Details about visa for Pakistan
IMMIGRATION AND VISAS
All travelers need a passport, with the exception of the following:
1. Travelers with a ‘Laissez-Passer’ provided they are traveling on duty; a ‘Laissez-Passer’ can be issued by either:
1.1. The International Court of Justice at The Hague, Netherlands, to all nationalities; or
1.2. The United Nations.
2. Travelers with a Hong Kong (A Special Administrative Region of China) Identity Document.
3. Travelers with a Seaman Book on condition that they are traveling on duty.
4. Travelers with documents that are issued to people without nationality or citizenship.
Passports and alternative papers, or either of them, have to be valid upon arrival.
1. Before arrival: Travelers are kindly requested to contact the nearest representation of Pakistan.
2. On arrival: A visa is issued if necessary to travelers staying for no more than 30 days, travelling on business provided they are citizens of Azerbaijan, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Republic of Korea, Jordan, Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Australia, Malta, Argentina, Mauritius, Bahrain, Mexico, Bosnia Herzegovina, Morocco, Brunei, Netherlands, People’s Republic of China (including Travelers with Hong Kong (A Special Administrative Region of China) passport), New Zealand, Republic of Czech, Norway, Oman, Denmark, Philippines, Estonia, Poland, France, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Greece, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Hungary, Turkmenistan, Iran, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, United States of America, Japan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Vietnam as long as they are:
a. Holding one of the following papers:
– A letter of recommendation posted to Pakistani missions abroad by the investor Consular Investment Board; or
– A recommendation letter from the Chamber of Commerce & Industries in a country of residence; or
– A letter of invitation from a business enterprise properly recommended by the trade association or organization in Pakistan concerned; and
b. Arriving at Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar, or Quetta airports.
– Free of charge for citizens of Japan and People’s Republic of China; or
– Varying from USD 3 to USD 150 depending on nationality (other than Japan and the People’s Republic of China).
3. On arrival: If necessary, a temporary landing permit for 72 hours will be issued only in exceptional cases to travelers of Pakistani Origin provided they are traveling in emergency conditions and:
– apply for a regular visa at Regional Passport Office in town; and
– depart with the same passport which is used for entry; and
– have a double nationality; and
– are using Pakistani passports with the label ‘Valid for five years’, which is issued by Pakistani missions abroad or by Regional Passport Offices in Pakistan.
All travelers must hold a visa except the following:
1. Pakistani citizens.
2. Citizens of Iceland, Maldives, and Zambia staying for no more than three months.
3. Citizens of the People’s Republic of China with normal passports endorsed ‘Public Affairs’ staying for no more than three months.
4. Travelers with a Pakistan Origin Card or a national identity card for Overseas Pakistanis regardless of nationality for an open period of stay.
5. Travelers with a re-entry permit which is issued by Pakistan.
6. Refugees and people without nationality or citizenship as long as they reside in Nepal, Maldives, Iceland, Samoa, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, or Zambia.
7. Citizens of Nepal and Samoa for Travelers staying for no more than 30 days.
8. Citizens of Kyrgyzstan, People’s Republic of China, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Republic of Montenegro, Romania, and the Republic of Serbia with official or diplomatic passports, staying for no more than 30 days.
9. Citizens of Brazil, Germany, Mexico, Philippines, or Tajikistan, with diplomatic passports, staying for no more than three months.
10. Citizens of Algeria, Austria, Czech Republic, Finland, Republic of Korea, Morocco, Argentina, Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Denmark, Russia, Iran, Slovak Republic, Luxembourg, Tunisia, and Turkey with official or diplomatic passports, staying for no more than three months.
11. Travelers with a ‘Laissez-Passer’ (provided they are traveling on duty), which is issued by the:
11.1. International Court of Justice at the Hague, Netherlands, to all nationalities.
11.2. United Nations.
12. Citizens of Tonga and Trinidad & Tobago.
TWOV (Transit Without Visa):
TWOV is permissible for travelers continuing their trip to a third country within 24 hours and are
– holding tickets with reserved seats; and
– holding all necessary documents for the country of final destination and
– using the first or the same connecting plane; and
– not leaving the airport.
If an overnight stay is involved, the transporting carrier must accommodate the traveler at the airport hotel; a previous hotel reservation and issuing of a hotel voucher, or either of them, is recommended. Immigration authorities will hold the traveler’s passport.
Refugees and people without nationality or citizenship who need a visa at all times.
1. Travelers with Chinese Taipei passports must report to the Immigration Head Office for registration within 24 hours.
2. Citizens of Afghanistan and India must hold a report to the Immigration Head Office for enrollment within 24 hours
3. If required, citizens of Arab League countries must have a photocopy of their visa and passport.
4. Travelers staying in Pakistan for more than 30 days must report to the Immigration Head Office for registration before the expiration of this 30 day-period
4.1. Travelers with a national identity card for Overseas Pakistanis
4.2. Travelers with official or diplomatic passports.
5. Travelers must have all the necessary documents as well as tickets for their next trip.
Travelers with passports containing a ‘Visa-exempt’ stamp that is issued by Pakistan and travelers with a double nationality using Pakistani passports.
5.1. Chinese people with normal passports endorsed ‘Public Affairs’ are also exempted.
5.2. Travelers with government duty passports are also exempted.
If travelers do not abide by the entry rules, they may be deported by the immigration authorities.
CUSTOMS AND FOREIGN EXCHANGE
1. Residents aged 18 years old and more are allowed free import of the following:
a. gifts and souvenirs, or either of them, with a reasonable quantity and number.
b. Fifty cigars or ½ kilogram of tobacco or 200 cigarettes.
c. ¼ liter of perfume and eau de toilette, of which not more than a liter maybe perfume.
– For travelers on their first visit in one year, the total value of goods should not be more than PKR 2,000.
– For travelers on their second visit in one year, the total value of articles should not exceed PKR 1,000.
– For travelers on their third or subsequent visits, they will have to pay the required duties and taxes.
2. Residents aged less than 18 years old are allowed to import the following provided they pay customs duties for any items bought abroad whether they have used it or not. It is permitted for:
– For travelers on their first visit in one year, the total value of goods should not be more than PKR 1,000.
– For travelers on their second visit in one year, the total value of articles should not exceed PKR 500.
3. The following goods may not be imported: matches, fruits, and plants, whether alive or dead, including cut flowers except if accompanied by a health certificate that is issued by the Pakistani Ministry of Agriculture (Plant Protection Department).
There are many restrictions on importing alcoholic drinks for both residents and non-residents, regardless of their nationality.
1. There are no restrictions on exporting a half-pound of tobacco or 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars.
2. An export permit is required for the exportation of articles other than those mentioned under free export. However, an export permit will be issued on presentation of a foreign currency exchange voucher for any article(s) up to the total value of PKR 75,000. This is applicable to either foreigners or Pakistani citizens residing out of Pakistan who visits Pakistan for a short period of time.
3. Antiquities are prohibited from being exported.
Pet animals must be accompanied by a veterinarian certificate. Pet animals may enter the cabin as cargo or as traveler’s checked luggage.
Forbidden: Live animals and birds from China coming.
Baggage Clearance regulations:
A traveler’s luggage should be cleared at the first airport of entry in Pakistan.
Upon boarding at the airport, no airport tax is imposed on passengers.
Currency Import regulations:
Travelers are allowed to import local currency (Pakistan Rupee-PKR) up to PKR 100 in units of 10 rupees or less and also in combinations of personal allocation. It is forbidden for banknotes in units of 50 and 100 rupees or more to be imported. There are no restrictions on importing foreign currency in the form of traveler’s cheques and banknotes.
Currency Export regulations:
Travelers are allowed to export local currency (Pakistan Rupee-PKR) up to PKR 100; the State Bank of Pakistan permits re-exchange of no more than PKR 500 into foreign currency if travelers have receipt of exchange in Pakistan. There are no restrictions on exporting foreign currencies in the form of traveler’s cheques and banknotes.
Arms and Ammunition regulations:
It is allowed to import ammunition and arms, but an Arms License is required.