Pakistan to stop issuing manual visas from Feb. 1

Dubai - All visa applications are required to be processed through the online portal only.

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Published: Fri 29 Jan 2021, 10:01 AM

Last updated: Fri 29 Jan 2021, 10:04 AM

Pakistan has decided to stop issuing manual visas from February 1 and has urged all non-resident Pakistanis and others interested in travelling to the country to apply online for electronic or e-visas.

A senior embassy official said that this change applies to all Pakistani missions and embassies across the globe will stop issuing manual visas from Feb 1.

“In compliance with the instructions of the government of Pakistan for complete implementation of E-visa regime, Embassy of Pakistan and its consulates across the United States will stop the issuance of manual visa from Feb 1, 2021,” said a notification issued by the Pakistan Embassy in Washington on Thursday.

“Visa applicants are, therefore, advised to submit their applications online at,” the embassy added.

According to a Dawn report, Embassies will no longer receive applications for national identity cards and other similar documents. All these services will now be available online. The change will particularly affect non-resident Pakistanis living in North America and Europe, especially in countries that do not allow dual citizenship.

Earlier this month, Pakistan’s Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed informed about online visas in Pakistan. He had said the facility has been provided for 192 countries.

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