Jan 26, 2019, 10:44 AM
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Pakistan eases visa rules to promote tourism

Islamabad, Jan 26, IRNA -- With an objective to promote tourism Pakistan government has announced new visa policy offering visas on arrival to visitors from 50 countries and electronic visas to 175 nationalities.

Pakistan Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhary talking to media said that IATA approved tour operators now can bring tourist groups to the country under new policy which, he said, will usher in a new era of progress and prosperity in the country.

He said there was great potential to earn foreign exchange through tourism as Pakistan was blessed with a lot of tourist spots and scenic beauty. He said the policy had been framed in consultations with all the departments concerned and stakeholders.

He said Business visa will now be provided to the citizens of ninety six countries from the previous practice of sixty eight countries. The Business visa will be stamped in eight to ten days.

Chaudhry said the duration of diplomatic visas has been extended from one year to three years, while that of students’ visas to two years from one year.

He added tourists can now visit all parts of the country, including Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan without obtaining any No Objection Certificate (NOC).

He said that journalist visas would now be processed through the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, and they would also be given long-term visas without any curbs.
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