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Re: Pakistan e-visa and VOA Q&A

Postby josetxo » Thu May 02, 2019 4:11 pm

Updates on the online visa application. I just created an account to apply for a tourist visa online only to see if there new options in the 'entry port' and 'departure port' questions. There is good news. The application allows you now to select any of the following ports of entry/destination:

Islamabad Airport
Lahore Airport
Peshawar Airport
Karachi Airport
Quetta Airport
Multan Airport
Rahim Yar Khan Airport
Bahawalpur Airport
Faisalabad Airport
Wahga Land Route
Wahga Railway Station
Chamman Land Route
Torkham Land Route
Khokarapar Railway Station
Karachi Sea Port
Ghassbandar Sea Port
Port Bin Qasim
Taftan Land Route
Gwadar Airport
Gwada Sea Port
Sost Land Route
Sialkot Airport
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Re: Pakistan e-visa and VOA Q&A

Postby Chinwei » Thu May 02, 2019 5:03 pm

Hi Josetxo,

I have a question for your online tourist visa, do you need invitation letter for the application? What are the documents required?

I received an email today from Pakistan e visa department, they told me the e visa is only available for airport arrival. I asked them about the entry port few days ago.
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Re: Pakistan e-visa and VOA Q&A

Postby Thijs » Thu May 02, 2019 8:32 pm

I have some information to share with you all.

I asked a question about the Evisa via the website about the over land entry points. I got a quick respond, can recommend to use it! I got the following answer concerning the Evisa

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Currently this facility can be availed at Airports of Pakistan i.e. Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta, and will be extended to land borders in near future
"

So it seems like the land route is not possible yet. Near future is a very elastic term...
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Re: Pakistan e-visa and VOA Q&A

Postby steven » Fri May 03, 2019 5:19 am

Thijs wrote:I have some information to share with you all.

I asked a question about the Evisa via the website about the over land entry points. I got a quick respond, can recommend to use it! I got the following answer concerning the Evisa

"
Currently this facility can be availed at Airports of Pakistan i.e. Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta, and will be extended to land borders in near future
"

So it seems like the land route is not possible yet. Near future is a very elestic term...


Based on what josetxo wrote 2 posts before you, this info is already outdated and land routes are already possible.

@chinwei: Based on what it says on the e-visa website and what others have written in this thread, it seems a hotel booking is enough. a LOI is not necessary. The Pakistan visa page is being kept up to date so you can look there for a summary of this thread: https://caravanistan,com./visa/pakistan/
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Re: Pakistan e-visa and VOA Q&A

Postby Thijs » Tue May 07, 2019 8:06 am

steven wrote:
Based on what josetxo wrote 2 posts before you, this info is already outdated and land routes are already possible.



Well, I'm not too sure if that is the right conclusion. Already before I send them the email one could select the overland borders. I guess what this email tells us is that those applications won't be accepted.

Anyhow, things are unclear, at least for me, so I would love to hear from those who managed or tried to get an E visa for an overland border crossing!
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Re: Pakistan e-visa and VOA Q&A

Postby steven » Wed May 08, 2019 7:53 am

Thijs wrote:
steven wrote:
Based on what josetxo wrote 2 posts before you, this info is already outdated and land routes are already possible.



Well, I'm not too sure if that is the right conclusion. Already before I send them the email one could select the overland borders. I guess what this email tells us is that those applications won't be accepted.


That's one way of looking at it. The other way of looking at it would be to say that the person replying to your e-mail was not up to date and gave you the wrong information. After a decade of following visas in this region, that was my immediate conclusion, but either of us could be right, there is indeed no way of knowing without someone actually getting the visa granted or rejected.
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Re: Pakistan e-visa and VOA Q&A

Postby 7days1shower » Mon May 13, 2019 10:28 pm

Hi all,

Submitting my experience.

I'm an Australian citizen born in India.

I successfully got a visa from my local Consulate in 2017 even after specifying land border entry. No problem

Unfortunately I had to cancel my trip last minute.

In re-planning for June I thought to be proactive and apply in December with the same information and personal invitation from the same person but got rejected. Same Consul refused to give any reason or conduct an interview.

I was dejected and decided to re-route through Iran; till they started enforcing the 250cc+ ban

Thought I would give Pakistan another shot only to find that paper based applications were no longer accepted.

I completed the online form which required letter of invitation, copy of inviting hosts CNIC, passport copy and passport photo.

Selected land borders for entry and exit.

Submitted 5th May, received 10th May

Very fast, easy and successful despite previous rejection which I had to disclose
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Re: Pakistan e-visa and VOA Q&A

Postby 7days1shower » Mon May 13, 2019 10:29 pm

steven wrote:
Thijs wrote:
steven wrote:
Based on what josetxo wrote 2 posts before you, this info is already outdated and land routes are already possible.



Well, I'm not too sure if that is the right conclusion. Already before I send them the email one could select the overland borders. I guess what this email tells us is that those applications won't be accepted.


That's one way of looking at it. The other way of looking at it would be to say that the person replying to your e-mail was not up to date and gave you the wrong information. After a decade of following visas in this region, that was my immediate conclusion, but either of us could be right, there is indeed no way of knowing without someone actually getting the visa granted or rejected.


I was granted a visa entering at Sost and exiting at Wagah
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Re: Pakistan e-visa and VOA Q&A

Postby BlueNonoka » Wed May 15, 2019 11:58 am

steven wrote:
Thijs wrote:
steven wrote:
Based on what josetxo wrote 2 posts before you, this info is already outdated and land routes are already possible.



Well, I'm not too sure if that is the right conclusion. Already before I send them the email one could select the overland borders. I guess what this email tells us is that those applications won't be accepted.


That's one way of looking at it. The other way of looking at it would be to say that the person replying to your e-mail was not up to date and gave you the wrong information. After a decade of following visas in this region, that was my immediate conclusion, but either of us could be right, there is indeed no way of knowing without someone actually getting the visa granted or rejected.


Reply from Pakistan Online Visa System Support (email dated 13 May): "Yes you can come from Airports,Borders and Ports as well."

I have also read elsewhere online someone who entered via Sost with e-visa.
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Re: Pakistan e-visa and VOA Q&A

Postby BlueNonoka » Wed May 15, 2019 12:06 pm

josetxo wrote:Once you get the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) and arrive in Pakistan, does anyone know how long does it take to get your VOA in the airport (Islamabad)? We plan on flying to Islamabad and then take a flight to Gilgit without leaving the airport. Before booking flights, I would like to know how much time between flights would be needed to complete the process.


This is not my personal experience but what I read elsewhere online of another traveller entering with e-visa via Karachi Airport. It took around 30 minutes for him. Hope this helps you in planning your trip.
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