NCOC allows Pakistanis stranded in Category C countries to return till Dec 31

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Pakistanis living in Category C countries have till December 31 to travel home, according to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC). 

On December 6, the NCOC imposed a complete restriction on inbound travel from Category C countries, citing the fear of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 spreading. 

The country’s highest platform for Covid reaction analyzed the current Covid scenario around the world and changed the Category C list’s air travel regulation. 

Read more: NCOC decides to start vaccinating children aged 12 and above

Travelers with a National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) or a Pakistani passport can return to Pakistan by following health regulations, according to the NCOC. 

All passengers must be fully vaccinated with a negative PCR test report, according to health guidelines (maximum 48 hours prior to the departure). Passengers arriving from countries where Omicron has spread must be quarantined as a security measure, according to the NCOC. 

Croatia, Hungary, the Netherlands, Ukraine, Ireland, Slovenia, Vietnam, Poland, South Africa, Mozambique, Lesotho, Eswatini, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Namibia are among the Cat C countries. 

Passengers travelling from Cat B countries must be completely vaccinated and have a negative PCR test (maximum 48 hours prior to the landing) record, according to the forum. Passengers travelling from these countries will be subjected to random RATs at the airport. 

Germany, Azerbaijan, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Thailand, France, Austria, Afghanistan, and Turkey are among the countries in Category B. 

All states that are not included in Cats ‘C’ and ‘B’ are included in Cat ‘A’. Travelers from Cat A nations must be completely vaccinated and have a negative PCR test report (maximum 48 hours prior to the boarding) in order to enter in the country. 

Meanwhile, the transit flights coming via Qatar, UAE and Saudi Arabia will be screened in order to avoid the Omicron strain from spreading via indirect flights. 

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