CAA announces on-arrival visas to tourists from 24 countries

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Friday announced that Pakistan is now offering visas to people traveling in groups from 24 different countries.

“Tourists to Pakistan are an asset for us,” the official notification read.

According to the notification posted by CAA on Twitter, if the tour is organized through designated tour operators in Pakistan, the tourists will be granted a multiple-entry visa for 30 days. Tourists from Austria, Canada, France, Japan, UK, and USA are among the 24 countries which will be eligible for the visas.

The tourists are advised to talk to one of the Immigration Officers or the designated Visa Office on arrival for additional information.

As security improves, annual tourist arrivals to Pakistan have more than tripled since 2013 to 1.75 million last year, while domestic travelers rose 30 per cent to 38.3 million, according to the state-owned Pakistan Tourism Development Corp. The World Travel and Tourism Council puts the total contribution of tourism to Pakistan’s economy at $19.4 billion last year or 6.9 per cent of gross domestic product. In a decade, the WTTC expects that to rise to $36.1 billion.


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