Pakistan Visas: Online Application, Requirements and Visa On Arrival

Written By: Laliq Schuman
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Sep 29, 2022

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If you're someone that loves to hike, ski, or do anything that's outdoors, Pakistan is the place for you! It is especially well known for its amazing hiking spots. I remember having many blisters on my feet from hiking up the mountains, but it was totally worth it! If you want to create your own hiking adventures, you may need to apply for a Pakistan Visa.

I'll guide you through everything you need to know about the Pakistan Tourist Visa.

Let's hike to it!

What Is A Pakistan Tourist Visa?

A Pakistan Tourist Visa is issued to foreign passport holders who wish to travel to Pakistan for leisure or tourism purposes. You are not allowed to work while in Pakistan with a Tourist Visa. A Tourist Visa is usually valid for 3 months. Furthermore you can apply for a single entry visa or a multiple entry visa.

Pakistan Tourist Visa: The Basics

You probably have a lot of questions about the Pakistan Tourist Visa, but fear not. In this section of the blog we will take a look at everything you need to know about this visa before you go ahead and apply.

What Are The Types Of Pakistan Tourist Visas?

You can apply for 2 types of Pakistan Tourist Visas. The first Tourist Visa is a standard Tourist Visa issued for individuals who want to travel to Pakistan for everyday tourism purposes.

The second Pakistan Tourist Visa is called a Mountaineering and Trekking Visa. This Visa is for foreign nationals who wish to visit Pakistan to hike up the breathtaking mountains of Pakistan.

What Is The Processing Time For A Pakistan Tourist Visa?

The Pakistan Tourist Visa processing time is 7-10 working days.

The Mountaineering and Trekking Visa processing time is 4 weeks.

If you apply during Ramadan, the processing time for the Pakistan Tourist visa might be longer.

How Much Does A Pakistan Tourist Visa Cost?

The visa fee for a Pakistan Tourist visa costs USD 60. However, these costs can change. Therefore, I would recommend checking the visa fee before you apply. Or you can simply apply with Atlys where you will get the exact fee you need to pay, right away.

If they approve your Mountaineering and Trekking Visa for Pakistan, you need to pay a Royalty Fee once you're in Pakistan.

What Are The Required Documents For A Tourist Visa On Arrival?

You need to provide the required documents twice during the process. First, when you apply on the website and then at the counter at the airport a second time.

You need the following travel documents for a Tourist on Arrival Visa:

  • A valid passport.
  • A passport-size picture.
  • Proof of accommodation in Pakistan (hotel bookings or an letter of invitation)

What Are The Required Documents For A Pakistan Tourist Visa?

There are certain documents you need to provide while you apply online. These documents are crucial for your Tourist Visa application.

The supporting documents for a Pakistani Tourist Visa are:

  • Your passport.
  • A passport-size photograph.
  • Proof of accommodation (hotel reservation or invitation letter).

What Are The Required Documents For A Mountaineering And Trekking Visa For Pakistan?

The Mountaineering and Trekking Visa are divided into two subcategories:

  • Subcategory A: Mountaineering (check the list of mountains for which the Visa can be applied for.)
  • Subcategory B: Trekking (check the list of trekking for which this visa can be applied for)

You need to provide the following documents;

  • Your passport.
  • A passport-size photograph.
  • Mountaineering application form (required if your application is made under **Subcategory A).
  • Trekking application form (required if your application is made under Subcategory B.
  • Sponsor letter/Agreement with designated tour operator by Department of Tourist Services (DTS).
  • List of people accompanying you for Mountaineering and Trekking.

How Can I Apply For A Pakistan Tourist Visa?

There are 2 ways you can get a Pakistan Tourist Visa. Unfortunately, you can no longer apply for a visa at a Pakistan Embassy or Consulate. This is because they suspended manual visa applications from 31 January 2021. You can only apply for a Visa On Arrival or a Pakistan eVisa.

I will discuss each application process in depth.

How Can I Apply For A Visa On Arrival For Pakistan?

A Visa On Arrival is a visa you can get when you disembark from your flight in Pakistan (think of it as an entry visa). The Visa On Arrival is only available for certain countries. So be sure to check if you're eligible for a Visa On Arrival.

You need to apply for your Tourist Visa On Arrival 48-72 hours before traveling.

How Can I Apply For A Pakistan Tourist Visa Online?

The second way to apply for the Pakistan Tourist Visa is online on the government's website. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to apply for the visa or you can use Atlys to apply. Either way, below you can find out how to apply the traditional way.

Step 1: Access The Website

Go to the Pakistan Government website. At the top, you'll see the visa categories. If you click on the visa categories, a list of visas will appear. Then, click on the Visa In Your Inbox category.

Step 2: Choose Your Visa

Next, you'll see that you have to choose between two types of visas. Since you're applying for an On Arrival Tourist Visa and not a Business Visa, choose the On arrival Tourist Visa.

Step 3: Create An Account

After you choose your type of Visa, you can start to apply. But first, you need to create an account (if you have an account, just log in). Then, click the apply now button; this will redirect you to a page where you can create an account. Next, you need to provide a valid email, passport number, and password to set up your account.

Step 4: Activate Your Account

Before starting your application process, the last step is to activate your account. They send you an email with a pin and give you instructions on how to activate your account. After you verify your account, you can log in.

Step 5: Fill Out The Visa Application Form

At the top right corner of the website, you'll see that you can click to start a new application. Next, you need to choose the Pakistan Visa and select your nationality. Afterward fill out the application form provided. Remember, the type of Visa is an In Your Inbox Visa, and the visa subcategory is Tourist.

But if you are applying for the Mountaineering and Trekking Visa, you can apply for that after applying for the Tourist Visa.

You need to provide information about the following categories:

  • Personal information.
  • Family information.
  • Finances and employment.
  • Previous travel history information.
  • Visit Information.
  • Documents/photographs (I will discuss the required documents later).

Remember to review all your information before you proceed to pay.

Step 6: Proceed To Payment

After providing all the required information, you can proceed with the payment. I will list all the visa fees later in the post.

You will be notified via email if your Visa is granted. After disembarking from your flight, go to the Visa counter at the airport and show them your Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA). Give the required documents to the Immigration Officer. They will stamp the Visa on your passport, which will allow you to enter Pakistan.

Enjoy Your Hike!

That's all for now! You are more than ready to apply for your Pakistan Tourist Visa and have the best outdoor adventures of your life. In case you ever need help with applying for your visa, remember that Atlys is always here to make your life easier.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Extend My Pakistan Tourist Visa?

Yes, you can! You can extend your Pakistani Visa for up to 6 months (you can not extend a Visa On Arrival). If you have a valid visa for Pakistan you can apply for a visa extension.

How Can I Extend My Pakistan Tourist Visa?

To apply for a visa extension, you need to go to the website you used to apply for the eVisa you have now.

Next, you need to go through all the steps like you did when you applied the first time, but instead of choosing "entry" as your application type choose extension.

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