Saturday Jan 30 2021

Pakistan issues updated travel advisory for incoming passengers amid coronavirus

The International Arrivals area of the Jinnah International Airport, Karachi. — Facebook/File
  • CAA has divided countries into three categories — A, B and C
  • Category A includes 24 countries, Category C has six, while Category B is for countries not under A or C
  • Passengers from Category B states will now need to show a PCR test which is 72 hours old at the most

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has issued a revised travel advisory for incoming passengers, according to a notification late Friday night.

The CAA has divided the countries into three categories (A, B and C) with different instructions for COVID-19 testing prior to travel.

Category A has 24 countries including Australia, China, Iraq, New Zealand, Qatar, Iceland, Sri Lanka, and Saudi Arabia, while Category C has six countries, namely, South Africa, United Kingdom, Brazil, Ireland, Portugal and The Netherlands.

Category B includes all those countries which fall neither under A or C.

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According to CAA, passengers from countries in category A will not need to provide PCR test reports, while passengers from Category B will now need to show a PCR test which is 72 hours old at the most.

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The entry of passengers from Category C states is restricted and only allowed as guided by the decisions of the National Command and Operations Centre.