Pakistan bans domestic air travel for unvaccinated people

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No unvaccinated person will be allowed to undertake domestic air travel, announced the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC).  

NCOC has decided that unvaccinated people, over the age of 18, cannot be allowed to undertake domestic air travel. On the other hand, Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar, who also heads the NCOC, said that Pakistan had the lowest mortality rate among Covid-19 patients as compared to other countries of the region. 

Read more: No air travel without Covid vaccination certificate after August 1: NCOC

Meanwhile, according to media reports, “United Arab Emirates (UAE) has extended suspension of flights from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to Dubai till July 28.” 

In a statement, Emirates airline said that passengers who had connected through any of the four countries in the last 14 days would not be permitted to travel from any point to the UAE. 

“UAE Nationals, holders of UAE Golden Visas and members of diplomatic missions who comply with updated Covid-19 protocols, are exempt and may be accepted for travel,” it stated. 

According to a document of the NCOC, “It has been decided that no unvaccinated citizens of 18-year age and above will be allowed to undertake dom­e­s­tic air travel from August.” 

“Restriction is for domestic air travel and people travelling from Pakistan to abroad or from abroad to Pakistan are exempted from restriction. It is also not applicable on link flights if these are within 72 hours of arrival or departure,” the document states. 

However, NCOC head Asad Umar claimed on Saturday that coronavirus-related deaths were fewer in Pakistan than other countries of region. 

“Covid deaths/million population in our region: Iran 1037, Nepal 326, India 301, Sri Lanka 186, Afghanistan 160, Bangladesh 113, Pakistan 102. Timely decisions, hard work, cooperation of people & blessings of Allah made this possible. Risk is not over. Follow sop’s & vaccinate,” he tweeted.

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