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Here are some common questions.
Letter of Invitation / Visa Assistance
What is a Letter of Invitation?
A letter of Invitation or an Invitation letter are terms used for an official document required by Ministry of Interiors, Government of Pakistan from all foreigners applying for a Pakistani Visa.
Read more about e-visa application and all required information here
Who can give me an Invitation Letter?
Any Tour Operator registered with the Department of Tourist Service, Government of Pakistan can offer an Invitation Letter.
We are a registered company and can offer you a Letter of Invitation for Tourist/Trekking visa. Check out our blog post on our visa assistance here.
Are you eligible to offer a Letter of Invitation?
Yes, The Tourist is a registered Tourism Agency in Pakistan and we can offer a Letter of Invitation (LOI) to anyone applying for a Pakistani Tourist or Trekking Visa
Can you also offer visa assistance with the LOI?
Yes, we also offer visa assistance with the Invitation Letter to all our client.
How can I get an Invitation Letter?
We offer a free Letter of Invitation to everyone booking a tour with us. You can visit our tour packages page to know more about our tours. We can also offer a tailor-made tour for you, DM us for more details with your travel dates, preferred areas to explore, country of origin & No. of persons.
If you don’t want to book a tour with us and still need an Invitation letter, we would need you to stay at our partner hotels with a service fees of USD 75 and we would give you an Invitation Letter. The letter would be notarized, as per requirements of the Government of Pakistan.
You can also get a free LOI from us, if you are booking an air ticket for your flights from and to Pakistan with us.
What information is required for an Invitation letter?
We would need from you a scanned copy of your passport, your travel dates, travel itinerary (in case you are not booking a tour with us) and your contact details. We would also need 50% of your tour price or an advance booking with the processing fees before we deliver you the Letter of Invitation.
How soon can I get an Invitation Letter?
It normally takes us around 24 hours to process a Letter of Invitation.
What else should I expect from you with the LOI?
We would also give you a scanned copy of our tourism license, our contact details for any inquiry & the scanned copy of the CNIC of our director. Embassies often ask you about these documents as a further proof for your visa.
Traveling in Pakistan
What Pakistan has to offer?
Pakistan offers a lot to everyone. Pakistan is the 33rd largest and the fifth most populous country in the world. Pakistan has five out of the thirteen highest peaks in the world namely K-2, Nanga Parbat, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum 1 & 2. Pakistan also has around 100 peaks above 7000 metres. Pakistan has also got some of the largest glaciers outside polar region. Pakistan offers a lot tot Mountaineers, Trekkers, Hikers, Adventure Travelers, Historians alike.
Pakistan has around 750 kilometres of coastal belt. The beaches here are some of the most scenic beaches in the world.
If we are talking about the culture, Pakistan is very diverse. Every region in Pakistan offers a culture of its own. Pakistan is one of the most hospitable countries in the world.
Is Pakistan worth it?
Yes, Pakistan is definitely worth it. There is a lot to see & explore in Pakistan for everyone out there. We have a unique blend of landscape, history, heritage, culture, religions & people.
What are the best areas to explore in Pakistan?
If this is your first time in Pakistan, here are some of the you should do first:
Landscape: If you love the landscapes, you should definitely explore the Karakoram Highway, Hunza Valley, Gojal, Fairy Meadows, Naltar Valley, Swat, Skardu, Khaplu in Ghanche as well as the Ghizer district.
History & Heritage: If you love the history or heritage, you should explore the Takht Bhai in Mardan, Gandhara ruins in Taxila, Walled City of Lahore, Harrapa in Sahiwal district, Mohen jo daro in Sindh & Peshawer.
Food: If you are a food traveler, you should taste the food in Karachi, Lahore, Peshawer, Gilgit & Hunza. We also offer food tours in Pakistan. Contact us for more information.
Culture: Pakistan has a lot of different cultures. You can witness some of the cultural aspects among them. The Kalashas of Chitral, or the Ismailis of Hunza, The pashtuns of Khyber Pakhtunkhwah, or the villagers in Punjab & Sindh, you can witness a lot of diversity while traveling in Pakistan.
What is the best time to explore Pakistan?
The best time to explore the northern area of Pakistan is from April to November if are coming for a road trip in the north. The temperature during this time would be moderate to cold in the north.
If you are planning to do treks or hikes in Pakistan during the summers, the best time is to visit between June & September. This is the time when all of the areas leading to high altitude passes would be accessible.
Otherwise, if you are planning to do adventure during winters, the best time would be from January to March.During this time of the year, there would be lot of snow everywhere in the north.
If you are planning to explore the southern parts of Pakistan, the best time would be from November to March, when they aren’t hot.
Is Pakistan Safe?
Pakistan is completely safe apart from some areas in Balochistan & along the Pak-Afghan Border, which are already off limits for all the foreigners.
All the fuss you hear in news is not all correct. Every year thousands of foreigners are exploring Pakistan including a number of very famous travel bloggers. The areas we would be visiting would be some of the best areas you would ever visit in the world. Don’t worry about your safety, or should we connect you with some of our clients to know more about security situations in Pakistan.
Is Pakistan safe for a solo female traveler?
Yes, Pakistan is safe for solo female travelers. Though incidents do happen every where in the world as well as in Pakistan. But know our guides would be there with you on your tour and no men would dare touch you. We already are experienced in organizing tours for solo female travelers and we definitely know our job very well.
What to expect on my booked tours?
We at The Tourist are one of the most reliable tourism agencies in Pakistan offering a lot of different tours.
If you have booked a tour with us, the first thing you should expect are the unmatched services of our team. We are a comparatively younger batch of tour operator but have achieved a lot with our professionalism in the industry.
Another thing you can expect from us would be the knowledge our guides have of every area during your tour. We have guides & drivers with vast knowledge base of every valley you explore during your tour.
How to book a tour with The Tourist?
Search tours on our page here and checkout all the tours we offer. If you need a tailor-made itinerary, just send us an email or contact us on whatsapp at +92 315 4132296 with these details:
1. Your Name
2. Country of Origin
3. Preferred Dates
4. Number of Participants
5. Preferred location or type
6. Any other requirement
and we would get back to you within 48 hours with a tailor-made tour for you.
How to cancel a tour with The Tourist?
Just send us an email or a whatsapp message for tour cancellation. We would acknowledge the message and get back to you on the refund.
Do you offer bike tours?
Yes, we do love to ride on a bike. We also offer bike tours across Pakistan. We already had done a number of bike tours and love to show you how Pakistan looks on a bike.
We would offer you a tour on a 125cc manual bike, 150cc semi-automatic bike as well as on 250cc bikes. If you are coming with your own bike, we can also plan a tour for you.
Do you also offer hiking/trekking expeditions?
Yes, we love to do hikes in the mountains. We regularly organize hikes & treks across Northern Pakistan. Check out our posts on instagram or facebook about our recent trips. We offer these expeditions each year to our clients and can organize any other treks/hikes for you too
1. K-2 Basecamp Trek
2. Nanga Parbat Basecamp Trek
3. Rakaposhi Basecamp Trek
4. Tirich Mir Basecamp Trek
5. Shani Peak Basecamp Trek
6. Snow Lake Trek
7. Shimshal Pass Trek
8. Pakora Pass Trek
9. Hispar La Trek
10. Dainter Pass Trek
Contact us for any other treks you would like in Pakistan.
What is the payment method?
We take payments using Bank transfers or cash. We usually ask 50% as an advance when booking a tour and remaining payment as cash, when you arrive here in Pakistan.
What is your refund policy?
We make refunds in case of cancellation of tour as follows.
a. If tour is cancelled two months or before the starting date of tour, we would only deduct 30% of the total payable amount.
b. If tour is cancelled one month before the starting date of your tour, we would deduct 50% of the total payable amount.
c. No refund would be made if tour is cancelled within the last month before the starting of the tour.
Do you offer any discounts?
Yes, we regularly offer discounts on different tours. Checkout the stories on our instagram account for all the upcoming discounts.
What other services you offer besides organizing tours?
We are a tourism company and offers services for the tourists visiting Pakistan. Besides organizing tours, we also offers hotel bookings, flight bookings, air tickets & jeep safaris across Pakistan.
Do you book flight tickets?
Yes, we can also book air tickets for any destination in the world. Contact us for air ticketing on a discounted rate.
Further more if you are planning to explore Pakistan and are booking an air ticket from us, we can offer you a free LOI with the air ticket.