PTA's DIRBS Stuff for Overseas Pakistanis

abobobilly

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I came back to my home country after 3 years for a short stay of 2 weeks and IMMEDIATELY i was bombarded with freakin' petty issues and needless timewasting tensions.

My mobile number of 10+ years from Ufone was cancelled and re-sold because i didn't turn it on for 6 months (yes i know it's my mistake but they should AT LEAST send an email or some sort of notification that it will be disabled if we don't use it. WTF).

Anyway, bought a new SIM from Zong and once again, my device is "Non Compliant" from PTA. Since this is the only device i brought back with me, i thought it would be free, and thought it would get registered automatically after making a phone call.

Am i wrong to think that?

Your suggestions will be most appreciated. 😎
 

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I came back to my home country after 3 years for a short stay of 2 weeks and IMMEDIATELY i was bombarded with freakin' petty issues and needless timewasting tensions.

My mobile number of 10+ years from Ufone was cancelled and re-sold because i didn't turn it on for 6 months (yes i know it's my mistake but they should AT LEAST send an email or some sort of notification that it will be disabled if we don't use it. WTF).

Anyway, bought a new SIM from Zong and once again, my device is "Non Compliant" from PTA. Since this is the only device i brought back with me, i thought it would be free, and thought it would get registered automatically after making a phone call.

Am i wrong to think that?

Your suggestions will be most appreciated. ��
DIRBS truly is a pain in the ass.

Anyway, one device to bring along is completely free of cost, but if you didn't get it done at the airport, you'll have to visit the Customs House with your passport and CNIC to go and get your phone approved.

Make sure you submit both IMEIs if it's a dual SIM phone.
 

abobobilly

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DIRBS truly is a pain in the ass.

Anyway, one device to bring along is completely free of cost, but if you didn't get it done at the airport, you'll have to visit the Customs House with your passport and CNIC to go and get your phone approved.

Make sure you submit both IMEIs if it's a dual SIM phone.
What the actual f*ck. I'm here for less than 2 weeks. Do i really have to go there personally to get this sh*t done?
 

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What the actual f*ck. I'm here for less than 2 weeks. Do i really have to go there personally to get this sh*t done?
Unfortunately yes. The online registration portal is only for dealers / shopkeepers AFAIK.

Although, the phone should work just fine without approval for up to 30 days since that's how DIRBS is supposed to work. Visitors aren't supposed to be inconvenienced by this, only people who live here.

The fact that your SIM doesn't work in the phone is quite weird.
 

abobobilly

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Although, the phone should work just fine without approval for up to 30 days since that's how DIRBS is supposed to work. Visitors aren't supposed to be inconvenienced by this, only people who live here.
Oh, in that case i'm relieved.


The fact that your SIM doesn't work in the phone is quite weird.
No the SIM is working (Zong number) but my IMEI was being shown as "Non compliant" when checked at DIRBS.

Well thanks for your help. It was really helpful. (y)
 

murtaza12

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Oh, in that case i'm relieved.



No the SIM is working (Zong number) but my IMEI was being shown as "Non compliant" when checked at DIRBS.

Well thanks for your help. It was really helpful. (y)
Oh then nothing to worry about. It says non compliant since you've never visited Pak with this phone before DIRBS was invented.

Continue using as is.
 

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I studied in Turkey and they had this exact stupid system .from what I am hearing this dribs system is the exact system that Turkey is using .i had so much problems with this system .
 

abobobilly

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Just a heads up. My brother received a SMS today regarding Device Registration System by PTA.
Here's the link: https://dirbs.pta.gov.pk/drs

I'm going to make the account and try to register. Will report back soon.

Important Message:

As per custom baggage rule, an International traveler can avail duty/tax exemption on one mobile device in a calendar year.
If you are International Traveller / having Dual Nationality and you travelled on Pakistani Passport please select User Type as Pakistani (Local / International Traveller / Dual Nationality Holder)
If you are International Traveller / having Dual Nationality and you travelled on Foreign Passport or having Foreign Nationality please select User Type as Foreigner (Travelled on Visa)
For international travelers who entered on their PAKISTANI passport / Foreigner passport. Please register your mobile device with that particular passport number within 60 days from the date of arrival
 

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Yeah keep us posted bro.

& It's such a shame to year about no loss.

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Oh then nothing to worry about. It says non compliant since you've never visited Pak with this phone before DIRBS was invented.

Continue using as is.
If a device status says "Non Complaint" but the Sims (incase of dual SIM) continue to work fine, will that be a problem?

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murtaza12

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If a device status says "Non Complaint" but the Sims (incase of dual SIM) continue to work fine, will that be a problem?

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It might be a problem after 30 days.

You should register the device ASAP.
 

abobobilly

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Yeah keep us posted bro.

& It's such a shame to year about no loss.

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I made my account at the DRS (Device Registration System) which needs your local phone number as well as the Passport and NIC number.

However, i decided NOT to register my phone since:
1) We are allowed ONLY ONE device per year as FREE phone to bring in Pakistan i.e. No need to pay Customs Charges on it, but still needs registration. As this device is already at it's end of life (OnePlus 3) and i may change it in future, so i opted to go back to UAE, buy another phone and register that one in Pakistan, whenever I come back.
2) I will not be here for longer than 30 days (as per PTA's website, we have 60 days to register the phone.)

If a device status says "Non Complaint" but the Sims (incase of dual SIM) continue to work fine, will that be a problem?

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As per the PTA's website, international travelers have 60 days of time to get their devices registered. After which, pretty sure it will stop functioning.
[MENTION=42544]murtaza12[/MENTION], FYI.
 

murtaza12

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I made my account at the DRS (Device Registration System) which needs your local phone number as well as the Passport and NIC number.

However, i decided NOT to register my phone since:
1) We are allowed ONLY ONE device per year as FREE phone to bring in Pakistan i.e. No need to pay Customs Charges on it, but still needs registration. As this device is already at it's end of life (OnePlus 3) and i may change it in future, so i opted to go back to UAE, buy another phone and register that one in Pakistan, whenever I come back.
2) I will not be here for longer than 30 days (as per PTA's website, we have 60 days to register the phone.)


As per the PTA's website, international travelers have 60 days of time to get their devices registered. After which, pretty sure it will stop functioning.
[MENTION=42544]murtaza12[/MENTION], FYI.
Good to know that they extended it to 60 days.

Also, wise choice by not registering it.
 

mbk99

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Good to know all the details. & I'll try to get my Siblings Samsung Galaxy Note Note 9 registered by PTA, as he got the phone from Dubai during his recent visit.

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mbk99

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So I tired signing up a account for PTA Dribs system but I don't what happened, I entered all the details like Name, Cnic no, Passport no, email, contact info etc details. But it said I need to call them.

So I tried calling them, but the no is always busy, I tried both their Regional and Headquarters numbers but to no avail. Now I'm stumped!

& I think going directly to there office, will also be a wasteful experience.
[MENTION=42544]murtaza12[/MENTION] Can you kindly enlighten me regarding this matter?

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mbk99

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I made my account at the DRS (Device Registration System) which needs your local phone number as well as the Passport and NIC number.

However, i decided NOT to register my phone since:
1) We are allowed ONLY ONE device per year as FREE phone to bring in Pakistan i.e. No need to pay Customs Charges on it, but still needs registration. As this device is already at it's end of life (OnePlus 3) and i may change it in future, so i opted to go back to UAE, buy another phone and register that one in Pakistan, whenever I come back.
2) I will not be here for longer than 30 days (as per PTA's website, we have 60 days to register the phone.)


As per the PTA's website, international travelers have 60 days of time to get their devices registered. After which, pretty sure it will stop functioning.
[MENTION=42544]murtaza12[/MENTION], FYI.
Bro how did you made your account? As I am unable to do so.

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You've been in Pak for a while, no?

How come your phone wasn't registered?
Yea, since mid of 2016 but have been travelling back and forth. Not sure why it wasn't registered. I bought this phone from KSA in the last week of Dec, 2016 before coming back to Pakistan. So it's been 2 years of using it in here.

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murtaza12

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Yea, since mid of 2016 but have been travelling back and forth. Not sure why it wasn't registered. I bought this phone from KSA in the last week of Dec, 2016 before coming back to Pakistan. So it's been 2 years of using it in here.

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Did it say non compliant when you checked the status?
 
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