LAHORE – Saudi Arabia has tightened rules for its nationals, requiring them to obtain approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before Pakistani visas are endorsed on their passports.
Referring to the measures that are discouraging Saudis from visiting Pakistan, Arab News quoted Pakistani Ambassador Shahid Karimullah as saying that: “[The] Saudi government has tightened rules on Saudis intending to visit Pakistan, calling them to produce a NOC from the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for obtaining a visa.
“Even if we waive this condition and issue visa to a Saudi national without Ministry of Interior’s NOC, then that Saudi visitor faces problems on return from Pakistan,” he added.
Karimullah said he had written to the Pakistani government to find a solution to this problem.
According to the new requirements, the applicant should also have an invitation signed and stamped by the concerned Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Pakistan for a business visa.
The ambassador, who met Riyadh Governor Prince Salman in Riyadh on Monday, said that they had exchanged cordial talks and reviewed issues pertaining to bilateral relations. daily times monitor