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Tourism in Pakistan

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 development 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 countries.

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.

Genuine tourists 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 country.

Pakistan Tourist Information Centre (UK)
13 High Road; London NW10 2TE
Tel.: +44 845 226 1786   Fax: +44 845 280 0647