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The latest surge in COVID cases fuelled by the Delta variant had made travel restrictions and border control more stringent all over the world, especially in countries like Pakistan which were primarily affected. However, with amped up vaccination rates and a gradual reduction in cases, international travel seems to be on the horizon for Pakistani residents.

Among other destinations, European countries are popular destinations for Pakistani tourists. If you are looking to travel to Europe from Pakistan, here is everything you need to know about the Schengen visa; the documents required, the detailed procedure and guidelines, how and where to apply in Pakistan.

What is a Schengen visa?

A Schengen visa is a short-stay visa that allows a person to travel to any members of the Schengen Area, per stays up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes. Currently, the Schengen Area consists of 26 member countries. All of these countries are located in Europe. The 26 Schengen countries are:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

With a Schengen visa, Pakistani citizens and residents can stay upto 90 days within a 180-day period validity in the Schengen area.

Should Pakistanis apply for Schengen Visa?

It depends. If you are a Pakistani citizen, you will need to apply for a Schengen visa in order to enter the Schengen area.

If you are a Pakistani resident, depending on where you have citizenship, you may have to apply for a Schengen visa in order to enter the Schengen area. Pakistani residents with citizenship in the following countries are required to apply for a Schengen Visa:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burma/Myanmar, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Comoros, Congo, Cote D’Ivoire, Cuba, Dem. Rep. of Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Leone, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Northern Mariana’, Oman, Palestinian Authority, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Sao Tome And Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

How to apply for Schengen Visa in Pakistan?

Documents and requirements for Pakistani residents

The following documents are required when applying for a short-term Schengen visa in Pakistan:

  • Visa application form: Download the form and fill it completely and honestly. You can also fill the Schengen Visa application form electronically and then print a hard copy.
  • Two photos: Two recently taken passport size photos with a light background. Check for the visa photo requirements for Pakistani citizens before you take your photos.
  • Valid Pakistan passport: The passport must be no older than 10 years and have a validity of at least 3 months after your planned date of leaving Europe. It must also have two blank pages.
  • Pakistan Residence Permit: Proof of residence in Pakistan might be necessary, so we recommend that you carry photocopies of either a national ID card or a residence permit.
  • Flight itinerary reservation: Provide proof of itinerary from Pakistan to Europe and back including dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from the specified state/states.
  • Proof of accommodation: A document that shows where you will be accommodated throughout your stay in Schengen. This could be a hotel booking, a rent agreement, or a letter of invitation by a host at whose house you will be staying.
  • Proof of sufficient funds: There are several ways to provide proof of sufficient financial means such as a bank statement indicating your financial movements for at least 3 last months, a credit card, traveller’s cheques, supporting document to prove a sponsor’s readiness to cover your expenses, documentation for private accommodation, etc. Check for eligible ways for proving sufficient financial means.
  • Travel insurance: Any travellers can book travel insurance online through the Europ Assistance website or via any travel insurance company in Pakistan that meets the following requirements: Medical coverage of at least Euro 30,000. Medical evacuation/repatriation must be covered.

 

Additional documents

Documents required if the traveller is a minor (under 18):

  • Letter of consent from both parents/legal guardian.
  • Passport copies of both parents/legal guardian.
  • Copy of birth certificate: If a minor is adopted, then proof of adoption is required. If parents are divorced, then proof of divorce is needed. If one or both parents are deceased, then proof of death is needed.

Specific required documents, based on the visa applicant’s employment status are as following:

For employees:

  • Employment contract.
  • Current bank statement of the latest 6 months.
  • Leave permission from the employer.
  • Income Tax Return (ITR) form or Certificate of Income Tax deducted at the source of salary.

For the self-employed:

  • A copy of your business license.
  • Company bank statement of the latest 6 months.
  • Income Tax Return (ITR).

For students:

For retirees:

  • Pension statement of the latest 6 months.

If unemployed and married to an EU citizen:

  • Confirmation of Employment letter, no older than three months, from their spouse’s employer stating the position held within the company as well as the starting date.
  • Spouse’s valid passport.
  • An official marriage certificate.

Check other specific requirements when applying for a different Schengen visa type in India through the following links:

Steps to apply for Schengen Visa in Pakistan

In order to apply for a Schengen visa from Pakistan you must follow these steps:

  1. Check which Schengen visa type you need. There are different Schengen visa types depending on your purpose of travelling from Pakistan to Europe.
  2. Check where you need to apply for a Schengen visa in Pakistan. Pay attention to the embassy/consulate/VAC of where you need to apply.
  3. Decide when to apply for a Schengen visa in Pakistan. Applicants seeking a Schengen visa from Pakistan should apply no earlier than 6 months before their intended date of travel, and no later than 15 working days before their departure.
  4. Collect the required Schengen visa documents for Pakistani citizens.
  5. Appoint an interview at the visa application centre in Pakistan. Depending on the country, you may make an appointment online, by phone, or in person. Below in this article, you can find more information for each EU embassy/consulate located in Pakistan.
  6. Attend the interview on the day of your appointment.
  7. Pay the visa fee. All Schengen states have fixed and synchronized visa fees.
  8. Wait for the processing of your visa.

After the interview, you will have to wait for at most 15-30 days, for a response on your application. In rare cases, it might take up to 60 days.

 

What is the fee to apply for Schengen Visa in Pakistan?

  • Adults: 80 Euros (around PKR 15800)
  • Child between 6-12 years of age: 60 Euros (around PKR 11850)
  • Child younger than 6 years of age: FREE
  • Holders of diplomatic and service passports: FREE
  • Pakistani pupils, graduate and postgraduate students and their children travelling for educational training and study purposes: FREE
  • Upto 25-year-old representatives of non-profit organizations travelling as participants in seminars, sports, cultural or educational events: FREE
  • Pakistani researchers travelling to carry out scientific research: FREE

 

Where to apply for Schengen Visa in Pakistan?

The following Embassies and Consulates for each Schengen country in Pakistan allow travellers to lodge an application for their Schengen Visa.

Please pay attention to these rules since it is crucial to file your application at the right place. Lodging your application at the wrong authority will result in the rejection of your Schengen Visa application.

Austria

Islamabad: Embassy of Austria

  • Address: House 7A, 21st Street, F 8/2, P.O. Box 1018 G.P.O., Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: (+92) 51 877 07 00

Karachi: Consulate of Austria

  • Address: 1-B, Khayaban-e-Bahria, Phase V, Defence Housing Authority Karachi, Karachi, 75500, Pakistan
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: (+92) 21 35 34 02 14

Lahore: Consulate of Austria

  • Address: 50-C, Main Gulberg, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Phone: (+92) 42 3571 40 57

 

Belgium

Islamabad: Embassy of Belgium

  • Address: House 14, Street 17, F7 / 2 Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Phone: + 92-51-265-4102, + 92-51-265-4104, + 92-51-265-4103, + 92-51-26Lahore: 5-4101
  • Email: [email protected], [email protected]
  • Website: http://diplomatie.belgium.be/pakistan

Karachi: Consulate of Karachi

  • Address: c / o Hotel Marriott – 9, Abdullah Haroon Road, 75530, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Phone: + 92-21-356-94158, + 92-300-855-0666
  • Email: [email protected]

Lahore: Consulate of Lahore

  • Address: 17 Aziz Avenue Canal Bank Gulberg V, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Phone: + 92-42-571-7786, + 92-42-571-7787
  • Email: [email protected]

 

Czech Republic

Islamabad: Embassy of the Czech Republic

  • Address: House No. 49, Street No. 27, Sector F-6/2, P.O.Box No. 1335, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Phone: + 92-51-2276849, + 92-51-2820679
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: www.mzv.cz/islamabad

Karachi: Consulate of the Czech Republic

  • Address: 6-B, 15 South Street, Defense Housing Authority, Phase 2, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Phone: + 92-21-35887755
  • Email: [email protected]

Lahore: Honorary Consulate of the Czech Republic

  • Address: c / o Samira House, 55 – P, Gulberg – 2, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Phone: + 92-42-111850850
  • Email: [email protected]

 

Denmark

Islamabad: Embassy of Denmark

  • Address: House # 16, Street 21, F-6/2, P.O. Box 1118, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Phone: + 92-51-2099800
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: http://pakistan.um.dk/

Karachi: Royal Danish Consulate

  • Address: 14-Clifton, Street NO 12A, Off Shahran-I-Iran, Clifton, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Phone: + 92-21-5873732
  • Email: [email protected]

Lahore: 

  • Address: 4th Floor, Associated House, 7-Egerton Road, Lahore-54000
  • Phone: (42) 6312627

 

Estonia

Islamabad: Consulate of Estonia

  • Address: 22-B, F-7/1, Main Nazimuddin Road, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Phone: + 92-5126-11916
  • Email: [email protected]

 

Finland

Islamabad: Embassy of Finland

  • Address: House No. 24, Street No. 89, Sector G-6/3, Postal address: P.O. Box 1862, 44000
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: +92-51-2828 426
  • Website: http://www.finlandpakistan.org

Karachi: Honorary Consulate General of Finland

  • Address: Honorary Consulate General of Finland, Finlay House, I.I. Chundrigar Road
  • Phone: +92-21-242 8485, 2410 166

Lahore: Honorary Consulate of Finland

  • Address: Honorary Consulate of Finland, IVCC Engineering (PVT) Ltd., KM17/18 Ferozepur Road
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: +92-42-581 1571/4, 582 2401/2

 

France

Islamabad: Embassy of France

  • Address: Diplomatic Enclave G5, GPO Box 1068 – Islamabad
  • Phone: (+92) 51 201 14 14, [92] (51) 201 14 22 (in case of emergency)
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: https://pk.ambafrance.org/

Karachi: Consulate General of France

  • Address: 12 / A, Mohammad Ali Bogra Road – Bath Island, Karachi
  • Phone:  +92 (0) 21 35 87 37 98, +92 (0) 21 35 86 24 37, + 92 (0) 300 821 4299 (in case of emergency)
  • Email: [email protected]

 

Germany

Islamabad: Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

  • Address: Ramna 5, Diplomatic Enclave, P.O. Box 1027, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Phone: (0092-51) 2007 – 200, (0092-51) 2007 403/404/411/412
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: http://www.islamabad.diplo.de

Karachi: Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany

  • Address: 92-A/7, Block 5, Clifton, Karachi, Pakistan.
  • Phone: +92 2135873782, +92 2135873783, +92 2135870234
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: http://www.karachi.diplo.de

Lahore: Honorary Consul of Germany

  • Address: Servis House 2 Main Gulberg Lahore 54622
  • Phone: (0092 42) 3571 0593 / 3575 1990 – 95 Extension 115
  • Email: [email protected]

 

Greece

Islamabad: Embassy of Greece

  • Address: 33A, School Road, F-6/2, 44000, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Phone:+9251 2825186, 2822558, +92 3035193105 (emergency)
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: www.mfa.gr/islamabad

 

Hungary

Islamabad: Embassy of Hungary

  • Address: 12, Margalla Road, F-6/3, PO Box 1103, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Phone: +92-51-207-7800, +92-51-207-7804
  • Email: [email protected]

 

Iceland

Oslo: Embassy of Iceland

  • Address: Stortingsgata 30 Postboks 4004 AMB 0244 Oslo, Norway
  • Phone: +47 2323 7530
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: http://www.utn.is/oslo

Islamabad: Honorary Consul General of Iceland

  • Address: 191-A, Street 10, E-7, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Phone: (51) 844 1954 / 844 1955
  • Email: [email protected]
Karachi: Honorary Consul General of Iceland

Italy

Islamabad: Embassy of Italy

  • Address: Plot 196/208, Street 16, Diplomatic Enclave, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Phone: +925-128-33183, +925-128-33184
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: www.ambislamabad.esteri.it

Karachi: Consulate of Italy

  • Address: 85, Old Clifton, Shahrah-e-Iran, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Phone: +922-135-870031
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: www.conskarachi.esteri.it

Lahore: Consulate of Italy

  • Address: 35/a Empress Road, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Phone: +924-263-01601, +924-263-01602
  • Email: [email protected]

 

Latvia

Karachi: Consulate of Latvia

  • Address: 6-B, Block 6, P.E.C.H.S., Sharah-e-Faisal, 75400, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Phone: +92-21-454-8403, +92-21-454-8405
  • Email: [email protected]

 

Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein is represented by the Swiss embassies or consular available in Pakistan.

 

Lithuania

Islamabad: Consulate General of Lithuania

  • Address: 1-A, Shahid Plaza, Main Blue Area, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Phone: +92-51-227-3217

 

Luxembourg

Luxembourg is represented by the Belgian Embassy in Pakistan.

 

Malta

Karachi: Consulate of Malta

  • Address: Pakistan Gokal Chambers Hotel Beach, Luxury Road, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Telephone: (+92) (21) 3561 1005
  • E-mail: [email protected]

Lahore: Consulate of Malta

  • Address: Maltese Consulate in Lahore, Pakistan 36, Lawrence Road Lahore 54000 Pakistan
  • Telephone: (+92) (42) 3636 6666-70
  • E-mail: [email protected]

 

Netherlands

Islamabad:

  • Address: 167، Street 15, Ramna 5 G-5, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan
  • Telephone:  +92 51 2004444
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: http://pakistan.nlembassy.org/

 

Norway

Islamabad: Embassy of Norway

  • Address: House No. 25, Street No. 19, Sector F-6/2, P.O. Box 1336, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Phone: +92-51-2077700
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: http://www.norway.org.pk/

Karachi: Consulate of Norway

  • Address: 12 Standard Chartered Bank Chambers, I. I. Chundrigar Road, 74000, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Phone: +92-21-2415697, +92-21-2414884

Lahore: Consulate of Norway

  • Address: Associated House, Building No. 2, Floor No. 2, 7 Egerton Road, 54000, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Phone: +92-42-3630-1315
  • Email: [email protected]

 

Poland

Islamabad: Embassy of Poland

  • Address: Street 24, G-5/4, Diplomatic Enclave II, P. O. Box 1032, 44000, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Phone: +92-51-2600844, +92-51-2600846
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: https://www.islamabad.msz.gov.pl/

Karachi: Consulate of Poland

Lahore: Consulate of Poland

  • Address: 45-CMA Colony, Abid Mahjid Road, Lahore Cant., Lahore, Pakistan
  • Phone: +92-42-36653894, +92-42-36653896
  • Email: [email protected]

 

Portugal

Islamabad: Embassy of Portugal

  • Address: House 8, street 36, F-7/1, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Phone: 0092 300 850 46 19 (Emergency)
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: https://islamabad.embaixadaportugal.mne.gov.pt/en/

Karachi: Honorary Consul of Portugal

  • Address: 78 Khayban-e-Shaheen, DHA 6 – Karachi
  • Phone: + (92) 2135840611
  • Email: [email protected]

Lahore: Honorary Consul of Portugal

 

Slovakia

For those looking for a short-term visa just for a visit to Slovakia, you can also visit the Czech embassy in Islamabad. It was very recently authorized to offer Slovakia visas to travellers who are opting for short-term Slovakia visas because of the absence of a Slovakian embassy in Pakistan.

 

Slovenia

Karachi: Consulate of Slovenia

  • Address: C-10/1, Block 4, Clifton, Karachi Pakistan
  • Phone: (021) 587 7457, +92 21 587 7457
  • Email: [email protected], [email protected]
  • Website: https://slovenianconsulate.com.pk/

 

Spain

Islamabad: Spanish Embassy

  • Address: Street 6, Ramna, 5. Diplomatic Enclave I, P.O. Box 1144, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Phone: +92-51-208-8777
  • Email [email protected], [email protected]
  • Website: http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Embajadas/ISLAMABAD/en/Pages/inicio.aspx

 

Sweden

Islamabad: Embassy of Sweden

  • Address: House No. 4, St. No.5, F-6/3, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Phone +925-120-72600, +925-120-72680
  • Email: [email protected], [email protected]
  • Website: http://www.swedenabroad.com/en-GB/Embassies/Islamabad/

Karachi: Consulate of Sweden

  • Address: 37-G, Block 6, P.E.C.H.S. , Shahrah-e-Faisal, 75400, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Phone +922-134-373001, +922-134-373002
  • Email [email protected]

Lahore: Consulate of Sweden

  • Address: 5 FCC, Syed Maratab Ali Road, Gulberg, 54660, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Phone: +924-257-63972, +924-257-53404, +924-257-53405, +924-257-53406
  • Email: [email protected]

 

Switzerland

Islamabad: Embassy of Switzerland