It is possible to apply for a Spain visa from Pakistan, but you must meet the requirements as load out by the Spanish authorities. Pakistanis are some of the most traveled nationals in the world, and Spain is one of their favorite destinations in Europe. As a Pakistan passport holder, the route to Spain is open, and we review the visa requirements and application process involved.
Spain At A Glance
Spain is located on the famous Iberian peninsula in South West Europe and borders several countries such as Portugal, France, and Andorra. The country has a population of more than 46 million inhabitants, and it is the second-largest country in Europe. Officially known as the Kingdom of Spain, it has thriving tourism due to the warmer climate compared to most European countries and its strategic location in the warm underbelly of Europe.
Every year, over 80 million people visit Spain, and some top destinations besides Madrid are Seville, Barcelona, Valencia, and Ibiza, where some of the finest European beaches are located. Besides the tourism industry, which earns billions of dollars in revenue and attracts most visitors, Spain is also a top destination for international business. Some of the biggest brands have offices in the country, and some are even headquartered there. The services sector is a major employer of labor, like the tourist industry, and there is also a thriving agricultural sector.
Do Pakistanis Require Visas To Enter Spain
Pakistani citizens need a visa to enter Spain and are expected to adhere to the tenets of the visa they hold. For instance, tourists on tourist visas are not allowed to work during their visit, as jobs are left to citizens and foreigners on work visas.
Spain Schengen Visa
Spain has been a Schengen nation since 1995 and is one of the 26 countries whose government can issue Schengen visas to applicants. Schengen visas are special types of visas recognized across the Schengen area. This means that Pakistanis who are issued Spanish Schengen visas can use the same visa to enter any other country as long as the visa is valid. Here are the types of available Schengen visas they can apply for
Transit visa: Pakistan citizens traveling to other countries but making brief stops in Spain to take connecting flights can rest a while in the country. Transit visas are shirt term visas only valid for 72 hours.
Tourist Visa: Being a top tourist destination, visitors from Pakistan may visit as tourists but only if they are issued a tourist visa. Thus visa is valid for 180 days and offers the holder permission to tour the country for 90 days maximum.
Visitor visa: This one is for visitors visiting family and friends who are citizens or permanent residents in Spain
Business Visa: Pakistanis with business engagements in Spain may apply for a business visa valid for 180 days, but they can only stay for 90 days.
Medical visa: Patients seeking medical care in any hospital or medical center must apply for a medical visa.
Study Visa: Students offered admission by a Spanish university must obtain a study visa from the embassy in Islamabad, which allows them to travel to Spain.
Work Visa: To apply for a work visa, the applicant must have secured employment with a company or entity in Spain first.
How To Apply For A Spain Visa From Pakistan?
Applicants for residency visas like study or work visas must approach the Spanish embassy in Islamabad or any of its consulates to submit physical copies of their documents and a completed and signed application form. However, if you only want a short-stay visa like a transit or tourist visa, you can apply online. Here are the steps to follow
Select Spain as your destination
Select Pakistan as your country
Choose the visa you want
Fill out the form
Scan your documents
Pay the application fee
Submit for approval
After submitting the online form, you must wait roughly 72 hours or less to receive the visa in your email inbox. Please print it out and bring it with you on your trip to Spain. The immigration officers on duty will request it along with your passport. After asking a few questions, which must be answered sincerely, they will stamp your visa and let you through.
Spain Visa Fee
The visa fee depends on the visa you apply for and whether you want a single or multiple-entry visa.
Spain Visa Requirements
Here is a list of documents required to process your application
Completed and signed the application form
Pakistan passport is valid for at least 6 months and not older than 10 years.
Medical Insurance with a minimum coverage of €30,000
Proof of funds (€100 minimum daily expenses)
Proof of accommodation
Flight ticket reservation
Two passport photographs
Proof of civil status where applicable