Sunday, 27 May 2018

Pakistan becomes visa-free for many foreign tourists

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ISLAMABAD: Encouraged by the positive response from foreign tourist organisations and backpackers, Pakistan has now decided to allow tourists from 24 countries to visit the country without visas.

According to an official statement issued here on Friday by Pakistan’s Ministry of Interior group, tourists from the UK, the US, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and almost all Schengen states would be accorded visas by immigration officials on arrival at any Pakistani airport.

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“The tourists will be granted visas for 30 days, with multiple entries allowed,” said the notification posted on the official Twitter account of Civil Aviation Authority. The visa-on-arrival option will be available to group tourists from 24 countries “if the tour is organised through designated tour operators in Pakistan”.

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An official of Pakistan Immigration Department of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) explained that the 30-day entry into said the offer is available for the tourists from all “tourism-friendly countries” including Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Netherland, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, the UK and the US.

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The leaflet addressing the foreign tourists says, Pakistan’s “Immigration Wing FIA welcomes you to Pakistan and is committed to your facilitation and making your arrivals and departures smooth and hassle-free.”

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