Corona Travel Updates

Covid Vaccination Requirements for Air Travel

Domestic Flights within Pakistan

As per the directions of NCOC, the guidelines for domestic air travel will be effective from 1st October 2021. It has been decided that only fully vaccinated passengers of age 18 years and above will be allowed to travel within Pakistan. The only exemptions will be given under the following conditions:

  • Passengers below 17 years of age
  • Foreign nationals.
  • Pakistani nationals having documentary proof of vaccination abroad.
  • Passengers who are medically advised to hold the COVID-19 vaccination administration. They must also carry a certificate to prove their medical condition certifying the same.

International Flights from Pakistan

Only fully vaccinated passengers will be permitted to take inbound travel to and outbound from Pakistan. The only exemptions to stipulations will be given under the following conditions:

  • Passengers below 17 years of age.
  • Foreign nationals.
  • Pakistani nationals having documentary proof of vaccination abroad.
  • Passengers who are medically advised to hold the COVID-19 vaccination administration. They must also carry a certificate to prove their medical condition certifying the same.

Passengers intending to move outbound from Pakistan will abide by all COVID-19 related necessary requirements made compulsory by other countries and/or airline operators. All concerned are advised to ensure strict obedience with the instructions contained in this directive.

Who Cannot Enter Pakistan at This Moment?

At present, travelers falling under Category C countries are restricted to enter Pakistan. The category C countries are:

  1. Costa Rica
  2. Ethiopia
  3. Guatemala
  4. Iran
  5. Iraq
  6. Mongolia
  7. Mexico
  8. Philippines
  9. Slovenia
  10. South Africa
  11. Thailand
  12. Trinidad & Tobago

Travelers arriving in Pakistan should:

  • Provide traveler contact information through.
    • PassTrack mobile app or
    • Web based form
  • Go through a screening process by a health representative.
  • Make available a certificate of negative COVID-19 PCR Test.

Travelers holding Pakistani passports intending to travel from Category C nations have been given permission to arrive in Pakistan without exemption letters. Furthermore, Pakistani passengers possessing valid NICOP and POC are also excused to provide exemption letters. However, passengers and foreigners coming to Pakistan from nations falling under Category C must provide exemption letters in accordance with NCOC guidelines. Moreover, travelers transiting through Category C countries (not leaving the airport boundaries) also do not need exemption letters regardless of country of origin.

Updated list effective from 13th August 2021

Category B Countries

Passengers travelling to Pakistan need to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken before the start of their travel. All countries not mentioned under Category C fall under Category B.

Category C Countries

International travelers travelling from Category C countries are banned and only allowed as per guidance by NCOC decision.

Travelling to Pakistan? What Do You Need to Know Before Arriving in the Country?

Coming into effect from 5th October 2021, all international passengers arriving in Pakistan must follow these instructions. Countries in Category B & C are required to provide a mandatory negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test that has to be taken within 72 hours of start of travel before arriving in Pakistan. They must also submit their relevant information on the Pass Track app or have a printed copy of uploaded information generated by the app prior to the issuance of boarding passes at the point of original embarkation.

Following passengers shall be exempted both from RT-PCR testing and Pass Track app uploading requirement:

  • Children below 12 years.
  • Disabled passengers.
  • High-level international delegations.
  • Pakistani Deportees and Crew shall only be exempted from Pass Track; however, RT-PCR/Rapid Antigen Test shall be mandatory.

Most international travelers do not need to be quarantined in Pakistan. However, if you test covid positive on arrival in Pakistan, you will either be home quarantined or treated in line with medical guidelines. Options for both paid and government facilities are available.

All passengers from Category A nations do not require A COVID-19 RT-PCR test before entry into Pakistan. All countries not mentioned in Category A falls under Category B.

Category A

S. No

Countries

S. No

Countries

1.

Australia

20.

Malaysia

2.

Belarus

21.

Myanmar

3.

Bulgaria

22.

New Zealand

4.

Canada

23.

Norway

5.

China

24.

Poland

6.

Cuba

25.

Rwanda

7.

El Salvador

26.

South Korea

8.

Estonia

27.

Saudi Arabia

9.

Fiji

28.

Senegal

10.

Finland

29.

Serbia

11.

Germany

30.

Singapore

12.

Greece

31.

Slovakia

13.

Italy

32.

Sri Lanka

14.

Japan

33.

Sweden

15.

Kazakhstan

34.

Thailand

16.

Kenya

35.

Togo

17.

Latvia

36.

Turkey

18.

Lithuania

37.

Uganda

19.

Malawi

38.

Uruguay

Countries for Which Pakistan Has Eased Travel Restrictions:

  • Canada
  • Malaysia
  • China
  • All European Countries.
  • UK

Where Can Pakistanis Travel Now?

Asia and Pacific Region:

China

Special flights passengers from Pakistan are required to provide 2 Nucleic Acid tests for COVID-19 with a negative result. Passengers must carry 2 printed copies of COVID-19 test certificate (SMS, WhatsApp/digital certificates are not acceptable). The first test is to be taken within 120 hours (5 days), and the second test is to be taken within 36 hours (3 days) prior to boarding. Passengers of regular commercial flights to China, or transferring from flights via other countries, are required to provide a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 with negative results within 3 days.

Uzbekistan

Travelers to Uzbekistan must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before the departure of the flight to Uzbekistan. The test result must be in English or Russian (NIH-approved Test Lab having BAR/QR Codes are acceptable). PCR exemption is for infants only (i.e., less than 2 years old).

Europe Region:

Albania

Except for screening measures in the presence of medical personnel, there are no testing requirements for entry into Albania.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Travelers to Bosnia must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus PCR test result issued at most 48 hours before arrival.

Kosovo

Travelers must have a negative RT-PCR test certificate for COVID-19 done in the last 72 hours. Quarantine is mandated only if you don’t carry the certificate.

Russia

Passengers entering Russia must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival.

Serbia

Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued at most 48 hours before arrival. Quarantine is mandated only if you don’t carry the result.

Montenegro

Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. This doesn’t apply to passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate if they have received the second dose at least 7 days before arrival and those with a positive serological -IgG antibodies test result issued at most 30 days before arrival.

Africa Region:

Cape Verde

No test or quarantine required.

Djibouti

Quarantine is not required if COVID test result returns negative.

Ghana

Quarantine is not required if COVID test result returns negative.

Kenya

Quarantine is not required if COVID test result returns negative.

Mozambique

Quarantine is not required when presenting a valid negative test result.

Rwanda

Passengers entering or transiting through Rwanda must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. No quarantine is necessary unless arriving from India or Uganda.

Seychelles

Travelers must have a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours of departure for Seychelles. Fully vaccinated travelers can enter Seychelles without quarantine.

Togo

Quarantine is not required if COVID test result returns negative.

Uganda

Travelers showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be tested upon arrival and required to quarantine until results are in.

Zambia

Travelers must present a negative COVID test and will be quarantined if showing symptoms.

Americas and Caribbean Region

Canada:

Passengers are subject to self-isolation/quarantine for 14 days after arrival. Passengers must have a negative nucleic acid PCR, serum IgM antibody and IgG antibody test result for COVID-19, the test performed from an authorized lab within 72 hours before flight departure. Travelers must also submit their travel and contact information, quarantine plan and a COVID-19 symptoms self-assessment form digitally via ArriveCAN mobile application ( available on web as well). ArriveCAN confirmation receipt (either through mobile or printed confirmation) will be required at check-in counter and after arrival in Canada.

After Arrival:

Passengers will be required to:

1- Show ArriveCAN confirmation (proof of digital submission) receipt.

2- Confirm arrival at the address of their quarantine/isolation location within 48 hours of entry into Canada.

3- Need to complete daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessments during the quarantine period.

Bermuda

Travelers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 5 days before arrival. Unvaccinated travelers will need to quarantine for 14 days in a hotel at their own expense. The hotel must be booked here. A travel authorization needs to be obtained at most 3 days before departure.

Ecuador

Passengers to Ecuador aged 2 and above must have one of the following documents.

  • A completed “Declaración de salud del viajero” must be presented upon arrival.
  • Negative COVID-19 antigen or RT-PCR test taken at most 3 days before arrival
  • COVID-19 vaccination certificate, or a
  • COVID-19 recovery certificate.

Guatemala

COVID–19 vaccine certificate proving the vaccine was administered at least two weeks prior to arrival, a negative COVID–19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival and proof of having tested positive for COVID–19 and recovered within three months of arrival are the documents required to travel to Guatemala.

Panama

Travelers to Panama have to show a negative COVID-19 PCR, RT-PCR, or Antigen test result, taken at most 48 hours before arrival and need to take a second test on arrival. A completed “Declaración Jurada de Salud” must be presented upon arrival. Quarantine is necessary for 3 days on arrival.

Paraguay

Visitors must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 LAMP, NAAT or RT-PCR test result, taken at most 72 hours before arrival, and international medical insurance with coverage of coronavirus treatment costs. Passengers must complete a “Traveler’s Health Information” at most 24 hours before departure.

St. Kitts & Nevis

The authorities of St. Kitts & Nevis have recently announced that the islands will only accept fully vaccinated travelers henceforth. A negative PCR test issued within 72 hours prior to departure is also required.

Venezuela

All travelers entering Venezuela must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test performed within 48 hours of boarding their incoming flight and will be subjected to a COVID-19 test at port of entry. Although be warned that a travel history including Venezuela may complicate visas to the USA and other NATO countries.

List of Countries Not Allowing Passengers from Pakistan

  • Brunei
  • France
  • Hong Kong
  • Iran
  • Japan
  • Kuwait
  • Malaysia
  • Malawi
  • Maldives
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Philippines
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom

The Case of USA:

All travelers to the USA must have proof of a negative COVID-19 NAAT or antigen test within 3 days of departure or provide evidence of recovery from COVID-19 within the last 90 days. They must also complete an attestation form. The CDC recommends that travelers get tested 3 to 5 days after travel and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel, even with a negative test result, but states may also have their own entry requirements for travelers. Acceptable tests include RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, TMA, NEAR, and HDA.

Travelers to the USA must also complete an attestation form and submit it to their airline. The CDC recommends that travelers get tested 3 to 5 days after travel and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel, even with a negative test result.

However, states also have their own entry requirements for travelers. The CDC Travel Planner offers information on COVID entry requirements for specific cities, zip codes, and addresses. You can also consult the information below on entry requirements for each state.

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