COVID-19 protocols at Pakistan’s Border Terminals

Lahore, 2nd May: With the emergence of various variants of coronavirus, the authorities have issued guidelines at the border areas of the country.

In order to restrain import of any new mutation to Pakistan, the current policy of Land Border Management with Afghanistan and Iran has been reviewed to ensure regulated inbound pedestrian movement and effective management of COVID protocols at Border Terminals(BTS).

Cardinals of the policy are as under: 

▪️Revised Land Border Management Policy will be effective from mid-night 4/5 May (0001 PST) till mid-night 19/20 May (0001 PST) and applicable only to inbound pedestrians with no effect on existing cargo/trade (Bilateral/Afghan Transit Trade) movement.

▪️Border Terminals will remain open for 7 x Days a week.

▪️Employment strength of LEAs/health staff at BTs will be increased for implementation of testing protocols and to control high traffic density.

▪️ The inbound pedestrian movement would cease with effect from midnight 4/5 May (0001 PST) with the exception of Pakistani nationals in Afghanistan and Iran desirous to return and Extreme medical emergency cases etc.

▪️All outbound pedestrian movement is permissible.

Testing and Quarantine Protocols

▪️Inbound pedestrians will undergo Rapid Antigen Test (RAT). Positive cases (Pakistani Nationals only) will be shifted to nearby quarantine facilities.

▪️Inbound pedestrian with Afghan exemptions will also undergo RAT testing at BTs. Positive cases, if any, will be reverted back to Afghanistan.

▪️Thermal scanning for all drivers/co-drivers will be carried out on arrival at the BTs. Symptomatic cases will undergo RAT testing, positive cases will be dealt as per procedure spelled above.

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