Hi All. This thread was really helpful to me in researching/preparing my Pakistan Visa application, so I wanted to share my experience. It was a little dramatic and I was worried I would have problems, but no...
I just got approved today for Tourist E-Visa, hooray!!!!
I am an American woman from NYC, riding my motorcycle RTW. I knew I had four initial visas I needed to secure before leaving home, that were vital to my route. I got Russia, China, India, but ran out of time for Pakistan. I thought I would be okay based on what I read about the online application, but was worried about being called for an interview, since I am already in SE Asia. Anyway, here's how it went.
Friday 1/10 - Applied online. I indicated entering Pakistan 6/1/2019 and exiting 6/29/2019, with a land entry from India at Wagha border crossing and exiting also overland at Sost to China. I supplied a hotel reservation email in Lahore for first few nights only, then I listed Islamabad, and about 6 towns all along Karakorum Highway, indicating a hotel in each place (but not booking those). Said not visiting Kashmir. I stopped working 11 months ago, so debated what to select for employment. For the Russia visa agent advise me strongly to just check employed and list recent employer. China however, I checked unemployed and supplied a letter explaining I have had a long career, taking a break to travel for a year, here are bank statements showing ample funds for travel, etc. Both were successful. So for Pakistan I checked employed, and listed last employer as the current one. Listed USA / Chicago as my consulate, as that is my mailing address while I travel.
Saturday like 1:00am 1/11 - I received an automated email asking for my drivers license, letter certifying employment, LOI for Pakistan, and passport info of the inviter. I was very worried that I am screwed, what to do about the employment letter. I did not feel comfortable creating a fake one. However, I knew they had not actually looked at my application because this came the middle of the night on a weekend.
Saturday 1/11 - I uploaded my letter explaining my current employment status as taking a career break to travel, reminding that I listed my recent employer as current on my application (so that I am being honest about all), explaining my route and that I have ample funds for travel.
I attached a jpg map of my route, attached images of my India and China visas as proof that I will enter and exit Pakistan, banks statements showing my savings, my offer letter from my last employer showing my salary, re-uploaded my hotel booking for first city (and reminded them in the notes that the website states no LOI needed for independent tourist). Whew, that was a lot! Crossed my fingers! Still worried about being called for an interview.
Tuesday 1/14 - woke up to an email that I have been approved for the visa- YES!!! I received what I asked for which was a tourist visa, 1 year visa validity, 90 days visa duration, and multiple entries allowed. For me the cost was $90 USD.
So good news in the end, but it was very stressful. I will say it took me quite awhile preparing all the documents, uploading, filling application, system kept logging me out, etc. Probably one FULL day of work to do all. I hope this helps other travelers.