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Updated June 2023

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 entry

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?

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. Austria
  4. Azerbaijan
  5. Bahamas
  6. Bahrain
  7. Barbados
  8. Botswana
  9. Brunei
  10. Costa Rica
  11. Finland
  12. Germany
  13. Ghana
  14. Iceland
  15. Indonesia
  16. Italy
  17. Japan
  18. Jordan
  19. Korea (South)
  20. Kuwait
  21. Lithuania
  22. Luxembourg
  23. Malaysia
  24. Maldives
  25. Malta
  26. Monaco
  27. Mozambique
  28. Nepal
  29. New Zealand
  30. Oman
  31. Paraguay
  32. Qatar
  33. Rwanda
  34. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  35. Saint Lucia
  36. Saudi Arabia
  37. Singapore
  38. Spain
  39. Sri Lanka
  40. Switzerland
  41. Tajikistan
  42. Tanzania
  43. Thailand
  44. Tonga
  45. Trinidad & Tobago
  46. Tunisia
  47. Turkey
  48. UAE
  49. Western Samoa
  50. 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

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. Algeria
  2. Angola
  3. Argentina
  4. Australia
  5. Austria
  6. Azerbaijan
  7. Bahrain
  8. Bangladesh
  9. Belgium
  10. Benin
  11. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  12. Brazil
  13. Brunei
  14. Bulgaria
  15. Cambodia
  16. Cameroon
  17. Canada
  18. Chile
  19. China
  20. Colombia
  21. Comoros
  22. Croatia
  23. Czech Republic
  24. Denmark
  25. Djibouti
  26. Ecuador
  27. Egypt
  28. Estonia
  29. Finland
  30. France
  31. The Gambia
  32. Germany
  33. Ghana
  34. Greece
  35. Guatemala
  36. Guinea
  37. Guinea-Bissau
  38. Honduras
  39. Hungary
  40. Indonesia
  41. Iran
  42. Iraq
  43. Ireland
  44. Italy
  45. Ivory Coast
  46. Japan
  47. Jordan
  48. Kazakhstan
  49. Kenya
  50. Kuwait
  51. Latvia
  52. Lebanon
  53. Lithuania
  54. Madagascar
  55. Malaysia
  56. Mauritius
  57. Mexico
  58. Montenegro
  59. Morocco
  60. Mozambique
  61. Myanmar
  62. Netherlands
  63. New Zealand
  64. Nigeria
  65. Norway
  66. Oman
  67. Panama
  68. Paraguay
  69. Peru
  70. Philippines
  71. Poland
  72. Portugal
  73. Qatar
  74. Romania
  75. Russia
  76. Saudi Arabia
  77. Senegal
  78. Sierra Leone
  79. Singapore
  80. Slovenia
  81. South Africa
  82. South Korea
  83. South Sudan
  84. Spain
  85. Sri Lanka
  86. Switzerland
  87. Tajikistan
  88. Tanzania
  89. Thailand
  90. Togo
  91. Tunisia
  92. Turkey
  93. Ukraine
  94. United Arab Emirates
  95. United Kingdom
  96. United States
  97. 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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