Journalist Visa

Journalist Visa

Journalists can apply for this visa which is valid for Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi.

Application Type

You can apply for two types of visas online :

First Time (New) : You can apply for a new visa if you do not possess a valid Pakistan visa.

Extension : You can apply for a visa extension if you posses a valid Pakistan visa and you are residing in Pakistan.


  • All Journalists are eligible to apply subject to approval.
  • Consultation Feedback is required from Press Attaches and Link Offices of the respective media houses.

Required Documents

  1. Photograph
  2. Passport
  3. Letter from Media Agency/Organization
  4. Recommendation from Ministry of information and broadcasting/Press Attaché/Pak Mission Abroad.
  • You are required to upload proof of legal residence,  in case you are not present in your home country and are applying for visa from a third country, it’s a mandatory requirement! The document can be uploaded in the supporting document type: Other
  • In Case of Extension– Please upload proof of Valid Pakistani Visa for which you are seeking Extension and Entry Stamp on your Passport in the supporting document type: Other

Duration and Validity

For Accredited and Pakistan-based Media Houses:

Visa valid for the entire tenure of the assignment subject to approval.

For non Pakistan-based journalists:

Visa valid for 3 months or more, subject to approval.

In case of extension, please make sure that you have a valid Pakistani Visa and are residing in Pakistan as well.

Processing Time

Issuance of Visa is the prerogative of the Government of Pakistan.
  • Entry for Accredited /Based (Short Term/Long Term)  : 7-10 Days (Working Days)
  • Entry For non Pakistan-based journalists – Individuals and Family (Up to 3 Months) : 7-10 Days (Working Days)
  • Entry For non Pakistan-based journalists – Individuals and Family (Greater than 3 Months) : 4 Weeks (Working Days)
  • Extension – Individual/Family  : 4 Weeks (Working Days)
  • 4 Weeks (Working days – First Time Entry/Visa Extension) (For Afghanistan and Somalia Passport
Please Note: : If the application is Sent Back for Review to the Applicant, the set processing time will be applicable again (The processing time will re-start from the date of re-submission of application).
The Application will stand cancelled if applicant doesn’t resubmit his/her application in Seven (7) days from the date of application sent for review.

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