 copy of the original airplane ticket
- 1 copy of the proof of accomodation (e.g. hotel reservation)
- 1 copy of the travel insurance covering medical expenses, hospitalization and repatriation in the countries to be visited
In addition to these documents, for non-Qataris :
- 1 copy of the residence permit (must be valid at least 6 months) sponsor letter (must include informations on salary, position and stating how long you have been employed) + ID copy of the person who signed the sponsor letter
Note that :
- You have to show your passport when applying. From experience, if you are travelling with your family (husband, wife or children), only one family member may show-up at the Embassy, usually the father or the mother.
- The applicant can not be out of Qatar
- Administrative process for deliverance of visit visas needs a minimum of 15 days
- Separate application must be done for children even if they are on their parents’ passport.
Mr Michel PIEFFET, Head of visas section Mrs Imen HACHEMI
Phone : +974 483 06 50
Fax : +974 483 55 34
Opening hours to the public :
8h30 - 10h30, from Sunday to Thursday
You can submit the completed application form (you can download from the French Embassy site) with the required documents to the French Embassy between 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM.
Tip: Be there preferably before 8:30 AM. Sometimes, the Embassy stops receiving applications even before 10:30 AM. I heard (not sure if true) that during summer, The French Embassy sets a daily quota due to the huge volume of applications received.
Normally two weeks after submission of application.
Tip: Allow sufficient time for processing and provide some allowance.
The requirements may change over time. Double check the requirements, processing time, procedure from the Embassy where you are submitting your application. More info about Schengen visa here and here.