Overland Pakistan Travel
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- 1 Visiting Pakistan
- 2 Entering Pakistan with a Car or Motorbike
- 3 Driving in Pakistan
- 4 Gas price in Pakistan and Diesel price in Pakistan
- 5 Safety and Security Considerations
- 6 Camping in Pakistan
- 7 Navigation
- 8 Special Overland Travel interests
- 9 Vehicle Maintenance
- 10 Buy or sell a car or motorbike in Pakistan
- 11 References
- 12 Helpful External links
Give a brief overview of what it's like to visit. How easy is the border, how safe is the country, are there great things to see and do, etc.
Entering Pakistan with a Car or Motorbike
Correct as of: October 2017.
Iran to Pakistan: This is for the Mirjan-Taftan crossing, note you are under armed protection by the Levy guards from the Iran/Pakistan border throughout Balochistan, there is no option for this. It takes around 1.5hrs to leave Iran and get carnet stamped. The entry to Pakistan is around 30mins. You will then be escorted to the Levies station and given the manager's office floor to sleep. You will receive armed escorts by the Levies through the entire length of Balochistan (three day crossing), you will stay overnight in Dalbandin and Quetta, where it will take an additional day to obtain your NOC (No Objection Certificate). You will be allowed to leave the following day. You may then be either escorted to the border of Balochistan or you may be escorted all the way to Lahore. Those on cars and motorbikes drive/ride their own vehicles. Those travelling by other means ride in the back of police vehicles.
(To check if you need a travel Visa for Pakistan, application instructions and fees see: Pakistan Visa online application at VisaHQ.com)
A Carnet de Passage is mandatory to enter enter Pakistan with any kind of motorized vehicle.
Cost of entry
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Permitted length of stay
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Extension of stay
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Storing a vehicle and temporarily leaving the country
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Also mention if the owner / temporary importer can leave the country while the vehicle is in storage.
Pakistan/India border (Wagah): Before you exit visit the closing of the border ceremony which is unique and happens around 4pm depending upon sunset hours. Then exit the next day. Exiting Pakistan is easy, details are entered by hand in their ledgers and you ride/drive through to India, then more paperwork. Whole crossing took a few hours, nothing unexpected.
Driving in Pakistan
Recommended books for Overlanding in Pakistan
Travel insurance for Pakistan
Vehicle insurance requirements
Yes or No if insurance is mandatory, and what kind is acceptable.
Cost of vehicle insurance
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Where to purchase vehicle insurance
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State the kind of driving licenses required. i.e. International Driving Permit.
Driving side of road
LHD vehicles can be driven in Pakistan.
Mandatory items in vehicle
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General Road quality
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Briefly describe the overall quality & existence of road signs for directions and hazards.
List the frequency and approximate price of toll roads.
Bribery in Pakistan
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describe the frequency of checkpoints (police or military and what to expect.
Traveling with pets
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Gas price in Pakistan and Diesel price in Pakistan
Last updated: October 2012
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|Unleaded||€0.85 EUR per Liter|
|Diesel||€0.91 EUR per Liter|
In Balochistan the Levy guards will take you to petrol stations when requested,however in some remote areas the only petrol available will be decanted from canisters. Quality is poor throughout Pakistan but usable.
Safety and Security Considerations
Not recommended. There will be animals, people, carts and trucks on the roadway, which often does not have defined edges. In addition vehicles often travel against the traffic direction. Of course no streetlighting in most of Pakistan, so you cannot see hazards.
Discuss if vehicles can be parked on the street, if they are considered "safe" at night. If vehicles can not be parked on the street, list the other options that exist.
In Pakistan, as much of Asia, right of way is given to the largest vehicles. This means that trucks will turn in front of you, overtake other trucks, drive the wrong way even on divided roads. You will need to weave around animals, vehicles, carts, mopeds, small motorbikes, utes, trucks, camels and of course people, all travelling at different speeds. Be careful, rarely does anyone look when entering a roadway so keep an eye out for vehicles swinging out in front of you or crossing your path. Drive at the speed of surrounding traffic and be highly aware, the roadway between Lahore and Islamabad is especially challenging due to the markets on each side of the road and sheer volume of people and vehicles. Note, Divided roads are often used by vehicles travelling in the wrong direction if it is quicker for them to do so.
NB: Motorbikes are not allowed on (the few) motorways in Pakistan.
Security advisories and information
- Country Specific Information - U.S. Department of State
- Travel Reports and Warnings - Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
- Travel advice by country - Foreign and Commonwealth office (U.K.)
- Travel Advice for Pakistan - Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Camping in Pakistan
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Also discuss the possibility of "wild" or "roadside" camping. How common is it? Is it considered safe, or a bad idea.
Camping guide books
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Describe if the regular tap water is safe to drink. If not, describe where safe water can be purchased and the approximate average price range.
Reise Know-How are amoung the best paper maps. Purchase paper maps before arriving in Pakistan
GPS Maps of Pakistan
Review different GPS companies, quality and coverage (Tomtom, Garmin, OSM, Tracks4Africa). (with links to each).
GPS co-ordinates for camping, propane, gas, repairs, etc. in Pakistan
- iOverlander is a website and iPhone application designed by Overlanders, for Overlanders. It contains GPS co-ordinates and reviews for camping, hotels, propane, water, mechanics, borders and much more.
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Special Overland Travel interests
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4x4s / Trucks
- Toyota Global Dealer Locator
- Land Rover International Dealer Locator
- Mercedes Benz International (select country on bottom right)
- Jeep International site locator
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Buy or sell a car or motorbike in Pakistan
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Describe how a foreigner can sell a foreign-plated vehicle, or list not possible.'
Links to the source of any information - blogs or discussion forums, etc.
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