Pakistan eVisa Now Obligatory to Visit the Country

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The Pakistani government has announced that it is now necessary to obtain a visa for Pakistan through the online eVisa application system, after it made the decision to abolish traditional visa services at its embassy and consulates worldwide.

In an official statement, government representatives confirmed that they had “ decided to stop manual processing of visa cases, therefore, all visa applications will be processed through the online visa portal only with effect from February 1, 2021”.

Following Pakistan’s successful decision to open online visa applications to select foreign citizens (from China, Malaysia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom) for short-term stays in March 2019, the government now has enough confidence in the efficiency of the eVisa system to make the service open to all nationalities and for all visa types.

Pakistan eVisa to Greatly Improve Application Efficiency

Pakistani government officials say that making visas for Pakistan exclusively available online will greatly improve the efficiency and management of the country’s visa services and simplify and streamline the application process.

It is also hoped that the new efficient online system will help boost and encourage new waves of tourist and business arrivals in Pakistan, as it removes the need for in-person visits to a Pakistani embassy and long waiting times before visas can be approved.

Fahad Maqbool, the head of Islamabad-based travel company Travel One, has welcomed the news, saying that although it may take some time to get used to the new system, he thinks that the exclusively online visa system will “take some of the burden off travel companies”.

He also thinks that it will greatly benefit travelers as “ foreigners don’t have to stand in queues all day long. They can simply apply for a Pakistan visa from home, spending less time on tedious paperwork”.

Obtaining a Pakistan Visa Through the Online System

Whereas only business and tourist travelers from the nationalities mentioned above were previously able to apply for a Pakistan eVisa, the online application is now available to all foreign citizens for a range of periods of stay.

An eVisa for Pakistan may now be issued as a variety of visa types including for purposes of work and study and permit either single or multiple entries depending on the needs of the applicant.

A visa application for Pakistan can be completed online on the government portal within a matter of minutes with basic personal, passport, and travel information. Applicants will also have to upload some supporting documents and pay the eVisa processing fee before they can submit the form.

A Pakistani eVisa application is processed incredibly quickly, usually within one week, although it may take longer to process some visa types. Once it is approved, the traveler receives their eVisa by email and can then print a copy to present upon arrival to gain expedited entry to Pakistan.

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