Who requires a visa?
Required by all except the following:
(a) holders of a Pakistan Origin Card (POC) regardless of nationality for
(b) nationals of Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago for an unlimited period;
(c) nationals of Iceland, Maldives and Zambia for visits of up to a maximum
of 3 months;
(d) nationals of Nepal and Samoa, and holders of Chinese passports issued
in Hong Kong, for visits of up to 30 days;
(e) transit passengers continuing their journey within 24 hours by the same
or first connecting aircraft, provided they are holding onward or return
documentation and not leaving the airport;
(f) holders of UN Laissez-passer.
Visitors whose stay in Pakistan exceeds 30 days must report to
the nearest Foreigners Registration Office for registration.
Travellers are currently advised against travel to Pakistan
until further notice unless there are compelling reasons to do so. Travel to
the North West Frontier Province, Baluchistan and the Northern Areas are
particularly ill advised.
Restricted entry and transit:
The Government of Pakistan
refuses entry to nationals of Israel, even for transit. Nationals of
Afghanistan are refused entry if their passports or tickets show evidence of
transit or boarding in India.
What documents will be required?
Passport valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay required by
Consulate (or Consular section at Embassy
or High Commission); see Contact Addresses section.
(a) Original valid passport,
plus one photocopy. (b) One application form. (c) Two passport-size photos.
(d) Confirmed return/onward ticket. (e) Proof of sufficient funds for
duration of stay. (f) Fee payable by cash or postal order only. (g) For
business trips, a letter of invitation from a company in Pakistan.
Time required to issue visa:
Depends on nationality (in UK, visas are normally granted within 24-48
hours). Enquire at the nearest Consulate or Embassy. Pilgrim visas require 2
months processing time.
What is the cost of a visa?
Price of visa varies according to nationality. For UK nationals, prices
are: Single-entry (£45); Double-entry (£60); Multiple-entry (£81).
These prices are identical to those issued for the Visa for Media
Professionals, which must be routed through the Information Division of the
Pakistan High Commission. For Pakistanis holding dual nationality, prices
are: Adult: (£24) Child (up to 18 years old): £12; valid for stays
of up to 1 year. Applicants with parents holding Pakistani passports get the
same concession, provided they produce the original detailed birth
certificate and their parents Pakistani passports. Pilgrim
(Single-entry): £45. This is issued to those wishing to visit holy
places (Shrines/Gurdawaras) in Pakistan and is allowed for groups of
pilgrims, normally restricted to a specified period. Business: £68
(Single-entry); £90 (Double-entry); £122 (Multiple-entry). Certain
nationals are issued visas free of charge, but they must be obtained prior
to travel. For further information, consult the High Commission or Embassy.
How long is the visa valid for?
6 months from the date of issue for stays of up to 3 months. A
multiple-entry visa allows six journeys in a total period not exceeding 1
year, with a maximum 3-month stay at any one time.
1: Yellow fever vaccination certificate is required of all travellers
arriving within 6 days from any part of a country in which yellow fever is
endemic. Infants under 6 months of age are exempt if the mothers
vaccination certificate shows her to have been vaccinated prior to the childs
birth. Countries and areas within the endemic zone are regarded as infected.
2: Following WHO guidelines issued in 1973, a cholera vaccination
certificate is no longer a condition of entry to Pakistan. However, cholera
is a serious risk in this country and precautions are essential. Up-to-date
advice should be sought before deciding whether these precautions should
include vaccination, as medical opinion is divided over its effectiveness.
See the Health appendix.
3: Vaccination against typhoid is advised.
4: Malaria risk exists throughout the year in all areas below 2000m
(6560ft). The malignant falciparum strain is present and has been reported
Food & drink:
All water should be regarded as being
potentially contaminated. Water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making
ice should have first been boiled or otherwise sterilised. Milk is
non-pasteurised and should be boiled. Powdered or tinned milk is available
and is advised, but make sure that it is reconstituted with pure water.
Avoid dairy products that are likely to have been made from non-pasteurised
milk. Only eat well cooked meat and fish, preferably served hot. Salad and
mayonnaise may carry increased risk. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit
Hepatitis A and E occur and hepatitis B is
endemic. Trachoma and typhoid fever are common. Between June and January,
Japanese encephalitis is a risk in rural areas. Dengue fever may also occur.
Rabies is present. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival
should be considered. If you are bitten, seek medical advice without delay.
For more information, consult the Health appendix.
Medical facilities can be very limited.
There is no reciprocal health agreement with the UK. Travellers are strongly
advised to take out full medical insurance before departure.
A certificate proving the visitor to be HIV-negative is
required if planning on staying over 1 year in the country.
Embassy contact information:
Please contact the nearest Pakistan
for information on what documentation you may require to enter