LONDON: Pakistan has introduced Online Visa System for 175 countries on Thursday and it was formally inaugurated by Prime Minister Imran Khan at a special ceremony in Islamabad.At the same time, the Pakistan High Commission London arranged a ceremony with live streaming of the Prime Minister’s speech.
British Pakistanis and local guests attended the meeting and extended congratulation to the governmentforlaunching this much needed facility. Addressing the participants, Pakistan High Commissioner Mohammad Nafees Zakaria said this unique and unprecedented facility is a good omen for Pakistan and its people as doors of Pakistan have been opened for rest of the world and a positive and constructive revolution would be witnessed in variousfields especially in tourism and investment. This facility will obviously attract tourists and investors.
He said that it may be recalled that government, in the initial phase of its policy to relax visa policies, decided to extend e-visa facility to citizens of five countries, including Turkey, China, Malaysia, United Kingdom, and United Arab Emirates but later on the facility was extended to citizens of more 170 countries on Thursday. He said that the passenger identification system has already been installed at Karachi and Lahore airports and will be set up at other airports of the country very soon. According to the scheme, business visas will be given to 90 countries, while 55 countries will be granted visa-on-arrival. Earlier, visa-on-arrival facility was only available to nationals of 24 countries. The government has also chalked out a visa policy for foreign journalists, specifically those from western countries and it is hoped that the move will make it easier for Pakistani journalists to get visas of other countries as well. It is also learnt that the government intends to write to Indian authorities, urging them to grant visasto Pakistani journalists who wanted to cover the upcoming Indian elections