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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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