BREAKING:Pakistan eases visa rules to 'heaven for tourists'

Last Updated: Jan 27 2019 17:50
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ISLAMABAD: The government said, Pakistan has announced a liberal visa regime for the citizens of 175 countries to revive the country’s once-vibrant tourism industry, ruined by years of violence by religious militants.

Inter-Provincial Co-ordination Minister Fehmida Mirza told media in Islamabad, People from more than 50 countries, including the United States and Britain, would now be able to get on-arrival visas for Pakistan.

The citizens of 175 countries can get online or electronic visas, an option Pakistan had previously not offered, she added.

“We have some of the best tourist places in the world; the mountains, peaks like K2, valleys and deserts,” the cabinet minister said at a press conference, adding: “We want to attract international tourists.”

Pakistani security agencies would ensure the safety of tourists to revive the tourism industry, Mirza said.

Chaudhry told reporters in Islamabad “We have mountain tourism, we have beach tourism,” referring to Himalayan peaks and Arabian Sea beaches seldom visited by foreigners.

“Pakistan is a heaven for tourists.”

The state Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation said last year tourist arrivals rose to 1.75 million in 2017, media reported.