Pakistan extends UK travel restrictions till Jan 4 amid coronavirus mutation fears

07:16 PM | 28 Dec, 2020
Pakistan extends UK travel restrictions till Jan 4 amid coronavirus mutation fears
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ISLAMABAD – The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Monday extended the coronavirus travel restrictions on inbound travelers from the UK till January 4, 2021.

On December 21, Pakistan imposed temporary restrictions on the inbound travelers till December 29, 2020 because of concerns over the spread of the new variant of the COVID-19. 

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The latest restrictions are “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 40 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.