AS A CANADIAN NATIONAL IN DUBAI, WOULD IT BE QUICKER TO APPLY FOR A CHINESE, PAKISTANI OR INDIAN VISA FROM DUBAI. I AM IN DUBAI IN JANUARY, IRAN IN THE SPRING, CENTRAL ASIA (TAJIKISTAN AND KYRGYZSTAN) IN THE SUMMER. I CROSS THE CHINESE BORDER TO KASHGAR BEFORE TRAVELING THE FRIENDSHIP HIGHWAY TO PAKISTAN, AND THROUGH THE LAHORE/ AMRITSAR BORDER INTO INDIA. I WOULD REQUIRE VISAS FOR CHINA, PAKISTAN, AND INDIA, PREFERABLY FROM THE NEAREST EMBASSY OR CONSULATE IN THE AREA. SHOULD I GET ALL THESE TOURIST VISAS SIMULTANEOUSLY IN DUBAI OR DURING MY TRAVELS IN IRAN, OR CENTRAL ASIA?
Pakistan Visa: Foreign nationals can only apply for a Pakistan visa from their country of origin OR from the place of legal permanent residence. Request for a country visa of a THIRD COUNTRY origin will be decided only by the Ambassador/High Commissioner/Head of Mission/Consulate. Pakistan Missions abroad are authorized to grant foreigners of 190 countries, including Canada a Tourist Visa allowing double entry, and valid for a stay of three months.
Chinese Visa: It would be best to consult the Chinese Visa Center in Dubai regarding the country visa procedure for China. The contact details are: WAFI Mall, Level 3, Falcon, Phase 2, Umm Hurair2, Dubai 114 100, UAE
Tel: 00971-4-371-1711 – 09:00-16:00
Indian Visa: Canadian Nationals can apply for an e-Tourist Visa online to enter India for the purpose of tourism, visiting friends and/or family, business or medical treatment for stays of under 90 days. The online counrty visa application form must be completed online, and the photo uploaded online as per specifications.
After a confirmation email for the approval of the application form is received, Canadian travellers are advised to print a copy and keep it for the next trip to India. The Indian e-Visa Validity period is 365 days from the date of its issuance.
UAE national/UAE residents should receive their e-Visa within 3 to 4 working days, subject to certain clearances, as required. Issuing of Indian visas for non-UAE-residents will depend on certain additional clearances which may take longer. An appointment with the Consulate’s visa officials is not a requirement for an e-visa application.
While in Dubai, travelers can also apply for the visas at the local embassies, since all the countries have Embassy representations in Dubai. India, Pakistan, and China have Embassies or visa portals in Tehran, Iran.