New Travel Restrictions Proposed for Non-Tax Filers

Pakistan’s proposed Finance Bill for 2024 has sparked discussions regarding limitations on foreign travel for citizens who haven’t filed their income tax returns. Here’s a breakdown of the key points:

Who is not Affected?

The restriction on foreign travel would apply to Pakistani citizens who are liable to file income tax returns but haven’t done so. This excludes:

  • NICOP Holders: Individuals holding a National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) are exempt.
  • Minors: Children below the legal age of filing tax returns are not subject to the restriction.
  • Students: Presumably, full-time students may be exempt, but official clarification is needed.
  • Other Exemptions: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) may announce additional categories of people exempt from the travel ban.

Purpose of the Restriction:

The government aims to incentivize citizens to fulfill their tax obligations by potentially hindering their ability to travel abroad if they haven’t filed their returns. This initiative is intended to promote a culture of tax compliance in Pakistan.

Unanswered Questions:

  • Implementation Details: How the FBR will identify and enforce the travel ban on non-filers remains unclear.
  • Dependent Family Members: The impact on dependent family members of tax filers (whose income is declared in the filer’s return) needs clarification.


The proposed travel restrictions for non-filers in Pakistan is a significant development. While it aims to improve tax compliance, questions regarding implementation and specific exemptions remain. It’s advisable to stay updated on official announcements from the FBR for a clearer picture of this policy’s effect on travel plans.

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