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Updated January 2024

Pakistan is a country renowned for its diverse cultures, breathtaking natural beauty, and profound historical heritage. It entices numerous visitors from across the globe who yearn to immerse themselves in its splendid landscapes, magnificent monuments, and vibrant traditions. Nevertheless, it is important to note that prior to embarking on a journey to Pakistan, obtaining a visa is imperative to ensure lawful entry and a comfortable stay in the country.

In this article, we will provide you with a comprehensive guide on how to apply for a Pakistan visa online.

Do I need a visa to visit Pakistan?

To travel to Pakistan, individuals from other countries typically need to obtain entry visas, although there are exceptions for certain countries. The Government of Pakistan has established agreements with 48 countries, allowing their citizens to enter Pakistan without the need for a visa for specific durations.

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Pakistan visa-free countries

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 that have visa exemption agreements with Pakistan here.

Pakistan visa on arrival

For both tourism and business purposes, there is an option to obtain a Pakistan visa on arrival. However, prior to your travel, it is required to obtain online authorization by applying for an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) within 48-72 working hours. To apply for the Pakistan ETA, you need to visit the official Pakistan visa portal and complete the application process, similar to applying for an eVisa.

Once your ETA application is approved, you can proceed with your travel to Pakistan. Upon arrival, you will need to submit the necessary documents to the FIA counter to receive the Visa on Arrival. It’s important to note that the eligibility criteria for the visa on arrival vary depending on the specific purpose, whether it is for tourism or business.

Check out our article below to know more details:

Visa on Arrival for Pakistani Travellers: Which Countries Allow Pakistanis to Get Visa on Arrival?

Pakistan visa-on-arrival countries for tourism

You can apply for a Pakistan visa on arrival for tourism purposes if you are a citizen of one of these countries:

  1. Angola
  2. Argentina
  3. Australia
  4. Austria
  5. Azerbaijan
  6. Bahamas
  7. Bahrain
  8. Barbados
  9. Botswana
  10. Brunei
  11. Canada
  12. China
  13. Costa Rica
  14. Finland
  15. France
  16. Germany
  17. Ghana
  18. Iceland
  19. Indonesia
  20. Italy
  21. Iran
  22. Japan
  23. Jordan
  24. Korea (South)
  25. Kuwait
  26. Lithuania
  27. Luxembourg
  28. Malaysia
  29. Maldives
  30. Malta
  31. Monaco
  32. Mozambique
  33. Nepal
  34. New Zealand
  35. Netherlands
  36. Norway
  37. Oman
  38. Paraguay
  39. Philippine
  40. Polan
  41. Qatar
  42. Rwanda
  43. Russian Federation
  44. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  45. Saint Lucia
  46. Saudi Arabia
  47. Singapore
  48. Spain
  49. Sri Lanka
  50. South Africa
  51. Sweden
  52. Switzerland
  53. Tajikistan
  54. Tanzania
  55. Thailand
  56. Tonga
  57. Trinidad & Tobago
  58. Tunisia
  59. Turkey
  60. UAE
  61. United States
  62. United Kingdom
  63. Western Samoa
  64. Zambia

Required documents:

  • Your passport
  • Passport-size picture
  • Proof of accommodation in Pakistan: An invitation letter from a Pakistan national or a hotel reservation
  • If traveling as part of an organized tour: Invitation Letter

Pakistan visa-on-arrival countries for business

This is a short-term visa (up to 30 days) issued to businessmen seeking to promote investment in Pakistan. You can apply for a Pakistan visa on arrival for business purposes if you are from one of the following countries:

  1. Argentina
  2. Australia
  3. Austria
  4. Azerbaijan
  5. Bahrain
  6. Belgium
  7. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  8. Brazil
  9. Brunei
  10. Canada
  11. Chile
  12. China
  13. Cyprus
  14. Czech Republic
  15. Denmark
  16. Egypt
  17. Estonia
  18. Finland
  19. France
  20. Germany
  21. Greece
  22. Hungary
  23. Iceland
  24. Iran
  25. Indonesia
  26. Ireland
  27. Italy
  28. Japan
  29. Jordan
  30. Kazakhstan
  31. Kuwait
  32. Latvia
  33. Luxembourg
  34. Lithuania
  35. Malaysia
  36. Malta
  37. Mauritius
  38. Mexico
  39. Morocco
  40. Netherlands
  41. New Zealand
  42. Norway
  43. Oman
  44. Philippines
  45. Poland
  46. Portugal
  47. Qatar
  48. Romania
  49. Russia
  50. Saudi Arabia
  51. Singapore
  52. Slovakia Republic
  53. Slovenia
  54. South Africa
  55. South Korea
  56. Spain
  57. Switzerland
  58. Sweden
  59. Thailand
  60. Turkey
  61. Turkmenistan
  62. Ukraine
  63. United Arab Emirates
  64. United Kingdom
  65. United States
  66. Vietnam

Required document: 

  • your passport
  • passport-size picture
  • proof of registration from the host company (the SECP/ Chamber of Commerce Certificate)
  • one of the following, as applicable:
    • an Invitation Letter from the organization duly recommended by the relevant trade organization in Pakistan
    • recommendation letter from the CC&I of the respective foreign country
    • recommendation letter by the honorary investment counsellor of BOI/Commercial Attaché

Pakistan visa online application

You can apply for your Pakistani visa by following these steps:

  1. choose your visa type and check the eligibility and document requirements on the Pakistan online visa system website.
  2. prepare your supporting documents, photograph and credit/debit card for online payment of your application fee.
  3. visit
  4. create an account
  5. login to the Pakistan online visa system
  6. complete the application
  7. pay the fees
  8. submit the application

Pakistan visa verification

You can verify your Pakistan visa by following these steps:

  1. visit
  2. input your visa reference number
  3. input your passport number
  4. select your passport country
  5. select the verification type
  6. enter the captcha
  7. click ‘verify’

Pakistan visa extension

In order to extend your Pakistan visa, the initial step is to submit an online application for a visa extension in Pakistan. This can be done through the NADRA visa portal you utilized for your original Pakistan visa application. Consequently, you must commence the process by applying for a new visa and then selecting “Extension” as the application category.

Moreover, specific supporting documents are necessary to be included with your visa extension application. These documents comprise the following:

  1. LOI (Letter of invitation) or proof of hotel booking to demonstrate your continued stay in Pakistan: If you initially obtained your visa using hotel bookings, you may proceed with the visa extension using the same method. However, if you utilized an LOI, it is advisable to acquire a new LOI and submit it along with your extension request.
  2. a photograph of your current Pakistan entry stamp, with your e-visa number written nearby.
  3. a PDF copy of your original e-visa.

Once you have provided accurate information on your application and submitted all the required documents, you can expect to receive confirmation of your visa extension within a few days.

Pakistan visa fees

The Pakistani visa fees depend on the visa type, entry type and applicant country. You can use the fee calculator on the Pakistan online visa system website to find out the exact amount you need to pay.

For example, if you are applying for a tourist visa from the United States, you will have to pay USD 60 for a single entry visa or USD 90 for a multiple entry visa (up to 1 year).

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