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Updated January 2024

Pakistan is known for its unique variety of landscapes, featuring serene lakes nestled between towering mountains and some of the unique plateaus of the West. Combined with its rich cultural tradition and diversity, Pakistan is nothing short of heaven on Earth. 

With the country slowly resuming most of its international flight operations, tourists looking to visit Pakistan can apply for tourist visas right now. Here’s all you need to know about the Pakistan tourist visa, the different types of tourist visas, and how to apply.

Pakistan tourist visa eligibility

Whether or not you need a Pakistan tourist visa is contingent on your nationality. According to the official website of the Ministry of Interior Pakistan, if you are a citizen of one of these countries, you can visit Pakistan visa-free for a certain duration:

  • Maldives – 3 months
  • Nepal – 1 month

You can find the complete online list of countries with Pakistan visa exemption agreements here.

If you’re not among the specified countries eligible for visa on arrival entry, you would need to acquire a tourist visa before travelling to Pakistan. In principle, the tourist visa is obtainable only by eligible tourists from around the world. 

At present, the Pakistan Embassy does not issue tourist visas, so you can only apply for an e-tourist visa. 

Pakistan tourist visa online application

The government of Pakistan has implemented and launched an online Visa Issuance System called “Pakistan Online Visa,” from where you can get your e-tourist visa. 

Pakistan tourist e-visa requirements

  1. Photograph
  2. Passport
  3. Hotel booking Details

Pakistan tourist e-visa processing time

  • Entry (Up to 3 Months): 7-10 days (Working Days)
  • Extension (Up to 6 Months): 7-10 days (Working Days)
  • Extension (Greater than 6 Months): 4 Weeks (Working days)

Pakistan e-visa application process

Register yourself:

  1. First, you need to register yourself here using the following steps
  2. Enter your name and surname as given in the passport 
  3. Enter your Email Address and passport number 
  4. Type the CAPTCHA Code and check the box to Agree to the “Terms of Service” 
  5. When you are finished, click on “Save and Continue”
  6. An email confirmation will be sent to your registered Email Address that contains your PIN
  7. Click on the “Continue Registration” link to proceed.

Upon successful verification, you will be redirected to the Login Page.

Fill application:

  1. You will be redirected to this page. Log in with your email ID and password. By default, after successful login, a New Visa Application is launched. 
  2. Complete your application furnishing the necessary details such as your travel history, personal information and other documents. Please note that you must upload a recent photograph and a confirmed hotel reservation in Pakistan. 
  3. After submitting all your details, your complete Visa Application will be displayed. Please review the supplied information carefully, as this information will be used to process your Visa Application.

Make payment:

  1. Once you click “Save and Continue” after reviewing your application, you can proceed to pay online.
  2. Submit your final application after payment. 
  3. You will receive your visa once approved. 

Pakistan tourist visa types

Pakistan offers various categories of tourist visas for foreigners where the classification depends on your nationality, duration, and purpose of your visit. Following are the main types of tourist visas for Pakistan:

Single-entry tourist visa

  • Issued for first time entry into Pakistan
  • Intended for short visits of less than 3 months
  • Permits you to enter Pakistan only once and a stay of up to 90 days
  • Application possible for those without a valid Pakistan visa

Extension of tourist visa

  • For individuals extending their stay beyond the original visa’s validity
  • Extensions can be granted for up to 6 months or more, subject to approval
  • Application possible for those possessing a valid Pakistan visa and already residing in Pakistan

Tourist visa in your inbox

  • Also known as “Tourist Visa On Arrival (VOA)”
  • For those belonging to a list of 64 eligible nations can take advantage of the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) system.
  • Processing time: 48 to 72 working hours before your planned trip to Pakistan

Tourist VOA vs. Pre-travel tourist visa:

VOA is not the same as a pre-travel tourist visa. Instead, it is a preliminary authorization that allows you to travel to Pakistan and apply for a visa on arrival at the designated international airports in Pakistan. You will receive the ETA document via email, 2 to 3 working days before your trip.

Furthermore, both types of visas have distinct proecdures where ETA is a relatively quicker way to get authorization to enter Pakistan; the processing time for tourist e-visas can take longer, varying from 7 to 30 days, depending on your intended duration of stay.

Note: An ETA is valid for 90 days from the date of issuance. If you don’t travel within this prescribed period, your visa application will be canceled.

Pakistan tourist visa price

The cost of a Pakistan eVisa is determined by your nationality and the processing time you choose for your application. You can calculate your visa fee here by providing details like your visa category, entry type, and country of origin. 

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