Fawad Chaudhry, Minister of Information, said Friday that the government is introducing a “new revolutionary visa policy “to encourage tourism.
He added that the current government led by the PTI wants tourism to be the basis for change in Pakistan. Chaudhry, who briefed the press outside the House of Parliament in Islamabad on proposed changes to the country’s visa regime, said that Malaysia earns approximately $20 billion annually through tourism and only has beaches while Turkey earns $40 billion.
The visa regime in Pakistan “used to be open until around 1965, “he said, adding that the country is a “tourism paradise. ”
” We’ve got mountain tourism, religious tourism, beach tourism, towns and a lot of food. All the agencies and departments put their heads together on the suggestion of the Prime Minister for this initiative, “said Chaudhry.
The government has decided to provide 175 countries with the e-visa facility and a visa upon arrival in 50 countries, he said.
Upon arrival, visas will also be issued to British and American citizens of Indian origin holding US or UK passports. Tour operators approved by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) now have the opportunity to bring tourist groups to Pakistan.
In addition, the process of obtaining a work visa was facilitated for nationals of 96 countries for business purposes, Chaudhry said, with applicants receiving their visa within 7-10 days of the letter from the Investment Board.