Pakistan updates travel advisory amid looming Omicron-driven fifth Covid wave

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The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Pakistan has updated the travel advisory amid rising cases of the Omicron variant in the country. The decision has been taken to abolish the Category B and Category C lists of prohibited countries.

As per the notification issued by the aviation authority, travel advisory for inbound passengers has been updated and PCR tests have been made mandatory for all passengers coming to Pakistan. All the inbound passengers will have to undergo a PCR test 48 hours prior to travel to the country.

Following are the new guidelines as announced by the CAA, which will be applicable from January 5.

  • Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination and possession of proof of COVID-19 vaccination. This is applicable for all passengers above 15 years of age.
  • Valid negative PCR Test result conducted within the 48 hours prior to commencement of travel to Pakistan. This is applicable for all passengers above 06 years of age.
  • Rapid Antigen Testing upon arrival for all direct flights from Europe
  • Rapid Antigen Testing upon arrival of a minimum of 50 % inbound flights from KSA, UAE and Qatar
  • Selective Rapid Antigen Testing for all inbound flights other than flights mentioned at (c) and (d) above.

According to the new travel advisory which has taken effect on January 5, in case of positive Rapid Antigen Test, passenger will be quarantined at a self-paid / government facility for 10 days and a PCR test will be conducted on day 8 of such quarantine.

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The following reasons are exempted from mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirement subject to production of valid proof to concerned authorities:

  • Expired Visa or Illegal Immigrants / Deportees
  • Medical Conditions / Issues
  • Pregnant female passengers
  • Passengers between 15 to 18 years of age (this exemption is valid until February 15, 2022). 

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