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How to Register your Mobile Phone Online with PTA

PTA has launched online Mobile Phone Registration System to facilitate travellers; overseas Pakistanis and foreign visitors so they can easily register their mobile devices to be used in Pakistan. PTA has developed Device Registration System (DRS) and Device Identification, Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS).  This is basically an attempt of the government to control the influx of smuggled mobile devices through a system called 'DIRBS' and to ensure that the IMEI number of all devices used in Pakistan are "PTA approved and compliant". This system will ensure use of only legal devices on the mobile networks in Pakistan.
A tax policy for mobile phones for foreign visitors and travelers returning to Pakistan has been announced. Now, international travelers can bring phones in their luggage and they don’t need to declare it on airport as they can now pay duties and taxes online. An international traveler can avail duty/ tax exemption on one mobile device in a calendar year. International travellers can register their mobile device within 60 days of their arrival in Pakistan. 
How to Register your Mobile Phone Online with PTA
For the people who are confused about how to register their mobile phones online with PTA, we've put together this brief post to help them understand the process.

Check status of your Mobile

To check the status of your mobile device, kindly dial *#06# from the dialer of mobile device, after receiving each 15 digit IMEI number (dual SIM), send each 15 digit IMEI number via SMS to short code 8484. The status of the mobile device can also be checked via PTA website.

How many Mobile Devices are allowed to bring in Pakistan

Each person (either overseas Pakistani or foreign visitor) is allowed to bring in one mobile duty free and a total of five mobiles every year. However, if they bring five phones then they have to pay duty on the four extra mobiles.

Every Traveler can Register 01 Mobile Device without any Duty Charges 

Only one device per passport is allowed duty free and the remaining devices have to be paid duty on. Under customs regulations, every passenger flying in to Pakistan is allowed to register one mobile device without any duty charges. Therefore, a family of four people can bring in four devices without having to pay any taxes.

You don't have to register or pay any duty charges on mobile devices: 

  • that will be used on roaming (i.e. used with a foreign SIM card). 
  • that will be used in Pakistan with a local SIM for less than 30 days. 
  • that you have purchased earlier from Pakistan. Such devices are already registered. 

How to Register your Mobile through PTA’s DIRBS Online Portal?

1) Visit to open PTA’s Device Registration Portal and create account.
2) Select the purpose and user type (Pakistani or Foreigner).
3) Fill the other fields including name, phone number, email, postal address and CNIC or passport number.
4) You will receive a confirmation email. Click on the confirmation link and log in.
5) In the Declaration window, Click on the “Apply for COC” under “Individual COC”.
6) Now IMEI window will appear. Enter the phone number and IMEI of your device. Dial *#06# from your phone to check IMEI number.
7) Now you will receive a SMS on your mobile number. This SMS will show if tax to be paid or not and what is the procedure to pay tax (if applicable). 
You can track status of your application by clicking on my Application.

How to Pay Duty and Taxes Online for Registering Mobile Phone?

If someone has brought more than one mobile phone, the DRS system will electronically generate a payment ID for payment of duty and taxes. You can make this payment via online banking, mobile banking and through ATMs. 

After registration of IMEI and payment of duty/taxes, the mobile device will be white-listed on PTA’s DIRBS system. 

Applicable Duty/ Tax Structure on Import of Mobile Handsets

Applicable Duty/ Tax Structure on Import of Mobile Handsets

Customs/ regulatory duty, sales tax, advance income tax and mobile handset levy is applicable on import of mobile handsets.

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