The federal government of Pakistan has made the decision to remove the NICOP requirement for expatriates traveling to Pakistan. The expatriates who live abroad and wish to travel to Pakistan had to carry their National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP). But now the federal government has made the decision to abolish the NICOP requirement. Now the Pakistanis living abroad will not have to carry NICOP or any related document.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari gave the suggestion to the Prime Minister. Upon which PM Imran Khan himself approved the recommendation and decided to abolish the requirement of NICOP.
Also, the Prime Minister revealed that soon special facilities will be given to Pakistanis living abroad through which they will easily be able to transfer remittances.
In order to ensure the smooth transfer of remittances the Prime Minister has directed the Ministry of Finance, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), and the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) to devise a plan that can be implemented effectively.
Basically, NICOP is a document that is given to Pakistanis who live abroad or have citizenship of a foreign country. Those who have a NICOP can travel to Pakistani without a visa. But Pakistanis have faced quite a lot of issues related to traveling with NICOP, thus the government has decided to abolish the requirement of NICOP for expatriates traveling to their homeland Pakistan.