A warm welcome

This is what you face as soon as you enter the Karachi airport after an international flight. A long line at the immigration, managed in the most unorganized manner. It took me longer at the immigration then it took me to get from Dubai to Karachi.

19 Comments so far

  1. A (unregistered) on February 18th, 2006 @ 2:13 pm

    You think that’s bad? I have to raise hell at Immigration each time I travel from Jinnah terminal…there’s always men stupidly standing in the ‘Ladies’ line…so I glare, fight, write/lodge complaints with any uniformed person in sight and what not, till I and other unaccompanied ‘females’ get their rightful place in the line…
    the saddest part is that its usually urbane, so called educated, wannabe sophisticats/yuppies who hog ‘ladies’ space…I wonder if metrosexuality has something to do with it?
    The luggage belt is another story altogether.

  2. zain (unregistered) on February 18th, 2006 @ 2:41 pm

    oh come on umar and A….. yaar don’t critisize all the time….there are good things here as well

  3. Afreen (unregistered) on February 18th, 2006 @ 3:51 pm

    Didn’t you use Green Signal? (or something similar to that effect). I don’t know about Dubai returns, but whenever I’ve travelled, the journey back through immigration and stuff at Khi Airport has been excellent.

    But, maybe it’s because I’m a girl. *grins*

  4. yo yo (unregistered) on February 19th, 2006 @ 12:42 am

    UMAR…try to use one of those MAKRAANI guys fishing boat next time for dubai.

    They will save you all the immigration hassel and you will get fresh seafood.

    Can’t beat that can you.

  5. yo yo (unregistered) on February 19th, 2006 @ 12:47 am

    Another word of caution for people using MAARANI guys fishing boat for Dubai.

    They donot accept any major credit cards only cash.

    Remember not to pay them the full amount before your journey. They might dump you in water.

  6. Illusionfs (unregistered) on February 19th, 2006 @ 1:11 am

    what makes it worst is the data entry guys at immigration specially the men, have excellent typing speeds, 3-4 words per minute. LOL.. damn they are scary as hell :|.

    You know its the first thing that a tourist/visitor notices, and I really hope there were some nice good looking friendly people sitting and welcoming them instead of these old, slow, lazy creepy monsters :|

    I have seen crazy scenes at immigration, *when leaving the country* .. and it makes me laugh!

  7. striker (unregistered) on February 19th, 2006 @ 3:53 am


    you should be ashamed of your self,
    i think you must not be “tom cruise”
    your self

    and if have stayed out for a while some place like
    USA you must have noticed that looks really doesn’t matter here the only thing is your work and your moral values which i can see you are lacking at…

  8. sarah (unregistered) on February 19th, 2006 @ 4:33 am

    oH yah like when u go to any foreign country, there immigration give u BIG SMILE AND A BAG OF DONUTS !!!! Everyone is doing there job in there own way. What’s with all the NEGATIVITY People!!!:D

  9. sarah (unregistered) on February 19th, 2006 @ 4:36 am

    Have seen bigger lines then paki immigrations !!!!And yes atleast we have what u call loaders to help us with our luggage, in Other countries u have to push ur own luggage in and out from the scanner and from the belt!!!!:D

  10. Dubai Crawler (unregistered) on February 19th, 2006 @ 3:11 pm

    I want to tell you guys a story.

    Last February, when I was traveling from Karachi To Dubai. There was Swiss lady traveling on the same route on same flight. At the immigration counter, I saw a really decent looking girl in FIA’s uniform with two stars shinning on shoulder. First I was stunned to look a young lady at counter, as usually we see an immigration office that is in 40 something, grunting and annoyed. Anyways, I was standing behind that Swiss lady at immigration counter and the lady officer was working on her PC, 5 minutes past, nobody moved, 10 and then 15 minutes passed. I gathered some courage and crossed the red line and asked lady officer that what seems to be the problem. She innocently replied, ‚Äú Switzerland hamari list may naheen hey aur main in khatoon ko janay naheen day saktee‚Äù, I translated same thing to Swiss lady and she was stunned to hear that. I asked the lady officer to try ‚ÄúCHF‚Äù in search space, bingo!!!! There it was !!! the missing Switzerland.

    That lady officer who got recruited and was rewarded with two stars must be climbing the ladder of success by using some other means, definitely not merit.

  11. Illusionfs (unregistered) on February 19th, 2006 @ 10:38 pm

    @ striker: yes definately I am not Tom Cruise, but what I have seen these people doing is beyond humane. read below. oh yes, I agree looks dont matter a bit, and I am not racist to bad looking people what the hell.. I was in a real goofy way and when I said scary, it doesnt have to be about how they look, but about how the act.

    @ Sarah: yeah sarah there are no bags of donuts, but atleast they dont look at you or they dont look at everyone with suspicion. And yes they welcome in a nice manner and they do have a smile on their face. And yes I have seen way bigger lines than here but the irony is they are dealt with very quickly. Loaders, I dont need them anyways, I can handle my own stuff.

    This one time, there was this student and a lady ahead of me, lady was going to london for the first time and had married to a UK permanent resident. The immigration guy asked her to produce the video and the pictures from the wedding, she produced the pictures and she even had the cd of her wedding in her bag, I dont know why.. Then the immigration guy told her that how is he supposed to see the video hahaha.. it was crazy, totally unprofessional and intimidating. SCARY YES!

    with the student, the immigration guy told him to produce his educational documents, and when he showed him the documents, without even carefully examining the documents, he shouted that your documents are fake :| hahah.. that was it. he had lost it. the guy literally started crying and only after that he let him go.

    no such thing happened with me, Alhumdulillah.
    So guys, I talk with experience, I am not very fond of these imm. people.


  12. Hena (unregistered) on February 19th, 2006 @ 11:12 pm

    Some things NEVER change in Karachi. One being that airport. I visit Pk about every 2 years, this time it had been 4 .. but not only was the airport even more DEPRESSING (I don’t know why I get that feeling, maybe bc it’s just too brown), but the immigration line was ridiculous. I was in line for about 2 1/2 hours, due to the computers being down!! (eek!) And when they did come back up, the process was extremely slow. By the time I got to the desk, the guy was just so mean! … and after a 24hr journey, I was not in the mood to take a picture! (I’m so not digging those cameras at the desk.) And is it just me? Or does everyone who works there look super scary :/? While I’m at it, I seriously want to buy them a new conveyer belt for the luggage, it moves slower than the immigration line! Ok enough of the “negativity” .. Kaisa bhi hai, apna mulq hai :)

  13. shobz (unregistered) on February 20th, 2006 @ 5:34 am

    i have never had a problem at the FIA counter. infact they have always let me go without asking me any questions. i wonder why?

  14. SKETCHER (unregistered) on February 20th, 2006 @ 7:45 am

    I never had any problems with FIA either. They actually dont even bother to look at my face.

  15. Erum (unregistered) on February 20th, 2006 @ 8:53 am

    I think its a matter of your “luck” as well. At times, I get longer queues and there are times when it just takes 10 mins. By the way, immigration queues are common in all parts of the world esp these days when there are terrorist attacks all over, they have to check everyone and their efforts should be appreciated. It’s for our own benefit in terms of security. Who would want a terrorist to enter our country without any questions asked. In other countries, I have been in the queue for 2+ hours, people even miss their flights. Immg people in Karachi are just doing their job if they ask us questions. I have seen quite rude people at immg counters in other countries. Needless to say, Never mess with an immg officer!

  16. Poo poo Head (unregistered) on February 20th, 2006 @ 9:19 am

    These officers have tough life , boring/monitonous job with some not so competive people coming some times.

    This incident was told by my friend. At immigration counter of San Jose Airport (pronounced as San Hozay, who are not familiar with that) an officer asked some fresh South Indian coming to US for first time about some thing and he answered some thing and called city “San Jose” with “Jay”. The office smiled and said its not “Jose” its Hozay as its hispanic word etc etc. The officer asked few minutes ago how long he was going to be there and the poor kid was so confused, he said “Till Hanuary” . You could imagine the face of officer, when ever I think of this , I just crack up even I was not there ….

  17. Poo poo Head (unregistered) on February 20th, 2006 @ 9:21 am

    I meant “Officer asked few minutes later” *

  18. Illusionfs (unregistered) on February 20th, 2006 @ 10:01 am

    More than a matter of luck, than a matter of your PR. I have seen people going through the immigration in less than 20 seconds. LOL.. and NO they are not diplomats.. they are sons/cousins/siblings/spouses of people in power.

    I love my country!

    LOL@ Poo Poo Head

  19. Erum (unregistered) on February 21st, 2006 @ 11:03 am

    Illusionfs: You’re right.. but i meant matter of luck for normal people (no connection with the high ups or people in power). Even we get lucky at times :-)

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