Pakistan visa was very difficult in the past years but now there is good news for tourists who want to get Pakistan visa on arrival and e visa. The government has issued Pakistan visa policy 2019, in which visa rules have relaxed for the promotion of tourism. Now the nationals of 50 countries can obtain a visa on arrival in Pakistan on the airport while 175 countries are offered Pakistan e visa.
Similarly, businessmen belonging to 96 countries will be granted a business visa of Pakistan within 10 days on board of investment letter. According to Pakistan new visa Policy, IATA-approved tour operators are also allowed to bring tourist groups to Pakistan. These major changes in Pakistan visa policy have been done after 70 years.
Pakistan Visa on arrival
Pakistan visa on arrival operation has been started. Tourist Visa On Arrival will be for 30 days and valid for up to 3 months. You can get 30 days extension in this period while living in Pakistan. According to NADRA portal, the citizens of Malaysia, Turkey and UAE may be granted a 30-day, multiple-entry visa upon arrival
Initially, Pakistan Govt. approved the new visa regime for 5 countries which were officially announced by the Prime minister Imran Khan. UK, China, Turkey, UAE, and Malaysia are included in these countries whose nationals can get Pakistan visa on arrival only in $ 8 on Islamabad airport. Later on, Qatar also got this status. Now 50 countries are eligible for this visa. The complete list of the countries approved for on arrival visa of Pakistan is as under.
List of Pakistan visa on arrival countries
This is a complete list of Pakistan visa on arrival countries in accordance with Pakistan visa policy 2019. You can check your country here if you are interested in visiting Pakistan for tourism purpose.
Angola, Argentina, Austria, Azerbaijan
Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Botswana, Brunei
Germany, Ghana, Iceland, Indonesia, Italy
Korea (South), Kuwait
Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Monaco, Mozambique
Nepal, New Zealand
Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain,
Sri Lanka, Switzerland
TajikistnTanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey
The nationals of above-said countries have no need to get visa in advance to visit Pakistan, they will be granted visas upon arrival i.e, Pakistan visa on arrival. Indians having British or US passport may also enjoy this facility.
Requirements for Visa on arrival of Pakistan
According to the Pakistan visa policy 2019, the requirements for Visa on arrival of Pakistan are the same as the e visa which is given below.
In January 2019, it was announced to allow Pakistan e-visa for visitors of 175 countries for boosting tourism in the country. The nationals of these countries can apply e visa for Pakistan from their computer. There is no need to visit the Pakistani consulate.
Pakistan E Visa Countries
These are countries eligible for Pakistan e visa. Their citizens can apply for an online Pakistan visa. People also called these countries as Pakistan e Visa Countries
Albania, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan
Bissau, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi
Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Capbo Verde, Central African Republic, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo (Republic), Costa Rica, Cote d’ Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic
Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic
Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia
Fiji, Finland, France
Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea, Guyana
Holy See (Vatican City), Honduras, Hungary
Iran, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy
Jamaica, Japan, Jordan
Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea (South), Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan
Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg
Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Island, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar
Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Norway
Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippine, Poland, Portugal
Romania, Russia, Rwanda
Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia Republic, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland
Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Lest, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu
U.A.E, U.K, U.S.A, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan
Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam
How to apply for Pakistan E Visa?
Pakistan online visa system is prepared by the National Database & Registration Authority (NADRA) and it is similar to U.S and UK online visa systems. The Pakistan online visa process will be completed in these steps.
- First of all check the list of countries eligible for Pakistan e visa.
- Then click on this link and visit Pakistan online visa portal.
- Now see your visa category and check its requirement.
- After that register yourself on Pakistan online visa system by clicking on ” Register Yourself ” button.
- Now if you have all the required documents, then click on “Apply Now”.
- Fill up the Pakistan visa application form as per instructions are given on the visa portal.
- In this step, you have to pay the online visa fee and upload documents. You can check Pakistan visa fee with fee calculator available on the e visa portal.
- You e visa application for Pakistan visa is submitted. Now Pakistani officials will check the documents and take a decision within eight to ten days.
- On the approval of e visa Pakistan, a notification will be sent to the applicant by e-mail and SMS.
(Also read: Visa free countries for Pakistan)
Pakistan E Visa Requirements
If you want to get Pakistan e visa for tourist purpose, you will have to submit these document.
- A valid passport.
- 2 photographs.
- Invitation letter of a sponsor/authorized travel agent or hotel booking details in case of the individual applicant.
- Three months visa will be issued which may be extended to the same period.
New visa policy of Pakistan reveals that the business community of 96 countries will be provided business visas now, while in the past, this facility was limited up to 68 countries. This visa will be granted in only ten days.
Moreover, the duration of student visas has been extended to 2 years from 1 year. similarly, now diplomatic visas will be issued for 3 years, instead of one year.
A major change also can be observed in a journalist visa, as it will be processed through the Information ministry now. They can be now long-term visas without any hurdle.
Pakistan, a beautiful tourist destination
There is no doubt, Pakistan is a beautiful country and its people are hospitable. Due to these qualities, this country had been a prominent tourist destination in the 1970s. After that, the Afghan war affected this region. Now the army has established peace in Pakistan and Visa policy is revised especially for tourists.
Video of Media conference on Pakistan’s new visa policy
It is also an amazing development for Tourists that they can now visit all parts of Pakistan including open cantonments, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. No NOC is required now to visit any tourist spot in the country. So you can visit Pakistan’s rich culture, historical places, and natural beauty.
Visa abolition agreements of Pakistan
According to FIA, Pakistan has visa abolition agreements with these countries for Diplomatic & Official Passport Holders only. They can live here without any Pakistan visa from 14 to 90 days according to the agreement. In the same way, this facility is available for Pakistani Diplomatic & Official Passport Holders. These countries are:
- Brunei Dar-us-Salam
- China (Hong Kong)
- Kyrgyz Republic
- Russian Federation
- South Korea
- Sri Lanka
Agreements with the following countries are only for Diplomatic Passport Holders.
- Hellenic Republic (Greece)
- Ice land
Pakistan has visa abolition agreements with these countries for all citizens.
- Trinidad & Tobago
- Western Samoa