Pakistan announces travel restriction after new COVID-19 variant hits UK

08:51 PM | 21 Dec, 2020
Pakistan announces travel restriction after new COVID-19 variant hits UK

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has imposed temporary restrictions on inbound travelers from the United Kingdom because of concerns over the spread of the new variant of the COVID-19. 

The latest restrictions, which has been announced by the NCOC, will came into effect from midnight December 22 till Dec 29, 2020.

The latest restriction will be “applicable to all persons who originate travel from the UK and are in or have been in UK over the past 10 days ii. Transit passengers (who do not leave airside in UK) from destinations other than UK will be allowed to travel into Pakistan iii. Pakistani passport holders who have travelled to UK on visitor / temporary visas will be allowed to return to Pakistan” with certain arrangements. 

The inbound travelers will be required to present negative PCR test, performed within 72 hours prior to flight. 

A PCR Test will also be conducted on arrival in Pakistan under arrangement Directorate of Central Health Establishment (CHE) / Federating units health staff. 

“Passenger will be required to stay in the airport or in government facility until PCR test is taken,” read the official notification.  

Furthermore, the travelers will also be required to quarantine for 7 days at home. 

The NCOC will review the decision on December 28. 

More than 30 countries, including Spain, India, Hong Kong, Canada, Switzerland and Germany have banned UK arrivals because of COVID-19 mutation.

The UK has also imposed tier-4 lockdown in the country to curb the spread of the new virus.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 26 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 26, 2024 (Monday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 26 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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