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VISA

VISA General Policy for Various Categories:

The Ministry of Interior is responsible for granting/extending visas in the following categories of foreigners (other
than Indian nationals whose cases are dealt by the IP&N Wing of the Ministry of Interior):-

Diplomatic UN Visa.

Gratis Visa of Diplomats/Non-Diplomats assigned to the foreign missions and expatriate staff of UN agencies working
in Pakistan and their families are granted by the Ministry of Interior on the recommendations of Ministry of Foreign
Affairs.

Visa to domestic servants of diplomats is issued free of charge, on the principle of reciprocity.

All foreign missions are required to furnish their applications for visa extension, well before the expiry of their
visas, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Visa extension authorization will be sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for onward transmission to the foreign
mission concerned.

Student Visa.

Request of the students is received by the MOI and Ministry of Education. Student visa is granted after obtaining
NOC from Ministry of Education/Economics Affairs Division/Ministry of Health (as the case may be) and foreign
Mission in Pakistan of the respective country and security clearance.

NOC is granted of the security cleared students for entry visa to the Mission abroad for three months with single
entry.

Foreign Students studying in Pakistan on proper student visa are granted visa/visa extension for one year with one
re-entry. The same procedure is applied to foreign teachers of International Islamic University, Islamabad.

Journalist Visa.

ACCREDITED & BASED IN PAKISTAN

Pakistan Missions abroad are authorized to grant visa to the journalists accredited and based in Pakistan for
duration of assignment in consultation with Press Attach s & and verification of the credentials except for Indian
journalists without referring to the Ministries of Interior or Information and Broadcasting for Karachi, Lahore and
Islamabad . If they wish to travel to other cities, they will apply through Ministry of Information and
Broadcasting.

NON BASED

Missions abroad will grant three months validity and stay (Multiple) visa for Islamabad, Lahore & Karachi after
verification of the credentials of the journalist.

Non based foreign Journalists for short visits are allowed one-month visa extension with two re-entries by RPOs on
the recommendation of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

Their requests to visit additional places received through Ministry of Information and Media Development are
considered on case to case basis.

NGO’s Visa.

Embassies are empowered to grant short term visa for one month to the expatriates working with Non Government
Organizations in Pakistan.

For long term visa, the NGO is required to be registered with Government of Pakistan. In such cases, Mission abroad
refer the applications for prior clearance from Ministry of Interior before granting visas.

In case of extension of visa, the registered NGOs may apply directly to Ministry of Interior which in turn
authorizes the concerned RPOs for grant of extension of visa, if all the formalities are met.

Work Visa.

Pakistan Missions abroad are authorized to grant entry Work Visa to foreign expatriates on the recommendations of
Board of Investment for one year (Multiple) validity , extendable on yearly basis in Pakistan . Board of Investment
will process work visa applications expeditiously within four weeks and recommended to the Ministry of Interior for
authorization of visa to concerned Mission.

Visa Committee under the Chairmanship of Secretary Board of Investment approves the work visa cases received in BOI
through the companies working in Pakistan.

Visa advice is however issued by Ministry of Interior to Pakistan Mission abroad as per recommendation of BOI, in
case of fresh entry visa and to Regional Passport Offices (RPOs) in case of visa extension.

Extension of three months provisional work visa, on application, recommended by BOI would be endorsed by the RPOs
instead of Ministry of Interior.

Afghan Visa.

Afghan nationals holding Afghan passport, living inPakistan since long are allowed visa/visa extension for a period
of six months with one re entry.

Afghan origin/third country passports holders are initially granted 45-days visa by our missions abroad except
Pakistan Mission in Afghanistan. They are allowed further extension for 45-days.

Afghan nationals coming from Afghanistan are granted six months visa with one re-entry by Pakistan Mission in
Afghanistan.

Pilgrimage Visa.

Sikhs of foreign passport holders (other than the Indian passports) are granted entry visa by the Missions for a
fortnight for the following places.

Lahore

  • Sheikhupura (Nankana Sahib)
  • Rawalpindi/Hasan Abdal (Punja Sahib)

Missionary Work Visa.

The applications for grant of initial visa/extension for missionary work Christian Missionaries in Pakistan is
processed by the Ministry of Interior.

Entry visas are not granted to foreign missionaries desirous of opening new missions or strengthening existing one
engaged in proselytizing activities.

Foreign missionaries can apply for entry visa through Pakistan missions abroad who will refer the cases to
Ministry of Interior with following documents of the applicants:-

  • Visa application form, duly completed with two photographs.
  • Computer Proforma.
  • Letter from a Missionary Organization certifying that he/she is a Bonafied member of the said Organization,
    which
    takes full responsibility for his/her maintenance, boarding/lodging and return journey in case repatriation from
    Pakistan was required.
  • Declaration to respect and abide by the laws of Pakistan and that he/she will refrain from indulging in internal
    politics and will comply with all the regulations of Pakistan.
  • Biodata for last 10 years.
  • Photostat copies of his/her educational degrees diplomas/certificates( with English translation, if required).
  • Letter from the Organization in Pakistan inviting the said missionary worker.
  • Complete details of the person being re-placed showing the exact date of his final exit, and visa position at
    that
    time alongwith photo copies of passport pages indicating final exit, final visa as well as the cancellation of
    un-utilized visa( if any).

The Ministry of Interior after obtaining the views of the Provincial Government clearance, authorizes missions
abroad for entry visa for one year with one re-entry.

Missionary workers shall apply for extension in visa one month before expiry of visa to the nearest Regional
Passport Office. In case, the documents furnished are in order, visa extension for two years with 2 re-entries per
year (not valid for India) will be granted by RPO concerned.

House-Maid Visa.

Entry visa to work as housemaid/domestic servant in Pakistan will be granted by Missions abroad only with prior
approval of the Ministry of Interior.

Applications for grant of fresh visa as housemaid/domestic servant etc., to a foreigner will be forwarded by the
employers in Pakistan to Ministry of Interior with following documents:-

  • Visa application form duly completed with two photographs of the applicant.
  • Computer clearance Performa
  • NOC & Acknowledgement from the foreign mission concerned (in Pakistan) about proposed employment of the
    foreigner by
    the said employer.
  • Employment Contract on stamp paper, duly signed by the employee and employer and two witnesses.
  • Photo copies of passport pages.
  • Copy of NIC of the employer (in case the employer is a Pakistani).
  • Passport photo copy of the employer (in case the employer is a foreigner). Extension in Housemaid Work/Domestic
    servant visa cases is granted by the Ministry of Interior on year to year basis subject to the validity of
    passport
    of the applicant with one or two re-entries per year.

Visa to Third Country Foreigner.

Foreign nationals can only apply for Pakistan visa from their country of origin OR from the place of legal permanent
residence. Request for visas of a THIRD COUNTRY origin will be decided only by the Ambassador/High Commissioner/Head
of Mission/Consulate.

Family Visit Visa for Pak Origin Foreigners.

Foreigners of Pak Origin are granted visa with multiple entries upto one year or validity of their passport,
whichever is less by Missions abroad.

RPOs may grant Extension in visa to foreigners of Pak Origin for one year with multiple entries and upto 5 years
without entries, subject to validity of their passport. A period of overstay upto six months can be condoned by RPOs
in such cases.

Foreign wives of Foreigner of Pak Origin are also issued the same visa extension as to Pak Origin foreigners,
subject to production of copy of Nikkah Nama/Marriage Certificate and NIC of husband.

Landing Permit for 72 hours can be granted by Airport Immigration staff, with prior approval of the Zonal Director
(FIA) concerned, to the foreigners of Pak Origin and their families only in emergency cases on production of
documentary proof of Pak Origin.

Business Visa.

ENTRY VISA BY MISSIONS

Missions abroad are authorized to grant five years validity (Multiple) visa within 24 hours to businessmen of
following 68 countries of Business Visa List (BVL) on the production of any of the following documents. Duration of
each stay is for three months.

  • Recommendation letter from CC&I of the respective country of the foreigner.
  • Invitation letter from Business organization duly recommended by the concerned Trade Organization/Association in
    Pakistan
  • Recommendatory letter by Honorary Investment Counselor of BOI/Commercial Attach posted at Missions abroad.

Argentina

Iceland

Poland

Australia

Indonesia

Portugal

Austria

Iran

Qatar

Azerbaijan

Ireland

Romania

Bahrain

Italy

Russia

Belgium

Japan

Saudi Arabia

Bosnia

Jordan

Singapore

Brazil

Kazakhistan

Slovakia Republic

Brunei

Kuwait

Slovenia

Canada

Latvia

South Africa

Chile

Lithonia

South Korea

China

Luxembourg

Spain

Cyprus

Malaysia

Sweden

Czech Republic

Malta

Switzerland

Denmark

Mauritius

Thailand

Egypt

Mexico

Turkey

Estonia

Morocco

Turkmenistan

Finland

Netherlands

U.K.

France

New Zealand

U.S.A.

Germany

Norway

U.A.E.

Greece

Oman

Ukraine

Hungary

Philippine

Vietnam

Sri Lanka

Bulgaria

 

Missions abroad can grant one month validity and stay (Multiple) entry visa to the businessmen of remaining 107
countries (except Israel) subject to the production of afore-mentioned requisite documents from applicants own
country or place of legal residence by Ambassador/High Commissioner/Head of Mission only on the following
criteria:

The applicant belongs to Company of International repute.
And / or
Fulfills the criteria laid down for List A country in respect of valid sponsorship from Pakistan.

Conversion of Business visa into Work visa and vice versa has been discontinued.

Visa on Arrival to Businessmen of 68 Countries.

Visa On Arrival (VOA) for 30 days validity and stay will be given to the businessmen of above 68 countries of
Business Friendly List (BVL) (mentioned at serial L, as-well) on production of any of the following documents.

  • Recommendation letter from CC&I of the respective country of the foreigner.
  • Invitation letter from Business organization duly recommended by the concerned Trade Organization/Association in
    Pakistan.
  • Recommendatory letter by Honorary Investment Counselor of BOI/Commercial Attach posted at Missions abroad.

Tourist Visa.

Pakistan Missions abroad are authorized to grant Visit/Tourist Visa for three months validity and stay with double
entry to foreigners of List-A consisting of following 188 countries.

RPOs have been authorized to extend tourist visa upto a maximum period of six months including the initial visa
period and condone overstay upto 15 days on payment of visa fee subject to payment of a minimum of US $ 10 only.

For Northern Areas, the Deputy Commissioners Gilgit & Skardu have been authorized to allow extension in visa for
three months and one re-entry to the tourists in Northern Areas, charging visa fee as per policy.

 

List A Countries

Albania

Germany

Peru

Algeria

Ghana

Philippines

Andorra

Greece

Poland

Angloa

Grenada

Portugal

Antigua
&
Barbuda

Guatemala

Qatar

Argentina

Guinea

Republic
of
Moldova

Armenia

Guinea-Bissau

Romania

Australia

Guyana

Russian
Federation

Austria

Haiti

Poland

Azerbaijan

Honduras

Portugal

Bahamas

Hungary

Qatar

Bahrain

Iceland

Republic
of
Moldova

Barbados

Indonesia

Romania

Belarus

Iran

Russian
Federation

Belgium

Ireland

Rwanda

Belize

Italy

Saint
Kitts
&
Nevis

Benin

Jamaica

Saint
Lucia

Bolivia

Japan

Saint
Vincent
&
Grenadines

Bosnia
&
Herzegovina

Jordan

Samoa

Botswana

Kazakhstan

San
Marino

Brazil

Kenya

Sao Tome
&
Principe

Brunai
Darussalam

Kiribati

Saudi
Arabia

Bulgaria

Kuwait

Senegal

Burkina
Faso

Lao
Republic

Seychelles

Burundi

Latvia

Sierra
Leone

Cameroon

Lebanon

Singapore

Canada

Lesotho

South
Korea

Cape
Verde

Liberia

Slovakia

Central
African
Republic

Leichtenstein

Slovenia

Chad

Lituania

Solomon
Islands

Chile

Luxemburg

South
Africa

China

Madagascar

Spain

Colombia

Malawi

Sri
Lanka

Comoros

Malaysia

Suriname

Congo

Maldives

Swaziland

Costa
Rica

Mali

Sweden

Cote
d’lvoire

Malta

Switzerland

Croatia

Marshall
Islands

Thailand

Cuba

Mauritania

Republic
of
Macedonia

Cyprus

Mauritius

Timor-Leste

Czech
Republic

Mexico

Togo

Republic
of
Congo

Micronesia

Tongo

Denmark

Monaco

Trinidad
&
Tobago

Djibouti

Mozambique

Tunisia

Dominica

Myanmar

Turkey

Dominican
Republic

Namibia

Turkmenistan

Ecuador

North
Korea

Tuvalu

Egypt

Nauru

Ukraine

El
Salvador

Nepal

United
Arab
Emirates

Equatorial
Guinea

Netherlands

United
Kingdom

Eritrea

New
Zealand

United
States
of
America

Estonia

Nicaragua

Uruguay

Ethiopia

Niger

Vanuatu

Fiji

Norway

Venezuela

Finland

Oman

Viet
Nam

France

Palau

Yemen

Gabon

Panama

Zambia

Gambia

Papua New
Guinea

Zimbabwe

Georgia

Paraguay

Uzbekistan

Syria

Tanzania

Iraq

Sudan

Serbia

Uganda

Cambodia

Libya

Mongolia

Morocco

Tajikistan

 

Group Tourism through Designated Tour Operators.

Visa On Arrival (VOA) will be allowed for one month validity and stay (Multiple) to Group Tourists of following 24
Tourists Friendly Countries (TFC) through designated Tour Operators in Pakistan subject to the following
conditions:-

  1. The case will be submitted through designated/authorized tour operators only.
  2. The concerned tour operator will also submit undertaking to the effect that the tourists will be their
    responsibility and that they will not illegally overstay beyond validity of visa.
  3. If required, the same tour operators will apply, before expiry of visa for further extension upto 30 days.
  4. The concerned tour operators will submit a confirmation about exit of the said tourists, after their actual
    leaving the country.
Tourist Friendly Countries (TFC)
for Group Tourism through Designated Tour Operators

Austria

France

Korea

Singapore

Belgium

Germany

Luxembourg

Spain

Canada

Greece

Malaysia

Sweden

China

Iceland

Netherlands

Thailand

Denmark

Italy

Norway

U.K.

Finland

Japan

Portugal

U.S.A.

 

List of Designated Tour
Operators

Lt. Col.
Akbar A.
Shareef, 
Rakaposhi
Tours
(Pvt.)
Ltd.,
No.
12-C,
31stCommercial
Street,
Defence
Housing
Authority,
Phase-V,
Karachi.
(75500) 
Phone
No.
5864848,
5864949 
Fax No.
5870652 
E-Mail: Indus@fascom.com

Khamisani
Brothers
(Pvt)
Ltd. No.
245,
Hotel
Metropole
Abdullah
Haroon
Road,
Karachi. 
Phone
No.
5217779,
5217779,
5211147 
Fax No.
5678241,
5214218 
E-Mail: khamisani@cyber.net.pk

Indus
Guides
Pvt.
Lahore, 
Phone
No.
042-6650917,
6681276 
Fax No.
6673806,
6278949 
E-Mail: Indus@brain.net.pk

Cox &
Kings
Pakistan, 
163-C,
Bank
Road,
Rawalpindi. 
Phone
No.
051-5529473 
Fax No.
051-5529476

Sitara
Travel
Consultants
Pvt.
Ltd. 
52-West,
Jinnah
Avenue,
Blue
Area,
Islamabad.
P.O. Box
1662.
Phone
No.
051-2274892-93,
2873372-75 
Fax No.
2279651,
2279676 
E-Mail: Islamabad@sitara.com

Travel
Waljis
(Pvt)
Ltd. 
10-Waljis
Building,
Khayaban-e-Suharwardy,
Islamabad. 
Phone
No.
051-2270745-48,
2270757-58 
Fax No.
2270753,
2828264 
E-Mail: info@waljis.com.pk

Sunrize
Holidays, 
872-E,
Gulistan
House,
St.# 1,
GF Blue
Area,
Islamabad. 
Phone
No.
051-2270596,
2201560 
Fax No.
051-2271670.

Oriental
Linin, 
62/10,
Bank
Road,
Saddar,
Rawalpindi.

Adventure
Tours
Pakistan

551, St.
53,
G-9/1,
Islamabad. 
Tele:
051-
2260820,
2252759. 
Fax No.
051-2252145

Nazir
Sabir
Expedition, 
28-B,
Nazimuddin
Road,
F-8/1,
Islamabad. 
Phone
No.
051-2252553,
2252580 
Fax No.
051-2250293

M/s. S.G.
International, 
Tour
Operators,
Jhelum.

M/s.
Sehri
Travels
&
Tourism, 
Peshawar.

Pakistan
Tours
Ltd., 
PTL.
Flashman
Hotel,
Rawalpindi.

M/s.
Karakuram
Trekks
&
Tours
Pvt.
Ltd., 
Skardu.

Muital
Travel
&
Tourism, 
Int.,
(Pvt)
Ltd,
Office
No. 10,
Capital
Trade
Centre
FPO,
Markaz,
Islamabad.

M/s.
Salman
Int.
(Pvt)
Ltd, 
Block
No. 51,
Choudhry
Plaza,
Blue
Area,
Islamabad.

M/s.
Hushe
Trekks
&
Tours, 
Gultry
Colony
Airport
Road,
Skardu.

M/s. Blue
Sky
Travel
International, 
Naya
Bazar,
Skardu.

Prince
Travel
(Pvt)
Ltd., 
9-Jinnah
Market,
Circular
Road,
Faisalabad.

The
Tourism
Development
Corporation
Punjab
Ltd.,
140-Shadman-2,
Lahore.

Pearl
Tours
&
Travels
(Pvt)
Ltd., 
14-Shopping
Arcade,
Hotel
Pearl
Continental,
Karachi.

American
Express
(Pvt)
Ltd., 
6E-8,
Second
Floor,
Shadman
Complex,
Dr.
Ziauddin
Ahmad
Road,
Karachi.

Trans
Asia
Tourism,
32-N,
Nichlson
Road,
Lahore.

Baltistan
Tours,
Skardu.

Zeb
Travels, 
Uni
Plaza,
Ground
Floor,
Hasrat
Mohani
Road,
Off
I.I.,
Chundrigar
Road,
Karachi.
(74000) 
Phone
No.
2411204,
2417054,
2418808-D 
Fax No.
2425181,
2424340 
E-Mail: zeb@cyber.net.pk

Polani’s
(Pvt.)
Ltd.,
No. 46,
47 &
49, Sind
Madressat-Ul-Islam,
Hasrat
Mohani
Road,
Karachi. 
Phone
No.
2416201-03 
Fax No.
2422253,
2419737 
E-Mail: polabustrye@hotmail.com

 


* For
List of Tour
Operators

Overstay Charges.

The Ministry of Interior has imposed overstay charges on foreigners and Pak origin foreigners as under: –

(i) All FOREIGN NATIONALS:

Sr.#

Period
of
Over-Stay

Overstay
Surcharge

1

Upto 2
Weeks

2

Above – 2
Weeks to
1
Month

US $
50/-

3

Above – 1
Month to
3
Months

US $
200/-

4

Above – 3
Months
to 1
Year

US $
400/-
per
year

Note: No surcharge shall be payable in case of holders of diplomatic passports.

(ii) FOREIGNERS OF PAK ORIGIN:

Sr.# Period of Over-Stay Overstay Surcharge

1

Upto 1 Month

2

Above – 1 Month to 6 Months

US $ 40/-

3

Above – 6 Months to 1 Year

US $ 80/-

4

Above – Beyond 1 Year

US $ 200/- per year

 

Note:

  1. No surcharge shall be payable in case of children upto 12 years of age.
  2. 50% surcharge shall be payable in case of children upto 18 years of age.

Entry into Pakistan without Visa.

Pakistan has visa abolition Agreements with following 46 countries. The foreigners holding diplomatic, official and
ordinary passport holders of the following countries can enter in Pakistan without visa for the period mentioned
against each. After expiry of the period, extension of visa would be required through Ministry of Interior.

 

List of Countries with
whom Pakistan has Visa Abolition
Aggrements

 

Name of Country Period for which visa not
required
Remarks

 Algeria

Three Months

Diplomatic & Official
Passport Holders

 Argentina

Three Months

Diplomatic & Official
Passport Holders

 Austria

Three Months

Diplomatic & Official
Passport Holders

 Azerbaijan

One Month

Diplomatic & Official
Passport Holders

 Bahrain

Three Months

Diplomatic & Special
Passports (for Bahrain only) 
Diplomatic & Official
Passports (for
Pakistan only)

 Belgium

Three Months

Diplomatic Passport Holders

 Brazil

Three Months

Diplomatic Passport Holders

 Brunei Darussalam

14 days

Diplomatic & Official
Passport Holders

 China/Hongkong

One Month

Diplomatic & Official
Passport Holders

 Czech/Solvak Republic

Three Months

Diplomatic & Official
Passport Holders

 Denmark

Three Months

Diplomatic & Official
Passport Holders

 Egypt

30 Days

Diplomatic Passport Holders

 Finland

Three Months

Diplomatic Passport Holders

 Germany

Three Months

Diplomatic Passport Holders

 Indonesia

30 days

Diplomatic & Service/Official
Passport Holders

 Iran

Three Months

Diplomatic & Official
Passport Holders

 Kuwait

Three Months

Diplomatic, Special &
Official Passport Holders

 Kazakhstan

One Month

Diplomatic & Official
Passport Holders

 Kyrgyz Republic

30 Days

Diplomatic & Official
Passport Holders

 Lao PDR

Three Months

Diplomatic & Official
Passport

 Libya

30 Days

Diplomatic, Official &
Special Passport Holders

 Luxemburg

Three Months

Diplomatic Passport Holders

 Maldives

Three Months

All Nationals of Country

 Malta

One Months

Diplomatic & Official
Passport Holders

 Mexico

Three Months

Diplomatic Passport Holders

 Morocco

Three Months

Diplomatic & Official
Passport Holders

 Nepal

One Month

All Nationals of Country

 Netherlands

Three Months

Diplomatic Passport Holders

 Norway

Three Months

Diplomatic & Official
Passport Holders

 Philippine

Three Months

Diplomatic Passport Holders

 Romania

One Month

Diplomatic & Official
Passport Holders

 RussianaFederation

Three Months/Entire Period of
Assignment

Diplomatic & Official
Passport Holders

 Serbia

One Month

Diplomatic & Official
Passport Holders

 Slovak Republic

Three Month

Diplomatic & Official
Passport Holders

 South Korea

Three Months

Diplomatic & Official
Passport Holders

 SriLanka

30 Days

Diplomatic & Official
Passport Holders

 Thailand

Un-Specified Period

Diplomatic Passport Holders

 Tajikistan

Three Months

Diplomatic Passport Holders

 Tonga

Un-Specified Period

All Nationals of Country

 Trinidad &aTobago

Un-Specified Period

All Nationals of Country

 Tunisia

Three Months

Diplomatic & Official
Passport Holders

 Turkey

Three Months

Diplomatic & Official
Passport Holders

 Vietnam

Three Months

Diplomatic & Official
Passport Holders

 Western Samoa

One Month

All Nationals of Country

 Yemen

Three Months

Diplomatic, Special &
Official Passport Holders

 Jordan

Three Months

Diplomatic Passport Holders

 

NOTE:

Three months visa will be
applicable on
short-term/Official Business
visits and visa for entire
period of assignment will be
applicable to memebers of
Diplomatic/Consular Missions
& their families.

Registration of Foreigners with Police.

All foreigners are exempted from registration with the Police except the nationals of following countries of List-B;
as well as such other foreign nationals who are directed by the immigration authorities to report to FRO for
registration and a stamp is affixed to this effect, on their passports.

Bangladesh

Bhutan

India

Israel

Nigeria

P.L.O.

Somalia

 

However, nationals in the managerial category, who are issued Work Permit/Visa from these countries will be exempted
from Police registration except Indians and foreigners of Indian origin.

Please contact for registration, Foreigner Registration Branch established in the office of every District Police
Officer.

Visa Extension in Pakistan.

The Regional Passport Offices at Islamabad as well as at Provincial capitals, have been empowered to allow one year
extension in business visa on submission of the following requisite business related documents.

  • Valid Passport/Business visa.
  • Documents showing substantial Investment/Export/Import during last year.
  • Registration letter from Tourism Division (in case of hotel business).
  • Other business documents (i.e. letter from Chamber of Commerce & Industry/Registrar of Company, partnership
    deed, article of association etc.)

Extension in visa beyond one year will be granted by the Ministry of Interior on production of the requisite business documents.