With a varied
terrain, ranging from the snow-capped mountains in the
north to the sunny beaches in the south, and its ancient
history, Pakistan abounds in tourist' attractions.
The mountains, the plains and the
beaches all boast of resplendent and panoramic touristic
locations. Tourism is one of the fastest
growing industry in the world.
During 1993, Pakistan received 0.379
million foreign tourists recording an
increase of 7.7 per cent compared to previous years.
Pakistan has earned Rs. 126 million US dollars in 1993
from foreign tourists indicating an increase of 5.4 per
cent compared to 1992.
In the Eighth Five Year Plan, a sum of
Rs. 1090 million has been allocated for
of Tourism. The main thrust of the Plan is to
motivate private sector to join hand with Government for
the development of tourism infra and super structure
besides augmenting service sector.
With a view to induce private sector
investment, special fiscal and monetary incentives,
concessions and subsidization packages have already been
introduced through National Tourism Policy
which would be available to Private Sector during the 8th
Five Year Plan.
The Public Sector's emphasis would be
mainly to open up new unpolluted and untapped tourist
resorts. The strategy also envisages development of
manpower and human resource in the country which plays
pivotal role in the development of tourism. Cooperation
between the SAARC countries The SAARC Secretariat has
established a Technical Committee on Tourism for joint
promotion of tourism between the members of SAARC
Pakistan being its member, is actively
participating in the meetings and discussions etc. to
play its due role for promotion of tourism between the
member countries. Visa and Formalities No visa
is required by tourists who come to
Pakistan for sightseeing for specified period from those
countries with whom Pakistan has either formal visa
abolition agreement or who allow Pakistani nationals to
gain entry in their country without visa. Double entry
visas can be issued to the genuine tourists by our
embassies abroad after satisfying themselves about their
bonafides except nationals of few countries provided they
possess return air tickets and sufficient amount of
foreign exchange. Further extension in visas upto a
period of three months can be granted by the concerned
regional passport offices.
leaving Pakistan within 30 days of their arrival will not
be required to report to the District Registration Office
(Foreigners) except nationals of few countries. The
facility of free entry is, however, no available to the
foreigner who intends to take up employment in the