Obtaining Pakistani visa is no more arduous for tourists as Pakistan has announced its visa policies for the tourists from 24 countries.The Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan on January 19,2018 declared officially traveling and visa policies in Pakistan for foreigners who are traveling in groups via designated tour operators of Pakistan from 24 countries. The tweet by CAA says:
According to the notification posted by CAA on Twitter, if the tour is organized through designated tour operators in Pakistan, the tourists will be granted a multiple-entry visa for 30 days. Tourists from Austria, Canada, France, Japan, UK, and USA are among the 24 countries which will be eligible for the visas. The tourists are advised to talk to one of the Immigration Officers or the designated Visa Office on arrival for additional information.The selected will be required to furnish the tourist's documents to FIA immigration office along with requisite undertaking.
The 30-day single entry visa will require one of the following documents.
Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) has approached authorities concerned to review visa policy for foreign tourists to facilitate more tourists during the current year.Managing Director PTDC Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor said “We will focus on overseas Pakistanis and foreign tourists during the year 2018".He said that visa policy for foreign tourists is required to be reviewed to facilitate more tourists from across the world.“We have also requested Civil Aviation to provide places at all international airports in the country to set-up Tourism Information Desks”.
Appointment of FPs and Installation of Hoardings
Managing Director PTDC CH. Abdul Ghafoor said that this is a big honor for Pakistan to be declared top travel destinations among 20 top travel destinations of the world. Therefore, PTDC is also appointing Focal Persons in big cities of the country and Coordinators for Tourism in all tourism generating countries to increase tourist influx to Pakistan, who will work as a bridge between tourism departments and tourists. Ch. Abdul Ghafoor said that PTDC also intends to get hoardings installed at prominent places of all important big cities including Islamabad the Beautiful Capital of the world and Faisalabad the Industrial city to highlight tourist’s destinations.
Tourist-Friendly Visa Policy
The British Backpacker Society has welcomed the decision by Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) to approach the relevant government officials with a request to review the country’s visa policy for foreign tourists and to make it easier for them to acquire visas.Samuel Joynson, co-founder of the British Backpacker Society, told Geo News that it was encouraging that in light of Pakistan topping their recent adventure travel rankings for 2018, the PTDC is urging the Government of Pakistan to streamline the country’s tourist visa policy. Joynson noted that “historically, Pakistan offered a visa-on-arrival service for many international tourists, and, with such a system in place, it is no coincidence that the Pakistani tourism industry once benefited from far more international visitors than it does now.”
Adam Sloper, co-founder of the British Backpacker Society, added that “obtaining a letter of invitation from an official tour company is particularly undesirable for independent tourists, as finding a tour company willing to sponsor independent backpackers can be expensive, time-consuming and unpredictable. If Pakistan is serious about welcoming international travelers to Pakistan, it is critical that the Government removes this requirement.”Adam commented that “the return of a Tourist-visa-on-arrival system for independent international tourists would be the biggest boost for international tourism in the country in a generation” and implored the government to consider this option.Following are the countries from which tourists are welcomed to Pakistan to avail these offers.
As the new year begins, the number of travelers get increased. Therefore, airlines all over the world give discount offers to their passengers as a new year's gift. Likewise, Emirates Airlines has launched a promotional offer titled " Helo 2018" for Pakistanis traveling anywhere in the world through Emirates. The least fare of this offer is 24,000. Following are the places for which Pakistanis can enjoy this global discount offer:
Business class ticket for Dubai from Karachi is of 97,442 rupees.From Karachi to New York will cost 250,742.From Karachi to Los Angelou's business flight will cost 114,111.Tickets can be booked till 29th 0f January whereas passengers can travel to the above-mentioned places between the time of 19 Jan-30 Nov 2018.We are hoping that these new visa policies by CAA may prove to be helpful in regaining the lost statue of tourism and in attracting the tourists to the fascinating beauty of Pakistan.