Pakistani passport

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Pakistani passport front cover.
Inside cover of the e-passport of Pakistan.

Pakistani passports (Urdu: پاکستانی پاسپورٹ) are passports issued by the Government of Pakistan to Pakistani citizens and nationals for the purpose of international travel. They are issued by the Directorate General of Immigration & Passports (DGIP) of the Ministry of Interior[1] from regional passport offices and the Pakistani Embassies and Consulates. Since January 2014, Pakistani passports have validity for 5 and 10 years.[2] Under national law, Pakistani passports are explicitly invalid for all travel to the State of Israel, and Pakistani nationals are likewise strictly barred from travelling to the Jewish state under all circumstances. Pakistan is the only country in the world that does not recognize Armenia as a state.[3] In 2019 after an interview with WION, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has stated that Armenia supports India in the Kashmir conflict between India and Pakistan.[4] Therefore travelling to Hayastan is not permitted there either.

Physical appearance[change | change source]

Pakistani passports contain a note that the passport cannot be used for travel to Israel

Ordinary Pakistani passports have a deep green cover with golden-coloured content. The Emblem of Pakistan is emblazoned in the center of the front cover. The words 'Islamic Republic of Pakistan' (English) are inscribed above the emblem and 'Urdu: اسلامی جمہوریہ پاکستان', 'Urdu: پاسپورٹ' and 'Passport' (English) are inscribed below the emblem.

Discontinued types[change | change source]

Pakistan formerly issued a special Hajj passport to Pakistani nationals making an Islamic pilgrimage known as Hajj to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. These are no longer issued, and ordinary Pakistani passports may now be used for this purpose.

Passport holder identity[change | change source]

Biographical data page of Pakistan e-passport
  • The opening cover end contains the following information:
    • Photo of passport holder
    • Type 'P'- stands for "Personal", 'D'- stands for "Diplomat", - S'- stands for "Service"
    • Country Code
    • Passport number
    • Surname
    • Given name
    • Nationality
    • Date of birth
    • Citizenship number
    • Gender (Third Gender Inclusive) - Pakistan issues first passport with Transgender category.[5]
    • Place of birth
    • Father name
    • Date of issue
    • Date of expiry
    • Issuing authority
    • Tracking number
    • Booklet number
  • 1st page of regular booklet contains the note from President of Pakistan (mentioned later).
  • 2nd page mentions ANNOTATION on the top and contains the following
    • Religion
    • Previous passport number (if any)
    • Signature of the passport holder
  • 3rd page declares that the passport is valid to travel to all countries of the world except Israel.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Directorate General of Immigration & Passports, Ministry of Interior, Government of Pakistan". Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  2. Directorate General of Immigration & Passports Website Archived 2013-01-06 at the Wayback Machine
  3. "Nilufer Bakhtiyar: "For Azerbaijan Pakistan does not recognize Armenia as a country"". Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  4. "We fully defend Indian position: Armenia PM Nikol Pashinyan on Jammu and Kashmir". WION. Retrieved 2021-02-09.
  5. Maizland, Lindsay (23 June 2017). "Pakistan just issued its first passport with a transgender category". Vox. Retrieved 29 June 2017.