Pakistan withdraws on-arrival visa facility for Afghan Nationals
Pakistan has decided to withdraw the facility of on-arrival visas for Afghan nationals. Pakistan has cited security risks and the spike in terror attacks as the reasons for the withdrawal. Now the Afghan Nationals are required to apply for a visa from Pakistani missions in Afghanistan.
New Visa Policy for Afghans
As per the new policy:
- Afghans are required to apply for a visa from Pakistani missions in Afghanistan.
- After the issuance of Visa, Afghan nationals will be allowed to enter Pakistan.
- On entry, Afghans will be asked to fill out details including the time period and place of stay.
- Once the details are verified Afghan nationals will be issued residence and travel permits.
Impact on Afghan Population
Afghanistan is a war-hit country, still trying to bring back normalcy. Afghan refugees have fled their country due to war, violence and ensuing economic turmoil. Thousands of Afghans daily enter Pakistan for business, medical and educational purposes or meet their relatives. The new visa rules will create problems for those who need timely medical attention or other urgent visits.