|Pakistani passport |
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||₨3000 (US$28) - 5 Years Validity |
₨5400 (US$51)- 10 Years Validity
Pakistani passports (Urdu: پاکستانی پاسپورٹ) are issued to Pakistani citizens for the purpose of international travel. They are issued by the Directorate General of Immigration & Passports (DGIP) of the Ministry of Interior from regional passport offices and Pakistani embassies. Since January 2014, Pakistani passports have been valid for 5 or 10 years. Under Pakistani law, Pakistani passports are not valid for travel to Israel. Pakistani passport holders are eligible to visit 36 countries without a visa, or with visa on arrival.
Pakistani passports are machine-readable and biometric. Until 2004, Pakistani passports had the bearers particulars written by hand, with the passport picture glued to the cover page. These passports looked very unsophisticated. Since 2004, passports have identity information printed on both front and back cover ends. Both of these pages are laminated to prevent modification. In 2004, Pakistan began issuing biometric passports which, however, were not compliant with ICAO standards because they did not carry the "chip inside" symbol (). In 2012, Pakistan adopted ICAO-compliant multi-biometric e-passport. According to the Interior Minister, biometric passports were to be introduced in 2017. Pakistani passports are printed in DGIP headquarters in Islamabad.
Under British Raj
British Indian passports were issued to British subjects of the British Indian Empire, as well as to British subjects from other parts of the British Empire, and subjects of the British protected states in India (ie., British protected persons of the 'princely states'). These passports were introduced in British India after the First World War. The Indian Passport Act of 1920 required the use of passports, established controls on the foreign travel of Indians, and foreigners travelling to and within India. The passport was based on the format agreed upon by the 1920 League of Nations International Conference on Passports. However, the British Indian passport had very limited usage, being valid for travel only within the British Empire, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Germany, France, Spain, Norway, Sweden and Holland.
The use of the passport was discontinued after the independence of India and Pakistan in 1947, and its bearers were entitled to opt for Indian, Pakistani or British nationality. Passport regime only started between the two countries in 1952. Citizens of both India and Pakistan did not need a visa or were issued one on arrival till the Second Kashmir War. Before the war, citizens of both countries could freely travel to each other's countries, despite the fact that both had gone to war in 1947 over Kashmir.
The Passport Act, 1974 and Passport and Visa Manual 1974 regulate the issuance of passports. Pakistan issues three types of passports:
- Diplomatic passports - issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to diplomats and other entitled categories.
- Official passports - 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 outer cover color is blue.
- Ordinary passports - the outer cover color is green.
The key features of Pakistan passport are:
- PKI – public key infrastructure
- RFID chip
- Biometric features namely facial and 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
Ordinary Pakistani passports have a deep green cover with golden colored content. The Emblem of Pakistan is emblazoned in the center of the front cover. The words 'Islamic Republic of Pakistan' (English) are inscribed above the emblem and 'Urdu: اسلامی جمہوریہ پاکستان', 'Urdu: پاسپورٹ' and 'Passport' (English) are inscribed below the emblem. The standard passport contains 36 pages, but frequent travelers can apply for a passport containing 72 or 100 pages.
Passport holder identity
- 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 later).
- 2nd page mentions ANNOTATION on the top and contains the following
- Previous passport number (if any)
- Signature of passport holder
- 3rd page declares that the passport is valid to travel to 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 2019, Pakistani citizens have visa-free or visa on arrival access to 36 countries and territories.
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- Directorate General of Immigration & Passports Website Archived 2013-01-06 at the Wayback Machine
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