Guide for Overseas Pakistanis | How to Register your phone on Pakistan-Visit
Here we have a guide for overseas Pakistanis for registering their phones.
- A guide for overseas Pakistanis was necessary after the new rules.
- An announcement for mobile tax policy has been made for foreign visitors and travelers returning to Pakistan.
- The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has released the details of duties.
What is the registration process?
First things first, check your current status from the following link:
When you arrive in the country, you can register your device at the Customs counter at the airport you land at.
You can download and print the declaration form and then hand it to the authorities to save time. The form is available at DIRBS website.
Note: Your mobile phone will not be confiscated during the process of registration.
How to prevent the mobile from getting blocked:
To know the status of your mobile devices, you can:
- Send IMEI of your phone via SMS to 8484.
- Send IMEI on the website: dirbs.pta.gov.pk
- Download DIRBS android mobile application from Google Play Store.
Illegal mobile phones that don’t come with a binding IMEI (international mobile equipment identity) number will be barred after the expiration of the deadline.
You will be asked for a 15 digit IMEI number for your device at Customs. It will be used to register the device’s IMEI against your name.
You can also check your IMEI number by sending SMS to 8484. Simply type your device’s IMEI number and send it to 8484.
Users can register their device through SMS. All they have to do is send the IMEI number to 8484. Device’s IMEI number can be checked by dialing #06#*.
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Type of responses you’ll get:
There are 4 types of responses that can be received when inquiring about the status of its IMEI(s).
- Compliant devices are approved by PTA and legally imported in Pakistan.
- Valid devices are such devices where the IMEI of the mobile device is valid, however, it is not PTA approved.
- Non-Compliant devices are such devices where IMEI is either not allocated by GSMA or it is duplicated.
- Blocked devices show that your IMEI is blocked as this IMEI has been reported stolen earlier.
How much will the registration cost?
People flying to Pakistan are allowed to register one handset without having to pay any duty charges.
There is no need pay any duty charges on mobile devices that will be used on a roaming network (used with a foreign SIM card), or which will be used in Pakistan for less than 30 days.
Furthermore, you do not need to worry if you have a phone that was used in Pakistan with a local service provider SIM before December 1st. Because that device is already registered on the monitoring system.
Keep in mind that these figures are very close to, but not the exact amount you will be required to pay in tax. The exchange rate is assumed to be $1 which is approximately Rs144.
The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had earlier sent a notification to all mobile users asking them to register their smartphones.
The Customs offices operate in the following areas of various cities:
- Customs House in Karachi is located in Kharadar, near the KPT Head Office
- The Customs House in Lahore is located near the AG Office, Anarkali
- Islamabad Custom House is located in G-9/1 near the KRL Hospital
- Custom House in Peshawar is located at University Town off GT Road
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority had earlier introduced Device Identification system. It includes Registration and Blocking System, (DIRBS).
The system aimed at blocking illegal handsets, including those with no or duplicated IMEI numbers, smuggled and snatched mobile phone and other SIM-run devices.
People should buy only PTA compliant/approved mobile devices.
For further details, mobile phone users can visit the PTA website (https://www.pta.gov.pk). Moreover, you can do the registration via mobile app as well.
According to the telecoms watchdog, millions of handsets have been smuggled with the PTA. Devices having duplicated IMEI numbers were smuggled or imported through grey channels.