You Can Only Bring in 1 Phone from Overseas to Pakistan

The government has brought about a major policy shift regarding travelers bringing in cellphones under the personal baggage rules.

The Minister of State for Revenue, Hammad Azhar, has announced that those coming to Pakistan will be allowed to bring only 5 cellphones per year while just one of them will be customs free.

It means that the person shall have to pay the customs duty for the other four devices if the user requires their service beyond 30 days.

The state minister revealed the new regulations in a tweet, saying the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority will deactivate the mobiles phones that have been sold after December 1, 2018, without any payment of customs duty after the passage of 30 days.

However, mobile phones that are currently in use or activated before the said date will not require any registration, he stated.

The minister also said, “The cabinet has also approved relaxation in policies regarding the commercial import of new and used mobile phones.”

Moreover, he told that the government has lifted the ban on commercial imports of used phones that conform to the PTA regulations and the taxes and duties are paid against them.

While guiding the phone users to the process, Azhar asked them to ensure the legal status of the newly acquired phones or phones that they need to activate a SIM in after December 1, 2018.


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Notably, the Federal Information Minister, Fawad Chaudhry had announced on Friday that the government will roll out a new Device Identification Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS) to block the smuggled phones after December 31.

However, he said that the restriction will not be imposed on the phones that are already being used.

Via: Express Tribune


  • MUID

    How much custom for one cell anybody knows?

    • Leo

      Will surely depend on the price of the set in the market, we will get the price slabs soon by the Govt.

      • MUID

        Obviously it depend on price but what if i purchased a cell that cost 30,000?
        what are the rates?

        • Ahtysham Afzal

          i think about 10k to 15k

          • C

            It won’t be nearly that high. Current sales tax on midrange devices is 1k and for high-end devices it’s 2k. On a 30k cellphone sales tax + duties would be around 5k.

        • MUID

          ok Thanks guys

  • Ghessan

    prices for the mobile phones and middle east are almost similar, if duties will be paid they will be even expensive from local market. is it that govt is trying to facilitate importers?

  • Uzair Farooqi

    Govt gone insane. What if they are keeping multiple cellphones for their own use? This should have to be imposed only on the new cellphones purchased from abroad.

  • By brother will bring iPhone on 2nd December and PTA site shows its not registered.
    What i need to do ? to make it registered phone.

    • MUID

      Local sim ON kro gy to registered ho jai ga automatically.

      • local sim outside of pakistan main dal k register hojiay ga to kia duty pay nai krni paray gi airport p ?
        local time kitni dair k liay dalni paray gi registration k lliay

        • MUID

          Brother jaha tk mujy pata hai bs Sim dal k sms ya call kre jb bhi Pakistan a jai ga cell and nothing else needed.