ISLAMABAD: The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), on Friday, revised and extended the entry restrictions, temporary ban, and the coronavirus standard operating procedures (SOPs) for all inbound travellers, chartered and private aircraft flights till April 30, 2021. A notification issued by the CAA containing a list of countries was shared by the regulator with 20 countries placed in category A. It also increased the number of countries in category C from 22 to 23 due to the spread of the new variant of Covid-19.
Pakistan CAA has extended the travel restrictions for international passengers arriving from Category C countries and only allowed as per guidelines of the NCOC.
The counties included in category C were India, South Africa, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Comoros, Mozambique, Zambia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Chile, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Malawi, Seychelles, Somalia, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
From the 20 countries in category A, international travellers do not require Covid-19 test before entry into Pakistan.
These countries are Australia, Bhutan, China, Fiji, Japan, Kazakhstan, Laos, Mongolia, Mauritania, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Trinidad and Tobago, and Vietnam.
International travellers from countries not specified in category A required Covid-19 PCR test (max 72 hours old) before commencement of travel to Pakistan.
Copyright Business Recorder, 2021