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A Basic Guide for International Passengers Carrying Mobile Phones to Pakistan

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

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Fahad Khan

Fahad is an Entrepreneur, SEO and SMM Specialist and an Affiliate Marketer. He also loves to blog about gadgets, technology, smartphones etc.
  • Hi Fahad, Could you kindly help me understand if I bring my personal iPhone with a UK sim to Pakistan from the UK, do I need to pay any duty/taxes? Also wants to understand, if I need to register my phone with PTA or DIRBS? Will the Airport staff in Pakistan force me to register and pay at the airport even I am only staying for 3 weeks?

    • Hi Faisal,
      No, you do not need to pay any Tax and neither would they stop you or something. Your phone will be able to work for 60 days with every local network.

  • I visit Pakistan last year (2021) in January for 30 days and used my Mobilink sim card in iPhone with no issues. Now, I’m planing to travel again for 30 days in 2022 with same cell phone. Wondering, my phone will stay active on Pak sim card for 30 days (as I used 30 days on previous visit)?

    • Hi Ahmad,
      It might work, but
      Technically when you put in a SIM in your unregistered mobile here in Pakistan do a commercial activity, it works for 60 days, if you use it or not.
      But you could try using the second sim / esim it’ll work for 60 days too.

    • I guess you can bring in 5 phones per year.
      But, why would you do that? FBR now charges extremely high taxes here. for a phone worth 500 USD or more, you’ll have to pay around 80K.

  • Hi there!
    Just wanted to clarify one thing that if i get a new sealed phone and go through the security checks at the Karachi airport when i arrive, will they ask me to pay the duty on spot or can i pay later? Thank you!

    • Hi Abbas,
      You could bring in 5 new / used phones and you wouldn’t be asked by anyone here. If they stop you or ask for it, you should tell them that you have 60 days to pay the tax and register the phone.

  • Can you please get me how much it tax for my mobile phone which I brought with me from uk,England, on 13th October 2021,which is Samsung galaxy s21 plus, Iam British passport holder, please help me out, ASAP if possible, Thanks

    • Sure,
      Around 73000 PKR on Passport

      If you plan on taking the phone back with you, DO NOT REGISTER IT! It’ll work for 60 days here in Pakistan. Use one SIM, leave the other one for your next trip.

  • Hello sir ! my question is k agar hm brand new phone khareedain pakistan sy like mene khareed lia vivo ka phone to kia wo dubai ja kar block hojayga ya wo chalyga?????

    • Hello Hamza,
      Nae hoga block bhai, ap phone idhar se hi lo ab. Bahir se phones lena ab bewakofi hogi. Ku k idhar taxes ki intehaa he phones pe.

  • Is the tax the same for a used and new phone? E.g. If I’m bringing two phones, one is a used iPhone 8 and the second one is a new iPhone 8?

  • hello dear,

    My brother is coming from USA. is it ok to bring 3 iPhone 13 pro max and one iPad Pro ?? should we pay customs duty or PTA tax? or both

    plzzzz clarify thanks

  • 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.

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