Pak unveils new liberal visa policy
- The Asian Age
- 27 Jan 2019
- AGE CORRESPONDENT
The Pakistan government has introduced on- arrival visas for 50 countries and e- visas for 175 countries in order to boost tourism.
Information minister Fawad Chaudhry said that the Pakistan TehrikeInsaf ( PTI)- led government had decided to introduce the new visa policy to boost the tourist industry.
Mr Chaudhry said the on- arrival visa facility will also be granted to Indian origin individuals holding British or American passports.
Mr Chaudhry said that Malaysia earned approximately $ 20 billion each year through tourism even though “they only have beaches” while Turkey earns around $ 40 billion. He said that Pakistan was a “paradise for tourism” and that the country’s visa regime “used to be open until about 1965 onwards.”
International Air Transport Association ( IATA)- approved tour operators have also been granted permission to bring tourists to the country. “We want to make ‘ Naya ( new) Pakistan’ a heaven for tourists,” the minister said.
The minister also said that work visa to citizens of 96 countries will be granted within 7- 10 days after they receive letter from the Board of Investment.
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