Full PTA NOC Procedure for Mobile Phone Customs Clearance & Type Approval

Written by Ahmad A.R
(Last Updated On: 11/04/2016)
PTA NOC Sample

PTA NOC Sample

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is the only governing body in Pakistan that regulates the matters of granting approval against telecommunication equipment to be imported in Pakistan either for the purpose of personal use or commercial purpose. According to the directions and instructions of PTA backed by Telecom Act 1996 (sec 29), “No terminal equipment can be directly or indirectly connected to PSTN unless it has been type approved by PTA. Type approved granted by PTA signifies that particular telecommunication equipment is approved for general sale and is suitable to connect to a specific public telecommunication network.” As per standing operating procedures (SOPs), NOCs for maximum of 5 mobile handsets, tablets, etc. for personal use are issued.

Important: Used Mobile Phones will be confiscated by Customs Authorities.

PTA deals in two types of NOC that are For Personal NOC and For Commercial NOC. Procedure for personal use is given below for PTA NOC for mobile / tablet  import.

How to Request Personal PTA NOC:

Those who are looking for getting NOC for Tablet PC smartphone with SIM function are advised to follow the below mentioned instructions

1) Applicants are required to Send following documents/information to PTA:

  1. Application stating the purpose of use. (if it is for commercial basis, applicant would be asked to apply for type approval to PTA HQ and if the same is for gift or personal use then applicant would be asked to provide documents from serial b-g)  PTA NOC Application Sample File
  2. A copy of shipment document i.e. airway bill number or GPO Customs letter etc. or courier issued receipt containing tracking number etc.
  3. A copy of CNIC
  4. A copy of (commercial) invoice

Things needed to clearly mentioned in Application:

  • Brand Name, Model Number
  • IMEI number
  • Postal Address where the NOC is to be dispatched via Pakistan Postal Services (Applicants Address)
  • Quantity identified in a serial order containing brand name, model number and IMEI number against each device.

2) After verification of IMEIs, NOC for a maximum of 5 devices including mobile phones and tablet PCs with SIM Functionality for will be issued.

3) If NOC is requested for more than 5 sets, the applicant will be asked to apply for type approval for the sets.

4) If the applicant is other than the receiver of the shipment then he/she must provide authorization, for delivery of NOC. (Authority letter duly signed by the consignee is required).

5) Applicant can file for Personal NOC via following methods:

  1. Email all scanned documentation at [email protected]
  2. Send all required documentation to PTA HQ, F-5/1, Islamabad addressed to Type Approval Directorate. (Preferred and Responsive Method)
  3. By Hand delivery via submission at PTA HQ reception

6) After verification of required documents, NOC (No Objection Certificate) will be issued to the applicant and dispatched via postal services to the provided mailing address at the time of application submission.

PTA NOC Download PTA official PDF Guide

PTCL Type Approved Equipment 

  • Card Payphones
  • Cordless Phone Sets
  • Desktop Phones
  • Encryption Devices
  • Fax Data / DSL Modem
  • Fixed Wireless Terminals
  • Bluetooth Modules
  • CDMA Terminals
  • GSM Terminals/Gateways
  • 2G/2.5G/3G/LTE Modules
  • Wi-Fi BT Modules
  • Wi-Fi + BT Terminals/Access Points
  • Wi-Fi Combo Modules
  • WiMAX Terminals
  • IP Phones
  • Line Protection Units
  • Satellite Terminals
  • Two Way Wireless Radio
  • Vehicle Security Devices
  • Vehicle Tracking System
  • Mobile Phone Handsets
  • Tablet PCs & iPads (Sim Based)
  • Printers
  • Wifi Terminals
  • Wireless LAN Cards
  • GSM Based Equipment

Warning: Not all Mobile Phones companies are approved by PTA i.e. Xiaomi is Banned in Pakistan. Be careful before ordering cell phone in Pakistan.

About the author

Ahmad A.R

Ahmad A. is professional I.T guru and Blogger from Pakistan and he hold Computer Sciences degree from LUMS and serves many multinational organizations. His technology review remain quite popular in past.
He holds Masters Degree in Computer Science from Leeds University, United Kingdom.


  • Salam mainay noc kay liya kafi time sey req bheji hai but still i m just waiting pls sir mujha btaden kay noc kb tk recive hota hai i mean kitnay din lagtay hain after email?

  • Maine iphone dubai se mangwaya tha 1 month pehly to ab mAine IMEI number 8484 pE sEnd kiya hAi wo kehtt hAin k GSMI Se apka phone registered hai lekin PTA Se nAi tO ab mAin kYa krU ????
    Plz help me

  • Hello how does it take for me to receive my NOC because my phone is in Karachi customs for 5weeks and I’m still waiting for my NOC

  • m ny phone import krwae hai 3 per custom walo sy ni mil ra wo khty online form bjhy wo kese bjhna hai kia kare kis sy contact kare

  • hello respected dear sir i have already applied for NOC for mobile custom clearance also sent forms to your given address of isb please let me know when you will send me NOC sir my Dp:905
    DR Naeem phone brand redmi 6pro

  • Sir i have ordered GSM Gateway,
    Now how can i apply for NOC and how much charges will be held on this device ?
    It is 8 port gsm gatway device from china

  • I just applied for noc for custom clearance. Pta required noc from ministry of commerce first. Pta ki noc lene k liye ministry commerce ki noc ki zrurat kyun?

  • I apply iPhone 6 for NOC date .
    How many days I waited for NOC
    I can get my phone plese reply me

  • ordrd xiaomi redmi note 5 pro on 9th of june!!
    from 23rd of june its in cutoms!!
    today is 6th of july nd have not rcvd any email or any letr!!
    can anyone tell me wht to do now!!

    • You need to get PTA NOC for IMEI of that phone. Take that NOC with you to customs branch which held your phone, they will release your phone afterwards.
      Team Web.PK

  • I am ordered iphon 6. Is there any extra payment for customs. And how much time to take process. I am orderd through dhl.

  • please help me i ordered a phone with name of shayan hussain but iam under 18 and i dont have a NIC card.if i apply for noc with my mother’s name and my mother nic number will any problem occur?

  • huawei e5577 4g lte wifi cat hotspot i want to import in pakistan .Can you tell me plzz noc pta its nesscry.

  • what is AWD NO. in the aplication sample ….plzzz let me know in detail…i orderd the mobile through DHL

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