Wasn’t sure where to post this as there isn’t a dedicated Europe forum so I’ve put it here in the hope that someone may be able to help.
I am asking this question on behalf of friend who is a Pakistani national. He has an existing multi entry Schengen visa obtained via the Italian embassy for a previous trip that expires in January 2007. He wishes to visit Spain and Germany in January to attend a trade fair and has two questions.
1. As the visa was issued by the Italian embassy is it now possible to enter a different Schengen country, i.e. Spain or Germany, or must he enter Italy first.
2. This relates to the expiry date. Does the visa need to have a minimum number of days left on it in order to enter. Provided he enters a Schengen country before the visa expires and does not stay more that the allotted 15 days can he move between Spain and Germany after the visa has expired. Must he leave the Schengen area before the visa expires.
I have done some research myself and am pretty sure that he will be OK entering Spain or Germany with an Italian issued visa but am not sure about the second question. Is there anyone with experience of Schengen visas who can help.