ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and India are set to activate new visa regime for the people more than 65 years of age and provide them visa on arrival with effect from today (January 15).
The India High Commission in Islamabad while highlighting the implementation of this facility from January 15 said that the visa on arrival will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily to Pakistani passport holders of more than 65 years of age, crossing on foot, only at Attari Immigration Checkpoint and not through any other immigration/border point.
The Indian High Commission further explained that Pakistani passport holders aged more than 65 years could avail this facility to visit any place in India except Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Kerala and other prohibited areas.
“This facility can be availed for the sole objective of visit India to meet friends or relatives. This facility cannot be availed for business, medical, conference, employment, pilgrim or any other purpose,” said a press release issued by the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.
“For the latter category, applicants can approach the High Commission of India, Islamabad and apply for Indian visa as per the procedure. A single entry exempted from police reporting visa for 45-day stay and maximum up to five places will be endorsed under the visa-on-arrival facility,” it added.
The release said the facility could maximum be availed twice in a calendar year and would be non-extendable and non-convertible. It said that all such visa holders would be allowed to enter and exit only from Attari Immigration Checkpoint on foot.
“Pakistani passport holders of more than 65 years of age intending to avail this facility should fill the prescribed form and present it along with the required documents at the Attari Immigration Checkpoint,” the Indian High Commission said.
“These documents include copy of national identity card with English translation, copy of a utility bill as proof of residence, Pakistani passport valid for at least six months, a photocopy of passport, two passport size photographs, confirmation of booking in case he/she is to stay in a hotel in India, name and address of the person he/she is visiting in India and a fee of Indian Rs100 or $2 per individual,” it said.
“The immigration officer at Attari Immigration Checkpoint reserves his or her right to refuse visa, if the applicant does not satisfy any of the conditions illustrated above or the applicant was earlier refused an Indian visa,” said the Indian High Commission release.
The release said an applicant, who has been refused Indian visa earlier, if intends to visit India he/she should approach the High Commission of India in Islamabad and apply for Indian visa as per the procedure. It said the visa-on-arrival facility would not be applicable to holders of diplomatic/official passports.