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Pakistan Officially Reopening For Tourism With COVID-19 Entry Requirements

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Pakistan officially reopened its borders for tourism on October 5th with specific COVID-19 entry requirements for all incoming passengers.

Pakistan originally closed its borders back in March when the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Prior to the pandemic, Pakistan was seeing a surge in tourism brought on by rave reviews of the friendly culture and being a budget friendly destination. 

Here is everything you need to know before traveling to Pakistan during COVID-19 and what requirements are needed. 

Karakorum range, Pakistan

Countries Permitted To Visit Pakistan

Travelers from all countries are permitted to visit Pakistan under regular visa requirements. 

Travel Authorization To Visit Pakistan

All travelers must submit contact information on the Pass Track app/site 48 hours before boarding a flight to Pakistan. This can be done through their mobile app or web based form

Colorful painted car travel the streets of Karachi, Pakistan

COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements 

Travelers coming from all countries will be required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate no older then 96 hours from the time the test was taken to arriving in Pakistan.

The following countries are EXEMPT from the test requirement (Accurate as of December 16:

  • Australia
  • China
  • Cote d'Ivoire
  • Cuba
  • Fiji
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Kazakhstan
  • Laos
  • Maldives
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Norway
  • Rwanda
  • South Korea
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Singapore
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Togo
  • Uruguay
  • Vietnam
  • Zambia

Quarantine Entry Requirements 

Travelers are not required to quarantine upon arrival in Pakistan. 

Important Note:  Passengers traveling to Pakistan showing COVID-19 symptoms may be tested upon arrival.  If you are found to be symptomatic, you will be allowed to proceed to your destination but you will be required to have a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of arrival and submit the results of the test to the authorities. If the test is positive you will have to self-isolate in line with Pakistan’s guidelines.

Panorama of Wazir Khan Mosque, Lahore, Pakistan
Wazir Khan Mosque, Lahore, Pakistan

COVID-19 Travel Insurance Entry Requirements 

All incoming travelers should have travel insurance the covers COVID-19 for the duration of their trip to Pakistan.

COVID-19 Health Requirements While in Pakistan

All visitors must follow COVID-19 health requirements while in Pakistan:

  • Wearing a mask when instructed
  • Follow social distancing markers and instructions
Cherry and apricot blossoms in north Pakistan

COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements 

A vaccine for COVID-19 is not yet available to the public. Pakistan currently has no plans of making a proof of vaccine record (POVR) or an international certificate of vaccination or prophylaxis (ICVP) mandatory for entry. 

Visa Entry Requirements For Pakistan During COVID-19

All travelers arriving in Pakistan will need to follow regular visa requirements.

The below countries are eligible for a visa on arrival.

Countries not listed above must apply for a visa at the Pakistan consulate/embassy in their home country before travel. 

Pakistan Covid-19 Entry Requirements:

  1. Complete online travel authorization.
  2. Get required visa if needed
  3. Check if you need a negative COVID-19 test before arrival (list above)
  4. Follow all health protocols while in Pakistan
Man is cooking food at the streets of Lahore, Pakistan

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Disclaimer: Current travel rules and restrictions can change without notice. The decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.  Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories

Originally published October 3, 2020

rabia nadeem

Sunday 13th of December 2020

Nice information. Keep it up


Wednesday 2nd of December 2020

Tourism, as an ‘industry’ is known to contribute to various sectors of the economy, which are the hospitality sector, the food industry, transportation including air, road, and water transport, tour agencies, cultural events and activities, recreational activities, trade and lastly, area-specific tourism activities.

Many countries like Switzerland, Singapore, Turkey, Philippines, Maldives, and Thailand have established ‘sustainable tourism’ as a vital tool for development.

Jeff H

Tuesday 1st of December 2020

Hello, I got my COVID test done at Chughtai Lab in Lahore at a cost of 6500 Pakistani rupees. Turkish Airlines has listed acceptable places to get it done. I'm not sure if it varies by airline but it's a good guide (link)


Saturday 9th of January 2021

Hey Jeff, did they make you get a Polio vaccine before leaving pakistan? that is the one thing preventing me from going.

Jeff H

Saturday 28th of November 2020

Hello, I just visited Pakistan - and yes there's a mandatory test to leave the country. I asked about it - and it's a move under the Pakistan government, it doesn't matter which country you're going to after Pakistan.

Kashlee Kucheran

Saturday 28th of November 2020

Hi Jeff, Thank you for the update. How/Where did you obtain the test before leaving?

Charles M

Monday 16th of November 2020

I read you have to take a Covid test on leaving Pakistan as a tourist as well regardless of the country you are returning too. Is this correct please?

Kashlee Kucheran

Monday 16th of November 2020

Hi Charles, I have not personally heard of a mandatory test for all departures.