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23 Sep 2021 Malaysian Government lifted the entry restriction for foreign nationals from certain countries including Pakistan, India, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka with immediate effect but the entry approval will be considered on a case-to-case basis it's not guaranteed that you will get your MyTravelPass approved if you came from the countries above, they also approved the home quarantine for the fully vaccinated traveller to Malaysia.

The ban lifted for Permanent Resident (PR), Long Terms Visit Pass Holders (Temporary Employment)/Spouse of Malaysian Citizens  & they must get entry approval by submitting the application at MyTravelPass web Portal.

Employment Pass holders (Category I, II, III), Professional Pass, Business Travellers & invest have to submit the application of approval through MyEntry Web Portal.

Existing Student Pass Holder will get Travel Authorization from EMGS portal, provided that the following conditions must be fulfilled:
  1. In possession of valid Malaysian Visa (if not refer to Malaysian embassy or consulate nearby);
  2. fully vaccinated with WHO-approved vaccines. valid vaccination certificate to be produced upon request;
  3. a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result; and
  4. agree to undergo mandatory quarantine in accordance with the latest ruling issued by the ministry of health, Malaysia https://www.covid-19.moh.gov.my/. fully vaccinated travellers may submit the application to undergo home quarantine at https://hso.moh.gov.my/outbreak-portal-hqa/traveller/hqareg
Be reminded that the above measures will be reviewed on regular basis by the Government of Malaysia, visit the Malaysian Embassy website periodically or visit the nearest Embassy in your country of origin. 
If you go through all the above requirements and everything is fine then go ahead travel to Malaysia & follow the steps below to get your Overseas Vaccination Certificate added to MySejahtera App and travel without restriction while staying in Malaysia.

How to Obtain MySejahtera Digital Vaccination Certificate if Vaccinated Overseas

There are 2 ways to get your Digital Vacciation Certificate in MySejahtera App, the 1st by going to District Health Office (DHO), 2nd throug MySejahtera App Helpdesk by filling up your personel detail  & attached the Vaccination Certificate issued by the foreign authority recognized by Malaysian Government.

Method 1:
  1. Goto DHO (Local DHO based on your location, List of DHO's by Ministry of Health
  2. Submit the evidence that you have been fully Vaccinated (i.e COVID-19 Digital Vaccination Certificate Issue Overseas) to DHO officials
  3. DHO will verify & send that information to MySejahtera through the State Health Department & you will be given your Digital Certificate through the App.
Type of Vaccination Recognized by Malaysia:
  • Pfizer (Comirnaty)
  • Sinovac
  • Oxford AstraZeneca
  • Sinopharm
  • Moderna
  • Janssen
  • CanSino
  • Sputnik V
  • COVAXIN
  • Zifivax
  • EpiVacCorona
Method 2:
  1. Goto Playstore & Download MySejahtera App (if you havnt installed) otherwise;
  2. Open the app & grant the permission to access your location & other neccessary permisions to run the app;
  3. Click HelpDesk >choose your prefered language & press Start button;
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  4. Provide the details Mobile number twice, Name (as per IC/Passport), email click next;
  5. Seletct dose you would like to get certificate for (if you are Fully Vaccinated click C. both doses) & click next;
  6. Now we have to fill up the Vaccination Detail;
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  7. Input your Passport number, Phone Number, Select Vaccinee (self or dependant), Vaccine Type (find the recognized vaccine above), 
  8. Vaccinne Type, Country (Where you get your 1s dose), Vaccination Date, Batch/Serial Number entery the detail for dose 2 (make sure input the correct batch/serial number if the they different).
That's it...!! You will receive the acknowldgement with information & attachment you have submited along with your application. :)

Where I can find the batch/Serial Number?

I have been vaccinated from Pakistan, I will show the Batch number shown on Certificate Issued by National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA).



They will investigate your request, due to high volume of requests you get the reply within the 5 working days. I will share the update once get the COVID-19 Digital Certificate in MySejahtera App, Stay tunned.
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Coronavirus is a family of viruses that can cause respiratory illness to a person’s body, It will eventually affect the human immunity system, the first strain was reported from China in December 2019, Which later spread all over the world & the most affected countries are the USA, India, Brazil, UK, Russia, Turkey & France according to data collected by Worldmeters.info.


Covid-19 Vaccines

To curb the COVID-19 World Health Organisation (WHO) has 7 approved vaccines, some of them are Pfizer and Moderna which are more effective vaccines to ending the COVID-19 pandemic. They further said that "Safe and effective vaccines are a game-changing tool: but for the foreseeable future, we must continue wearing masks, cleaning our hands, ensuring good ventilation indoors, physically distancing and avoiding crowds. Being vaccinated does not mean that we can throw caution to the wind and put ourselves and others at risk, particularly because research is still ongoing into how much vaccines protect not only against disease but also against infection and transmission."


Pfizer is administered in two doses, 21-28 days apart and it is only authorized for those above the age of 12. Apart from this Moderna is also administered in two doses, with a difference of 28 days, both vaccines have shown the same efficiency level. Most of the countries like the USA and UK are only granting permission to visitors who have been vaccinated with 2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna.


Covid-19 vaccination in Pakistan

Currently, in Pakistan, there are four vaccines that are provided to citizens to boost the immunity system, top of the list of vaccination are Sinopharm, Sinovac, Moderna and Pfizer for overseas travellers. Sinopharm was developed by China National Pharmaceutical Group Corporation that is also a part of some efficient vaccines being used in Pakistan. It's also administered in two doses with a difference of 3-4 weeks, eventually, it is not recommended for people under 18 years. Sinovac was also imported from china & developed by Sinovac Life Sciences Co., Ltd. & recommended for the age group above 18.


Registration for vaccination

Due to the widespread of covid-19 Govt. of Pakistan has made it mandatory for everyone to get vaccinated because in many considerable areas such Govt. Offices and Shopping Malls in Islamabad, Lahore & Karachi, the one who is not vaccinated may not be allowed to enter. It's important to register before getting the vaccination.


To Get Registered Follow The Steps Below:

  1. Send your CNIC number to 1166 (or go to NIMS web portal to get registered  @https://.nims.nadra.gov.pk).
  2. You will get the confirmation msg from 1166, there are high chances you will immediate vaccination in confirmation or you will second msg with 4 digit verification code
  3. goto your nearest vaccination and show them 4 digit verification along with your original CNIC.
Here is the example of confirmation msgs with verification code:

Note that you can get the vaccine from the vaccination centre set up by the Ministry of Health, Pakistan & it's free till the date we writing this post.

How To Get Vaccination Certificate

If you completed 1 or 2 doses of the vaccine, you are eligible to apply for a Digital Vaccination Certificate (also known as Covid-19 Vaccine Passport) by visiting the NIMS portal, Although you can also visit (Nadra Centers) to make payment & download the certificate from NIM portal.


Follow the steps below to get your COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate

  1. Go to nims.nadra.gov.pk
  2. Choose the Get Covid-19 Certificate (کوویڈ 19 ویکسینیشن سرٹیفکیٹ کا حصول)
  3. Input your CNIC number, Date of Issuance (if you are not 18+ then select CRC from dropdown) & then enter the security code to prove that you're not a robot, press verify button (تصدیق کریں).
The system will fetch the data from the NADRA record and show the table of dose you had as shown below:
If the data shown above is correct, then press verify button(تصدیق کریں) and go-ahead to the next step.
  1. Enter your CNIC number and name as per your CNIC.
  2. If you have a plan to travel abroad don't forget to input your passport number.
  3. Input your nationality and press verify button (تصدیق کریں).


  4. The fee for the certificate is Rs 100 that can be paid online through a debit card or using wallet accounts apps Easypaisa, eSahulat, Alfalah & JazzCash.
  5. Choose the credit card option to pay your certificate fee and press continue (select 2nd option if you wish to make payment from your wallet account apps).
  6. Then, you have to enter your Credit/Debit Card detail & click Confirm & Pay button.
  7. Accept the terms and conditions of the payment gateway & you will be redirected to the payment page.


  8. You will be promoted to enter OTP received from your card issuer (in our case it's HBL Debit Card).
  9. Input the OTP you have received and click the submit button to authorize the transaction.
  10. The page will be redirected back to NIMS Portal and provide you with the download button to get your Digital Certificate.


Hurray..!! we did it :)

Note that if you wish to change the data of the Certificate i.e Name correction, Passport number or Nationality then you have to pay the fee of Rs 100 again to get the updated certificate.

How to Verify NADRA's Digital Vaccination Certificate

In August 2021, the NIMS launched the “Pak Covid-19 Vaccination Pass App” following complaints that Pakistan’s anti-vaxxers are turning to fake vaccine certificates.

You can download the PAK Covid-19 Vaccination Pass from PlayStore & App Store for Apple Devices to download Smart Vaccination Pass by entering your CNIC & Certificate number (find the certificate number at the top right corner of the JPG file downloaded from NIMS web portal) & later it can be used for verification purposes.
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Most banks all over the world have instalment plans for their credit cardholders (also known as EMI Plan) or have affiliation with e-commerce websites but there is no bank in Pakistan offering an Installment plan to debit cardholders Have you ever wonder that you can shop online interest-free when paying back in instalments?  you may think that how they will earn if there is no mark-up or interest added..!! there is a fin-tech giant like Paywithsplit based in Singapore offering the same method of instalment plans in Singapore, Malaysia & Brunei Citizens.


In this post, I'm gonna introduce a Private fin-tech firm offering instalment plans to all debit cardholders and yes they offered the plan without any interest or markup, the e-commerce merchants who are partnered with them will offer 4 easy instalments to debit cardholders, 6 to Credit cardholders with a total limit of 50k for Debit Card and for Credit Card, it's 500.

Jordan Olivas & Syed Sadd Ahmed, CEO & Founder – QisstPay, has introduced an entirely new payment method in the Pakistan e-commerce market to support interest-free instalments while shopping online.


“The market clearly needs another option, which is what QisstPay aims to offer as it introduces buy now, pay later (BNPL) as a tool to the Pakistani market,” exclaims Jordan Olivas.


Qisstpay provides buy now pay later (Interest-free Installments) platform to merchants in Pakistan with no markup fees, Interest or hassle, Qisstpay is paving the way for instalments in Pakistan. It's Pakistan's first BNPL platform and a revolution in the e-commerce market buying online in 4 instalments using any debit or credit card issued by any bank.


How to Place an Order

  1. Go to Qisstpay Store Catelouge or download the Qisspay app (PlayStore or download from Apple Store) to browse the merchant offering Qisspay payment method.
  2. Select your store from the category list.
  3. Click Shop Now & you will be redirected to the merchant's website  (in our case, I will choose MiStore.pk to order Mi Wifi Repeater Pro).
  4. Add to cart (don't forget to see the icon of Qisstpay  to check product eligibility for an instalment plan).
  5. Go to cart.
  6. Log in with your credentials if you have an account or signup with your email or simply click log in with Google.
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  8. Click submit to make payment (the page will be redirected to the Qisstpay payment form fill the form to create your Qisstpay account if don't have an account)
  9. Input your phone number and enter the "OTP" you have received in your msg inbox in the next form fill up your street address & press submit.
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  10. Now the system will calculate the final amount into 4 easy instalments just click submit & now you have input your debit card #, Expiry & CVC # located back of your debit card.

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  11. Finally, click the pay button to make payment (make sure your debit is activated for online & e-commerce payments.
  12. you will receive the order confirmation something like this: (if you order with mistore.pk order confirmation may be different if you order with the different merchant, you will also receive an email confirmation from Qisspay)
Qisstpay email confirmation:

"Hi Ishtiaq,
Thank you for choosing QisstPay. Your order at MI Store has been placed. We've received your first installment amount of Rs. 624.75 (1st Installment) too! Your remaining spending limit with QisstPay is now Rs. 48125.75 (remaining limit for Debit Card).

Have any questions? Please reach out to us at support@qisstpay.com and we'll be more than happy to help you."

If you have any questions you can call them directly at +92-330-1022265 or say hello by sending email info@qisstpay.com or you have live chat support available if you have installed the Qisstpay Android app and I would personally recommend visiting the terms & condition page of Qisstpay a quick overview of how they deal with you if you have any pending dues.
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Voice Over LTE - Image Credit Nokia

In 2017 Jazz Successfully tested Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) with its Partners - Huawei & Nokia but later the environment was scrapped at the time,  In 2019 Telenor becomes the first Cellular Mobile Operator (CMO) to enable VoLTE across the network but supported by OPPO & Realme Manufactured Smartphones.


The Recent Mobile Network Benchmark Report Pakistan 2021 published by Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) shows that "currently, 4G/LTE networks deployed by Cellular Mobile Operators (CMOs) are not supporting VoLTE, CMOs need to improve call setup success rate (CSSR) & the average Call Setup Times (CST) are on a very good level for Circuit Switched Fall Back (CSFB) calls and can only be improved for pure VoLTE calls."


The report further says that "Zong is in the leading Position with overall good Voice Service but yet they are far away from launching VoLTE in the country. The report suggested to CMOs to further enhance the CSSR by deploying VoLTE networks across the country to ensure high-quality voice calls using advanced IMS core solutions. Through VoLTE, consumers will be able to make calls via 4G data network for better voice quality and users also be able to use voice and data at the same time."


Why VoLTE?

For the best experience on the VoLTE network, you'll need a phone that supports these key technologies:

Extended Range LTE helps deliver blazing-fast speeds on the VoLTE Supported network.

Voice over LTE (VoLTE) provides crisp, clear audio quality and helps prevent dropped calls.


Update 30 Sep 2021: List of Supported Devices Added

last night I got the VoLTE Signal with Jazz 4G in Punjab(Okara) & I was feel secured that now I can avoid roaming charges by activating WiFi-Calling while travelling abroad with Jazz 4G VoLTE enabled SimCard.

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There is no list of supported devices provided by Jazz but I'm trying to get a comment from jazz officials on the matter that there should be a list of devices supported by Jazz VoLTE Service.


list of Devices Currently Supported By Jazz VoLTE 

  • Samsung

    Galaxy A21s (Verified)
    Galaxy A32 (Verified)
    Galaxy A71 (Verified)

  • Iphone

  • Huawei

    P30 Lite (Verified)
    P30 Pro (Verified)
    P20 pro
    P20
    Mate 20 X
    Mate 20 X (5G)
    Porsche Design Mate RS
    Porsche Design Mate 20 RS
    Porsche Design Mate 10
    Mate XS
    Mate 20 lite
    Mate 20 Pro
    Mate 10 Pro
    Mate 10
    Mate 30 Pro 5G
    Nova 5T
    Nova 4 Dual
    Nova 7i (Verified)
    Y9 Prime (Verified)
    Y8p
    Y7p
    Learn More

  • Vivo

    Coming Soon

  • Nokia

    Nokia 225 (Verified)

  • Redmi

    Coming Soon


Let me know if you have received the VoLTE Signal in your area, share your HD call experience with us in the comment below, it's possible you may not receive the VoLTE signal as this service is yet in the experimental phase based on usage data.


Our next post gonna show you how you can avoid roaming charges if you have VoLTE enabled Jazz Simcard & a supported smartphone. Peace & Blessing Bodies :)


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Communication belongs to everyone and we too believe in this idea, we found a team of brilliant developers who are on a mission to help people connect with technology for free or as close to free as possible. You may think that which technology they are talking about to connect people free of cost?

we are talking about the TextNow team founded in 2009 by two university students looking to save on their phone bills & they putting free phone technology into the hands of customers for over a decade and they started from a small table in off-campus students housing came great things - In final Show of 2020, they launched free nation-wide (United States & Canada) Talk & Text, a first of its kind offering that provides ad-supported cellular free call service to 37 countries.


Voice & Video Call

TextNow Support both Voice & Video call,  you can make a high-quality video call to anyone with a valid mobile phone number. Just click the video icon and start connecting – even if your recipient doesn’t have the TextNow app.


Group Chat

With TextNow, you can add one or more people to the same message thread and talk to all of them together. Starting a group message is the same on both the TextNow Android and iOS app, and on our web and desktop versions. For simplicity, we're showing you the Android version in these examples:

The first step is to start a new text message. You can enter a contact's phone number, TextNow username if they're a TextNow customer or name or nickname from your contacts stored on your device.


Is everything Free

You can use all the features on Phone App, Tablet, & add a phone number to Desktop Application which can be downloaded from Microsoft Store & It's all free. If you are using the app-only version then you can also upgrade to remove ads or lock your phone number for 1 year with an ad-free version of  TextNow App & you will be able to call 37 countries at a cost of 0.0¢.

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How to get the free US Phone Number

  1. Goto GooglePlay Store & Install TextNow App (for Apple Goto App Store), For Desktop Goto Microsoft Store)
  2. Open the app & Signup with an email
  3. Choose area code you would like to get the number
  4. Choose the number of your choice from the list shown below the area code


That's it! you're ready to make free calls up to 37 Countries (US, Canada, Europe, Singapore & Malaysia). Plus additional features like Voicemail, Group Texting & Conference Calling.


Here is the list of free countries:

  • America

    Brazil
    Canada
    Chile
    Jersey
    Mexico
    Puerto Rico
    Peru
    United States
    Venezuela

  • Europe

    Denmark
    Faroe Island
    Germany
    Greece
    Guernsey
    Italy
    Isle Of Man
    Ireland
    Ice Land
    Norway
    Romania
    Solovakia
    Svalbard and Jan MayenSpain
    Sweden
    United Kingdom

  • Asia

    Chrismas Island
    Cocos (Keeling) Island
    Malaysia
    Singapore
    South Korea

  • Australia

    Australia

  • Africa

    Mayotte


If you are in the US then you can use TextNow free without WiFi over their nationwide wireless network by ordering a Simcard activation kit for a one-time purchase of just $4.99. 

Let us know if you have any questions or we have missed something, furthermore, if you facing trouble while registering an account we're here to help you, just leave your message through messenger or send us an email via Contact Us page

Don't forget to visit the Company Blog & TextNow Online Support Page to get the latest updates 

Image Credit: TextNow.com

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VoWiFi Also known as WiFi Calling, VoWiFi allows you to make and receive calls over WiFi thus letting you stay connected even when there is limited network coverage or none at all! So I got a question that can we use WiFi-Calling in another country to avoid Digi International Roaming Charges? & The simple answer is yes, we can skip roaming charges with Digi WiFi-Calling.  


If you're planning to travel out of Malaysia to Study or Meet your loved ones or spend holidays abroad, then now you can use your Local Malaysian cell number to make & receive calls back to Malaysia with Digi's VoWiFi Calling Feature. We can avoid International Roaming Charges Digi VoWiFi Calling & I'm gonna show you how to set up Digi VoWiFi Calling before departure, there are fairly simple settings that should work with WiFi-Calling compatible smartphones. check out the list of smartphones supported by Digi.


Update: 26-09-2021 screenshot added for another Device (Google Pixel Dialer) with on-going WiFi Calling.

Before Departure Consider the following things

  1. Digi VoWiFi Compatible Device (List of Supported Devices)
  2. Activate International Roaming
  3. Activate Digi VoWiFi by Calling Digi Helpline
  4. Enable WiFi-Calling
  5. Try Test Call before leaving Malaysia

Activate International Roaming

  1. You can buy Digi VoWiFi support smartphone from any Digi store or from the manufacturer's official store or website.
  2. You can activate the International Roaming (IR) by going to MyDigi app >> Click Navigation >> Subscription & Turn on the toggle button to Activate IR.

Note that you must buy a validity of 1 year to avoid line termination otherwise, your line may be terminated after 60 days if you have not topped up your prepaid line. (Note: 365 days validity package may not be available, depending on the prepaid version of sim card)

Method 1 to subscribe to Super Long Life is through *128# menu >>Account >> Talktime Services >> Super Long Life & you will be charged RM 38).

Method 2 from MyDigi app Click Reload >>Validity >> 1 Year >> & Click Confirm.

Activate Digi VoWiFi

  1. Call the Digi Helpline at 016 221 1800 & Ask the operator to activate Vo-LTE against your prepaid connection (service may be activated by default in future, check with the operator if it's activated).
  2. Chat with Live Agent and request to activate Vo-LTE
Note: For more information visit the Digi Help Centre.

How To Enable Wifi-Calling

  1. Navigate to and open the Phone app.
  2. Tap More options (the three vertical dots), and then tap Settings.
  3. Tap Wi-Fi Calling, and then tap the switch to turn the feature on. If you receive a popup asking you to enter your Emergency contact information, review and enter the requested information, and then tap Save.
  4. Wi-Fi calls will now be enabled. To turn Wi-Fi Calling off, just tap the switch again.
  5. On some phones, you can also enable Wi-Fi Calling from the Quick settings panel. Swipe down from the top of the screen using two fingers, and then tap the Wi-Fi Calling icon to turn it on.
Note: Follow the on-screen instructions to set the preferred network, For some carriers, you may need to set up Roaming network preference or When Roaming. The Roaming Network settings are only available when the Wi-Fi Calling feature is on.

Try Test Call Before Leaving Malaysia

Once you’ve enabled Wi-Fi calling, connect to wifi & you will see the  VoWiFi   Icon appeared at the top signal bar of your android phone.

Here is a screenshot from Huawei P30:

Samsung Galaxy VoWiFi Icon: 

Hurray that's it! we are ready to receive calls on VoWiFi but the question is how we know that our call is going through WiFi-Calling? to skip Roaming Cost. let me share the screenshot of the call I have received from Malaysia while I'm connected to the Pakistan Roaming Network of Telenor.

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All the highlighted calls in the image above showing the  Wi-Fi  Icon, which means that I'm not being charged by carried (Digi). It’s possible this trick won’t work perfectly every time, but as long as you can verify Wi-Fi calling is working before you leave, it should “just work fine.” 

Another screenshot of  Wi-Fi  Calling from Google Pixel Dialer shows the following symbol for WiFi Calling:
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  Keep in mind that any international numbers you call are also subject to Digi's international long-distance rates. So keep updated on Digi's International Call rates.

Connect to WiFi Hotspot

Most of the airports have free WiFi spots, and those spots fairly work great for WiFi calling, which does not need a lot of WiFi speed but does need a strong connection to the internet modem. Some WiFi hotspots will require you to sign in/create accounts and agree to their terms and conditions. Once you’re connected, your phone should automatically turn back into WiFi calling mode.

We will share another tutorial for Umobile & Hotlink/Maxis VoWiFi to help our readers to understand WiFi-Calling benefits while travelling abroad. peace & blessing bodies :)
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