Facts of Pakistan
Pakistan is located between latitude 24 and 37
degrees north and longitude 62 to 75 degrees east.The
country borders Iran on the West, India in the east,
afghanistan in the north and north-west and china in the
north-west to north-east. Pakistan represent an area of
796,095 Sq.Km for 128 million inhabitants (1995 estimate)
Pakistan has well defined seasons: Winter
(December -February), Spring (March-April), Summer
(May-September) and Autumn (October-November). During
summer in plains, the temperature may go as high as
45 °C and between July and August, the Monsoon
brings in average 38 to 51 cm of rain to the plains
and 152 to 203 cm in the lower Himalayan Valleys.
cities are :
Karachi (10 millions inhabitants), Lahore
(5,5 millions inhabitants) , Faisalabad (2 millions
inhabitants), Rawalpindi (928, 000 inhabitants),
Hyperadad (800, 000 inhabitants), Islamabad capital
and governement center witch count only around 340
97 % Muslim, 1,5 % Hindus, 1 % Christian
and several others minorities. National language is :
Urdu and official language is English.
Major exports : Raw Cotton, Cotton cloth,
Cotton Yarn, Rice, Fish and fish products, carpet and
rugs, leather and leather products, sports and
surgical goods, Guard and its products.
Major imports : Tea, Petroleum products, chemical
fertilizers, milk and milk food for infants,
agricultural machinery, transport equipment,
medecines, iron and steel.
Major trading partners : USA, Japan, Germany, UK,
Hong-kong, saudi arabia and china.
exchange rate :
Basic unit of currency is Rupee which is
divides into 100 paisa.
Currency notes of 1, 2, 5, 10 100, 500 and 1000
rupees are in use.
Coins of 5, 10, 25, 50 paisa and 1 rupee are in
Pakistan observes floating exchange rate system.
1 USD = 31. 48 rupee (as on 1st October 1995)
Metric system is being used in Pakistan as
the official system..
220 v, 50 Hz AC .
Visitors from the following countries do
not require visa for Pakistan for the period as
specified below :
3 months : Iceland, Maldives, Morocco, The
Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Zambia,
Mauritius, Tunisia, Turkey and Germany.
59 days : Philippines
1 month : Hong-Kong, Malaysia, Tonga,Trinidad,
Tobago, Uganda, Nepal, W. Samoa, Yugoslavia.
Landing permit / transit visa for 30 days is granted
by the immigration authorities, at entry points, free
of charge for genuine tourists, except nationals of
Afghanistan, China, Iracq, Iran, Russian Federation ,
Bangladesh and India.
Double / re-entry visas can be obtained from Pakistan
embassies abroad or Regional passport and Immigration
offices inside Pakistan. Extensions in visas for a
maximun up to 3 months is granted by Regional
Passport and Immigration office.
Yellow Fever vaccination certificate
required if you arrive from endemic zone.
Vaccination recommended : cholera, hepatitis, typhoid
Malaria risk exists in Pakistan in the areas below
2000 meters, Chlorodine resistant P. Falciparum
All foreigners coming to stay in Pakistan over one
year, require as AIDS - free certicate.
tap water is unsafe to drink. Mineral
water is available at major towns and most tourist
attractions. travellers may use water-purification
tablets to drink normal water.
Bank hours : 9 am - 1 pm Sunday to
thursday and 11 am on saturday. Special hours during
Ramadan (fasting month).
Government Offices : 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm Sunday
to Thursday throughout the year. Friday and saturday
Commercial offices : same as government offices but
on saturdays - open from 9 am to 1 pm.
What to wear :
Men should wear suit-and-tie for business
meetings ans social events. Informal dress for
leisure trips. women should dress modestly. Shorts
are not recommended.
10 % service charge at many hotels and restaurants is
included in the bills, other-wise, about 10 %. Taxi
drivers 10 %, porter 2-5 rupees per piece of luggage.
Yellow taxis have meters. Normal hours
charge is Rs 6 per Km. extra 10 % is charged for late
hours and to/from airports.
Car Rental :
Private cars for hire (with driver) are
available from rent-a-car companies and Tourist
Information Centers. Driving is on left-hand. Cars
without driver are difficult to hire.International
driving licence is required to drive.Highways link
main cities, China, India,Afghanistan and Iran.
Eating Out /
Night life :
Spicy curries and rice, nam and daal are
the mainstays of Pakistani cooking. Western cuisine
can be found in the hotels and down town restaurants.
Night entertainment is limited to hotel bars, discos
and cinemas. Cultural shows at the Pakistan Arts
Council Centers in major cities.
Visitors can import following items without duty :
Personal jewellery or imitation of value up to Rs
1000, one watch, one clock, musical instrument, sound
recorders and video camera, 200 cigarettes or 50
Tourists can export jewellery or precious stones
(other than gold) of value up to Rs 10,000 and that
of gold up to Rs 2000.
Note that imports of liqor is not allowed. If a
traveller brings in liquor by mistake, the liquor
shall be detained by customs authorities against a
receipt which shall be handed back to yhe traveller
on his departure. However, foreign tourists
(non-muslims) can buy liquor in Pakistan from an
authorised vendor (usually a 4 / 5 stars hotel)
against a permit available with the hotel (only for
tourists staying in such hotels) or from the Excise
and Taxation Department of the respective area.
We want to thank for is great
help and information the PTDC (Pakistan Tourism
Development Corporation) that should help you to plan
your trip^in Pakistan.
PTDC representative abroad :
development Corporation, Vester Farimagsgade 3, 1606
Copenhagen V, Denmark. tel : 33-12118 & 33-394455
Fax : 33- 939799
Crown Travels (Honorary Representative), Gronlands
Trog, Postpoks 9148, Gronland, 0133 Oslo, Norway. Tel
: 47-22177910 Fax: 47 - 22174786
Khan Travels (Honorary Representative) , Albert
Cuypstraat 44, 1072 CV Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Tel: 020-6625255 Fax : 020-6751612