Pakistan’s colourful capital, Islamabad is a popular tourist destination and thousands of travellers from the UK and the rest of the world book Islamabad flights, every year. But it is important to know that Islamabad also has its fair share of entry regulations that should be followed to the dot. Here is little rundown on entry requirements for Islamabad, but it makes sense to consult the website of Foreign and Commonwealth Office for more updated details on the same.
British passport holders’ booking air tickets to Islamabad must remain heedful of procuring a visa before-hand. Breaching visa regulations is a criminal offence and may call for hefty fines and/or detention.
Journalists’ visas usually have additional travel restraints and one is required to fulfil all such requirements to the T. Those looking for details on Journalists’ visa restrictions before making reservations aboard Islamabad flights must consult the High Commission for The Islamic Republic of Pakistan in London
British flyers planning to book tickets to Islamabad must ensure that their passport is valid for a minimum period of six months at the time of visa application in order to avoid any incidences of entry denials.
UK Emergency Travel Documents
UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are valid for entry into the city. Those with Emergency Travel Documents must ensure either a valid visa or a valid identity card issued by the Pakistan government.
Travelling with children
Single parents or other adults on flights to Islamabad with a child must ensure carrying documentary evidences of parental responsibility, particularly if the child is of Pakistani origin as immigration authorities may require the evidence before permitting the child to leave the city.
All passengers flying out from Islamabad must have a valid visa, a Pakistani national identity card or a valid Pakistani passport. If visa has expired for British passport holders, they may not be allowed to board their flights. In such a situation, they would need to contact the Ministry of Interior in Pakistan for an exit visa. They may also be charged a fine.