Recently, SBP has made it mandatory for every person carrying foreign currency to file a declaration with customs. To make it convenient for international passengers, Pakistan Customs has obtained help from National Technology Board (NTTB) to develop a web-based mobile App to file the declaration electronically.
In this regard, the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has launched a mobile application named Pass Track about currency declaration for international travellers. The mobile App “Pass Track” has been modified to facilitate passengers to declare currency while travelling to and from Pakistan, even before coming to the airport.
According to the officials, testing of the app has been completed, and many new features have been incorporated so that passengers can easily fill in all the required information. In this regard, the State Bank of Pakistan issued a notification last month to revise the cash-carrying limits for outbound passengers. Accordingly, the FBR has notified the revised cash-carrying limits for passengers travelling abroad. As per the notification, the maximum limit per person per visit has been reduced to $5000, and the annual limit has also been set at $30,000.
Similarly, for people below 18 years of age, the maximum cash limit for a person has been set at $2500 per visit while the annual limit has also been revised to $15000. For those travelling to Afghanistan, the maximum limit for carrying cash in foreign currency is $1000 per person per visit, while the maximum limit per year is $6000. In addition, any incoming passengers must file a declaration when in possession of foreign currency exceeding $10,000 or equivalent. Moreover, Pakistani currency can be taken out with a maximum limit of Rs 10,000.
Furthermore, the Pass Track App is available for download on the App Store and Play Store. The Web version of the app is also available. Given the app’s details, it provides step-by-step guidance to travellers, making it easier for them to file declarations. Any person can register on the app using his/her mobile number. Passengers will provide personal data once, and the system will auto-populate the form on the next visit upon logging in. Also, the app will show the previous declaration in the calendar year and the available annual limit.