PTA stands for Pakistan Telecommunication Authority. If you want to use SIM cards on your smartphone in Pakistan then it must be PTA approved. So how to get your phone PTA approved? Below is the complete guideline to get your phone PTA approved.
PTA approval is a method where you get your phone approved by the Govt, and pay the tax or import fee. PTA approval is only necessary for devices that are imported, henceforth you see a lot of iPhones that require PTA approval because there is no official Apple shipment to Pakistan and phones have to be imported.
In this article you will know all the things about PTA approval & you will know how to get your phone approved!
Before paying the tax, you must know how much you need to pay. So there is this method which according to me is best and most accurate.
You can go to www.weboc.gov.pk or click here
scrool down until you find “Mobile Device Duty Information” & click it
Now enter your Mobile IMEI and you will know the tax
to know your IMEI dial *#06# on the keypad and you should see it.
Now, How to get PTA approved?
For the actual process we have 2 methods.
Go to www.dirbs.pta.gov.pk or click here
select online mobile registration
Sign up if you are new user
Select user type (Local Resident/ Foreign Traveler) & select personal.
Enter all the necessary information & click submit.
You will be redirected to a login page
Put your information and log in
Click on the green button
Click on apply for COC
Enter your and your phone’s details
You should receive a 4 digit code on your phone through SMS, enter that code
Enter the necessary information
Now pay tax through bank or online service
You should receive a message confirming your PTA approval
2. Through SMS
Dial *8484# on keypad
Select option 1 “Register Mobile Phone”
Now Select your catagory
Now select option 1 if you want to approve using Passport or Option 2 if you want to do using CNIC. Tax is less using passport, for example on the iPhone 12 pro the tax with CNIC is 41,000 and while using passport it’s 31,500
Enter CNIC/Passport number & click next
Now Select sim type (E-sim does count as a sim)
Enter IMEI (You can find IMEI on box or by dialing *#06#)
Now you will receive a SMS telling you the tax, PSID and other information (Message may take up to 24 hours)
Now if you are using online Banking copy the PSID number, got to bill payment on your app. select Govt; tax payments & under it select FBR
Paste the PSID & if you don’t use online banking, go to a bank and ask them for PTA tax payment they will provide you a form fill it and give tax.
You will receive a confirmation message
You are all done and now your phone is PTA approved. I hope you liked the article, Be a responsible citizen and pay all your taxes.
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