Journalist Visa

Media Persons employed by Radio, TV, Newspapers & News Agencies can apply for journalist visa if they are visiting Pakistan for journalistic assignment.

Freelance Journalists, Private Film Production Companies or Advertising Filming Companies can apply for Journalist Visa to make Documentary Film only after getting commissioning letter from any daily Newspaper / Magazine OR TV Channel

Following documents are required for Journalist visa application:

  1. Duly filled and signed Journalist visa application
  2. Original passport valid for at least six months along with its photocopy
    Note: Applicants applying for multiple entry visas, or those who plan to film a documentary in Pakistan, may not turn in the original passport. They will be asked to bring their original passports for visa stamping once their approval from Islamabad comes through.
  3. Recent passport size identical photographs with white background:
    • For Single or Double Entry Visas - Two photographs.
    • For Multiple Entry and Documentary making Visas - Two sets of Visa applications in original, duly filled in and signed along with Six photographs.
    • Proof of Residence - Utility bill, bank statement or driving licence etc.
  4. Journalist Visa Computer Proforma [one page, please fill in from S. No. 4 to 14].
  5. Undertaking (one page download).
  6. CV of individual / team members.
  7. In case applicant is a Cameraman or Photographer, detail of equipment to be carried.
  8. Letter of recommendation from the media organization clearly mentioning:
    1. Programme / Purpose of visit in detail.
    2. The company will bear all expenses during visit.
    3. Undertaking that applicant will restrict himself / herself to news reporting / news coverage / sports coverage only.
    4. In case of travelling to Afghanistan (from Pakistan), Please confirm that the applicant(s) will not go to Afghanistan by road.
    5. Undertaking that the applicant(s) will NOT go to following areas during stay in Pakistan:
      1. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province (formerly the North-West Frontier Province)
      2. Tribal Areas (Now part of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province)
      3. Balochistan Province


All Journalist Visa holders are advised to inform Director General External Publicity Wing (DG EPW) about their arrival at following phone number soon after reaching Pakistan:


For any further information please contact Information Division.

Processing Time

The processing time of Journalist Visa varies depending upon applicant’s intended duration of stay and type of assignment visa is requested for. Please check the processing time below for your required duration and visa type:

  • For single OR double entry visa with six-months validity and 10-15 days suration of stay in Pakistan: 5 (Five) working days.
  • For multiple entry visa with more than six-months validity and three-month duration of each stay in Pakistan: 6 (Six) to 8 (Eight) weeks but can vary depending upon your application.
  • Pakistan High Commission issues journalist visas for only three cities: Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi. For any visa other than these three cities, the processing time will be 6 (Six) to 8 (Eight) weeks but can vary due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • The processing time for permission to film documentaries in Pakistan is also 6 (Six) to 8 (Eight) weeks but can vary due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • Processing time for Indian nationals is also 6 (Six) to 8 (Eight) weeks but can vary depending upon your application.

Important Note: Journalist visa applications falling under the category of 6-8 weeks processing time, as detailed above, should be directly handed over to the Information Division, at Pakistan High Commission London, instead of submitting them in Gerry's Centre.


Applying for Visa

High Commission for Pakistan, London has appointed the Gerry’s Offshore Inc. UK as service provider company for submission of Visa Applications to High Commission and it’s consulates, except Glasgow consulate. All visa applicants are advised to submit their visa applications at their nearest Gerry’s Visa Application Centre. Click the following link for further information:

Gerry’s Visa Services


Visa Application Form, Visa Fees and further information

Please use the Quick Links on right side of this page to download Visa Application Form, view Visa Fees and further information.

Gerry's Timings

Visa Application Submission:
Monday to Friday:
0900 to 1400 hours
0900 to 1300 hours

Passport Collection:
Monday to Friday:
1400 to 1700 hours
0900 to 1300 hours