After Uzbekistan and Saudi Arabia, it’s Pakistan’s turn to take new steps to make it easier for tourists to visit. The new measures include relaxing its visa policies and reducing restrictions on travel within the country.
Malaysia, China, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and the UK are already given visa-free access to the South Asian nation, but a further relaxation of the visa regulations will soon grant visas on arrival to visitors from 50 countries and electronic visas to 175 nationalities.
The country is also doing away with many travel restrictions within its borders, abolishing the No Objection Certificate (NOC) that limited travel to some specific areas of the country. However, visitors are still unable to travel within 10 miles of the Chinese and Afgani borders.
Another landmark acheived NOC regime for foreigners come to an end, @ImranKhanPTI vision is to make Pak a heaven for tourists and following new Visa regime this important policy decision of ending NOC requirements is a leap forward #DiscoverPakistan pic.twitter.com/LEjU0QcQk5
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) March 26, 2019
According to Reuters, Portugal declared the country safe for travel in November 2018 and France relaxed its advisory on travel to Pakistan. In December, British Airways announced it would resume flights to Pakistan in 2019 after a 10-year absence.
H/T: Lonely Planet