RAWALPINDI: The Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan (PCAA) on Friday issued guidelines for inbound travelers to and from Pakistan as well as domestic travellers.
The guidelines will take effect immediately.
According to the guidelines, only fully vaccinated passengers aged 12 and above will be allowed to undertake international air travel to Pakistan.
Pakistani deportees, passengers (Pakistani and foreigners) with valid medical reasons for exemption from vaccination issued by a doctor (classified specialist certificate) will be exempted.
In addition, Pakistani passengers under the age of 12, foreigners, foreign passport holders under the age of 18 and passengers who have traveled from Pakistan before October 1, 2021, according to which such passengers traveling by flights from correspondence after entering Pakistan, would be allowed to continue their internal journey.
Passengers between the ages of 12 and 18 can travel to Pakistan without proof of vaccination against Covid-19 until April 30, 2022.
The CAA said any unvaccinated passenger aged 12 or over traveling to Pakistan who meets all of the above criteria (except deportees) would be required to possess a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours before the start of the trip to Pakistan.
Partial or unvaccinated passengers who do not meet any of the pre-defined criteria listed above and seeking exemption from pre-departure vaccination PCR tests can apply, through the relevant Pakistani High Commission, to the Exemption Committee for inbound travel to Pakistan.
Deportees will be tested on arrival through rapid antigen tests and positive cases will be quarantined at home for 10 days.
All passengers traveling to Pakistan will be required to submit the required data through the Pass Track app or web portal prior to departure to Pakistan.
He said only fully vaccinated passengers aged 15 and above will be allowed to undertake domestic air travel in Pakistan.
Additionally, mask-wearing will not be mandatory for domestic air travel in Pakistan.
Nevertheless, passengers are encouraged to wear face masks in enclosed spaces such as aircraft cabins or passenger terminals for their protection.
Passengers with any Covid-related symptoms will, however, be required to wear a face mask when traveling by air.
If a passenger shows symptoms of Covid-19 during the flight, they will be subject to isolation by the airline crew accordingly.
Public in-flight announcements relating to Covid-19 will also not be required to be made by Pakistani airlines.
The Civil Aviation Authority said it was also to note that any additional Covid-19 stipulations imposed by any other country for passengers wishing to undertake international travel to and from Pakistan will also be adhered to by The passengers.
All other relevant standard operating procedures issued by this office from time to time shall cease to be in effect.
Posted in Dawn, April 2, 2022