When’re planning to travel internationally, whether it’s for work, study, or just for fun, there’s one crucial document you can’t forget – your passport.
For Pakistani citizens, a passport not only identifies you on a global scale but also opens up a whole new world of opportunities and experiences.
Now, I know the process of getting a passport in Pakistan might seem overwhelming at first, but don’t worry! With the right guidance and a clear understanding of the required documents, it becomes a much more manageable task.
In this blog post, we’ll take a quick walk through the step-by-step process of getting one in Pakistan. And Detailed list of documents required.
So, let’s get started!
No Need to Pay to the Commission Agents
One common misconception that people often have is that they need to pay large sums to commission agents to get their passports processed smoothly.
This is not true. The Pakistan government has taken several steps to simplify the passport application process and make it transparent.
Online portals and help desks have been set up to assist the citizens, negating the need for any intermediaries.
It is advisable to apply directly through the official channels and save your hard-earned money.
Remember, paying to commission agents is not only unnecessary but it’s also a practice that discourages fairness and transparency in the system.
Which Documents are Required for Passport in Pakistan
Applying for a passport in Pakistan involves several steps and requires various documents. Here is a comprehensive list of documents you need to have on hand when applying for a passport:
Documents Required for Fresh Passport for age 18 and Above
- Proof of Fee Payment: A receipt of the prescribed passport fee payment, either through the Original Bank Paid Fee Challan or an e-Payment Confirmation Detail (SMS).
- Identity Proof: An original valid CNIC/NICOP/Smart Card along with its photocopy.
- Previous Passport: If any previous passport was issued, it should be provided along with a photocopy.
- Photographs: Passport size photographs in the specified dimensions are required. The photo should be 2 inches by 2 inches (5 cm by 5 cm) square on a white background.
- NICOP/CNIC: For adults, an original valid NICOP/CNIC along with a photocopy is needed.
- Employees working for government, semi-government, or autonomous bodies are required to obtain a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the respective department.
- Dual-nationals are required to present their foreign passport, along with a photocopy.
- If your passport is lost, please ensure that you obtain a police report that includes the details of your previous passport number. This will assist in the process of recovering or replacing your lost passport.
- Birth Certificate: Applicants need to provide their original birth certificate containing both parents’ names and its photocopy.
- Parental Documents: Father’s Pakistani Passport/NADRA Card and its photocopy.
Here is our detailed guide about passport fee payment.
Documents Required for Passport for age Below 18 Fresh/ Renewal
- To provide evidence of payment for the prescribed passport fee, you can submit either the Original Bank Paid Fee Challan (receipt) or the e-Payment Confirmation Detail (SMS/Email) along with the PSID No.
- Please provide the Original Child Registration Certificate (CRC/Form “B”), Family Registration Certificate (FRC), or a Smart Card along with a photocopy.
- Please provide the original valid CNICs or Passports of both parents, along with photocopies.
- The Minor must be accompanied by one of their parents or a legal guardian appointed by the court of law. The parent or guardian should bring the original valid CNIC/NICOP.
- If parents are separated or divorced, please ensure to bring the custody papers that have been granted by the Court of Law.
- If the parents of a minor are divorced or separated, and one of the parents applies for a passport on behalf of the minor, explicit permission is necessary for the passport to be issued. This permission can be granted either through the physical presence of the other parent or through their consent on a properly attested non-judicial stamp paper.
- If you are a guardian, please bring a guardianship certificate issued by the court of law. The appointed guardian should personally visit the Passport office with the minor, along with their original CNIC and a photocopy.
- For Dual Nationals only, please provide your Foreign Passport and a photocopy.
- If either parent is deceased, please provide the original Death Certificate of the deceased parent, along with a photocopy. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.
- If your passport is lost, please ensure to obtain a Lost Passport Police report which includes the previous passport number.
Please note that this list provides a general guide, and the exact requirements may vary based on individual circumstances and current regulations. Always check with the relevant authorities or official websites for the most accurate and up-to-date information.
Special Circumstances Documentation
In certain special circumstances, additional documentation may be necessary:
- If applying for a passport renewal due to changes in personal circumstances such as name change, please provide valid legal documentation reflecting the change.
- If the applicant is a refugee, a valid Refugee Identity Card and associated documents as required by the host country.
- In the case of adoption, please provide the adoption papers duly authorized by a court of law, and a consent letter from the biological parents if applicable.
- If the passport applicant is a minor with special needs, a certified medical document indicating the nature of the disability may be required.
How to Submit the Passport Application
Applications can be submitted in person. If applying in person, please visit the nearest Passport Office or Consulate General. Ensure that all the necessary documents are organized in the order specified on the checklist and remember to bring the original documents along with their photocopies.
Once the application is received, processing time can vary, so please apply well in advance of any planned travel.
If approved, the passport will either be mailed to you or can be picked up at the Passport Office. Always check the official website for the most up-to-date information and guidance.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to process a passport application in Pakistan?
Processing times can vary based on a number of factors, but typically, normal applications take around 10 working days, urgent applications take around 4 working days, and executive applications take one working day.
Can I apply for a Pakistani passport if I am living abroad?
Yes. Pakistani citizens living abroad can apply through the nearest Consulate or Embassy. Please note, additional documentation may be required.
What should I do if my passport is damaged or lost?
In the event of a lost or damaged passport, report immediately to the nearest Passport Office or Pakistani Consulate or Embassy if you are abroad. You will need to fill a new application form and may need to provide additional documents.
Can minors apply for their own passports?
Minors can have their own passports. However, the application must be submitted by a parent or legal guardian along with the necessary documentation.
What is the validity of a Pakistani passport?
The standard validity of a Pakistani passport for adults is 5 years, but adults can also opt for a passport valid for 10 years. For minors, the validity period is 5 years.
Can I renew my passport before it expires?
Yes, Pakistani passports can be renewed up to one year before their expiry date.