“Government is introducing a revolutionary visa policy to promote tourism“, said information minister Fawad Chaudhry
The government has now decided to give e-visa to 175 countries and visa on arrival to residents of 50 countries, including the United Kingdom, USA, and many other countries. This is said to change the tourism industry in Pakistan, bring in revenue and a better image to Pakistan.
While taking outside the parliament house Islamabad, on Friday. The Information Minister said that the PTI government wish to bring change in Pakistan through tourism. He also said many countries earn billions of dollars each year through tourism while they only have beaches, Pakistan has everything
“We have mountain tourism, religious tourism, beach tourism, cities, and huge food tourism. For this initiative, all agencies and departments put their heads together at the prime minister’s suggestion,” information minister said
The student visa period will increase from one year to two years, it will be easier for a foreign journalist to get visas. Moreover, tourist will not need NOC to go Azad Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan, and other areas. Duration of diplomatic visa has also been increased to three years, duration was one year previously.
Tour operators will be able to bring groups of tourists in the country, but only those who are approved by International air transport association.
It is now easy to acquire, work visa for residents of 96 countries. They can get a visa as quick as 7-10 days after the letter issued by the board of investment.
The foreign journalist will not be under restriction anymore, previously they could only move between three cities.
“We would like to make “Naya Pakistan” a tourist heaven” information minister Chaudhry