Pakistani passport

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Pakistani passport
Pakistan Passport.jpg
The front cover of a contemporary Pakistani biometric passport.
Pakistan Passport Biodata Page.jpg
Current Pakistani passport. (Areas containing personal information are grayed out.)
Issued by  Pakistan
Type of document Passport
Purpose Identification
Eligibility requirements Pakistani citizenship

Pakistani passports are issued to the citizens of Pakistan for the purpose of international travel. Directorate General of Immigration & Passports of Ministry of Interior[1] is responsible for issuing passports. Pakistan's machine-readable and biometric passports are currently being issued from regional passport offices and Pakistani embassies.

In 2004, Pakistan became one of the first countries in the world to issue the biometric passports, which are, according to the publisher, compliant with ICAO standards and dubbed Multi-biometric e-Passports.[2] They do not carry the "chip inside" symbol (EPassport logo.svg), which is mandatory for ICAO-standard electronic passports.,[3] however Ministry of Interior is planning to start issuing E-Passport in coming years to Pakistani citizens. More than 7 million passports have been issued until now.[when?][4] The passports are printed by the governmental agency NADRA.[5] From January 2014, passports are being issued with 5 and 10 years validity.[6]

Pakistan forbids its citizens from going to Israel by putting the legend 'This passport is valid for all countries of the World except Israel' on Pakistani passports.[7][8][9]

Types[edit]

The passports are printed by the governmental agency DGI&P.


The Passport Act, 1974 and Passport and Visa Manual 1974 regulate the issuance of passports. There are three types of passports being issued in Pakistan:-[10]

  • Diplomatic Passport
  • Official Passport
  • Ordinary Passport
  • Hajj Passport (No longer issued, now ordinary passports are required for Hajj pilgrimage).

Diplomatic passports are issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to diplomats and other entitled categories.[11] Official passports are issued to Senators, Members of the National Assembly, provincial ministers, judges of the supreme/high courts, officers serving with the governments when abroad on official assignments etc.[12]

A special Hajj passport was issued to those making a hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. They are however no longer issued, as ordinary passports may be utilised for the Hajj pilgrimage.

Security features[edit]

Pakistani passport

The key features of Pakistan passport are:

  • PKI – Public Key Infrastructure
  • RFID Chip
  • Biometric features namely Facial & Fingerprint
  • IPI- Invisible Personal ID
  • 2D Bar code
  • Machine-Readable Zone (MRZ)
  • Security Substrate and Laminate
  • Ultra Violet features Micro Printing
  • Holograms
  • Watermark Paper
  • Security Ink
  • 3 Colour Intaglio Printing
  • Guilloche Patterns

Physical appearance[edit]

Pakistani passports have a deep green cover with golden colored content. Emblem of Pakistan is emblazoned in the center of the front cover. The words 'Islamic Republic of Pakistan' (English) are inscribed above the Emblem whereas ' اسلامی جمہوریہ پاکستان' (Urdu), 'پاسپورٹ' (Urdu) and 'Passport' (English) are inscribed below the emblem. The standard passport contains 36 pages, but frequent travelers can opt for a passport containing 72 and 100 pages.

Passport holder identity[edit]

Till 2004, Pakistani passports had the bearers particulars written by hand, with the passport picture glued to the cover page. These older passports looked very unprofessional and the newer passports have identity information printed on both front and back cover ends. Both of these pages are laminated to prevent modification.

  • The opening cover end contains the following information:
    • Photo of Passport Holder
    • Type ('P'- Stands for "Personal", 'D'- Stands for "Diplomat", 'S'- Stands for "Service")
    • Country Code
    • Passport number
    • Surname
    • Given Name
    • Nationality
    • Date of Birth
    • Citizenship Number
    • Gender
    • Place of birth
    • Father Name
    • Date of issue
    • Date of expiry
    • Issuing Authority
    • Tracking Number
    • Booklet Number
  • 1st page of regular booklet contains the note from President of Pakistan (mentioned latter).
  • 2nd page mentions ANNOTATION on the top and contains the following
    • Religion
    • Previous Passport Number (if any)
    • Signature of Passport holder
  • 3rd page declares that said passport is valid to travel all countries of the world except ISRAEL.

Passport note[edit]

The passports contain a note from the President of Pakistan addressing the authorities of all states, identifying the bearer as a citizen of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and requesting and requiring that the bearer be allowed to pass freely without any hindrance and be assisted and protected in any need. The note inside of Pakistani passports states:

Ministry of Interior, Government of Pakistan requires & requests in the name of President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan all those to whom it may concern to allow the bearer to pass freely without let or hindrance and to afford the bearer such assistance and protection as may be necessary.
Director General Immigration & Passports.

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