What is the Schengen Area?
The Schengen Area is a group of 26 European countries that have abolished internal borders, allowing for free movement of people within this area. It includes countries such as Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and many others.
What are the 26 countries in the Schengen Area?
The 26 countries in the Schengen Area 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, and Switzerland.
Why is it called Schengen?
The name “Schengen” comes from the village of Schengen in Luxembourg, where the Schengen Agreement was signed in 1985. This agreement led to the creation of the Schengen Area and the abolishment of internal border controls among the participating countries.
What Documents Do I Need for a Schengen Visa From Pakistan?
When applying for a Schengen visa from Pakistan, you must prepare the following documents:
Application Form: Fill out the Schengen visa application form with accurate information and sign it.
Pakistani Passport: Provide your original Pakistani passport, which must be valid for at least three months beyond your intended departure from the Schengen Area. It should also have two blank pages and must have been issued within the last 10 years.
Identity Photographs: Submit two recent identity photographs that meet the Schengen visa photo guidelines.
Civil Status Certificate: Include civil status documents such as birth certificate, marriage certificate, family certificate, or death certificate if applicable.
Proof of Accommodation: Provide proof of hotel bookings, Airbnb reservations, or an invitation letter from a family member or friend stating that you will be staying with them.
Round-Trip Flight Itinerary: Present a confirmed flight reservation from Pakistan to the Schengen Area and back. Include any internal flight tickets if applicable.
Travel Health Insurance: Obtain travel health insurance that meets the Schengen travel insurance guidelines, with coverage of at least EUR 30,000 for medical emergencies.
Proof of Paid Visa Fee: Include the receipt showing payment of the required visa fee.
Cover Letter: Write a cover letter explaining the purpose of your visit, the duration of your stay, your planned activities, and other relevant details.
Copies of Previous Schengen Visas: If you have had previous Schengen visas, submit copies of those permits.
Birth Certificate and Parental Consent (for minors): If a minor is applying for a Schengen visa, include their birth certificate and parental consent for travel, signed by both parents/legal guardians.
Proof of Financial Means: Provide original bank account statements for the last three to six months, demonstrating sufficient funds to cover your expenses during the trip.
Employment contract, business license, student registration, or retirement/pension statements may also be required based on your circumstances.
It is essential to note that these requirements are subject to change, and it is recommended to check the official website of the respective embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date and specific information regarding Schengen visa requirements for Pakistani citizens.