A Basic Guide for International Passengers Carrying Mobile Phones to Pakistan

Complete Guide and FAQs for International Passengers/Travelers Bringing in Smartphones Along.

PTA started blocking mobile devices that were “non-compliant”, after 1st December 2018. If you are an international traveler coming to Pakistan while carrying a mobile phone(s) with you for personal use or to gift it to someone, you might want to read this guide.

The purpose of this guide is to create awareness for all those who are traveling in and out of the country and to answer all the questions they might have about DIRBS, basically, what they need to do in order to keep using their mobile phones legally.

Starting with:

How many phones can an international Passenger bring in to Pakistan?

As per Government of Pakistan’s Law, an international passenger can bring in 5 (five) mobile phones per year to Pakistan for personal use.

What if you want to use an International SIM during your stay in Pakistan?

If you are planning to use an International SIM in your mobile phone, a SIM that isn’t provided by a Pakistani Mobile Operator, you do not need any sort of registration to do. You can freely use your international SIM during your stay for up to 60 Days.

What if you want to use a Local SIM?

For those international passengers, who plan to use a Local SIM, whether Zong, Ufone, Telenor, Mobilink or Warid, they need to register their Mobile Device IMEIs.

You can do that through:

  1. the online portal system i.e. https://dirbs.pta.gov.pk/drs/auth/login
  2. or by dialing *8484#

(each process is explained below, keep reading!)

Carrying a Single Phone Along? Do you need to pay duties for that as well?

Previously, 1 (One phone) was exempted from taxes/duties, while for others you needed to pay customs. But now, due to the misuse of Baggage Rule, you need to pay tax on each and every phone that you bring in to Pakistan along with yourself.

For example: If you are planning to bring 5 (five) mobile phones along for your personal use, you would need to pay duties and taxes on all 5 (five) of them. Clear?!

You can find out the taxes that you would have to pay at “Mobile Phone Taxes in Pakistan Calculator (Updated 2020)

Do you need to register a phone that you bought and already used here before leaving the country?

No, If you have a phone that you bought here in Pakistan (PTA Approved) or used it here before December 2018, You do not need to go through the registration process for that particular mobile device.

How to register a phone that you are bringing into Pakistan for the first time as an International Traveler?

It is very simple, firstly

Find out the IMEI number of your Mobile Device

How to do that?
i. Dial *#06# from the dial pad of your device and note down each 15-digit IMEI (for dual SIM devices) supported by the device.
ii. If you have the box of your smartphone, the IMEI is printed on that.
iii. if your phone ran out of battery and you aren’t able to go through the code in order to find out the IMEI(s), also you do not have the box of the device along, you can simply remove the back cover/ battery of the phone, find and note your IMEI(s).

Now, there are 2 (TWO) ways you can register it.

1) Dial *8484#

You need to dial *8484# using a local Pakistani Network SIM and follow the steps.

OR

2) Registration via PTA online portal system:

Log on to dirbs.pta.gov.pk/drs/auth/login and create an account over there. This Guide will help you out.

What will you need?

    • CNIC or NICOP Number
    • Passport Number
    • Local Pakistani Network Number (To Receive OTP Code)
    • An Email Address (Needed to Register an Account on the DIRBS Portal)

Now follow these steps!

  1. Now Visit: dirbs.pta.gov.pk/drs/auth/login
    Register a new account using the details mentioned above.
  2. After registration, click the activation link at an email that you’ll receive from DIRBS.
  3. Now, login to the Dashboard!
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  4. Click the “Click here to register your Device” Button and follow the instructions.
  5. After putting in all the details (including the IMEIs), you’ll get information about the tax that you’ll be required to pay.
  6. Print that and pay it in any bank nearby you.

That’s it, your mobile device will be registered within 24 Hours.

NOTE: Register your phone within 30 days of arrival to get a discount on the total tax.

Welcome to Naya Pakistan! 🙂

If you need to know more, we have more guides on DIRBS as well, check them out!

Fahad Khan

Fahad is an Entrepreneur, SEO and SMM Specialist and an Affiliate Marketer. He also loves to blog about gadgets, technology, smartphones etc.
  • Thanks for the article. What I have understood from your article is, I can use my unregistred phone with Pakistani sim for 60 days without paying anything.

  • Hello i want to bring 4 phones from abroad . Can i bring it with me . Plz tell me if no prblm are occur in the airport

    • Hello,
      Yes you can bring, apko wese bhi tax pay krna hoga in phones pe tou no problem. Apko koe nae poche ga airport pe.

  • Dear Fahad,
    Thank you for making things simpler with your article. One question though, do I need to worry about anything at the airport about custom duties if I bring in one or more phones if they haven’t been registered with PTA?

  • Dear Fahad,
    Very good article and clarifies a lot of things. Thank you. One question though, so let’s say I’m bringing in 2 phones both unregistered which will be free to use for 60 days. Do I need to worry about anything at the airport in terms of custom duty for each device?
    Best,
    Saud

    • Dear Saud
      Thank you so much for commenting
      Well, no! You shouldn’t worry at all, why? Because, they wouldn’t bother you at the airport. They know that if you’re gonna keep the phone here, it’ll get blocked in 60 days and you’d eventually have to pay duties.

  • I already used Pak sum in 1 of sim slot of my dual sim mobile when i travel to pak before 3 months…which now will be blocked. 2nd sim slot will be active or that will also be blocked ?

  • Hi,
    I have un registered phone and i got message to register it within 60 days. I will go back after 45 days. So if i come back after 2 months to Pakistan the phone will be blocked by that time or i will get 60 days again to use after coming to Pakistan.
    Please can you help on it. Let me know if more clarification needed..

  • Hey i want to bring only one non PTA registered mobile from europe to pakistan so it will be free of tax or do i have to pay any tax on that while i have my own in use PTA regitered mobile as well with me when i was travelling

    • Hello,
      Unfortunately, You’ll have to pay taxes on each and every phone that you bring in to Pakistan that isn’t registered with PTA.

      • hi mr khan
        just wondering i have registered with pta online using my passport no i brought a phone with me which i have had for a very long time my all time fav samsung s5
        now i have recieved my code i need to present to the bank and pay my only fear is paying and not recieving any confirmation 4500 is total i need to pay so was wondering is it safe to pay or shall i just buy a pta approved set now and let this get blocked i have 5 days left to pay arrived in pk 2 jan 2020 put jazz sim in on 5th jan 2020 thanks

      • Are you planning to leave this phone here? or you’ll be taking it back?
        If you leaving it here, please pay the taxes on Passport, else you’ll be 6K instead of 4500. and don’t worry about the money, the system is alright and you’ll receive an SMS!

  • Hi i want to bring one mobile note10 for someone special, so did i need to registration it. i have 59 days vacation and my old mobile is already registered in pakistan

    • Hello,
      Unfortunately, You’ll have to pay taxes on each and every phone that you bring in to Pakistan that isn’t registered with PTA.

    • Hello,
      Unfortunately, You’ll have to pay taxes on each and every phone that you bring in to Pakistan that isn’t registered with PTA.

  • Hi
    If I bring 2 mobiles to Pakistan from uk, will they both be exempt from tax if I don’t a locals sim?

    Can you also explain the rules in relation to bringing phones as gifts?

    • If you bring in a phone that you plan to take back with you, then do not register that, it’ll be active for 60 days.
      If you want to bring along a phone that you plan to gift to someone, you’ll have to pay taxes for that in order to register it with PTA and be able to operate normally after 60 days.

  • Hi Fahad, I want to know if I carry two phones and I want to leave one in Pakistan. Does the person needs to pay tax or what?

    • Yes, the phone you leave, will be blocked after 60 days of your arrival. You’ll have to register it. If you register it within 30 days, you’ll get a discount on the duties.

    • If you do not want to use the SIM functionality of the tab, then do not register it.
      If you want to, then you’ll have to pay taxes. Tax on ID card will be around 8K and on Passport will be around 6200.

  • Hi,
    I’ll be travelling to Pakistan in 2 weeks (for 2 weeks). I’m traveling back after about 13 months.
    I’ll have 2 devices with me. One with a local sim and one with an international sim.

    Would I need to pay any taxes.

    Kind regards,
    Malik

    • If you plan to take them back, then no worries at all. You’ll have 60 days to use them with any local sim you want to. If you plan to leave any or both of them. You’ll have to pay taxes for each of them.

  • am a afghan citizen adn i have s9+ my cell came from sweden so what should i do please guide me….thank you

  • Can I bring in one Mobile phone which is not registered in Pakistan without paying any tax while I also have an old Mobile phone with me which is already registered in Pakistan? Do I have to pay any taxes ?

  • Hi sir I am in dubai I have note 8 in used condition please tell me If i come Pakistan how much coming tex

  • I will be travelling to Pakistan with a phone not used in Pakistan before, iphone pro max. Can you please tell me how much the duty will be? Although its been answered a couple of times above and it was a couple of months ago, I just want to make sure the rules have not been changed again.

    Thanks

  • Hi, i am bringing my phone to Pakistan next month, the phone is motorola one that i have bought from Saudi Arab, so can you tell me that shoud i have to pay taxes or not , and how much?

  • You can bring upto 5 phones. You do not have to pay tax at the airport. If anyone at the airport asks you to pay tax, you can tell them that you will pay it later through your relatives in pakistan at your own convenience. These can work upto 1 month in pakistan without paying tax. After the 1 month period, they will be blocked by PTA and in order to use them in pakistan you will have to pay tax and duty.

  • You can bring upto 5 phones. You do not have to pay tax at the airport. If anyone at the airport asks you to pay tax now, tell them you will pay it later through your relatives in pakistan at your own Convenience.

  • Hi, i heard that no mobile device is exempt of taxes now. Is it true or its the same like before?

  • I want to ask that if i am bringing a phone from abroad for my personal use them do i need to pay tax for it??

  • Bahi me next month pak araha.. to kya 2 mobiles la sakhta? Airport pe puchen gey to nahi.. kya muje tax dena ho ga?

  • I am bringing a friends phone which is not opened and is packed. I’d really like to know whether i will have to pay tax on the phone or declare it or can i bring it in pak and then my friend can register the phone himself. Is this possible?

  • Assalamu alikum mae malaysia ma 6 saal se hu magar ab Pakistán jana hay or agr Mae khud k istamal k liye koi ek phone ly kr Pakistán jata hu us ek phone ka bhi tax dena hoga ??? Jitny

  • Dear Fahad
    . . . . . . . Assalam o Alikum and how r u.I want to know what is the tax on p smart 2019.

  • Asa
    I came to pakistan on june 19 from saudia carrying note 9 I open it last week it is locked do I have to pay any taxes or its exempted
    Only one mobile new
    How to register it

  • This whole story(paying duties for your phone) is just a rip off of Pakii Govt. I work on Projects for UN.for a whole year.

    No Other country in the world has this policy.i worked so many other countries.

    Paki Govt is a thief.

  • Hi Mr. Fahad,
    On passport 1 mobile will be register free, this is 1 mobile per passport per year or life time? I am confused can you please guide.

  • Hi
    Registration for 1 mobile for which custom duty and taxes are exempt can be done online?
    also tell me after registration, the mobile can use it easily without any problem?
    pls guide

  • Hi. I want a small info. My uncle came in from France some time back.He carried along his own phone under his personal use that he always uses whenever in Pakistan means that is PTA registered and one other S9 as a gift.Does the customs duty apply to S9 phone?Also the phone was in luggage and he was in hurry so it wasn’t declared to the customs like they didn’t checked it.What to do now?

  • Hi..
    I brought a Samsung A70 from abroad just now and before that i dont have any phone registered on name. SO i m still libel to tex and duties on this phone or this will be exempted from taxes.

  • I have one mobile for my personal use as I am using it since last 8 months bought in Pakistan now I am travelling to Pakistan with a new mobile which will be pack and will carry that mobile as baggage so could you tell me for that mobile I need to pay the tax or it’s will be free.

  • Hello sir i am coming to Pakistan in a few days i’m using 2 mobiles one j8 and the other Nokia 108 and i want to buy 2 more samsung and 2 nokia then how much mobile will i have to pay?

  • What is he tax on a9(2018) model??MY uncle brought it from saudia along with one other device..And after 1month he went back leaving a9 her..

  • Hello Dear,

    I want to bring iphone Xs to Pakistan as a gift for my younger brother. Could you please calculate approximately total tax to be paid for this mobile ? Waiting for kind reaponse.

    Regards

  • Dear Brother,
    Brother I am working in Oman. and as of my understanding one phone in a year is allowed to bring without paying any tax and it will be working fine after registration using any sim of Pakistan.
    and any other phone that u bring with you and want to use it in Pakistan more then 2 months will not work after 2 months. Please correct if I am wrong any where?

    Regards .
    Muhammad Fiaz.

  • Sir,
    I am travelling soon to Pakistan and i have samsung C7Pro, which is not available in the list, could you help me to check for the tex calculation.

    thanks.

  • Salam sir I’m I’m zeeshan from Italy mujha app ka phone number chiya am na app sa ak batt karni hai ho saka to apna number send kar dija ga please

  • Hey,
    I’m bringing with me just 1 new smartphone to Pakistan which has never been used in Pakistan. Will I have to pay duties on it? And if one is allowed whats the procedure of registering it?

  • Hi
    We are a family of five, me and my husband have S9+ and S10+ while my kids have fire tablets (they are 5 and 3 yrs old) also I have a J5 which I brought to UK from Pak
    Will we have to pay any tax???
    Also can we also bring laptop?

    • Unfortunately yes!
      Till July 1st, a passenger was able to register 1 mobile device free of charge. But, that facility (baggage facility) was misused.
      If you plan on going back abroad, you might use it for 60 days here in Pakistan, after that, your phone(s) wont be usable.
      for the tablets, if they have sim functionality, they need to be registered if not, your kids can use them with no problem.
      If you have any further question, don’t hesitate to ask!

      Thanks

      • Can you please update your post to reflect this change after July 1st?

  • Hey! Do same rules apply to foreign citizens coming to Pakistan? If a US citizen comes to Pakistan , would their personal phone be free of taxes?

    • International travellers, whether Pakistani or foreign citizens, their phones will be operational for 2 months, if they plan on using it afterwards or leaving it here, they’d need to register it (pay duties).

  • Hi i bring in pakistan my samsung s10 plus from now its imei is blocked here and i will go to uae after somedays so there my imei can work or not

  • Some one already registered on my passport can u tell me the procedure how to remove them and registere my mobile on my passport

  • Can I bring one Mobile phone which is not registered in Pakistan without paying any tax while I also have an old Mobile phone with me which is already registered in Pakistan?

      • My phone is broken. Im thinking to buy new phone from malaysia and i will be travelong back to pakistan 8th sept 2019. My broken phone is registered. But new phone is not. So for the new phone: Do i need to pay tax?or that will be Free ?

  • Hi, there is no calculator for I phone 5s 16 GB, that is used for more than 5 years including in Pakistan and now its been used in abroad so please let me know how I will have to pay if I will bring this phone with my other one
    ?????

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