A Basic Guide for International Passengers Carrying Mobile Phones to Pakistan

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

PTA will be blocking mobile devices that are “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, 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.

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
  2. kiosk facility provided at the Customs desk

(each process is explained below, keep reading!)

Carrying more than 1 (one) Phone along? Do you need to pay duties for all?

1 (One phone) will be exempted from taxes/duties, while for others you need to pay customs.

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 for 4 (four) of them. As 1 (one) mobile phone will be exempted from the taxes. Clear?!

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

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

No, International Passengers carrying mobile devices that are already registered by PTA, do not need to go through the registration process.

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

It is very simple, follow these steps!

1) 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).

2) Registration at Arrival Airport:

Use Customs kiosk!

Submit your IMEI number(s) the one you copied, CNIC/ Passport/ NICOP number (whichever applicable) to Customs Officials and if you were to pay taxes for your device, pay them at the Customs kiosk at the time of Arrival for immediate registration of IMEI of your mobile device.

3) Registration via PTA online portal system:

What will you need?
CNIC/Passport/NICOP number and Customs Detention Document.

a) Firstly, you will need to declare your mobile device’s IMEI to Customs and pay taxes (if applicable). You will receive the Customs detention document.

b) Visit: https://dirbs.pta.gov.pk/drs
Upload the Customs detention document that you received, you CNIC/ Passport/ NICOP number (whichever applicable).

(Note: duty/ taxes exemption for 1 device as per Customs laws will not be provided for such applicants).

That’s it, 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.


  1. 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

  2. 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?

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

  4. 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

  5. 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?

    1. 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).

  6. 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?

    1. 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!


  7. 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?

  8. 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.


  9. 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

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

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