Is a Pakistani citizen allowed to visit Indian Jammu & Kashmir ? I asked my father about visiting it and he said Pakistanis are not allowed there. He also said they are scrutinized and are in danger too there ?

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    A question about the opposite situation might be interesting to read travel.stackexchange.com/questions/7656/…
    – blackbird
    Commented Jun 16, 2015 at 12:35
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    Whether you are allowed to go there and whether or not you will be in personal danger if you do are two separate things. I'd say if there's an Indian embassy that can deliver a visa to you, you will be able to go.
    – blackbird
    Commented Jun 16, 2015 at 12:37
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    @Blackbird57 that's not really correct, India has areas where you need a special permit to go to, even for indian citizens themselves. For foreigners: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… Here's a more detailed piece: mha1.nic.in/pdfs/ForeigD-FAQs-onPAPandRAP.pdf the protected areas of J&K aren't spelled out here but on other websites they are. It looks like the easiest way is through a travel agent specialized in this. Still, the ministry has to give specal permission for pakistanis. It looks like too much hassle.
    – Formagella
    Commented Jun 16, 2015 at 20:52

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There is no blanket ban on Pakistani nationals for visiting J&K. When a visa is issued to a Pakistani national for visiting India their visa specifies the cities/towns they are allowed to go. You may or may not get permission to visit Kashmir but to find out you would have to apply for a visa and in your application you need to mention where all you want to go in Kashmir and your purpose. If your reasons are good enough then I don't see why you wont be given a permissions. Indian embassies are there to provide visas for genuine visitors and they have no interest in preventing people from visiting certain parts of the country provided you can make them believe that your reasons are genuine and you intend to return back to your country after the visit within the permitted time frame.


Many Pakistanis visit Kashmir. But usually they are Paksitanis with relatives in Kashmir - e.g. attending a family wedding. There is a huge diaspora of Kashmiris in Pakistan who still maintain ties with relatives in the Indian administered Kashmir Valley.

But the visa can take a long time as India treats the visa applications of Pakistanis with extra scrutiny. This additional scrutiny even extends to people of Pakistani origin with European or US passports - because the form asks where your parents were born.
So if one of your parents was born in Pakistan you are automatically treated with the same scrutiny as a Pakistani citizen.

In my experience, if you have an invite from a relative or someone influential in Kashmir, you can get the visa as quick as a couple of weeks.
But if you are just going as a tourist it can take as long as six months (and of course you may get a rejection or no response at all) and they might even want to interview you.
From experience, the reverse process of a Kashmiri visiting Pakistan getting a visa is relatively easy and quick.
But in both cases (a Pak visitor to Kashmir, or a Kashmiri visitor to Pak), you have to register with the local police as a "foreigner". They say this is for your own protection.

One of the earlier comments was that "according to immigration laws of India, the Pakistani citizens are not permitted to visit Kashmir" - if that is the case then it does not seem to be enforced as I know many Pakistani citizens who visit Kashmir annually to see family.


According to immigration laws of India, the Pakistani citizens are not permitted to visit Kashmir. the Indian state you refer to is called Jammu and Kashmir (J & K)- and consists of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions- Kashmir is just one region of the state.


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