Updated: Nov 3
When it comes to international aviation, one country that often finds itself on the radar is Pakistan. With its rich history, diverse landscapes, and a rapidly growing aviation industry, Pakistan is a key destination for airlines, private jets, and cargo carriers alike. However, before you can touch down on Pakistani soil or even pass through its airspace, there's a crucial process that you must navigate: obtaining overflight and landing permits. In this guide, we'll delve into the specifics of these permits in Pakistan and provide you with some general information about this vibrant nation.
General Information about Pakistan
Pakistan: Cultural Heritage
Before we dive into the intricacies of overflight and landing permits, let's start with some essential information about Pakistan:
Official Language: Urdu
Currency: Pakistani Rupee (PKR)
Time Zone: Pakistan Standard Time (UTC+5)
Now that we've set the stage, let's explore what you need to know about obtaining overflight and landing permits in Pakistan.
Is permit required?
Commercial – Non-scheduled
Permit Validity (Hours)
Lead Time (Working Days)
Permit number format
NS 1234-5678 DTD 10/05/2023
NS 1234-5678 DTD 10/05/2023
CAA Processing Fee
Air Navigation Bill
CAA to Applicant
Is Pakistan an ICAO Member State?
Is Pakistan a EUROCONTROL Member State?
Pakistan 2-LTR Code:
Pakistan ICAO Area Code:
To obtain an overflight permit for Pakistan, you need to submit a formal application through the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA Karachi) or a designated agent. The application typically includes details about the flight, aircraft, purpose, and route. It's advisable to initiate the application process well in advance, preferably 7 working days before your intended flight date. However, you should read our guide on VarnaJet short notice permits. If your flight necessitates a landing in Pakistan, you'll need to obtain a landing permit. The landing permit requirements generally include the same documentation as overflight permits, with additional considerations, some documentation are not necessarily required; you just need to keep them ready and valid in case they are needed for the permit application.
- Operator name & address
- Aircraft registry
- Callsign – Flight number
- Aircraft type – MTOW
- Flight schedule details
- Purpose of flight
- PAX or Cargo details
- Entry/Exit Points
When applying for an overflight or landing permit, you might need to provide the following documents:
- Air Operator Certificate (AOC)
- Aircraft Registration Certificate (AR)
- Certificate of Airworthiness (CoA)
- Air Noise Certificate (ANC)
- Insurance Certificate
What to consider when you have a flight over/to Pakistan
Make sure you are aware and ready with the following, even if they might not be requested by CAA:
You must have valid and comprehensive insurance coverage for your aircraft. Ensure that your insurance meets the requirements set by Pakistan authorities.
A detailed flight plan including your route, waypoints, and estimated time of arrival and departure from Pakistan airspace.
Details about your aircraft, including registration, type, and capacity.
The names and qualifications of your flight crew.
Purpose of Flight:
A clear explanation of the purpose of your flight, whether it's for commercial, private, or humanitarian purposes. PAX details or cargo details should be available.
Receiving party /CNOR-CNEE:
In case the landing permit is needed for a specific country/Purpose of Flight; pay attention to have all the contact details of the receiving party.
Pakistan Air charges navigation fees for overflights. These fees can vary depending on the type of aircraft, route, and duration of the flight. Be prepared to cover these fees as part of the permit application process.
You may see our guide on Pakistan Air Navigation Charge - Enroute Charge, for more specific information on the this topic.
In major International Airports
Basis: Maximum take-off weight
When Aircraft Weight is Exceeding One Ton the charge is: 8.22 USD per ton
First two hours are free
When Aircraft Weight is Exceeding One Ton the chrge is: 0.18 USD per ton per hour
Compliance with International Regulations:
Your flight plan and operations must comply with international aviation regulations and agreements. Ensure that your aircraft is equipped with the necessary communication and navigation systems required for safe airspace transit.
Coordination with VarnaJet
Once your application is submitted, it may take few days for the (CAA Karachi) to process and approve your overflight or landing permit. VarnaJet will ensure quick process of obtaining. VarnaJet coordinates closely with CAA, local handling agents or a reliable ground services provider to facilitate a smooth landing process, including ground handling and fuel arrangements, and other essential services when required. Maintain open communication with our team and be prepared for potential changes or delays in your flight schedule that needs to be addressed to our team as soon as possible.
Navigating the process of obtaining overflight and landing permits in Pakistan may seem complex, but with thorough preparation and adherence to the required procedures, it can be a manageable task. VarnaJet is here to assist you every step of the way, from application submission to ensuring compliance with local regulations and fees.
So, as you embark on your flight to or over Pakistan, remember that proper planning and attention to detail are the keys to a successful and hassle-free experience. With VarnaJet, as your partner, you can confidently explore the skies above this captivating nation, with all the necessary permits in hand. Safe travels!
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