June 10, 2013

How to Apply for a Schengen Visa in Cambodia

This post first appeared on my travel blog, My Travel Folio. I am copying it here because I am going to integrate my travel posts again in this blog, like it first used to be.

I've successfully kept and updated my travel blog for two years, but lately, I just don't have the time to open it anymore.

So starting from now, my travel posts will be posted in this blog.

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We applied our Schengen Visa here in French Embassy Phnom Penh. Hubby and I went to get the application form personally at the embassy. What we didn’t know is that you can print the form from their website.

When we got the list of required documents, we worked on it right away. After completing our documents, we called up the embassy for the appointment.

I was naive to think that the appointment time could be set immediately. In our case, the schedule they gave for submission of documents and interview was two weeks away from the time we called them up. If I had known this, I would have called them up first to set up the appointment date and then prepare the documents.

But in any case, there was really no harm done. Our travel date was still two months away. I was just excited.

Documents to submit (Original copies)
1.) Completed form – one per applicant
2.) Colour passport ID photo – 35mm x 45mm (width x height)
3.) Passport and old passports if any
4.) Flight booking – it doesn’t have to be a paid booking. Just a confirmed booking.
5.) Hotel booking – same as the flight booking
6.) Travel Itinerary
7.) Birth certificate and Marriage certificate
8.) Employment certificate
9.) Company payslip
10.) Bank Statement
11.) Health/Medical Insurance – minimum coverage of 30,000 Euro
12.) Visa fee application worth 60 Euro per applicant, 35 Euro for children 6-12yo and free for children under 6yo.

We also submitted a photocopy of all the original documents we submitted. It’s part of their requirement, by the way.

We went to the embassy on our appointment date. When it was our time, we were called to go inside an office. A gentleman asked for our papers. He leafed through it and then asked us some questions.

It did not feel like an interview at all. He just asked about hubby’s work, our itinerary in Paris, about my son’s school and if we happen to know their neighbor? It turned out, the son of their neighbor is EJ’s classmate.

After that, he took a picture of each of us and took our finger prints (only hubby and I) for biometric visa. Kids under twelve years old are exempted.

After that, the gentleman said we can follow up for our visa after 5 working days. Our visa application experience was smooth and easy contrary to what I have heard. When hubby called after the 5th working day, we were informed to collect our Schengen Visa and the original documents we submitted.

Yay! We got our Schengen Visa!


EJ's Schengen Visa, valid for a month with multiple entry.