Tourist Information
We’ve compiled the practical travel information you need, including visas, flights, security, customs, and insurance.

Flights
Many airlines fly to Pakistan and prices vary considerably, so it pays to shop around for a flight. Consider the length of the flight and any mandatory stopovers. Start now by visiting our Flight Information page.


Pakistani Climate
Pakistan lies in the temperate zone. The climate is mostly semi-arid, but arid in the south, characterized by hot summers and cool or cold winters, and wide variations between extremes of temperature at given locations. There is little rainfall. These generalizations should not, however, obscure the distinct differences existing among particular locations. For example, the coastal area along the Arabian Sea is usually warm, whereas the frozen snow-covered ridges of the Karakoram Range and of other mountains of the far north are so cold year round that they are only accessible by world-class climbers for a few weeks in May and June of each year.

Pakistan has four seasons: a cool, dry winter from December through February; a hot, dry spring from March through May; the summer rainy season, or southwest monsoon period, from June through September; and the retreating monsoon period of October and November. The onset and duration of these seasons vary somewhat according to location.

The climate in the capital city of Islamabad varies from an average daily low of 2°C in January to an average daily high of 40°C in June. Half of the annual rainfall occurs in July and August, averaging about 255 millimetres in each of those two months. The remainder of the year has significantly less rain, amounting to about fifty millimetres per month. Hailstorms are common in the spring.


Useful travel tips
Pakistan has borders with Afghanistan, India, Iran and the Arabian Sea. The terrain varies from rugged and mountainous to flat, alluvial plains. Karachi, the largest city in Pakistan, is situated on the shores of the Arabian Sea near the mouth of the Indus. The streets are lively with hundreds of street restaurants, teahouses, samosa and juice stalls. Boats can be hired to sail out of the harbour. Lahore, in the Punjab, is a historic, bustling city with buildings of pink and white marble. There is plenty to see: bazaars, the Badshahi Mosque - one of the largest mosques in the world and an example of Moghul architecture rivalled only by the Taj Mahal. Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan since 1963, and Rawalpindi, are both located on the Pothowar Plain. The old part of the town boasts fine examples of local architecture and the narrow streets are crammed with bazaars where craftsmen are still using traditional methods. The Kashmir province has some of the highest mountains in the world including the famous Nanga Parbat and second highest mountain in the world, K2. Pakistani cuisine is based on curry or masala (hot and spicy) sauces accompanying chicken, mutton, shrimps and a wide choice of vegetables. Cultural programmes of traditional music and dance can be seen and the Pakistani Arts Academy performs at various times during the year.

Currency, communications, health and safety and shopping are all important aspects of planning your trip to Pakistan. If you have a disability or will be travelling with someone who has special needs, you also need to know about the facilities on offer.


What to Buy
Pakistan is a treasure house of exquisite handicrafts, made by a people who grew up to weave, to pot, to work metals, wood and stone, to decorate, to build things small and great. Pottery here is a living history, a traditional craft that became an art, with its origins going back to 3,000 years B.C. Today, each region of Pakistan claims its own special jars and jugs, from sturdy terracotta to paper-thin ceramics. In vivid colours of mustard yellow, deep green, brick red and sky blue. For those keen on shopping, the prices are still quite reasonable. You will find yourself returning home with hand-woven carpets, marble pieces, copper and brass items, woodwork, embroidered “Kurtas” and “Khussas” and countless objects of art.


Visa Information
All foreign nationals, except for those belonging to countries with which Pakistan has Visa Abolition Agreements, information available with Pakistan Missions abroad, are required to obtain a visa to enter Pakistan. Visa can be obtained from Pakistan's Diplomatic Missions. Ordinarily Missions deal only with visa applicants residing in their jurisdiction he/she resides at the time of making application, will deal with the case.

The grant of visa, however, is no guarantee that the recipient would be allowed entry into Pakistan. The final decision to allow entry rests with the Immigration Officer at the point of entry.

Categories of Visa
The rules provide for three categories of visas namely, single transit and multiple entry visas. For transit visa the applicant must fulfill the following requirements:

Onward journey of the applicant is reasonably assured, and the applicant's documents for the country of destination and countries enroute are in order.
Commercial Travelers and Businessmen making repeated journeys to Pakistan in connection with business can be granted multiple entry visa valid for up to six journeys within a period not exceeding one year.
• Single or multiple journey visas granted to diplomats and officials of foreign governments accredited to Pakistan and other foreigners of similar stratus are issued with 'Diplomatic' or 'Official' visas, normally free of charge.

Procedure for obtaining visa
An Applicant for visa is required to fill in the prescribed visa application form complete in all respects and duly signed by him/her. The form is to be submitted to the Consular Section of the Mission along with the following:

• Passport
• Three passport-size latest photographs
• Confirmed travel itinerary
• Appropriate visa fee

Persons proceeding to Pakistan on specific assignments (business/Official) should enclose letters/documents from their sponsors/employees giving all the details such as the nature of assignment, duration etc.
Incomplete and unsigned applications will not be processed
The rates of fee for different categories of visa differ from country to country. The applicants are, therefore, advised to check with the concerned issuing authority the visa fee, time required for issuance of visa and any other information.
The grant of visa cannot be claimed as a right. The issuing authority may refuse the application without assigning any reason.


Application Requirement for Visa:
Valid passport, 02 passport - size photographs, completed application form, confirmed return/onward air - ticket (if traveling by air) and proof of sufficient amount of foreign currency. Visa fee varies from country to country and type of visa.


Tourist Visa
Pakistan Missions abroad are authorized to grant visit / tourist visa for three months validity and stay with double entry to foreigners of List-A consisting of 175 countries (The complete list of 175 countries is at the end of this page).

RPOs have been authorized to extend tourist visa upto a maximum period of six months including the initial visa period and condone overstay upto 15 days on payment of visa fee subject to payment of a minimum of US $ 10 only.

For Northern Areas, the Deputy Commissioners Gilgit & Skardu have been authorized to allow extension in visa for three months and one re-entry to the tourists in Northern Areas, charging visa fee as per policy.


Security
Security & safety has always been questioned and people have always had wrong ideas about the situation in Pakistan. We do believe and wish to assure all tourist in Pakistan of the following things.

1. There is no threat to lives or goods of any foreign tourist in any area of Pakistan. There are no purse snatchers as in South America or Africa , Nor there are any kind of hatreds or dis-likeness to foreign tourist in Pakistan

2. Pakistan being a Muslim country has a liberal atmosphere for women. They are free to roam any where they want but as it is demand of the Muslim society we do recommend modest dress for both men & Women. A T shirt and full pants or Skirt is fine. T shirt with half sleeves is perfect.

3. There had been some troubles lately in Karachi but all that is in a part of Karachi where there is no interest of tourist nor some one ever needs to go or pass bye. Mind Karachi is spread in the area of 2200 Sq. Kms, Secondly Government is taking very strict measures to cut this problem.

4. The Interior of Sind is culturally very rich province and has no Problems as such . When you are there in Moen Jo Daro or any other place you are well taken care of by the friendly locals.

5. Khyber pass & other tribal areas have a system of tribal jury and sometimes there are clashes among the tribes but they can not be witnessed on the main road where Tourist travel. Yet we provide proper security guards for the tours in these tribal areas.


Accommodation
You’ll be spoilt for choice with Pakistani accommodation. We have boutique hotels and backpackers, luxury resorts and self-serviced apartments and camping. You can expect friendly service and the best standards in whichever budget range you choose. Find out more about the different types of accommodation, what facilities they offer and how much they might cost.


Customs
Import regulations by Pakistan customs
Imports:
Personal wearing apparel and clothing
Personal adornments and toiletries and electrical shavers in use
Push cart, toys and goods of child passenger
Wheel chairs
Medals, trophies and prizes bestowed upont the passenger
Electric Iron, hair dryer and hair dresser
200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 500 grams of manufactured tobacco
Cell phone
Wrist watch
Laptop

Export regulations by Pakistan customs
Export of goods.-
(1) Export of all goods shall be allowed except those specified in
Schedule I. Export of goods specified in Schedule II to this Order shall be subject to the
conditions given therein.
The provisions of this Order shall not apply to, -

(a) any goods constituting the stores or equipment or machinery parts and
kitchenette of any outgoing vessel, conveyance or airline or the bona
fide accompanied baggage of the crew or of the passengers in such
vessel or conveyance or airline:
Provided that banned or restricted items shall not be allowed
unless otherwise authorized;

(b) any goods trans-shipped at a port in Pakistan after having been
manifested for such trans-shipment at the time of despatch from a port
outside Pakistan;

(c) any goods, stores or equipment when sold abroad on Government to
Government basis or exported under an export authorization issued by
any officer authorized by the Ministry of Defence in this behalf;

(d) export of samples subject to the following conditions, namely:-
(i) that the export of such goods is not banned,
(ii) any number of samples subject to the condition that their f.o.b.
value does not exceed twenty five thousand US dollars (US$
25,000) or equivalent per exporter per annum,
(iii) the above mentioned monetary limit of US$ 25,000/- shall not be
applicable if the samples are exported in a mutilated form;

(e) export of gift parcels of a value not exceeding five thousand US dollars
(US$ 5,000), or equivalent in Pak. Rupees;

(f) export of relief goods to any part of the world by the Cabinet Division
(Relief Cell), Government of Pakistan;

(g) Bona fide baggage of persons travelling outside Pakistan; and

(h) persons travelling outside Pakistan who may take with them as
accompanied baggage, goods without any restriction of quantity, or any
requirement of encashment certificates provided that such goods do not
include items listed in Schedule I and that in respect of items of
Schedule II, the prescribed conditions have been met.

(3) Transit and Border Trade shall be allowed under the procedure prescribed therefor.

5. Relaxation of prohibitions and restrictions.- (1) The Federal Government may, for
reasons to be recorded, allow export in relaxation of any prohibition or restriction under this
Order.
(2) The Federal Government may issue export authorization in respect of any item for which
relaxation is made under sub-paragraph (1) or for which export authorization is required under
this Order.
(3) The Federal Government shall issue the aforesaid condonation or authorization on its
letter-head consecutively numbered and duly embossed.

6. Export authorization and its validity. - The Ministry of Commerce shall issue export,
export cum - import or re-export authorization for any item under the special dispensation
provision of this Order which shall unless specified otherwise, be valid for a period of six
months.

Other Pakistan customs information

Yellow fever vaccination certificate is required of all travellers arriving within six days from any part of a country in which yellow fever is endemic. Infants under six months of age are exempt if the mothers vaccination certificate shows her to have been vaccinated prior to the child?s birth. Countries and areas within the endemic zone are regarded as infected.

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.

Vaccination against typhoid is advised.

Malaria risk exists throughout the year in all areas below 2000m (6560ft). The malignant falciparum strain is present and has been reported as chloroquine-resistant.

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 unpasteurised 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 unboiled milk. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish, preferably served hot. Salad and mayonnaise may carry increased risk. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.

Other risks: 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.

Health care: Medical facilities can be very limited. There is no reciprocal health agreement with the UK. Travelers are strongly advised to take out full medical insurance before departure.

Note: A certificate proving the visitor to be HIV-negative is required if planning on staying over one year in the country.

Baggage Rules
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If you have any information about the custom requirements of Pakistan that could be helpful to others, please use this form to post your comments. Any details related to the customs procedures, regulations, or any other specifics about the customs requirements of Pakistan that will help other people will be greatly appreciated.



LIST- A (FOR GRANT OF VISA)

S. No.

Name of Country

S. No.

Name of Country

S. No.

Name of Country

1

Albania

60

Georgia

119

Palau

2

Algeria

61

Germany

120

Panama

3

Andorra

62

Ghana

121

Papua New Guinea

4

Angola

63

Greece

122

Paraguay

5

Antigua and Barbuda

64

Grenada

123

Peru

6

Argentina

65

Guatemala

124

Philippines

7

Armenia

66

Guinea

125

Poland

8

Australia

67

Guinea-Bissau

126

Portugal

9

Austria

68

Guyana

127

Qatar

10

Azerbaijan

69

Haiti

128

Republic of Moldova

11

Bahamas

70

Honduras

129

Romania

12

Bahrain

71

Hungary

130

Russian Federation

13

Barbados

72

Iceland

131

Rwanda

14

Belarus

73

Indonesia

132

Saint Kitts and Nevis

15

Belgium

74

Iran

133

Saint Lucia

16

Belize

75

Ireland

134

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

17

Benin

76

Italy

135

Samoa

18

Bolivia

77

Jamaica

136

San Marino

19

Bosnia and Herzegovina

78

Japan

137

Sao Tome and Principe

20

Botswana

79

Jordan

138

Saudi Arabia

21

Brazil

80

Kazakhstan

139

Senegal

22

Brunei Darussalam

81

Kenya

140

Seychelles

23

Bulgaria

82

Kiribati

141

Sierra Leone

24

Burkina Faso

83

Kuwait

142

Singapore

25

Burundi

84

Kyrgyzstan

143

South Korea

26

Cambodia

85

Lao Republic

144

Slovakia

27

Cameroon

86

Latvia

145

Slovenia

28

Canada

87

Lebanon

146

Solomon Islands

29

Cape Verde

88

Lesotho

147

South Africa

30

Central African Republic

89

Liberia

148

Spain

31

Chad

90

Liechtenstein

149

Sri Lanka

32

Chile

91

Lithuania

150

Suriname

33

China

92

Luxembourg

151

Swaziland

34

Colombia

93

Madagascar

152

Sweden

35

Comoros

94

Malawi

153

Switzerland

36

Congo

95

Malaysia

154

Tajikistan

37

Costa Rica

96

Maldives

155

Thailand

38

C te d Ivoire

97

Mali

156

Republic of Macedonia

39

Croatia

98

Malta

157

Timor-Leste

40

Cuba

99

Marshall Islands

158

Togo

41

Cyprus

100

Mauritania

159

Tonga

42

Czech Republic

101

Mauritius

160

Trinidad and Tobago

43

Republic of Congo

102

Mexico

161

Tunisia

44

Denmark

103

Micronesia

162

Turkey

45

Djibouti

104

Monaco

163

Turkmenistan

46

Dominica

105

Mongolia

164

Tuvalu

47

Dominican Republic

106

Morocco

165

Ukraine

48

Ecuador

107

Mozambique

166

United Arab Emirates

49

Egypt

108

Myanmar

167

Uk

50

El Salvador

109

Namibia

168

USA

51

Equatorial Guinea

110

North Korea

169

Uruguay

52

Eritrea

111

Nauru

170

Uzbekistan

53

Estonia

112

Nepal

171

Vanuatu

54

Ethiopia

113

Netherlands

172

Venezuela

55

Fiji

114

New Zealand

173

Viet Nam

56

Finland

115

Nicaragua

174

Zambia

57

France

116

Niger

175

Zimbabwe

58

Gabon

117

Norway

   

59

Gambia

118

Oman