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Ease of journey: Govt does away with NOC requirement for foreigners

Ease of travel: Govt does away with NOC requirement for foreigners

The federal government on Tuesday took steps to make journey by foreigners visiting Pakistan simpler and did away with the requirement of getting a no-objection certificates (NOC) to go to sure areas of the nation.

“Free motion of foreigners shall be allowed in open cantonments besides prohibited and restricted areas with the seen signboards. The border crossings will likely be open and non-restricted,” stated a notification issued by the Ministry of Inside.

Areas in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan and Chitral have been declared non-restricted and non-prohibited.

Nonetheless, free motion is restricted 10 miles from Pakistan’s border with China, the Wakhan Corridor alongside the Pakistan-Afghanistan border and Siachen. Areas that are 5 miles from the Line of Control (LoC) are additionally off-limits.

Minister for Info and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry stated the choice was a step ahead beneath Prime Minister Imran Khan’s imaginative and prescient to encourage tourism. “Imran Khan’s imaginative and prescient is to make Pakistan heaven for vacationers,” he stated in a tweet. “Following [the] new visa regime, this essential coverage resolution of ending NOC necessities is a leap ahead.”

Earlier this month, PM Imran launched a web-based visa system for overseas vacationers from 175 nations.

The net visa facility permits potential guests to use and procure visas with out having to go to a Pakistani embassy or consulate. The vacationers will merely go online to https://visa.nadra.gov.pk, fill out the applying, add required paperwork and pay visa payment. As soon as their utility is reviewed, they are going to be knowledgeable by way of e-mail and textual content message.

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