A US official denied the existence of an order signed by the US President Donald Trump to give US visa free travel to Pakistanis.
A website had published the news that the US President had signed an order for US visa free travel to Pakistan to boost bilateral trade.
Here is what the report said.
“The United States President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to allow all Pakistan nationals travel to the United States without visas. The new order, serving as a change in visa policy for Pakistanis going to the United States, would permit them to stay in the US for a maximum period of 180 days for Tourism or Business purposes only. Stay over 180 days would, therefore, require a visa.”
US Visa Free Travel for Other Countries
Pakistan was not the only country reported to have got the facility of US visa free travel. There were other countries included in that list as well including Papua New Guinea, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Ukraine, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Haiti, Kenya, Jamaica, Malawi, Mauritius, and the Caribbean.
It is not the first time reports surfaced of the United States giving visa free entry to Pakistan. A few months ago a similar story was published without checking the facts.
This time the report of US visa free travel for Pakistan became viral, and the US had to deny that it was untrue officially.
Donald Trump’s Hard Stance on Muslim Majority Country’s Travel to the US
Donald Trump, ever since coming to power has taken a very hard stance against several Muslim-majority countries of the world.
The first order came in covering seven Muslim countries barred from traveling to the United States. However, at that time a US court intervened, and the US President had to take back his order. The President came with the second order but could not succeed.
Rank of Pakistani Passport
A recent study published by a US firm ranked Pakistani passport at 196th out of the 199 countries on the list. Sweden was ranked as the top favorite to travel, followed by the UK.
Pakistani passport was given 24.5 points on the table. The worst country to travel was Afghanistan with 20.5 points awarded.
In the subcontinent, Indian passport was given 48 points, followed by Sri Lanka with 28 points and Bangladesh with 27 points.
US Visa Free Travel Countries
Citizens of around 38 countries in the world do not require a visa to travel to the United States. The countries included in the US visa waiver program include Andorra, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Iceland, Japan, Liechtenstein, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, and all EU nations.