Pakistan to ease visa restrictions to attract tourism


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is considering issuing visas on arrival for 55 countries in a bid to revive the tourism industry in the country.

“We are reviewing our visa policies. We are trying to bring 55 countries into a visa-free region, which includes most of the European countries,” Pakistan’s information minister, Fawad Chaudhry, told Reuters.

The news comes only a week after British Airways announced it would resume flights to Pakistan next year after a decade long absence.

European nations of Portugal and France have also recently relaxed its travel advisory for Pakistan.

Pakistan needs revenues from tourism after decades of terrorism related violence that has crippled the country’s economy.

In January, Pakistan announced to allow visa on arrival for tourists for 24 countries including the US and UK.