In an unprecedented move, the federal government has decided to relax visa rules for the citizens of about 96 countries. The Federal Minister for Information, Fawad Chaudhry, made this announcement on Friday.
The new visa regime, approved in a high-level meeting on Thursday, allows visa on arrival to the nationals of about 50 countries.
With Prime Minister Imran Khan in the chair, the meeting was attended by the Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, State Minister for Interior Shahryar Khan Afridi, Chairman Nadra, and DG FIA among others.
Under the new visa regime, Pakistan is going to relax visa rules for 96 countries, excluding India and Israel.
Under the new policy, nationals from 175 countries can acquire Pakistani visa, while the duration for Student Visa has also been increased to two years.
“We are going to announce a new visa policy which will make Pakistan an ‘open-for-business-and-travel country,’” the minister said, adding that this will turn a new leaf in the country’s economy.
“Such a massive change in the country’s visa regime has never taken place in the past,” he further added.
Fawad hoped that the step would help increase foreign investment and improve ties with other countries. “We are going to open Pakistan to foreign journalists, businessmen, tourists, and investors,” he added.