Explanation of Pakistan Application Form:
The electronic visa application form is very easy to fill out. There are several sections in the form. After selecting the type of visa required, you will proceed to the personal information page. On this page, you will provide key details like your full name, parents name, place and date of birth, occupation, residential address, email address, contact number, etc.
After entering private information, you will provide passport and travel-related data, including passport number, issue date, expiry date, travel details such as nature/purpose of travel, and expected date of travel. You will then upload the supporting documents. After paying the visa fees, you only have to wait for the visa to arrive in your inbox.
How to Apply for Visa?
The visa requirements and application procedure will vary according to several factors, such as the traveller's nationality, the duration/length of the stay in Pakistan, purpose of travel, type of visa, etc. Generally, the e-Visa is issued for tourism, business, work or study purposes. However, foreign nationals can apply for Pakistan e-Visa to enter the country for religious tourism.
In a majority of the cases, the applicant applies for a visa from their country of origin. However, the e-Visa facility is open for foreigners residing in a third country on the condition that they should be the legal permanent residents of that country.
Types of Pakistani Visa
There are many different types of Pakistani visa available to suit the requirements of foreign visitors. You can apply for tourism, business, work, study, diplomatic, and journalist visa. Currently, the e-Visa facility is available for tourism and business visas. Depending on the visitor's nationality, they can apply for either the e-Visa, sticker visa, or visa on arrival.
Pakistan Tourist Visa
Visitors from 175 countries can apply for a tourist e-Visa for Pakistan via a quick and straightforward application process. With the e-Visa, there is no need to wait in queues to obtain a visa on arrival or visit a Pakistani embassy to apply for a visa.
Pakistani diplomatic missions abroad can grant visit visa or tourist visa for double-entry, three months validity sticker visa to foreign travellers from over 190 countries. However, the diplomatic missions are authorized to grant visas to List-A countries and not for List-B countries, which includes Somalia and India. Israel, Armenia, and Taiwan are not part of any such list. Furthermore, the Pakistan embassy can grant five years validity, multiple-entry visas to US nationals with a maximum stay limit of three months per visit.
To apply for an online Pakistan tourist visa, the traveller will need to upload scanned images of certain documents, including:
- Passport's biography page
- Passport-size photograph
- Hotel booking confirmation proof
The tourist e-Visa is a single-entry travel permit with 3 months and 1 year validity. The tourist can extend the visa validity by applying for visa length while residing in Pakistan with a valid e-Visa.
A tourist e-Visa can be extended for up to 6 months, but the extension will be subjected to the government's approval. Certain nationalities may be eligible for a double-entry tourist visa.
Pakistan Tourist Visa on Arrival
The Tourist Visa on Arrival Pakistan allows the eligible traveller to stay for up to one month or 30 days in the country strictly for touristic activities. Several nationalities are eligible to obtain a tourist visa on arrival. Please check out the list of countries that qualify for a tourist visa on arrival before planning your trip to Pakistan.
The visa on arrival application process is more or less similar to the e-Visa process. The traveller has to fill out and submit an application form and provide supporting documents at least 72 hours or three days before their expected date of travel to Pakistan. Upon their arrival in Pakistan, the traveller has to wait at the airport until the immigration officials issue the travel authorization.
Pakistan Business Visa
To attract foreign investments in Pakistan, the government is granting 3 months and 1 years, multiple-entry Pakistan business visas to business people from Business Visa List countries and Non-Business Visas List countries.
Pakistani diplomatic missions abroad can grant business visas within 7-10 days to businesspeople from the 96 BVL countries. However, the visa is subject to provision of any of the following documents:
- A recommendation letter from the respective foreign country's CC&I.
- A recommendation letter from a relevant Trade Organization's recommended Business entity.
- A recommendatory letter issued by the Honorary Investment Counselor of BOI/Commercial Attache'.
In case the applicant isn't present in their home country, and applying for a business visa from a third country, they will have to provide proof of legal residence.
Pakistani Business Visa on Arrival
Several nationalities are eligible to apply for a business visa on arrival along with the tourist visa option. The business visa is valid for up to 30 days. The application process is the same as for the tourist visa on arrival for Pakistan. The traveller, however, will have to provide additional supporting documents along with a local sponsor who will first obtain immigration authorities approval at the applicant's expected port of entry.
The supporting documents required to apply for a business visa on arrival differs from the online visa category. The applicant has to provide any of the following documents while submitting the online application form.
- A recommendation letter from the traveller's home country's Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CC&I).
- A letter of invitation by a Pakistani foreign diplomatic mission's Investor Consular Board of Investment.
- An invitation letter from a relevant Pakistani trade association or organization's recommended business entity.
Pakistan Visa Cost
The cost for a single-entry, double-entry, multiple-entry, and 3-month, 1-year, 5-year validity e-Visa cost will vary according to your nationality, travel purpose, and visa validity duration.
To confirm whether you qualify for an online visa, please check out the list/map of countries eligible for an e-Visa.