Pakistan to ease restrictions on inbound flights from 10th: NCOC

Says Afghans getting into Pakistan by way of border terminals don’t require vaccination certificates


ISLAMABAD:

The National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) on Wednesday mentioned Pakistan will loosen up restrictions on inbound flights from November 10 amid a “downward trend” in coronavirus infections throughout the globe.

In a press release, the high-level discussion board mentioned the choice to loosen up Covid-related restrictions was taken after the enforcement of compulsory vaccination for inbound travellers.

According to the NCOC, “Inbound air traffic will operate at full quantum with effect from November 10.”

The authorities has positioned Armenia, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Iraq, Mexico, Mongolia, Slovenia, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago and Ukraine in Category ‘C’ on account of low vaccination and excessive positivity fee.

The NCOC additionally positioned Russia, Iran, Ethiopia, Germany, the Philippines and Afghanistan in high-risk states. They might be “continuously monitored” however no restrictions might be imposed on them.

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Meanwhile, the international locations that aren’t talked about in Category ‘C’ have been positioned in Category ‘B’, it mentioned, including that there might be no restrictions on travellers coming from these states.

Testing protocols

After November 5, 100 per cent vaccination is required for all inbound passengers. It mentioned all passengers aged six and above ought to have a damaging PCR take a look at report (max 72 hours previous) earlier than boarding.

The NCOC has abolished fast antigen exams (RAT) for inbound passengers. However, individuals coming from Category ‘C’ states by way of direct flights must bear this take a look at, the NCOC assertion mentioned, including that “selective flights/symptomatic passengers from Category ‘B’ countries will also undergo RAT”.

According to the NCOC, the testing protocols are relevant for all inbound passengers getting into Pakistan by way of border terminals, besides these coming from Afghanistan.

Similarly, Afghans can travel to Pakistan by border terminals with out vaccination certificates and PCR. However, they are going to bear stringent testing/quarantine protocols already in place, it added.

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