Pakistan, a country of Himalayas mountain, Rivers, and the Arabian Sea. Bordering with India, China, Iran, and Afghanistan makes it more eminent from a geographical point of view. The routes connected to Europe make it a more attractive place to visit. It is a country with green valleys, arid deserts, and varieties of landscapes.
Now, there is tremendous change in the perception of foreign people. A lot of tourists visited Pakistan in the past few years. The rise of tourists to Pakistan is making a giant positive change in tourism industry and economy situation. According to the British Backpacker Society, Pakistan has been ranked in the Top destination for 2018 and one of the friendliest country.
What is the Letter of Invitation (LOI)?
A letter of invitation (LOI) is the first thing you will need if you want to travel to any foreign country. It is a written document issued to the person (or tourist) willing to go to another country. LOI is approved by the ministry of affairs while issued by travel tours and agencies. The procedure starts by applying to the ministry of affairs by travel and tour agencies. But, Ministry of Affairs have a right to postponed or cancel the application without giving an explanation or notice. This Letter is granted to a person with a specific purpose and acts as a “guarantee” that the person will not conduct any illegal activity in the country he is going to visit. Thus, make sure the documents and requirements should be completed before applying.
Why is LOI mandatory to visit Pakistan?
A letter of invitation is mandatory for every
tourist who wants to explore different places in Pakistan. If the purpose is to
meet any friend or family, then you need to request a sponsor letter from that
respective friend or host. This Letter is given due to security concerns and
some other safety measures.
The purpose of the visit should be clearly mentioned.
In case the foreigner visitor did not go back or plan to overstay his visit,
then this can put him in any unhappy situation. The only solution is the
renewal of his visa. Otherwise, strict measures can be taken by concern
authorities for the tourists who stayed illegal in the country.
How to apply for LOI?
A tourist will need a Letter of invitation (LOI) or Sponsor Letter if he wants to travel to Pakistan, especially to the northern areas of Pakistan. Pakistan has relatively strict visa rules, and no foreign tourists can visit without a Letter of invitation to Pakistan. The person who is hosting the foreign visitor will have to provide the information, i.e., duration of the stay, place of a visit, other contact information. Also, the host must provide a copy of his Pakistani passport or ID card. The LOI must be duly attested by a Gazetted Government Officer in Pakistan, with also an attested copy of CNIC/NICOP attached. If the purpose of the visit is other than visiting any friend or family, like tourism, trekking, then he needs an invitation letter from a registered travel and tour company in Pakistan. The Ministry of Tourism issues the final approval in Pakistan.
Essential points for when you apply:
Select any authorized and registered travel and tour agency.
Complete the required procedure according to their requirement ( Some tour agency give LOI without their tour packages while others don’t)
Pay the required amount of fee for LOI. (you can choose credit card or another online transaction option)
Send your documents and other credential details like passport number etc.
Tour package prices might be different for tourists of different countries.
After receiving a Letter of invitation, an applicant can apply for a visa, along with other documents.
For more information, the tourist can also contact the nearby embassy ( as documents requirements also can be different for different countries)
How much is the LOI fee for visiting Pakistan?
Most embassies require a letter of invitation from a
registered tour company located in Pakistan. You can get in touch with any
registered one. The Cost will be around about 70-80$, even can be more in some
cases. Some tour operators charge no fee for issuance of LOI upon availing
their tour packages.
Tour Operators who can offer LOI?
Several travels and tour companies are working in
Pakistan who provides the service of issuance of Letter of invitation. A LOI is
only valid if issued by an authorized and registered tour company within the
region of Pakistan. Some companies only allow LOI if the tourists avail their
tour packages as well. In some cases, tour companies charged a high price from
the tourist of Europe or America, also from solo or groups.
Citizens of which country cannot apply for LOI to Pakistan?
No LOI is possible for the following
NOTE: This also includes people who used
to have a passport (Afghan, Israeli or Indian) but have changed citizenship
Tourists from these countries can’t get LOI quickly
without booking a full tour package. These countries include the USA, Middle
East, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Central Asia States, Gulf States,
Albania, Croatia, Kosovo, Romania, Bulgaria, and Bangladesh is provided only
when they purchase a tour.
So, if you’re planning to visit
Pakistan, and you need an Invitation letter from a registered tour operator in
Pakistan, then contact us. We will assist you fully from documents to the
issuance of a Letter of invitation and also in the visa process. For further
details regarding our tour packages and Letter of invitation charges, you can
contact us 24 hours.