Pakistan revises COVID-19 SOPs for inbound passengers: NCOC

Pakistan revises COVID-19 SOPs for inbound passengers: NCOC

Feb 23, 2022: After the latest review by the NCOC, Pakistan has revised its corona virus protocols for incoming travelers as the country has seen a decrease in the number of cases of Covid 19 daily.

The National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) reviewed the inbound policy in a meeting and decided to review the testing protocol. From February 24, the NCOC has abolished the pre-boarding negative PCR for fully vaccinated inbound passengers, while for the non-vaccinated persons over 12 years of age there will be pre-boarding negative PCR required less than 72 hours hours old.

The forum has made full vaccination mandatory for all incoming travelers, except those under 12 years of age.

“Passengers between 12-18 years of age are allowed to travel without mandatory vaccination till 31st March 2022,” the NCOC said.

The NCOC, meanwhile, said that after rapid antigen testing (RAT) on the arrival of deportees and non-vaccinated pedestrians at border terminals resulting in positive cases will be kept in home quarantine for 10 days.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) government on Tuesday also lifted the pre-departure RAT requirement at airports for passengers traveling from Pakistan to Dubai and Sharjah, according to a spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The requirement for rapid antigen testing has also been lifted for passengers traveling to Dubai from India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

However a negative PCR is still required for passengers entering Dubai from Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh.

As per the travel update, all transiting passengers are not needed to present a Covid-19 PCR test certificate unless it is required by their final destination.

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