objective is to ensure a healthy growth of mobile device ecosystem in Pakistan. DIRBS will ensure use of legal devices on the mobile networks. The import, use, and growth of legal devices will improve the quality of mobile service to consumers, preserve network resources of the mobile operators, provide better security and ensure the protection of intellectual property rights. PTA will make sure that only type approved and legal devices are operational over mobile networks in the country.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – DIRBS
Q1. Can I bring one mobile phone into Pakistan without payment of duty/taxes?
Ans: No. Recently Baggage Rules have been amended vide Finance Act, 2019 whereby facility
for bringing duty/taxes free mobile set has been withdrawn w.e.f. 01.07.2019. Hence duty and
taxes will be paid on that mobile phone.
Q2. If I bring more than one Mobile Phone, do I need to pay duty/taxes?
Ans: No exemption of duty and taxes is available on any mobile even if the passenger is bringing
only one mobile.
Q3. Do I have to pay duty/taxes on a mobile phone which I have been using in Pakistan
after returning from abroad?
Ans: If local SIM is used in the mobile then it will require registering the IMEI of the mobile
with PTA after payment of duty and taxes. If the same is not registered with the PTA within sixty
(60) days of the insertion of local SIM in the mobile then the mobile set will be blocked and can
only be opened after payment of duty/taxes and fine/penalty.
Q4. How and where can I register my mobile device if I forget to declare the same on
arrival at the airport?
Ans: The passenger can approach the nearest customs office for registration of the mobile device
Q5. Can I avail the allowances admissible under the baggage rules if I forget to declare at
the time of arrival at airport?
Ans: No. Details are mentioned in answer of Q.No.1.
Q6. I am roaming in Pakistan; will I be able to use my mobile device in Pakistan?
Ans. Yes, Roamers will be able to use their mobile devices as per DIRBS SOP. The System will
accommodate visitors to Pakistan from overseas who are here for the short visit for personal or
business purpose as following.
i. A foreign roamer is allowed to continue using foreign SIMs without any time limit and without
getting CoC from PTA.
ii. If a roamer starts using local SIM in his/her mobile device, he/she will not be considered a
roamer and will be required to fulfil the conditions of a compliant device.
iii. Such user will be notified of the deficiency of his/her mobile device through SMS and will
have 30 days to complete the requirements before the non-compliant mobile device is blocked.
iv. If the visitor wants to use local SIM for a period longer than 30 days, he/she is required to get
the CoC from PTA along with payment of duty/taxes.
Q7. What is the rate of duty on various mobile phone?
RATE OF DUTY AND TAXES ON MOBILE PHONES
(Tax In Pak Rs. and price of mobile is in USD)
1 Upto 30 USD Tax Rs 300
2 Above 30 and up to 100 USD Rs 2,940
3 Above 100 and up to 200 USD Rs 4,510
4 Above 200 and up to 350 USD Rs 6,180
5 Above 350 and up to 500 USD Rs 17,650
6 Above 500 USD Rs 31,520
Note: The above rate duty/taxes is for Baggage Imports and not for Commercial Imports.
MOBILE DEVICES REGULARIZATION – DIRBS
Device Identification Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS) is a system designed to identify non-compliant devices operating on local mobile networks. It automatically registers compliant devices operating on the mobile networks and eventually blocks non-compliant devices.
DIRBS has been launched w.e.f. 1st December, 2018.
International passengers and Importers are requested to view the following information to confirm the correct procedure for registration of mobile devices.
Federal Board of Revenue issued SRO dated 15th January 2019 relating to taxes on imports of Mobile Devices. (as per the link given below),
Free Mobile Device Registration (As per Baggage-rule of FBR)
To register your device, go to this link https://dirbs.pta.gov.pk/drs and create your account as an individual user. Select your user type International traveler On submission of Signup form, a confirmation link will be received in your provided email address.
Click on the confirmation link to activate your account and login to register your device(s).
1. Click on “Click here to Register Your Device” button or click on Apply for COC tab under Individual COC
2. Read the Important Message carefully and fill the form accordingly
3. Make sure the entered IMEI is GSMA valid and not duplicate, stolen, cloned or counterfeit
4. Click on “Submit” button
5. You will receive a confirmation SMS on your provided contact number according to the nature of your registration 6. In case of first free device registration (baggage rule), status of your application would be approved As per custom baggage rules,
1 mobile device is exempted from duty/taxes, provided the passenger stay aboard has been for more than 7 days and registers the device(s) within 60 days of arrivals (Upon submission of request the passport number + CNIC/NICOP whichever is applicable is verified via FIA immigration system and incase of system response stating the passenger applying is eligible for tax exemption, FBR will notify via system to user of same and device IMEI will be registered under baggage rule exemption). In case you have applied through the system with incorrect details, user can log in to their account and click on My Application TAB and delete pending request.
Device Registration through MNOs Franchisees and Customer Service Centers