FBR Proposes Several Amendments to Baggage Rules for Complying With FATF

Pakistan is making amendments to Baggage Rules 2006 in order to have better control over international passengers traveling in and out of the country.

To comply with FATF’s recommendations, the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has prepared a draft proposal which will bind travelers to provide their particulars and the purpose of their travel. It will also ask for details about accessories, jewelry, and other belongings of the passengers.

What’s New?

According to a report, FBR is removing ‘Rule 3’ of the Act which allowed Pakistanis staying abroad for more than seven days to bring along a cell phone without paying any taxes. However, if the proposal gets the government’s nod, local travelers spending more than a week abroad will have to pay duties to bring a mobile phone into the country.


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Moreover, the revenue board has also proposed a ‘Rule 7’ to the Baggage Rules, which will ask in-bound travelers to declare the items they are carrying with them.

A separate Annexure C has been introduced, which requires passengers to provide their name, sex, date of birth, passport number, nationality, and country.

The document also asks passengers the name of the country they are traveling to and from – even, the country(ies) they have been to in the past seven days.

International passengers will also have to write the purpose and the nature of the visit, whether its government, personal, business, or tourism.


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Other than that, they will have to disclose whether they are carrying any satellite phones, precious stones/jewelry, weapons, firearms, or any banned items/substances.

7-Day Deadline

The government has reportedly asked all the stakeholders to chip in with their suggestions within seven days with a clear direction that no objection will be entertained after the deadline.

According to sources privy to the matter, the move is part of the government’s measures to comply with FATF’s action plan.

Pakistan has received a final warning from the financial watchdog to fully implement the action plan or get blacklisted from the Paris-based global task force.

Via: Tribune

  • Dear @Ali Raza, Please enlighten the current practice as we are even unable to register the phones using Baggage rule even before the notifications.

  • Great! Instead of curtailing misuse of passport info by airliners, government servants and departments (customs, FBR, etc), they outright ban baggage waiver for carrying mobile phone.

    It was the easier thing to do, but definitely not the right thing.

  • Kia mazaaq hai qoum ky sath, ary Khuda ky bando yeh rules awaam ka berra gharq kar ky rakh dengay, intehaaii naqis policies banaii ja rahi hain……koi dehshat gard pagal hai jo ap ko apnay aslahay ya maqsad ka batayega! yeh ander ky banday khud hi tariqa sikha dety hain ky kaisy baraye naam security checks ko dodge dena hai…main to future keliye fikr-maand hogia hun, log nationality badalny py majbur ho jaengy.

  • More harrassment for families and seniors. Things should be more easier so travelers can move faster. 24 hrs at airport and then this problem. No no no.

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