On Monday, two people were arrested at the Bacha Khan International Airport in Peshawar by health authorities for carrying fake Covid-19 test reports.
Sources at the airport told The Express Tribune that they have “arrested two people for carrying fake test results and they have been handed over to the police.”
It was further informed that this is not the first time that passengers have tried to deceive the airport authorities by presenting fake Covid-19 test reports to travel. They have been arrested for doing so in the past as well.
On Saturday, six people travelling to the United Arab Emirates were arrested for the aforementioned crime, sources revealed. “They had boarded the plane and were evacuated and later handed over to the Federal Investigation Agency for further interrogation,” the source added.
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Saturday, issued an updated version of its travel advisory for passengers travelling to Saudi Arabia. The issued notification requires passengers to fill out a health declaration form pertaining to Covid-19. PIA announced this development in accordance with the General Authority of Civil Aviation’s (GACA) decision to update its health disclaimer form for airlines coming into Saudi Arabia during the second wave of Covid-19.
As per the General Authority of Civil Aviation’s updated regulations, PIA has asked the passengers travelling to the kingdom to fill a health declaration form in health control centers present inside the airport’s premises.
Moreover, the Civil Aviation Auhthority (CAA) on Friday, updated its C category on international level and barred passengers coming from United Kingdom from entering Saudi Arabia, except those carrying Pakistani passports.
As per the instructions of CAA’s Director of Air Transport department, the updated C category, requires the passengers to present a negative PCR test upon arrival and are also required to undego another Covid-19 in Pakistan. Six new countries; South Africe, United Kingdom, Ireland, Portugal and Brazil have been added in the C category.
Countries in category A for international travel do not have to get tested for Covid-19 before boarding, whereas the ones in category B are required to have a negative Covid-19 test report maximum 90 hours before boarding. Saudi Arabia, China, Australia and New Zealand are among the 23 countries in category A.