Ease in travel restrictions has not taken away from the fact that the Covid-19 pandemic remains prevalent across the globe. Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has given directives to the airport staff and managers in Pakistan to put in place strict Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in airports to avoid the novel virus from spreading further.
According to the issued notification, these new instructions apply to all scheduled and chartered airline operators, ground handling agents, private and authorized flight agents.
Category A comprises 23 countries that will not be required to get tested for Covid-19 before entering Pakistan. Countries like Australia, Cote d’ Ivoire, China, Fiji, Finland, Ghana, Iceland, Iraq, Madagascar, Maldives, Myanmar, New Zealand, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Togo, Vietnam, and Zambia have been included in category A.
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The remaining countries, ones that are not in category A naturally fall into category B. Passengers from these countries are required to get the test done within the last 96 hours before coming to Pakistan.
“International travelers from countries not specified in category A, require Covid-19 PCR test before commencement of travel to Pakistan (max 96 hours old),” the notification read.
While there are currently no countries in category C, however, if in case a country is included in the category, passengers would have to get a Covid-19 test done before entering and after landing in Pakistan respectively.
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