Govt to tighten screening of international passengers

ISLAMABAD 26th June: Passengers departing from or arriving into the country will have to provide details of the items they are carrying in their luggage and also disclose the purpose of their trip as the federal government is preparing a draft of rules to follow with the guidelines of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

Pakistanis who stay abroad for 1 week or more will no longer be able to bring a mobile phone without paying heavy duties and taxes.

According to a copy of the proposed draft available with BaaghiTv, the FBR is making amendments in the Baggage Rules 2006 and including ‘Rule 7 A’ , which states that those coming and going from Pakistan  would have to submit a declaration of the luggage being carried at the airport for which a separate Annexure C is being launched.
According to the annexure, all related information and documents will have to be provided. Passengers will have to submit their name etc, passport number, nationality and the country from which they have arrived, if they are travelling to another country the name of country they are visiting as well as the names of the countries they toured in the past seven days.

The purpose of travelling abroad must also be disclosed. The passengers will need to inform if their visit was government businessl, business or tourism.

They will also need to disclose if they are carrying any cell phones, firearms, weapons, narcotics or any banned substance of the third kind. they have to disclose if any jewelry, precious stones and foreign currency are being carried.

The ‘Rule 3’ of the law is also being removed under which Pakistanis who stayed abroad for a week or more were allowed to bring a mobile phone without paying heavy duty and taxes.
The government has sought the advice of all stakeholders within one week. Objections received after that will not be entertained and the rules will be implemented with the issuance of a notification.

FBR officials told Baaghitv that these rules were being imposed to implement the FATF action plan.


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