Entry requirements

This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of Pakistan’s current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport, for the most common types of travel.

The authorities in Pakistan set and enforce entry rules. For further information contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to. You should also consider checking with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Entry to Pakistan

Passengers who are aged 18 and above require full vaccination against Covid-19 in order to undertake inbound flights to Pakistan.

Passengers who are exempt from this requirement are:

  • Non-Pakistani passport holders below 18 years of age
  • Passengers who hold a medical certificate stating that they have been medically advised not to receive a Covid-19 vaccine

Pakistan will accept the UK’s proof of vaccination certificate. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.

Since 5 May, Pakistan has restricted the number of international flights to/from Pakistan.

Travellers aged 6 years and above are required to present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours before the start of travel.

You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.

For information about this and possible quarantine periods on arrival please see Pakistan government advice

The Pakistani authorities have closed land borders with Afghanistan, India and Iran. Despite this, there are ongoing limited border openings for repatriation and trade. Those crossing into Pakistan may have to comply with coronavirus testing and quarantine measures. The FCDO currently advises against travel to most of the Afghanistan and Iran border areas.

Testing / screening on arrival

If travelling by air, you will be subject to Rapid Antigen testing on arrival at airports in Pakistan. Travellers who test positive will be moved to a self-paid facility for 10 days quarantine. A PCR test will be conducted on the 8th day of quarantine, following which a negative result will enable a passenger to proceed home and a positive result will necessitate a further quarantine period or move to hospital if required. Travellers to Pakistan will also be required to provide their contact information through the Pass Track App or through a web-based form. If necessary you may also have to fill in a health declaration form on arrival.

Government guidelines, issued on 18 November, state that children under the age of 6 and disabled passengers are exempt from the COVID-19 test requirement and Pass Track App requirement. However they will be required to complete a health declaration form upon arrival.

You may also be required to follow special measures before boarding flights to Pakistan and while on board the aircraft, including the wearing of a face mask.

Pakistan government guidance, including links to the Pass Track App and web-based form is available on their COVID-19 website.

Screening on departure

If you are leaving Pakistan, you must be fully vaccinated and will be screened at the airport for any symptoms of COVID-19. You may also be subject to thermal screening for high temperatures. If you are vaccinated and free from symptoms you will be allowed to travel. If you’re suspected of having symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough and breathing difficulty, you will be subject to a secondary screening by a medical professional. After which, you may be allowed to board if it is assessed that you do not have symptoms, have not been at risk of exposure and do not have a fever. If the secondary screening assesses that you may have COVID-19 you may be asked to self-isolate for 14 days before you can travel. You may also be referred to a medical facility.

Regular entry requirements

Visas

If you’re travelling to Pakistan on a British passport, you will need to get a visa before you travel. Visa violations can be treated as a criminal offence and could result in a fine or detention.

Journalists’ visas often have additional travel restrictions, which you should observe.

For further information consult the High Commission for Pakistan in London, including for information on any changes in visa process during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Passport validity

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months at the time of your visa application.

National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP)

You can enter Pakistan visa free and remain there for an unlimited period of stay if you hold a valid National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) or Smart National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (SNICOP). For more information visit the website of the High Commission for Pakistan in London.

UK Emergency Travel Documents

UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are valid for entry into Pakistan. Holders of an ETD entering or leaving Pakistan will need to have either a valid visa or a National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) / Smart National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (SNICOP) issued by the government of Pakistan.

Yellow fever certificate requirements

Check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthPro website.

Travelling with children

A single parent or other adult who is not the child’s parent may need to provide documentary evidence of parental responsibility, particularly if the child is of Pakistani origin, before the immigration authorities will allow the child to leave the country.

Exit requirements

All passengers leaving Pakistan must have a valid visa, a Pakistani national identity card or a valid Pakistani passport. If you are travelling on a British passport and your visa has expired you may not be allowed to board your flight unless you have a visa extension or an exit visa. Contact the Ministry of Interior, or refer to the website of the Directorate General of Immigration and Passports for instructions on visa extensions and exit visas.

If you’re visiting Pakistan for more than 4 weeks, you may need to provide proof of polio vaccination when you leave Pakistan. For more information, see the website of the National Travel Health Network and Centre.