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Pakistan Visa: Entry requirements and travel information for Pakistan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Welcome to Pakistan

Step into Pakistan, a land where the echoes of ancient civilizations blend with the rhythm of bustling bazaars, with a Pakistan Visa!

At iVisa, we've simplified the Pakistani visa process to make your travel planning as effortless as possible. Use our user-friendly online platform or convenient mobile app to get started on your application with confidence.

Armed with our expert guidance and real-time updates, your journey to Pakistan is a story waiting to be told. Let your adventure unfold!

Pakistan mountain reflection

Pakistan Visa options: From tourist trails to business endeavors

Like the Indus River flowing seamlessly through Pakistan's vast landscapes, having the right visa ensures your journey across this unique nation is equally smooth. This official document paves the way for you to explore Pakistan's myriad cultures and awe-inspiring sights.

Before you set off on your Pakistani adventure, let's examine the various visa options available to you.

Pakistan Tourist eVisa: The modern way to wander

Who's it for?

The Pakistan Tourist Visa is available for citizens from all countries, except the ones listed below.

Who can’t apply?

Citizens from the following countries are not eligible for the eVisa and must check out different options via the Pakistan Embassy:

Afghanistan, Armenia, Bhutan, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eswatini, India, Israel, Libya, Mauritania, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

Purpose?

This visa, as the name implies, allows you to visit Pakistan for tourism purposes. There is also a specific tourist visa for religious purposes, such as pilgrimages, participating in religious gatherings, and more.

Duration of stay?

For travelers making their first visit, there's a single-entry option available for durations of less than three months. If you're looking to stay longer, there's a possibility to extend your visit for up to and even beyond six months.

Additionally, citizens from specific countries might have the opportunity to obtain a double-entry Tourist Visa.

Pakistan Mountaineering Visa: Get your climb on

Who is it for?

Under the “Mountaineering and Trekking” visa category, all foreigners can apply for an online visa to explore the mountains and landscapes of Pakistan.

Purpose?

Did you know Pakistan is regarded as one of the most sought-after destinations for mountaineering and trekking expeditions around the world? This visa is specially designed for exploring specific regions in Pakistan with a mountaineering or trekking guide.

Duration of stay?

For stays of up to three months, a single-entry visa is available.

Pakistan Business eVisa: Bridging business boundaries

Who is it for?

Business travelers from all over the world can apply for a Pakistan Business Visa.

Purpose?

This visa is designed for those wanting to expand their business opportunities in Pakistan.

Duration of stay?

For travelers making their first visit, there's a single-entry option available for durations of less than three months. If you're looking to stay longer, there's a possibility to extend your visit for up to and even beyond six months.

Additionally, citizens from specific countries might have the opportunity to obtain a double-entry Tourist Visa.

Pakistan Visa on Arrival: Exclusive entry benefits

Who's it for?

Citizens from over 60 countries can apply for a tourist or business visa on arrival.

Purpose?

Planning to visit Pakistan? Secure a travel authorization beforehand to ease your entry process. This allows many travelers to come to Pakistan for business or leisure without needing a full visa ahead of time. Simply provide a few details within 48–72 hours before your journey.

The key advantage of this visa-on-arrival over a traditional visa/eVisa is the minimal pre-travel requirements.

Duration of stay?

It’s valid for a stay of up to 30 days for both business and tourism. You must indicate your travel purpose upon registration of your intent to travel.

Pakistan Medical Visa: Where health meets hospitality

Who's it for?

A medical visa is designed for individuals seeking medical attention in Pakistan at a private health facility. It's granted to those who either can't find the necessary treatment in their home country or choose to receive care from an overseas hospital or health facility.

Purpose?

To receive medical treatment in a Pakistani health clinic or hospital. For example, many overseas Pakistanis choose to undergo IVF treatments in Pakistan due to the comparatively cheaper cost of treatment.

Duration of stay?

For a short stay of up to 3 months, opt for a single entry (ideal for first-time visitors). For multiple visits within a year, choose the multiple-entry option.

Pakistan Long-Term Visas: Travel, explore, immerse

Pakistan offers several long-term visa options for various purposes, such as employment, study, and residence. Here are some of the most common long-term visas:

  • Pakistan Work Visa: This type of visa is issued to foreigners who want to work and live in Pakistan. Specific visas for NGO work and journalism are also available.

  • Pakistan Family Visit Visa: This visa is issued to the family members of Pakistan citizens. It is a multiple-entry document, valid for up to five years with a maximum of 1 year per entry.

  • Pakistan Student Visa: For international students. This visa is valid for 2 years.

Currently, we don’t offer Pakistan visas. However, things can change quickly, so don’t hesitate to use our Visa Checker Tool to find out about your Pakistan visa needs.

Pakistan mosque tourism

Pakistan Visa application process: From start to approval

We get that maneuvering through the Pakistan visa process can be a bit overwhelming. That’s why we’ve outlined the general steps for each visa below for guidance!

How to apply for the Pakistan Tourist eVisa

Get your Pakistan Tourist eVisa online through the government platform by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Head to the specific application page of the Tourist Visa on the Pakistani government website to find out your eligibility and the documents to gather.

Step 2: Gather all the required documents for your specific travel purpose.

Step 3: Create an account and complete the required info, upload all documents, and pay the visa fees with a credit card.

The process can take up to 4 weeks.

Please note: We currently do not offer the Pakistan Tourist eVisa. To apply, please check the application process details on the Pakistani government website.

How to apply for the Pakistan Mountaineering Visa

The process for the mountaineering or trekking visa is very similar to the one of the tourist visa. However, there are some extra steps to consider:

Step 1: Head to the specific application page of the Mountaineering Visa on the Pakistani government website to find out your eligibility and the documents to gather.

Step 2: You’ll have to fill out a specific mountaineering or trekking application form, as well as a sponsor letter from a designated tour operator approved by the Department of Tourist Services (DTS). Then, gather the rest of the required documents for your specific travel purpose.

Step 3: Create an account and complete the required info, upload all documents, and pay the visa fees with a credit card.

The application process typically takes about 4 weeks.

Please note: We currently do not offer the Pakistan Mountaineering Visa. To apply, please check the application process details on the Pakistani government website.

How to apply for the Pakistan Visa on Arrival

These steps mostly relate to submitting your ‘intent to travel’, while you get your actual visa upon arrival at the airport:

Step 1: Check your eligibility online on the Pakistani government website.

Step 2: Fill out the ‘intent to travel’ registration form within 48–72 hours before your departure.

Step 3: Pay the visa fees, get ready to travel, and pick up your visa at the visa desk before you leave the airport.

Please note: We currently do not offer the Pakistan Visa on Arrival ‘intent to travel’ registration. To apply, please check the application process details on the Pakistani government website.

How to apply for the Pakistan Medical eVisa

The Pakistani Medical Visa is also available through the Pakistan government:

Step 1: Create an account.

Step 2: Fill out all requested info about you, your trip, and medical details online.

Step 3: Upload the required documents and pay the visa fees online according to the instructions.

Please note: We currently do not offer the Pakistan Medical Visa. To apply, please check the application process details on the Pakistani government website.

How to apply for a Pakistan Long-Term Visa

Every long-term Pakistani visa comes with specific requirements and steps, tailored to your personal situation and travel intent. However, the typical process can be outlined as follows:

Step 1: Make a visa appointment at a Pakistani Embassy or Consulate near you and gather the required documents and info for the specific visa you need.

Step 2: Submit the completed form(s), supporting documents, and payment for the visa fees.

Step 3: Once approved, you’ll receive specific instructions to enter the country and get your residence permit.

Please note: We currently do not offer Pakistani Long-Term Visas. To apply, please contact the Pakistani Embassy or Consulate near you for more info!

Pakistan entry requirements

While the entry guidelines for Pakistan may appear complex, rest assured, we're here to guide you. With these pointers, pave the way for a smooth entry into Pakistan's marvels. Let's gear you up for a memorable expedition!

Requirements Pakistan Tourist eVisa Pakistan Mountaineering Visa Pakistan Business Visa Pakistan Visa on Arrival Pakistan Medical eVisa Pakistan Long-Term Visas
Valid Passport
- Must be valid for at least six months from the intended arrival date in Pakistan and have two blank pages.
- If your passport is expiring soon, check out our passport renewal service to see if we can help you get a new one before your trip.
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Travel Itinerary x
- Accommodation confirmation to prove where you’ll be staying.
- Return flight ticket.
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Proof of Income or Employment x x x x x
- Evidence like bank statements or a declaration from a sponsor showing adequate funds for the stay.
- For some visas, you must show you have regular income and provide proof of employment.
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Business Details x x
- A copy of your business card/license.
- Letter of invitation from the host company inviting you for business, or letter of approval for media-related business/activities.
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Passport Photo
- A recent photo of yourself for your residence card or identification purposes.
- If you don’t have one, use our handy digital photo service to get one from the comfort of your own home!
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Medical Details x x x x x
- A medical certificate from your general practitioner or hospital in your home country confirming your health status.
- Confirmation from the hospital in Pakistan you’ll be using to get medical treatment.
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Letter from a Sponsor/Acceptance Letter x
- From your educational institution, employer, the inviting host, or the responsible authority in Pakistan.
- Secure this before submitting the visa application.
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Intent to Travel Registration x x x x x
- A statement through the online application system to state your intent to travel to Pakistan.

Health information for travelers to Pakistan

There's a marked difference between private and public healthcare facilities in Pakistan. The private sector offers better quality care, but at a higher cost. Public hospitals are generally more affordable but can be overcrowded, and the quality of care can vary.

Here’s all you need to know:

Requirements Explanation & Consideration for Travelers
Vaccinations - Make sure you're all caught up with your usual shots and boosters, just like they recommend in your home country. This means getting jabs like the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) and diphtheria-tetanus-polio. Better safe than sorry!
- A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travelers from the age of 1 year and from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission, including layovers.
- Depending on the country of origin, travelers staying in Pakistan for a month or more should note: You may need an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP) as proof of polio vaccination. Ensure it was administered 4 weeks to 12 months before you departed from Pakistan, as these might be part of the exit requirements.
- Keep updated with Pakistan's COVID-19 requirements through your airline, such as quarantine, testing, or vaccine certificates.
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Medical Facilities - In urban areas like Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, and some parts of Punjab and Sindh, you'll find private hospitals and clinics that offer services comparable to those in many other developed countries. These facilities possess modern equipment, and some cater to medical tourists. However, in rural areas, public health facilities can be sparse and may lack resources.
- The availability of medicines can be inconsistent. While major cities have a good supply of both local and imported medicines, rural areas might face shortages or might only have access to generic brands.
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Health Insurance - Pakistan does not mandate travelers to have health insurance for entry. However, it's always a good idea to have travel and health insurance. Such insurance can cover unexpected medical expenses in private facilities, emergency evacuations, and other unforeseen events.
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Local Hazards - Here are some common health concerns and preventive measures for travelers:
1. Food and water contamination: Stomach issues due to contaminated water and food are very common. Stick to bottled or boiled water and only eat well-cooked food from reputable sources.
2. Mosquito-borne illnesses: Dengue fever and malaria are present, especially in rural areas and in the monsoon season. Using mosquito repellent and wearing long-sleeved clothing can help prevent bites. Check with your local GP if you need to take medication for malaria in the areas you’re visiting.
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Medication for personal use Follow these tips to bring into Pakistan some over-the-counter medicines:
- Declare all medications: Report all medication for personal use to customs authorities.
- Original packaging: Always keep medicines in their original containers and in transparent bags in your hand luggage.
- Prescription or doctor's letter: Present in English the medical prescription issued by your doctor or other competent authority.
- Check for restrictions: Call Pakistan's embassy to verify that all of your prescription(s) are legal to bring with you.
- Quantity aligned with itinerary: Bring only a reasonable quantity that aligns with your stay duration to avoid complications.

A little homework goes a long way! A quick dive into some research and taking a few smart steps can set you up for an epic trip without those pesky tummy troubles or other common health hiccups. Safe travels!

Get assistance from your embassy in Pakistan

Got plans for Pakistan? It's a smart move to know where your home country's embassy or consulate is, just in case things get a bit wobbly. Whether you're a globe-trotter or it's your first time in Pakistan, having that diplomatic lifeline is a game-changer. Stay savvy!

For Pakistani citizens abroad: Check where your nearest embassy is located for guidance in case of a lost passport or other emergencies.

International travelers in Pakistan: It’s always good to know who to contact in case of a sticky situation. Find your home country's embassy for support if you need it.

Connect with ease:

  • Websites: Only use official government websites for official details, from contact info to official information about COVID-19.

  • Phone: For urgent matters, check the “contact us” section of your nearest embassy for the quickest response. Most embassies offer a 24/7 emergency line for urgent assistance.

  • Email: Not urgent? Emails are the go-to for casual inquiries.

  • In-person: Some things are easier to organize in person. Remember to book an appointment if needed.

Use our complete embassies directory to check where the closest embassy or consulate is, whether it's of your home country or Pakistan. Enjoy your trip stress-free, knowing diplomatic help is just a phone call or a click away!

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  • iVisa is NOT affiliated with any government agency. This site does not provide legal advice and we are not a law firm. None of our customer service representatives are lawyers and they also do not provide legal advice. We are a private, internet-based travel and immigration consultancy provider dedicated to helping individuals travel around the world. You may apply by yourself directly on the various government websites. The source of information: https://dgip.gov.pk/
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