Ban on travel from 12 countries amid spike in Covid cases

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The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has notified a fresh list of countries categories into A, B, and C after the emergence of South African and Brazilian strain of virus by imposing a complete ban on travel from 12 countries.  

The Civil Aviation Authority enforced ban on travel from 12 countries in Pakistan to curb the spike of coronavirus cases. The travel restrictions and a ban on inbound passengers from 12 countries, categorized as C, will remain effective from March 23 to April 5. 

The CAA said in a notification: “Conveyed by NCOC, there will be a complete travel ban on inbound travel to Pakistan from category C countries, including withdrawal of exemptions earlier provided to Pakistani passport holders, NICOP holders and POC holders. The temporary measure is being introduced in continuation to the steps being taken to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Pakistan.” 

The Authority updated its category C for inbound travelers. It shifted UK to category B from category C. 

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Director Air Transport and Economic Regulations of the CAA Irfan Sabir issued a notification according to which travel restrictions on inbound travel to Pakistan from category C countries conveyed earlier on January 29 will also continue to remain effective until April 5. 

The CAA further said that the international travelers from category A countries do not need Covid-19 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test before entry into Pakistan. 

Countries that fall into category A are, Australia, Bhutan, China, Fiji, Japan, Kazakhstan, Laos, Mongolia, Mauritania, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Trinidad & Tobago, and Vietnam  

Botswana, Brazil, Columbia, Comoros, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Peru, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia have been placed in category C. 

Whereas, all countries which are not specified in A and C fall in category B. 

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