Srinagar: Uplifting the ban, Germany’s Federal Foreign Office (FFO) on Monday withdrew the restrictions on its natives to visit the terror-struck Jammu and Kashmir. Now, Germany has become the first European nation to remove withdraw its travel advisory for its citizens visiting India.

German embassy in New Delhi took the decision after reviewing its official travel advisory for the citizen’s visit in Jammu and Kashmir. Earlier, the decision was taken keeping in mind the safety of the foreign visitors who were often abducted and killed in the ‘Paradise on earth’.

Apprehensive of the abductions and safety of their residents many foreign nations including America had advised its citizens not to visit the state terming it as a ‘dangerous place’.

The move laid a deep impact on the tourism sector of the region thus reducing the revenue generation in the state.

Announcing the decision, Press and Public Relations Department Chief Janes Urban said, “After reviewing the travel advisory, several amendments have been made noticing that now foreigners are not at militants’ target in J&K.”

Eulogizing the decision, J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah expressed happiness over Germany’s initiative and hoped that other nations will follow suit.

Remarkably, Jammu and Kashmir has stepped up efforts to woo foreign tourists, especially those from Southeast Asian countries as the government underlined that the state is secure, peaceful and beautiful for visitors.

JPN/Bureau