ISLAMABAD: Amid an increase in coronavirus cases (COVID-19), the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Friday extended travel restrictions for international passengers arriving from 23 category C countries until April 30.
Pakistan placed South Africa, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Comoros, Mozambique, Zambia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Chile, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Malawi, Seychelles, Somalia, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela and India on its Category C list.
“International travel to Pakistan from category C countries is restricted and permitted only in accordance with the guidelines of the NCOC (Center for Command and National Operation),” said a notification issued by the Aviation Division.
According to the coronavirus protocols mentioned in a previous notification for Category C countries, only Pakistanis, holders of diplomatic passports and their families traveling from those countries will be allowed to enter Pakistan under certain SOPs, including a PCR test of 72 hours before boarding a flight to Pakistan.
Passengers from 20 Category A countries, including Australia, Bhutan, China, Fiji, Japan, Kazakhstan, Laos, Mongolia, Mauritania, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Tajikistan and Vietnam do not require the COVID-19 PCR test before entering Pakistan.
“International travelers from countries not specified in Category A require the COVID-19 PCR test before the start of travel to Pakistan (maximum 72 hours),” said the Aviation Division when explaining the Category B list.
He explained that all countries not specified in categories A&C fell into category B.