The upgraded Pakistan Online Visa System (POVS) has been inaugurated by the Federal Minister for Interior Sheikh Rashid Ahmed. The new upgrades in the system has made it more user-friendly, and ensures a robust and secure interface that is compatible with all devices.

The previous online visa system was launched in March 2019. That system involved a cumbersome process with no access through smartphones and tablets.

The upgraded visa system also includes new categories such as medical tourism, CPEC visa, pilgrim visa, mountaineering and trekking. The business visa policy has also been revamped, making visa acquisition possible within 24 hours.

While talking during the launch ceremony at the National Database and Registration Authority’s (Nadra) headquarters, the interior minister said the online application was promoting tourism in Pakistan and was a catalyst in building a positive image of the country.


The minister said that the POVS has made it easy for people to access Pakistan and has improved Foreign Direct Investment and spurred economic activity in the country. He informed that more than 600,000 applications have been received so far from 180 countries through the online visa system.

Meanwhile, Nadra chairman Tariq Malik during the occasion expressed hopte that the recent upgrades to online visa system would help reduce the application filing time by half.

He said that the international travel has witnessed a major increase and visa approval rate has reached 94 per cent, adding that, “My mission is to look at our services from the citizens’ prism and make public services available for all.”

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