Government of Pakistan, Ministry of Interior has issued the official Notification letter on 18th October, 2019 in connection with revision of Pakistan New Visa Policy/Regime 2023.
In continuation to this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 12th September, 2019 on the subject cited above, revised visa policy is enclosed herewith for further necessary action.
TOURIST/VISIT VISA RULES
Pakistan Missions abroad are authorized to grant visit/tourist visa for three months validity and stay with double entries to foreigners of 190 countries of List-A.
US Nationals: Pakistan Missions abroad are authorized to grant upto 05 Years multiple entry visas with maximum stay of three (3) months to American nationals *
Applicants from 175 countries would be able to apply E-Visa, which will be augmented with Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) as per following details:-
Processing time for applications shall be 7-10 working days at Pakistan missions abroad.
♦ There are 2 countries in list B (i-e. India & Somalia).
♦ Armenia, Israel and Taiwan will not be part of any list.
♦ Visa Policy regarding Afghanistan will be issued separately
VISA ON ARRIVAL
50 countries will be granted Visa-on-arrival for individual tourist / group tourists as per following details: –
♦ Nationals of Bahrain, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and UAE will be granted 30 days multiple entry visa on arrival.
♦ Foreign nationals of Indian origin will also be allowed to avail the facility of Visa on Arrival for religious tourism.
♦ Visa on Arrival will be augmented with Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) subject to 48-72 hours prior application/ intimation.
♦ To encourage and facilitate tourism in Pakistan Directorate of Tourist Services (DTS) approved tour operators will be allowed to bring tourists groups in Pakistan.
♦ Visa on Arrival facility to all Qatari Passport holders including Diplomatic. Special and Ordinary Passports, free of charge, with single or multiple entries, without requirement of Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) at any port of entry for a period of 30 days extendable by another 30 days subject to the following conditions:-
i). Passport validity for at least 6 months.
ii).Confirmed return ticket: and
iii).Having cash equivalent to US $ 1500/- or a valid credit card **
FAMILY VISIT VISA
♦ Pakistan Missions abroad are authorized to grant five years validity and one year stay multiple entry visa to foreigners of Pakistan origin and their foreign spouses, which shall be processed within 7-10 working days.
♦ Family visit visa will be extendable on yearly basis in Pakistan.
BUSINESS VISA LIST (BVL)
♦ Missions are allowed to grant 5 years Multiple Business Visa within 24 hours to the businessmen of 95 BVL countries subject to the production of any of the following and as per list of countries mentioned below:
- Recommendation letter from CC&I of respective foreign country.
- Invitation letter from business organization recommended concerned Trade Organization.
- Recommendation letter by Honorary BOI/Commercial attaché.
- Visa-on-Arrival (VOA) for 30 days to be granted to businessmen of 95 BVL countries on production of any of the above mentioned documents.
- Multiple business visa for 5 years shall be granted within 24 hours, subject to provision of requisite document.
♦ Pakistan Missions abroad are authorized to grant work visa to foreign expatriates on the recommendation of BOI for one year entry work visa with multiple entries, which will be extendable on yearly basis in Pakistan.
♦ Mandatory security clearance or otherwise shall be conveyed by the security agencies within 4 weeks positively.
DIPLOMATIC AND OFFICIAL VISA
♦ To facilitate foreign diplomats, Ministry of Foreign Affairs is authorized to issue gratis visa/accreditation cards for tenure of diplomatic / official assignment.
♦ Authorized slots will be granted Diplomatic Visa only.
♦ Security clearance for additional slots will be mandatory.
♦ Processing time for Diplomatic Visa shall be one week.
♦ Pakistan Missions are authorized to grant visa to the journalists accredited and based in Pakistan for the duration of assignment in consultation with Press Attaches & Link Offices except for Indian journalists, for Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. If they wish to travel to other cities, they will apply
through Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
♦ NON-BASED: If the journalist is not on negative list, Mission will grant 03 months validity and stay (multiple) visa for Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.
♦ Extension / long-term visa: Ministry of Information & Broadcasting will provide list of journalists and the security agencies are bound to give clearance or otherwise within four (04) weeks.
ENTRY VISAS WITH THE APPROVAL OF MINISTRY OF INTERIOR
1 Year with two re-entries. Extendable in Pakistan.
House Maid Work Visa
Renamed as Domestic-Aide Visa. One year with two re-entries
Pakistan Missions abroad are authorized to grant two years Study (Entry) Visa to Foreign Students after NOC from concerned Ministries and clearance from security agencies
GRANT OF VISAS TO ALL DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF KOREA (DPRK) NATIONALS
Grant of visas to all nationals of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) will be governed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the sanctions regime and subsequent SROs issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs. All Missions abroad will refer visa cases of DPRK nationals to the Ministry of Foreign Affair. ***
E-VISA WEB ADDRESS
Copy forwarded for information and further necessary action to:-
→ Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad
→ Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Islamabad.
→ Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Rawalpindi.
→ Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Islamabad
→ Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Sports and Culture, Islamabad.
→ Secretary, Ministry of Religious Affairs, Islamabad
→ Secretary, Industries, Production & Special Initiatives, Islamabad
→ Secretary, Board of Investment, Islamabad.
→ Director General (P), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad
→ DG (ISO, Islamabad
→ DG (16), Islamabad
→ Director General, Federal Investigation Agency, Islamabad.
→ DG Civil Aviation Authority, Islamabad
→ Chairman, Export Promotion Bureau, Karachi
→ Chairman, PIA, Karachi
→ PS to Minister of State for Interior
→ PS to Secretary Interior
→ Additional Secretary-III, MOI
→ Joint Secretary, (P/FIA) MOI, Islamabad
→ Section Officer (PE-I) MOI, Islamabad
→ Section Officer (PE-II) MOI, Islamabad
→ Section Officer (PE-Ill) MOI, Islamabad
→ System Analyst, MOI with the request to update the website of MOI