Pakistan to start e-visas from next month

Pakistan to start e-visas from next month

Pakistan will stop issuing manual visas from next month and has asked non-resident Pakistanis and others interested in travelling to the country to apply online for electronic or e-visas.

“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 Kingdom will stop the issuance of manual visa from Feb 1, 2021,” said a notification issued by the Pakistan Embassy in London on Thursday.

“Visa applicants are, therefore, advised to submit their applications online at http://visa.nadra.gov.pk/,” the embassy added.

A senior embassy official told The Islamabad Observer that this change applies to all Pakistani missions and embassies across the globe from Feb 1.

Embassies also no longer receive applications for national identity cards and other similar documents. All these services are now available online. The change will affect millions of Pakistanis living in North America and Europe, particularly in the countries that do not allow dual citizenship.

Even in countries like Australia, Britain, Canada and the United States, which allow dual citizenship, people prefer to travel on visas stamped on their current passports. Traveling on passports of their country of origin often invokes suspicion.