Visa policy of Pakistan

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Visitors to Pakistan must obtain a visa from one of the Pakistani diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries.

Visa policy map[edit]

Visa policy of Pakistan
  Business visa on arrival
  Business or group tourist visa on arrival
  Mandatory police registration

Visa exemption[edit]

Citizens from the following 7 countries holding ordinary passports do not require a visa for Pakistan.[1]

Nationals of Turkey with valid visa of Schengen Area, United Kingdom or the United States can obtain a visa on arrival.[9]

Business visa on arrival[edit]

Citizens from the following countries, designated as Business Friendly List (BVL), may obtain a visa on arrival when travelling on business for a maximum stay of 30 days, if they have a local sponsor who must obtain an approval from the immigration authorities at the port of arrival (Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta or Karachi airports) and if they hold one of the following documents - recommendation letter from Chamber of Commerce & Industries (CC&I) in country of residence, invitation letter from business organization recommended by the concerned trade organization/association in Pakistan or recommendation letter by Investor Consular of Board of Investment posted at Pakistan missions abroad.[10][11]

The scheme was introduced in 2006 and it was announced in April 2014 that the policy will be replaced with reciprocal policy that will allow visa on arrival only for businessmen from countries that have the same policy for Pakistani businessmen.[12]

Group tourist visa on arrival[edit]

Citizens from the following countries, designated as Tourist Friendly Countries (TFC), may obtain a visa on arrival for a maximum stay of 30 days, if they are travelling as part of a group through a designated tour operator:[13]

Non-ordinary passports[edit]

Additionally, only holders of diplomatic and official passports of the following countries do not require visas for Pakistan:

Mandatory registration[edit]

Visitors from the following countries are obliged to register with the police upon arrival to Pakistan:[14]

Israeli Passport Holders[edit]

Israeli passport holders must apply via Pakistani missions in a third country, such as The United States or Jordan, as Pakistan currently does not afford Israel diplomatic recognition and consequently does not maintain a mission in Israel. The Pakistani Directorate General Of Immigration and Passports implies that Israeli diplomatic passport holders, are eligible for a Pakistani visa, although holders of the normal Israeli passport are refused entry to Pakistan except in the case of some unusual circumstances. [15] [16]

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