How to Enter Pakistan

Do I need a passport or visa to enter?

U.S. citizens require a valid passport and valid Pakistani visa to enter and exit Pakistan for any purpose. U.S. citizens must obtain visas at a Pakistani Embassy or Consulate in the country of their usual residence prior to entering Pakistan as there are no provisions for visas upon arrival. Those arriving without a valid passport and a valid visa are subject to fine, arrest, incarceration and/or deportation. The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Pakistan are unable to assist when U.S. citizens arrive without proper documentation.

U.S. citizens in Pakistan are responsible for monitoring their own visa status and for ensuring that they are in compliance with Pakistani immigration regulations. The U.S. Mission in Pakistan is unable to intervene with the Government of Pakistan in helping citizens extend their visas. U.S. citizens may apply for extension of stay at the following address:

Section Officer (Visas)

Ministry of Interior

Pakistan Secretariat, ‘R’ Block,


Telephone: 051-920-7290

If a foreign citizen, including a U.S. citizen, overstays his or her Pakistani visa, or otherwise violates Pakistani visa regulations, the traveler may require a clearance from the Ministry of Interior in order to leave the country. Such travelers generally must pay a fine, and in some cases, may be jailed until their deportation can be arranged. Additional information on visas can be obtained from the Embassy of Pakistan at 3517 International Court NW, Washington, DC 20008; tel. 202-243-6500.

ravelers may also contact one of the Consulates General of Pakistan in:

Boston: 1032 Main St., Suite 5, Millis, MA 02054; telephone: (617) 267-9000; fax: (617) 266-6666

Chicago: 333 North Michigan Ave., Suite 728, Chicago, IL, 60601; telephone: (312) 781-1831; fax: (312) 781-1838 or (312) 781-1839

Houston: 11850 Jones Road, Houston, TX, 77070; telephone: (281) 894-6606; fax: (281) 890-1433

Los Angeles: 10850 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1250, Los Angeles, CA 90024; telephone: (310) 441-5114; fax: (310) 441-9256

New York: 12 East 65th St., New York, NY 10021; telephone: (212) 879-5800; fax: (212) 517-6987

Special Travel Circumstances in Pakistan

Pakistan is largely a cash economy. Personal checks are not commonly accepted. Most Pakistanis do not use checking accounts for routine transactions. Outside major cities, even credit cards and travelers’ checks are generally not accepted, and there have been numerous reports of credit card fraud. There are bank branches as well as registered currency exchangers in all international airports. ATMs can also be found in major airports. English is widely spoken by professional-level airport staff.

The U.S. and Pakistani educational systems are very different. U.S. citizen medical students, in particular, should carefully review the fee and coursework structure prior to enrolling in a course of study.


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