I am an Indian citizen and want to visit Karachi, Pakistan. Thanks to the rivalry between the two countries, no individual tourist visas are given to citizens of the other nation.

However, while on my return from Dubai, can I get a transit visa in Karachi? I do have a direct flight to Mumbai from Dubai. Just wondering if a detour would help me visit Pakistan. I plan to stay within the city limits of Karachi.

1) If yes, is it more difficult for Indians? What additional documents would I require?

2) Also if there are flights that would help me take the detour of almost a day.

Note: I know no one in Pakistan who could sponsor a visitor visa for me.

Not much information here: http://www.dgip.gov.pk/Files/VisaforIndian.aspx

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    Anecdotal "evidence" I heard from many local Indians, getting any kind of Pakistani visa for Indians takes months and the chance of success is relatively low. So #1 yes, it is likely to be more difficult for Indians. #2 - I really doubt - AFAIK there are no flights between Karachi and Mumbai, so your transit will have to include another flight and will likely be way more expensive.
    – George Y.
    Commented Aug 26, 2017 at 21:42
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    Yes, no flights between the two nations (not even the ones operated by other county). Would it be acceptable for a transit visa if I were to go Dubai -> Karachi -> Colombo? Commented Aug 28, 2017 at 4:05
  • Yes, that's transit.
    – George Y.
    Commented Aug 31, 2017 at 4:07

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While the process may not be expeditious and a bit more onerous, the Government of Pakistan does grant transit visas to Indian Nationals, as your very link points out. Note that a transit visa does allow a brief visit to the arrival city, but does not require a sponsor. Only a business visa mentions that a one is necessary, nor you would not be requesting a visitor visa.


All Indians wishing to visit Pakistan must obtain a valid visa. The basic requirements for obtaining a visa are as follows:-

i Valid passport: The passport should be valid for at least one year.
ii Visa application form duly filled in.
iii Visa Application forms for getting visa's either through the Interior Division or Pakistan Mission abroad.

The fee at present is Rs.15/- inclusive of all charges for issuance, extension or transit visas.

Transit Visa
Transit visa valid for up to two entries for stay in the city/port of entry for 72 hours issued to Indian nationals, proceeding to Indian by air or sea through Pakistan.

Check Posts
Following are the designated entry/exit check posts for Indian nationals, coming to Pakistan:-
i By Air Karachi/Lahore/Islamabad.
ii By Sea Karachi.
iii By Road Wagha.

Instruction for Obtaining Pakistani Visa
i Please fill in the visa Application Form in CAPITAL LETTERS (Four copies). No column to be left blank.
ii Please fill in the Computer Performa in CAPITAL LETTERS (Four Copies).
iii Visa fee of Rs.15/- should be deposited in cash and receipt obtained.
Passport will be returned on presentation of receipt. The fee is non-refundable.
iv Two copies of the form will be returned to the applicant with visa. One each should be handed over to Pakistan Immigration Officer on arrival and Police Registration Office.
v The applicant should be in possession of US $45 or equivalent in Foreign Exchange at the time of entry.
vi The visitors may enter Pakistan by Air, Train, Road. but the point of exit and mode of travel for their return journey will remain the same. However, the persons Entering By Air may exit from different Airport with Prior permission.
vii The visitors must Report for Police Registration within 24 hours of entry in Pakistan and prior to Departure/Arrival at each subsequent place of visit in Pakistan.
viii Provide copy of N.I.C of the sponsor of Indian National(s).
ix Provide copy of the Passport of the applicant(s).
x Valid Passport. The Passport should be valid for at least one year.

  • The point viii states that I need a copy of NIC of the sponsor; I don't have any sponsor in Pakistan. Commented Jun 20, 2018 at 8:46

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