Pakistan bans travel from 26 countries amid Covid variant fears

10:36 AM | 13 Jun, 2021
Pakistan bans travel from 26 countries amid Covid variant fears
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ISLAMABAD – In an effort to control the Covid pandemic in Pakistan, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) updated its travel list which includes 26 countries in C Category.

The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Saturday placed strict restrictions on travellers from 26 countries including India, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Indonesia and South Africa.

An official of the Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) said the authorities have introduced three categories to deal with the novel disease.

Countries in the A category are exempted from the mandatory Covid-19 test; travellers from areas in the B category require a negative PCR test that must be taken within 72 hours of the travel date while countries in the C category are restricted except in special cases. The NCOC revised the inbound air/land travel categories with an immediate effect.

India, Iran, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, Iraq, the Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Tunisia, Bolivia, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Namibia, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay have been placed in C category list.

Meanwhile, all other countries have been included in category B and passengers from these countries will be required to produce a Covid test report.

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