Pakistan, as part of its new visa policy announced on Thursday, will announce that the UAE will be included in the initial list of countries that will receive a visa upon arrival.
Pakistani minister of information and broadcasting, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, said: “Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan will enter the relaxed new visa system on Thursday.”
PM Imran Will Announce an Arrival Visa for 5 Countries Today
Prime Minister Imran Khan, in the first phase of the project, will implement an easy visa policy for five preferred countries, including:
1-United Arab Emirates,
Fawad added that another 45 countries will be added to the visa category at the arrival in the next phase. The policy is expected to be further expanded and is planned to include a 30-day arrival visa for all other Gulf Cooperation Council members (GCC).
The minister said. “The basic goal is that we should not see Pakistan in the perspective of a security state and open the country to the world.” According to Fawad, the purpose of the new visa system is to promote tourism, trade and foreign investment.
The government announced in January 2019 that it plans to relax travel restrictions, hoping to revive tourism by offering visas to visitors from 50 countries and electronic visas to 175 countries.
Fawad said: “By launching a new relaxed visa policy, we want to open our country to tourists from all over the world, as Pakistan has been a” closed “country for the past 70 years.”
There will be no visa restrictions for journalists and there will be no restricted areas for visitors, he added; “Tourists can now go anywhere in Pakistan, they no longer need encumbering certificates,” he said.
175 countries will receive electronic visas, 96 will be included in the business visa category and another 50 countries will receive visas upon arrival.
Diplomatic and student visas will be extended from one year to three years and from one year to two years, respectively, while visa for religious purposes remains valid for 45 days.
Tour operators approved by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) will now be able to bring tourists to Pakistan.
The main features of the new visa system are expected to include:
- e-Visa for 175 countries
- Visa on arrival for 50 countries (earlier they were 24)
- Business visa for preferred 90 countries (earlier they were 68)
- Work visa – Pakistan missions to issue visas on the recommendation of Board of Investment (BOI)
- Family visit – 5-year multiple entry visa in 7-10 working days
- Pakistan missions to grant 5-year validity and one-year stay (multiple) entry visa to foreigners of Pakistani origin and their spouses
- Diplomatic visa – Tenure of diplomatic/official assignment
- On arrival visa facility of Sikhs who hold Canadian and British Passports
- Tablighi (religious groups) visa: 45 days
- Missionary visa: 1 year
- Student visa: 2 year