ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry has said Prime Minister Imran Khan will announce a new visa policy for 190 countries today (Thursday) to promote tourism and investments in the country.
Talking to the media along with Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Media Iftikhar Durrani in Islamabad, he said initially e-visa facility will be given to five countries, which include Turkey, China, Malaysia, United Kingdom, and United Arab Emirates.
Later on, he added, it will be extended to 170 countries. He said 90 countries will be offered business visa, while 55 states will be granted visa on arrival.
Chaudhry said journalists’ visa policy was also being worked out to facilitate western journalists, which will have reciprocal effect for Pakistani media persons.
He said visa fee has also been reduced significantly to attract more and more tourists to Pakistan.
The minister said the government is planning to write to Indian Embassy to grant visas to Pakistani journalists, who want to cover upcoming general elections in India. He urged media to play its role in highlighting soft image of the country.