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Hammad Azhar announces ‘mobile tax policy’ for foreign visitors

Hammad Azhar announces ‘mobile tax policy’ for foreign visitors

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Revenue Hammad Azhar on Tuesday announced the ‘mobile tax policy’ for foreign visitors.

Hammad Azhar tweeted that people using their phones on roaming while staying in Pakistan won’t require to pay any duty/registration if the time period is less than thirty days.

In a series of tweets, Azhar said, for benefit of people travelling into Pakistan from abroad, the mobile tax policy will allow for one phone to be registered as duty-free.

He added, for people using their phones on roaming while staying in Pakistan would require paying no duty/registration.

Also, the minister said no registration/duty is required if phones are to be used for less than thirty-days in Pakistan.

He highlighted, no registration/duty is required to be paid on a phone that was activated or ever used in the country before December 1st, 2018.

For these phones to be registered, Mr Azhar said it can be done at either the airports or in any of the Customs houses across the country and phones aren’t detained during the process of registration/duty payments.

In response to a query, if the passengers arriving from overseas would be searched for extra devices, Mr Azhar said, “It’s a voluntary declaration, registration can be done at customs houses too.”

Moreover, he explained voluntary declaration meant that airports aren’t the route to register and there was no compulsion in registering.

However, non-custom paid phones that aren’t registered will get deactivated after thirty-days, said Mr Azhar.

Previously, Azhar had announced late last month that mobile phones sold after 1st December 2018 that are not customs duty paid (i.e. smuggled) will be deactivated by PTA after a lapse of 30 days.

In a post on Twitter, the minister said that the cabinet decided that mobile phones sold after 1st December 2018 that are not customs duty paid will be deactivated by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) after a lapse of 30 days.

Phones currently in use or activated before 1st December will not be affected or require any registration.