nationals, except for those belonging to countries with
which Pakistan has Visa Abolition Agreements,
information available with Pakistan Missions abroad, are
required to obtain a visa to enter Pakistan. Visa can be
obtained from Pakistan's Diplomatic Missions. Ordinarily
Missions deal only with visa applicants residing in
their jurisdiction he/she resides at the time of making
application, will deal with the case.
The grant of visa, however, is no guarantee that the
recipient would be allowed entry into Pakistan. The
final decision to allow entry rests with the Immigration
Officer at the point of entry.
Categories of Visa
The rules provide for three categories of visas namely,
single transit and multiple entry visas. For transit
visa the applicant must fulfill the following
Onward journey of the applicant is reasonably
applicant's documents for the country of destination
and countries enroute are in order.
Commercial Travelers and Businessmen making repeated
journeys to Pakistan in connection with business can be
granted multiple entry visa valid for up to six journeys
within a period not exceeding one year.
Single or multiple journey visas granted to diplomats
and officials of foreign governments accredited to
Pakistan and other foreigners of similar stratus are
issued with 'Diplomatic' or 'Official' visas, normally
free of charge.
Procedure for obtaining visa
An Applicant for visa is required to fill in the
prescribed visa application form complete in all
respects and duly signed by him/her. The form is to be
submitted to the Consular Section of the Mission along
with the following:
Persons proceeding to Pakistan on specific assignments
(business/Official) should enclose letters/documents
from their sponsors/employees giving all the details
such as the nature of assignment, duration etc.
Incomplete and unsigned applications will not be
The rates of fee for different categories of visa differ
from country to country. The applicants are, therefore,
advised to check with the concerned issuing authority
the visa fee, time required for issuance of visa and any
The grant of visa cannot be claimed as a right. The
issuing authority may refuse the application without
assigning any reason.
Government of Pakistan
Ministry of Interior
Islamabad, the 30th October, 2000
Sub: STREAMLINING OF TOURIST VISA POLICY
The undersigned is directed to refer to the Minorities, Culture, Sports, Tourism & Youth Affairs Division's O.M.. No.10(1)/2000-Reg/Misc dated 17-10-2000, on the above subject and to inform that on 13th October 2000, new visa policy has been announced by the Minister for Interior. With regard to tourist visa, the new policy provides that:-
(i) Immigration Check posts have been authorized to issue 30 days landing permit to the tourists entering Pakistan without visa except nationals of the countries borne on negative list (Annexure - I).
(ii) Under the present instructions, the Regional Passport Offices are authorized to allow initial three months entry visa to the tourists and to allow one extension unto three months. It has further been decided to authorize Regional Passport Offices to grant entry visa to the tourists (except the nationals of the countries borne on negative list) entering Pakistan on landing permit for a period of three months from the date of entry into Pakistan, charging visa fee fixed on reciprocal basis.
(iii) The Regional Passport Offices have further been authorized to allow, on application, not more than two re-entries to the tourists, charging prescribed visa fee subject to a minimum of US$ 10 only.
(iv) The Pakistan Missions abroad have been authorized to issue tourist visa for a maximum period of three months liberally to all foreign nationals except to the Indian nationals and the foreigners of Indian origin.
(v) All foreign nationals, including tourists, have been exempted from police registration, except the nationals from negative list countries.
2. Necessary instructions have been issued to all Visa Issuing Authorities at home and abroad accordingly.
3. In order to provide facility to the foreigners visiting Northern Areas, it has been decided to authorize Deputy Commissioner, Gilgit and Skardu, to allow extension to the tourists for a period of three months and one re-entry charging visa fee as per policy. They shall, however, exercise these powers themselves and will not delegate these powers to their subordinate officials.
4. In order to provide maximum facilities to the foreigners, the RPOs have been directed to implement following instructions in letter and spirit:-
(a) Visa applications shall be accepted and visa signed by the Officer Incharge / Superintendent.
(b) The best available room in the office having adequate/proper seating arrangements and other amenities be allocated for foreigners.
(c) Special care should be exercised for proper cleanliness and maintenance of Visa Section.
(d) The dealing Assistant deployed at Visa Counter must be well mannered, polite, courteous and conversant with the Visa Rules and Regulations.
(e) It is to be ensured that the foreigners visiting offices are not put to un-necessary inconvenience. Prompt disposal of Visa cases is to be ensured.
(f) Before signing of Visa, it is to ensured that visa has been allowed for the entitled duration and prescribed fee has been realized.
(g) To ensure proper realization of prescribed visa fee and signing of visa, the signing authority will sign each each entry in the Visa Register and will affix his stamp (by name).
(h) The Officer Incharge of RPO will undertake immediate orientation of staff deployed at Visa Counters. The implementation of new visa scheme will be closely monitored by the Directors / Dy. Directors through personal visits/surprise checks.
5. Minorities, Culture, Sports & Tourism and Youth Affairs Division are requested to take further necessary action to circulate the new visa policy to all concerned organizations/tourist agencies etc., a the earliest, under intimation to this Ministry.
( Riazul Islam )
Section Officer (Visa)Encl: As Above
Minorities, Culture, Sports, Tourism &
Youth Affairs Division,
(Mr. Zamin Ali, S.O. (Reg.),
LIST OF NEGATIVE COUNTRIES
11. Sri Lanka
17. Foreigners of India Origin
LIST OF 44 COUNTRIES
14. Hong Kong
25. The Netherlands
26. New Zealand
32. Saudi Arabia
34. South Korea
38. South Africa
Application Requirement for Visa: Valid passport, 02 passport - size photographs, completed application form, confirmed return/onward air - ticket (if traveling by air) and proof of sufficient amount of foreign currency. Visa fee varies from country to country and type of visa.
For further details please contact
Pakistan High Commission or Embassy / Consulate in your city / country.