Pakistan revises quarantine coverage for inbound passengers

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Passengers waiting at Islamabad International Airport in this file photo.
Passengers ready at Islamabad International Airport on this file photograph.

ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) Thursday abolished the centralized quarantine preparations for the speedy antigen check (RAT) constructive inbound passengers.

In a notification, the NCOC mentioned that every one the passengers detected as constructive in RAT on arrival on the airports will self isolate themselves for 10 days at their properties. 

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Meanwhile, all of the inbound passengers who’re presently quarantined on the centralized location can be shifted accordingly.

It added that the remaining protocols of the inbound testing coverage will stay in place within the mild of contemporary directives.

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The NCOC additionally notified abolishing Category B and Category C of prohibited nations. It is pertinent to say right here that the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) had already abolished the classes since January 5.

In its notification, NCOC mentioned,” Category ‘B’ and Category ‘C’ have been abolished with impact from January 5, 2022”.

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However, the next well being protocols will proceed to be relevant:

a. Vaccination is obligatory for all inbound passengers.

b. Negative PCR report earlier than boarding (most 48 hrs outdated).

c. 100% RAT on arrival for all direct flights from Europe.

d. Minimum 50% flights from KSA, UAE and Qatar will bear RAT on arrival.

e. Selected RAT on arrival for flights apart from talked about in Para 2c and 2nd, above.

f. RAT constructive instances can be quarantined for 10 days adopted by a PCR check on the eighth day.

Exemption / Waiver

Pakistanis unable to get themselves vaccinated overseas (all classes) as a result of following causes are exempted from obligatory vaccination after producing legitimate proof to airline/immigration authorities earlier than boarding: –

a. Expired Visa or unlawful immigrants/deportees.

b. Medical situations / points.

c. Pregnant girls.

d. Passengers between 15 to 18 years of age (exempted until 15 February 2022).

The NCOC directed the Aviation Division to make sure staggering of flights, particularly flights from Europe, to afford ample time for RAT on arrival by January 5. 2022.

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