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Updated June 2024

European countries have always been alluring to Pakistani travellers. The lush green courtyards, the scenic landscape bordering mountains and the local streets etched with culture make a trip to Europe a fulfilling travel experience.

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Schengen visa in Pakistan updates

As anticipation grows for the forthcoming Paris Olympics, it’s imperative that spectators from Pakistan understand the Schengen visa prerequisites. Securing a regular Schengen visa is essential for their journey, akin to any other visit within the Schengen Area.

To fully relish the sporting spectacles and cultural offerings, attendees must meticulously prepare their documentation for Schengen Zone entry. This involves adhering to the Schengen visa application process and furnishing the requisite paperwork detailed in our comprehensive guide.

Whether immersing in the thrill of athletic competition or indulging in Parisian charm between events, possessing the appropriate visa ensures a seamless and unforgettable experience at the Paris Olympics.

What is a Schengen Visa?

A Schengen Visa is a short-stay visa that allows a person to travel to any member of the Schengen Area per stay for up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes. Currently, the Schengen Area consists of 29 member countries. All of these countries are located in Europe. The 29 Schengen countries are:

  • Austria
  • Bulgaria
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • 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.

Digital Schengen Visa

The European Parliament revealed that they have approved a new strategy to digitize the physical Schengen visa application and sticker process. This means that travellers from outside the Schengen zone, including Pakistani passport holders can say goodbye to long lines and complicated paperwork, as they will soon be able to apply for and receive their digital Schengen visa online.

This means that individuals will be able to apply for their visas online without the need to book appointments or physically submit their passports. Instead of the traditional visa sticker, a digital version will be provided, which not only streamlines the application process but also enhances security measures for the Schengen region.

This platform enables visa seekers to input all necessary information, upload digital copies of their travel and supporting documents, and complete the payment process for their visa fees. Additionally, they will receive notifications regarding the status of their visa application.

Check out our article to know all about the Digital Schengen Visa:

Schengen Visa Online: What We Know So Far About the Upcoming Digital Schengen Visa

Should Pakistanis apply for Schengen Visa?

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

To be eligible to file your visa application at the Schengen embassies/consulates or visa application centers (VACs) in Pakistan, you must belong to one of the following categories:

  • Pakistani passport holders.
  • Third-world nationals who are required to obtain a visa to Europe and live in Pakistan under a permanent or temporary residence permit.

Please note that the exact date the ETIAS visa waiver will be launched has yet to be confirmed; however, starting in 2025, passport holders of countries that have established visa-free regimes with the EU will have to apply for an ETIAS before their travel toward Europe to be allowed to enter the territory. Withal, this does not apply to Pakistani passport holders, as Pakistan currently does not have a visa-free agreement with the EU.

How long is the validity of the Schengen Visa?

The validity of the Schengen Visa is 90 days within a 180-day period. Furthermore, the Schengen Visa is categorized into the following:

  • Single entry. Allows for a single entry to the Schengen area. Upon departure, you will not be able to use your single-entry Schengen Visa to return
  • Double-entry. You are allowed to enter the Schengen Area twice. Meaning that within the allowed period, you can enter the Schengen area, leave and reenter
  • Multiple-entry. You will be granted the right to enter any Schengen state as many times as you wish within a six-month period.

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:

  1. Schengen visa application form
  2. Pakistani passport (original and copy)
  3. two identity photographs (taken within the last six months)
  4. civil status certificate (e.g. birth/marriage/family/death certificate)
  5. proof of accommodation (e.g. hotel reservations, Airbnb bookings, or a letter from a host)
  6. round-trip flight itinerary (including internal flights, if applicable)
  7. travel health insurance certificate (covering EUR 30,000 or around PKR 8,939,122)
  8. proof of paid visa fee
  9. cover letter (explaining the purpose of your visit, itinerary, and length of stay)
  10. copies of previous Schengen visas (if applicable)
  11. birth certificate and parental consent (for minors)
  12. proof of financial means (bank statements, employment contract, business license, etc.)

Please note that some of these documents may require additional supporting documents, depending on your individual circumstances. Please visit the Schengen Visa Info website for more details

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 traveling from Pakistan to Europe.
  2. check where you need to apply for a Schengen Visa in Pakistan. Pay attention to the embassy/consulate/VAC 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 about 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 15-45 days for a response to your application. In rare cases, it might take up to 60 days.

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

The following is the current price cap for Schengen Visa for Pakistani residents:

  • All applicants: 90 Euros (around PKR 25,068)
  • Child between 6-12 years of age: 45 Euros (around PKR 12,534)

The following individuals are exempt from paying Schengen visa fees:

  • children under six (6) years of age
  • Family members of EU citizens, Icelanders, Liechtensteiners, Norwegians, or Swiss nationals, regardless of their own nationality.
  • Holders of diplomatic, service, or official passports.
  • Students, postgraduates, pupils, and accompanying teachers intending to enter one or more Schengen countries for educational purposes or professional training.
  • Representatives under 26 years old of non-profit organizations participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural, or educational events organized by non-profit organizations.
  • researchers traveling to conduct scientific research

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 8770 700
  • Website: https://www.bmeia.gv.at/en/austrian-embassy-islamabad/

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 3534 0214

Lahore: Consulate of Austria

  • Address: 50-C, Main Gulberg, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Phone: (+92) 42 3571 4057

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] (for visa), [email protected](for general enquiries)
  • Website: https://pakistan.diplomatie.belgium.be/en

Karachi: Consulate of Karachi

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

Lahore: Consulate of Lahore

  • Address: Pak Elektron Limited (PEL) 14 K M, Ferozepur Road Lahore 54760
  • Phone: +92 42 3592 0144-5, +923458448444, +923007001111
  • 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: + 92-21-358 94 520
  • 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
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: +92 300 828 5185

Lahore: Honorary Consulate of Finland

  • Address: Honorary Consulate of Finland, IVCC Engineering (PVT) Ltd., KM17/18 Ferozepur Road
  • Email:  [email protected]
  • Phone: +92 321 4380 756

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]
  • Website: https://iszlamabad.mfa.gov.hu/eng

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: https://ambislamabad.esteri.it/ambasciata_islamabad/en/

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: https://www.norway.no/en/pakistan/

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.gov.pl/web/pakistan-en/embassy-

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

 

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