TUNIS - In a bid to bolster its tourism sector, the Tunisian government has introduced a visa-free policy for Chinese tourists.
The Chinese Embassy in Tunisia made this announcement via its official website on Saturday, confirming that the new policy will be applicable to both individual Chinese travelers and groups, regardless of whether they are arriving from China or other international destinations.
However, Chinese visitors are required to furnish proof of hotel reservations and flight bookings as a prerequisite for entry, as per the announcement.
Tunisia's tourism industry - like its peers and competitors - has been on a steady path to recovery since 2023 when the social distancing protocols were largely lifted across the globe.
Officials from the Tunisian Tourism Ministry have expressed optimism about the potential of the Chinese market, envisioning it as a key driver for Tunisia's tourism sector, and aspiring to draw more Chinese visitors to the country.
It bears mentioning that Tunisia is situated in North Africa and is home to over 11 million people. With an average annual salary of approximately $4,500, it reflects a middle-income economy. The country's rich history, Mediterranean coastline, and cultural heritage attract around 9 million tourists each year.
Tunisia's strategic location along the Mediterranean Sea has influenced its diverse culture and history, making it a captivating destination for travelers seeking a blend of ancient traditions and modern experiences.
For travelers, Tunisia offers a tapestry of captivating destinations. The ancient city of Carthage showcases archaeological marvels and stunning sea views. The Medina of Tunis, a UNESCO World Heritage site, immerses visitors in a labyrinth of narrow alleys and vibrant markets. The Sahara Desert's awe-inspiring landscapes and historic troglodyte dwellings in Matmata provide a unique adventure while the picturesque coastal town of Sidi Bou Said, with its blue-and-white architecture, exudes a charming ambiance. For history enthusiasts, the Dougga Roman ruins offer a glimpse into ancient grandeur.
Pakistani rupee remained stable against US dollar, and other currencies in the open market amid strong economic cues.
On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 285.15 for buying and 287.95 for selling.
Euro moves down to 309.9 for buying and 310.5 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 359.4 for buying, and 360.05 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED also moved down to 77.45 whereas the Saudi Riyal drops to 75.82.
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||359.4||360.05|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.38||36.48|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||173.44||175.44|
The gold remained under pressure as the precious metal moved down despite an upward trend in the international market.
On the first day of the week, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,000 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,043
A single tola of 22-karat gold costs Rs170,539, while 21 karat rate for each tola is Rs. 192,325 and the price of 18k gold is Rs164,850.
In the global market, gold prices hover at around $2086, gaining $14.44 on Monday.
|Lahore||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Karachi||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Islamabad||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Peshawar||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Quetta||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Sialkot||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Attock||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Gujranwala||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Jehlum||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Multan||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Gujrat||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Nawabshah||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Chakwal||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Hyderabad||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Nowshehra||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Sargodha||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Faisalabad||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Mirpur||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|