The front cover of a contemporary Pakistani passport.
Current Pakistani passport. (Areas containing personal information are grayed out.)
|Type of document||Passport|
|Eligibility requirements||Pakistani citizenship|
|Expiration||5 and 10 Years|
|Cost||Rs.3,000/- 5 Years Validity Rs.5,400/- 10 Years Validity|
Pakistani passport are issued to the citizens of Pakistan for the purpose of international travel. Directorate General of Immigration & Passports of Ministry of Interior 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. They do not carry the "chip inside" symbol (), which is mandatory for ICAO-standard electronic passports., however Ministry of Interior is planning to start issuing E-Passport in coming years to Pakistani citizens. As of 2012, Pakistan has adopted the Multi-biometric e-Passport that is now compliant with ICAO standards. According to the Interior Minister, the biometric passports will be introduced in 2017. More than 7 million passports have been issued until now.[when?] The passports are printed in a centralized passport personalization facility established within the premises of Directorate General of Immigration and Passports Headquarters based in Federal capital of Islamabad. From January 2014, passports are being issued with 5 and 10 years validity.
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:-
- 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 in pursuance of Para-45 of Passport & Visa Manual, 2006.
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.
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
- Watermark Paper
- Security Ink
- 3 Colour Intaglio Printing
- Guilloche Patterns
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 'Urdu: اسلامی جمہوریہ پاکستان', 'Urdu: پاسپورٹ' 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
Until 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
- Given Name
- Date of Birth
- Citizenship Number
- 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
- 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.
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.
In 2016, Pakistani citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 29 countries and territories, ranking the Pakistani passport 103rd in the world according to the Visa Restrictions Index.
- Multi-Biometric e-Passport, NADRA
- ICAO website Machine-Readable travel documents, specifications for electronically enabled MRtds with biometric identification capacity (doc 9303 part 3 vol 2)
- Tribune - Biometric passports to be introduced in 2017
- Nadra Website
- Directorate General of Immigration & Passports Website
- Pakistan K1 Visa Processing Times
- Canada Immigration Info' - FAQs, Info' available as answer for the question "Are some passports better to have than others?".
- Article - World Security Network
- Types of Passport
- regulated by Para-45 of the Passport & Visa Manual, 2006
- in pursuance of Para-9 of the Passport & Visa Manual, 2006