Pakistan initiates special visas for businesspeople upon arrival

The Directorate General, Immigration & Passports, Ministry of the Interior of Pakistan has decided to establish facilitation desks at all International Airports for issuing visas to businessmen upon their arrival in the country.

An official statement said the decision was taken to grant visas to genuine Foreign Businessmen/Investors from UK, USA, Italy, Germany, Australia, Brazil, France, Switzerland, Sweden, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Canada, Belgium, Netherlands , Luxemburg, Denmark, Ireland, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Austria, Finland and Turkey as they would be allowed Visa on Arrival (VOA) non-reporting for 30 days on production of any documents.

The foreigners would have to submit a recommendation letter from their home Chamber of Commerce and Industries. They will also have to show an invitation letter from a business organization recommended by the Trade Organization/Association in Pakistan and a letter from the Investor Consular of the Board of Investment posted at Pakistan Missions abroad.

The statement said that Visa Facilitation Desks have started functioning at international airports located at Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Quetta and Peshawar in pursuance of this decision.