Easy travel to, around Pakistan for 228 nationalities under new visa policy

New aviation policy to encourage women pilots 'tall towers' in Islamabad.

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Pakistan further relaxed its travel policy on Tuesday after announcing that foreign visitors will not require No Objection Certificates (NOCs) to visit various parts of the country.

Pakistan further relaxed its travel policy on Tuesday after announcing that foreign visitors will not require No Objection Certificates (NOCs) to visit various parts of the country.

Addressing the media, Ch Fawad Hussain said that after granting electronic-visas to five select countries - including UAE - initially as part of the pilot project, Pakistan will begin giving e-visas to 170 countries from next month (April).

The move is in line with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's vision of opening up Pakistan to the world and earning revenue for the exchequer by boosting tourism.

Meanwhile, 58 countries will get visa on arrival.

The minister said abolishing NOC for foreign tourists visiting Pakistan, was a landmark achievement.

Western tourists - mostly adventure seekers - have always keen on hiking, climbing and trekking expeditions in Pakistan's Northern Areas.

The country is working on developing the infrastructure in the region to facilitate tourists, such as building resorts and rides.

Scholarships for female pilots
The minister also had good news for girls interested in becoming pilots, with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to bear Rs0.4 million cost of a girl's training fees. This measure will encourage women pilots in the country.

Vertical cities
In line with Imran Khan's vision for 'vertical cities' in Pakistan, the minister announced that Islamabad's Capital Development Authority (CDA) and CAA will coordinate in order to facilitate the building of tall towers in the capital - instead of growing cities horizontally, impacting the natural landscape.

Earlier, Imran Khan shared a picture of his vision for Pakistan's vertical cities and the news laws that will be made to facilitate their construction according to international standards.