In a bid to make Pakistan a paradise for tourists, the PTI-led government has rolled out its new visa regime which offers visa on arrival for as many as 50 countries. Previously, nationals of only 24 countries had that option.
Here is a list of countries whose nationals will now be able to get a visa on arrival in Pakistan:
The list of 50 countries whose nationals will now be able to get a visa on arrival in Pakistan – includes Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Thailand and South Korea pic.twitter.com/TLdY8lNpjW
— omar r quraishi (@omar_quraishi) January 26, 2019
Under the new policy, the government has relaxed its visa policies for 96 nations while the citizens of 175 countries would be able to get an e-visa for Pakistan.
The decision was taken in a high-level meeting attended by Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa among others with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the chair.
Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, while briefing about the decision on Friday, mentioned that people from Israel and India cannot avail these facilities.
The new visa policy is not limited to e-visa and visa on arrival only, but extends to business visa for 68 to 96 countries and offers family visa within 7-8 working days as well.
Moreover, the government has allowed IATA approved tour operators to bring tourist groups to Pakistan. It has also lifted the ban on cross-border travel which means foreigners would now be allowed to travel within open cantonment areas freely.
Here are the salient features of Pakistan’s new visa policy:
- Work visa: Pak Missions to issue visas on the recommendation of BOI.
- Family visit: 5-year multiple entry visa in 7-10 working days.
- Diplomatic visa: Tenure of diplomatic/official assignment.
- Tablighi visa: 45 days.
- Missionary visa: 1 year.
- Student visa: 2 years.
- House Aide visa
- Pak Missions to grant 5 years validity and one year stay (multiple) entry visa to foreigners of Pakistani origin and their spouses.
Government is introducing a "New Visa Policy" to encourage tourism in the country. Here are some of the highlights of this new Visa Policy. #VisitPakistan #NewVisaPolicy #BeautifulPakistan pic.twitter.com/9l3q4GIJVA
— Govt of Pakistan (@pid_gov) January 25, 2019