Pakistan ends NOC requirement for foreign tourists

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Tuesday announced that the government has ended the requirement of a no-objection certificate (NOC) for foreigners seeking to visit certain parts of Pakistan.

“Another landmark achieved. NOC regime for foreigners comes to an end,” the information minister tweeted.

It is Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision to make Pakistan a heaven for tourists and following new visa regime, this important policy decision of ending NOC requirements is a leap forward, he added and used the hashtag #DiscoverPakistan.

Chauhdry also shared a notification from the Ministry of Interior which stated that as per cabinet decision dated January 31, 2019, “Free movement of foreigners shall be allowed in open cantonments except prohibited and restricted areas with visible signboards. The border crossings will be open and non-restricted.”

“AJK and GB and Chitral will be non-restricted/ non-prohibited except 10 miles of Pak-China border, Pak-Afghan border (Wakhan corridor), AJK (along LoC), GB (along LoC), Siachen (along line of actual contact,” he added.

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