Saturday, September 18, 2021

Visa & Passport Requirements for Pakistan

AsiaPakistanVisa & Passport Requirements for Pakistan
Visa restrictions:
Entry will be refused to citizens of Israel with an Israeli passport. However, other passports containing Israeli stamps or visas are not problematic for entry.

Citizens of 24 “Tourist Friendly Countries” (TFC) are eligible for one-month visas on arrival provided they travel with a designated/authorized tour operator who will take care of them while they are in the country. This kind of visa must be extended via the trip operator as well. Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Luxembourg, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America are among them.

Most other nationals (including those who do not wish to go with a tour operator and group) must apply for a visa in advance, which is typically granted for 30-90 days depending on nationality and application location. Double-entries are sometimes granted, but you must state clearly and persistently that you need this when applying. Visas for Pakistan are generally simpler to acquire in your home country since diplomatic posts across the globe have been granted greater power to issue visas without consulting Islamabad, which should speed up the processing of applications.

Only a few countries grant visas on arrival: Iceland and the Maldives for three months, Hong Kong, Nepal, and Samoa for one month, while Tonga and Trinidad & Tobago citizens are allowed to remain indefinitely.

Because Israel is not recognized as a country by Pakistan (and most other Muslim countries), Israeli citizens are not permitted to enter, but Jews with passports from other countries are not. Despite popular belief, Israeli stamps and visas are generally not an issue for entrance into Pakistan, but you may be subjected to more thorough interrogation by immigration officials. While Israeli passport holders cannot normally get visas, there have been instances in which Israeli citizens have been allowed to Pakistan after receiving a NOC from the Ministry of Interior in Islamabad, which they subsequently presented with their application for a Pakistani visa.

Indian citizens may apply for 30-day tourist visas, but they must go in a group with a licensed tour operator. Visitor visas, which are easier to acquire and come with certain limitations, are more common for visiting family or friends. Religious visas are given for 15 days to groups of ten or more. The Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi provides visas of various degrees of difficulty, which take at least one day (and often many) to complete. Only in the mornings, between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m., are applications accepted. Expect the procedure to take a few hours and perhaps many visits if you arrive early. Foreign tourist and business visas are processed via Window 5. (under the big white sign).

If their passports or tickets reveal proof of transit or boarding in India, Afghan nationals will be denied admission.

Taiwan passport holders are denied admission except for transit via airports.

Citizens of certain countries may acquire Business visas on arrival at major airports in Pakistan (Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta, or Karachi) provided their local host business obtains immigration clearance or arranges an invitation letter properly approved by the relevant trade associations. A letter of recommendation from a chamber of business and industry is also acceptable.

Visas are not issued by the Pakistan Consulate in Istanbul unless you are a Turkish citizen, but it may be feasible in Ankara.

Visas are no longer issued by the consulate in Zahedan, Iran; instead, go to the embassy in Tehran.

Pakistani nationals residing abroad are given 5-year multiple entry visas (together with their spouses) that allow them to remain for up to one year. If they have a Pakistan Origin Card (POC) or a National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis, visas are not needed (NICOP).