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Pakistan travel restrictions

Open for citizens: partial Open for foreigners: partial Open for tourism: no Quarantine: yes
Airlines Updates

Published on 09.07.2020
PIA to resume regular UAE flights from Thursday

Published on 30.06.2020
European agency suspends authorization for Pakistan International Airlines to operate in Europe for six months effective 1 July

23.06.2020 Pakistan International Airlines since 20JUN20 gradually resumed regular International service, as Pakistan lifted flight restrictions. Based on 21JUN20 OAG schedules listing, the airline’s preliminary International operation for July 2020 as follows.

Operational frequencies and traffic rights may be impacted by various travel restrictions. Further changes to this preliminary listing remains highly possible.

Faisalabad – Dubai 2 weekly A320
Islamabad – Abu Dhabi 3 weekly A320
Islamabad – Birmingham 2 weekly 777-200ER
Islamabad – Dammam 2 weekly A320
Islamabad – Doha 1 weekly A320
Islamabad – Dubai 7 weekly A320
Islamabad – Jeddah 2 weekly 777-200ER/-300ER
Islamabad – Kabul 2 weekly A320
Islamabad – Kuala Lumpur 2 weekly 777-200ER
Islamabad – London Heathrow 3 weekly 777-200ER
Islamabad – Madinah 1 weekly A320
Islamabad – Manchester 4 weekly 777-200ER/-200LR/-300ER
Islamabad – Muscat 1 weekly A320
Islamabad – Oslo 1 weekly 777-300ER
Islamabad – Paris CDG 1 weekly 777-200ER
Islamabad – Riyadh 1 weekly 777-200ER
Islamabad – Toronto 1 weekly 777-200LR
Karachi – Dubai 5 weekly A320
Karachi – Jeddah 3 weekly A320
Karachi – Madinah 1 weekly A320
Karachi – Toronto 1 weekly 777-200LR (from 12JUL20)
Lahore – Abu Dhabi 2 weekly A320
Lahore – Barcelona 1 weekly 777-300ER
Lahore – Dammam 2 weekly A320
Lahore – Dubai 6 weekly A320
Lahore – Jeddah 2 weekly 777-300ER
Lahore – London Heathrow 2 weekly 777-200ER
Lahore – Madinah 1 weekly A320
Lahore – Manchester 1 weekly 777-300ER
Lahore – Milan Malpensa 1 weekly 777-200ER
Lahore – Muscat 1 weekly A320
Lahore – Paris CDG 1 weekly 777-200ER
Lahore – Riyadh 1 weekly 777-300ER
Lahore – Toronto 1 weekly 777-200LR
Multan – Dubai 3 weekly A320
Multan – Jeddah 2 weekly 777-300ER
Multan – Madinah 1 weekly A320
Multan – Sharjah 3 weekly A320
Peshawar – Abu Dhabi 4 weekly A320
Peshawar – Al Ain 2 weekly A320
Peshawar – Doha 2 weekly A320
Peshawar – Dubai 4 weekly A320
Peshawar – Muscat 1 weekly A320
Peshawar – Riyadh 2 weekly 777-200ER
Peshawar – Sharjah 2 weekly A320
Sialkot – Muscat 2 weekly A320
Sialkot – Sharjah 2 weekly A320
06.06.2020 Pakistan International Airlines since 16MAY20 resumed domestic scheduled operation, initially operating service to/from Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta. Following operation is in effect for the month of June 2020. Further changes remain possible.

Karachi – Islamabad 10 weekly A320
Karachi – Lahore 1 daily A320
Karachi – Peshawar 1 weekly A320
Quetta – Islamabad 1 weekly A320
Quetta – Karachi 2 weekly A320
Quetta – Lahore 1 weekly A320

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Flight Restrictions

published 24.06.2020
1. Flights to Gwadar (GWD) and Turbat (TUK) are suspended.
– This does not apply to diplomatic, special and flights of national carriers. They must have a special approval from the competent authority for transporting stranded passengers.
2. A completed International Passenger Health Declaration Form must be presented upon arrival.
3. Passengers and airline crew are subject to medical screening and quarantine for 14 days.

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Quarantine

Passengers will be tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible on arrival at a quarantine facility. Those testing positive will likely remain in quarantine or be moved to a hospital isolation facility, while those testing negative will be released with instructions to self-isolate for 14 days.

Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification subject to special conditions- testing upon arrival.
Travelers arriving in Pakistan are subject to local health requirements to include COVID-19 testing on arrival and could include isolation or quarantine.

Vaccination

Yellow fever (2019)
Country requirement at entry: a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers aged 1 year
or over arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

Malaria (2019)
Malaria risk due to P. vivax and P. falciparum exists throughout the year in the entire country below 2000 m,
especially in rural areas from July through December.
WHO recommended prevention in risk areas: C

Other country requirement(s) (2019)
Administration of mandatory oral polio vaccine (OPV) to all outgoing international travellers and incoming
long-term visitors (i.e. > 4 weeks) of all ages. An International Certificate of Vaccination will be issued as
proof of vaccination.

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  • Pakistan UAE aviation authority will temporarily suspends flights from Pakistan as of 3 July. (The News, 01.07.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Inbound international flights will be allowed by special permission of the Government of Pakistan on a case by case basis. From 30 May, national and foreign airlines will be able to operate outbound commercial international flights from all international airports in Pakistan apart from Gwadar and Turbat. From 16 May, limited domestic flight operations resumed from Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Quetta and Peshawar.
    Southwestern Taftan border to reopen to allow trade (AP, 18.06.2020)

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    Internal restrictions:

    The Pakistan government has decided to further extend the permission for operating domestic flights to and from six airports of the country till August 31.
    The government of Pakistan allowed restricted domestic schedule and chartered passenger flight operations between Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta airports only in accordance with established guidelines, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and prior approval from the competent authority.
    However, domestic flights operation to and from the Islamabad international airport for Gilgit and Skardu airports would continue as normal operation.
    It further said the domestic schedule and the chartered passenger flight operation from all other airports would remain suspended.
    Social distancing and access control measures have been put in place following the resumption of domestic flights at the five airports, including the requirement for those entering the airport to wear a mask and the restriction of meet-and-greet services at the airport. Passengers will also be required to fill in a health declaration form prior to boarding the aircraft.
    Pakistani authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus, including school closures. There are strict restrictions on public gatherings, including religious congregations, events in wedding halls, and sports matches. Across Pakistan, it is now mandatory to wear a face mask in public and not wearing one is punishable by a fine.
    Some provincial authorities have introduced additional measures, including requiring residents to stay at home, and closing shops, restaurants and other public places. Some public transport has been suspended. Measures are particularly strict in Sindh. There have been reports of patrols and check points to enforce these measures, and some provinces have reportedly introduced powers to fine or arrest anyone breaking the rules. Some provinces are also imposing compulsory isolation or quarantine for people who have COVID-19 symptoms, or people who have come into contact with others with COVID-19 symptoms. In some cases, local authorities are quarantining specific areas.

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    01.07.2020
  • Pakistan .International flight operations resumed in Pakistan on Saturday 20 June, after the government authorised international passenger and charter flights to and from all international airports in the country. (The News, 20.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Inbound international flights will be allowed by special permission of the Government of Pakistan on a case by case basis. From 30 May, national and foreign airlines will be able to operate outbound commercial international flights from all international airports in Pakistan apart from Gwadar and Turbat. From 16 May, limited domestic flight operations resumed from Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Quetta and Peshawar.
    Southwestern Taftan border to reopen to allow trade (AP, 18.06.2020)

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    Internal restrictions:

    Domestic flights have partially resumed, with flights allowed at five major airports, including the capital’s Islamabad (ISB), Karachi (KHI, Sindh province) and Lahore (LHE, Punjab province), Peshawar (PEW, Khyber-Pakthunkhwa province), and Quetta (UET, Balochistan province) airports.
    Social distancing and access control measures have been put in place following the resumption of domestic flights at the five airports, including the requirement for those entering the airport to wear a mask and the restriction of meet-and-greet services at the airport. Passengers will also be required to fill in a health declaration form prior to boarding the aircraft.
    Pakistani authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus, including school closures. There are strict restrictions on public gatherings, including religious congregations, events in wedding halls, and sports matches. Across Pakistan, it is now mandatory to wear a face mask in public and not wearing one is punishable by a fine.
    Some provincial authorities have introduced additional measures, including requiring residents to stay at home, and closing shops, restaurants and other public places. Some public transport has been suspended. Measures are particularly strict in Sindh. There have been reports of patrols and check points to enforce these measures, and some provinces have reportedly introduced powers to fine or arrest anyone breaking the rules. Some provinces are also imposing compulsory isolation or quarantine for people who have COVID-19 symptoms, or people who have come into contact with others with COVID-19 symptoms. In some cases, local authorities are quarantining specific areas.

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    20.06.2020
  • Pakistan Pakistan will allow international flights to resume, an aviation official said on Friday 29 May. (Reuters, 29.05.2020)

    1. Flights to Pakistan are suspended.
    – This does not apply to diplomatic, special and flights of national carriers. They must have a special approval from the competent authority for transporting stranded passengers.
    2. A completed International Passenger Health Declaration Form must be presented upon arrival.
    3. Passengers and airline crew are subject to health screening (including swab testing, isolation or quarantine).

    *****

    International restrictions:

    Inbound international flights will be allowed by special permission of the Government of Pakistan on a case by case basis. From 30 May, national and foreign airlines will be able to operate outbound commercial international flights from all international airports in Pakistan apart from Gwadar and Turbat. From 16 May, limited domestic flight operations resumed from Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Quetta and Peshawar.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Domestic flights have partially resumed, with flights allowed at five major airports, including the capital’s Islamabad (ISB), Karachi (KHI, Sindh province) and Lahore (LHE, Punjab province), Peshawar (PEW, Khyber-Pakthunkhwa province), and Quetta (UET, Balochistan province) airports.
    Social distancing and access control measures have been put in place following the resumption of domestic flights at the five airports, including the requirement for those entering the airport to wear a mask and the restriction of meet-and-greet services at the airport. Passengers will also be required to fill in a health declaration form prior to boarding the aircraft.
    Pakistani authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus, including school closures. There are strict restrictions on public gatherings, including religious congregations, events in wedding halls, and sports matches. Across Pakistan, it is now mandatory to wear a face mask in public and not wearing one is punishable by a fine.
    Some provincial authorities have introduced additional measures, including requiring residents to stay at home, and closing shops, restaurants and other public places. Some public transport has been suspended. Measures are particularly strict in Sindh. There have been reports of patrols and check points to enforce these measures, and some provinces have reportedly introduced powers to fine or arrest anyone breaking the rules. Some provinces are also imposing compulsory isolation or quarantine for people who have COVID-19 symptoms, or people who have come into contact with others with COVID-19 symptoms. In some cases, local authorities are quarantining specific areas.

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    16.06.2020
  • Pakistan Pakistan will allow international flights to resume, an aviation official said on Friday 29 May. (Reuters, 29.05.2020)
    Pakistan resumed domestic flights in a phased manner from Saturday 16 May. (Deccan Herald, 15.05.2020)

    International restrictions:

    All international flights except for cargo and diplomatic flights, are suspended until at least 31 May.
    Exemptions can be made for diplomatic flights, and private aircraft are allowed to operate domestically between Islamabad (ISB), Karachi (KHI), and Lahore (LHE) International Airports.
    Foreigners with valid visas in Pakistan can have their visas extended until 30 June.
    The Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on National Security clarified in a press conference that there is no prohibition on outgoing passengers from Pakistan on non-PIA flights but since no carrier would be flying in, it is automatically understood that outbound traffic would be halted as well.
    All international arrivals are required to provide a medical certificate stating the results of the COVID-19 test conducted 24 hours prior to boarding the flights. This will be requested at the point of disembarkation in Pakistan.
    All travellers are required to submit a health declaration form and undergo health screening upon arrival.
    Upon arrival in Pakistan all travellers will be subject to a minimum of 48 hour state-monitored quarantine. Travellers are required to take a COVID-19 test after 48 hours and the quarantine period can then be extended based on the results. Travellers who test negative for COVID-19 will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Government quarantine centres will be free of charge. If travellers choose to stay in a hotel or paid facility for their quarantine period they will be responsible for covering all expenses during this time.
    All land borders remain closed.

    Internal restrictions:

    Domestic flights have partially resumed, with flights allowed at five major airports, including the capital’s Islamabad (ISB), Karachi (KHI, Sindh province) and Lahore (LHE, Punjab province), Peshawar (PEW, Khyber-Pakthunkhwa province), and Quetta (UET, Balochistan province) airports.
    Social distancing and access control measures have been put in place following the resumption of domestic flights at the five airports, including the requirement for those entering the airport to wear a mask and the restriction of meet-and-greet services at the airport. Passengers will also be required to fill in a health declaration form prior to boarding the aircraft.
    The nationwide lockdown is gradually being lifted. However, each province will implement its own measures. Below is a partial list of previously announced provincial level restrictions, and further details can be expected in the coming days:
    Balochistan province: Under a provincial ‘smart lockdown’, businesses will be allowed to operate with social distancing measures from 03.00 to 17.00 until the end of Ramadan.
    Islamabad Capital Territory: Shops and markets will be allowed to operate on Mondays to Fridays from 08.00 to 17.00, while there will be a lockdown on Saturdays and Sundays, with only essential businesses operating. The measures will be in place until 31 May.
    Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province: All shops will be allowed to open on Mondays to Thursdays until 16.00, and will be closed from Fridays to Sundays, except for essential businesses. Public transport will resume on 18 May.
    Punjab province: Shops and markets will be allowed to operate on Mondays to Thursdays from 08.00 to 17.00, while there will be a lockdown on Fridays to Sundays, with only essential businesses operating. Restaurants will only offer takeaway or delivery. Shopping malls and public transport services will resume from 18 May. The measures will be in place until 31 May.
    Sindh province: Essential businesses will be allowed to resume from 11 May under the federal government’s standard operating procedures (SOPs). Shops, excluding large markets and shopping malls, will be allowed to open from sehri (traditional pre-dawn meal during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan) until 17.00 from Mondays to Fridays. The measures will be in place until 31 May.
    Private aircraft are permitted to operate between the capital’s Islamabad (ISB), Karachi (KHI, Sindh province) and Lahore (LHE, Punjab province) airports.
    Passenger buses and vans are banned from the motorway network. However, vehicles carrying goods, petroleum products and daily use items with minimum staff, as well as private vehicles with maximum two passengers giving valid reason of travelling, will be allowed to enter the network.
    Multiple provincial and territorial governments have invoked Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, so as to declare restrictions on movement, bans on public gatherings, suspensions or restrictions to business operations (except essential services) and restrictions on public transport.
    Restrictions are allowed to ease in sectors deemed by the government as ‘low risk’. These include e-commerce related to exports and local delivery of essential items, chemical manufacturing plants, software development and programming, paper and packaging, cement and fertiliser plants, mining, glass manufacturing, approved exports-related industries, veterinary services, laundry services, stationary shops and industries where labourers remain within a premise.
    The Gilgit-Baltistan territorial government declared a ‘home lockdown’ for an indefinite period, which will be legally enforced. Grocery stores, pharmacies and other essential services remain open, while inter-district and intra-city public transport and non-essential shops are closed.
    Pakistan Railways announced the reduction of inter-city express trains.
    The countrywide shutdown of all schools has been extended until 15 July.

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    01.06.2020
  • Pakistan Pakistan will allow international flights to resume, an aviation official said on Friday 29 May. (Reuters, 29.05.2020) Pakistan resumed domestic flights in a phased manner from Saturday 16 May. (Deccan Herald, 15.05.2020)

    International restrictions:

    All international flights except for cargo and diplomatic flights, are suspended until at least 31 May. Exemptions can be made for diplomatic flights, and private aircraft are allowed to operate domestically between Islamabad (ISB), Karachi (KHI), and Lahore (LHE) International Airports. Foreigners with valid visas in Pakistan can have their visas extended until 30 June. The Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on National Security clarified in a press conference that there is no prohibition on outgoing passengers from Pakistan on non-PIA flights but since no carrier would be flying in, it is automatically understood that outbound traffic would be halted as well. All international arrivals are required to provide a medical certificate stating the results of the COVID-19 test conducted 24 hours prior to boarding the flights. This will be requested at the point of disembarkation in Pakistan. All travellers are required to submit a health declaration form and undergo health screening upon arrival. Upon arrival in Pakistan all travellers will be subject to a minimum of 48 hour state-monitored quarantine. Travellers are required to take a COVID-19 test after 48 hours and the quarantine period can then be extended based on the results. Travellers who test negative for COVID-19 will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Government quarantine centres will be free of charge. If travellers choose to stay in a hotel or paid facility for their quarantine period they will be responsible for covering all expenses during this time. All land borders remain closed.

    Internal restrictions:

    Domestic flights have partially resumed, with flights allowed at five major airports, including the capital’s Islamabad (ISB), Karachi (KHI, Sindh province) and Lahore (LHE, Punjab province), Peshawar (PEW, Khyber-Pakthunkhwa province), and Quetta (UET, Balochistan province) airports. Social distancing and access control measures have been put in place following the resumption of domestic flights at the five airports, including the requirement for those entering the airport to wear a mask and the restriction of meet-and-greet services at the airport. Passengers will also be required to fill in a health declaration form prior to boarding the aircraft. The nationwide lockdown is gradually being lifted. However, each province will implement its own measures. Below is a partial list of previously announced provincial level restrictions, and further details can be expected in the coming days: Balochistan province: Under a provincial ‘smart lockdown’, businesses will be allowed to operate with social distancing measures from 03.00 to 17.00 until the end of Ramadan. Islamabad Capital Territory: Shops and markets will be allowed to operate on Mondays to Fridays from 08.00 to 17.00, while there will be a lockdown on Saturdays and Sundays, with only essential businesses operating. The measures will be in place until 31 May. Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province: All shops will be allowed to open on Mondays to Thursdays until 16.00, and will be closed from Fridays to Sundays, except for essential businesses. Public transport will resume on 18 May. Punjab province: Shops and markets will be allowed to operate on Mondays to Thursdays from 08.00 to 17.00, while there will be a lockdown on Fridays to Sundays, with only essential businesses operating. Restaurants will only offer takeaway or delivery. Shopping malls and public transport services will resume from 18 May. The measures will be in place until 31 May. Sindh province: Essential businesses will be allowed to resume from 11 May under the federal government’s standard operating procedures (SOPs). Shops, excluding large markets and shopping malls, will be allowed to open from sehri (traditional pre-dawn meal during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan) until 17.00 from Mondays to Fridays. The measures will be in place until 31 May. Private aircraft are permitted to operate between the capital’s Islamabad (ISB), Karachi (KHI, Sindh province) and Lahore (LHE, Punjab province) airports. Passenger buses and vans are banned from the motorway network. However, vehicles carrying goods, petroleum products and daily use items with minimum staff, as well as private vehicles with maximum two passengers giving valid reason of travelling, will be allowed to enter the network. Multiple provincial and territorial governments have invoked Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, so as to declare restrictions on movement, bans on public gatherings, suspensions or restrictions to business operations (except essential services) and restrictions on public transport. Restrictions are allowed to ease in sectors deemed by the government as ‘low risk’.

    These include e-commerce related to exports and local delivery of essential items, chemical manufacturing plants, software development and programming, paper and packaging, cement and fertiliser plants, mining, glass manufacturing, approved exports-related industries, veterinary services, laundry services, stationary shops and industries where labourers remain within a premise. The Gilgit-Baltistan territorial government declared a ‘home lockdown’ for an indefinite period, which will be legally enforced. Grocery stores, pharmacies and other essential services remain open, while inter-district and intra-city public transport and non-essential shops are closed. Pakistan Railways announced the reduction of inter-city express trains. The countrywide shutdown of all schools has been extended until 15 July.

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    30.05.2020
  • Pakistan Pakistan will resume domestic flights in a phased manner from Saturday 16 May. (Deccan Herald, 15.05.2020)

    International restrictions:

    All international flights except for cargo and diplomatic flights, are suspended until at least 31 May. Exemptions can be made for diplomatic flights, and private aircraft are allowed to operate domestically between Islamabad (ISB), Karachi (KHI), and Lahore (LHE) International Airports. Foreigners with valid visas in Pakistan can have their visas extended until 30 June. The Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on National Security clarified in a press conference that there is no prohibition on outgoing passengers from Pakistan on non-PIA flights but since no carrier would be flying in, it is automatically understood that outbound traffic would be halted as well. All international arrivals are required to provide a medical certificate stating the results of the COVID-19 test conducted 24 hours prior to boarding the flights. This will be requested at the point of disembarkation in Pakistan. All travellers are required to submit a health declaration form and undergo health screening upon arrival. Upon arrival in Pakistan all travellers will be subject to a minimum of 48 hour state-monitored quarantine. Travellers are required to take a COVID-19 test after 48 hours and the quarantine period can then be extended based on the results. Travellers who test negative for COVID-19 will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Government quarantine centres will be free of charge. If travellers choose to stay in a hotel or paid facility for their quarantine period they will be responsible for covering all expenses during this time. All land borders remain closed.

    Internal restrictions:

    Domestic flights have partially resumed, with flights allowed at five major airports, including the capital’s Islamabad (ISB), Karachi (KHI, Sindh province) and Lahore (LHE, Punjab province), Peshawar (PEW, Khyber-Pakthunkhwa province), and Quetta (UET, Balochistan province) airports. Social distancing and access control measures have been put in place following the resumption of domestic flights at the five airports, including the requirement for those entering the airport to wear a mask and the restriction of meet-and-greet services at the airport. Passengers will also be required to fill in a health declaration form prior to boarding the aircraft. The nationwide lockdown is gradually being lifted. However, each province will implement its own measures. Below is a partial list of previously announced provincial level restrictions, and further details can be expected in the coming days: Balochistan province: Under a provincial ‘smart lockdown’, businesses will be allowed to operate with social distancing measures from 03.00 to 17.00 until the end of Ramadan. Islamabad Capital Territory: Shops and markets will be allowed to operate on Mondays to Fridays from 08.00 to 17.00, while there will be a lockdown on Saturdays and Sundays, with only essential businesses operating. The measures will be in place until 31 May. Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province: All shops will be allowed to open on Mondays to Thursdays until 16.00, and will be closed from Fridays to Sundays, except for essential businesses. Public transport will resume on 18 May. Punjab province: Shops and markets will be allowed to operate on Mondays to Thursdays from 08.00 to 17.00, while there will be a lockdown on Fridays to Sundays, with only essential businesses operating. Restaurants will only offer takeaway or delivery. Shopping malls and public transport services will resume from 18 May. The measures will be in place until 31 May. Sindh province: Essential businesses will be allowed to resume from 11 May under the federal government’s standard operating procedures (SOPs). Shops, excluding large markets and shopping malls, will be allowed to open from sehri (traditional pre-dawn meal during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan) until 17.00 from Mondays to Fridays. The measures will be in place until 31 May. Private aircraft are permitted to operate between the capital’s Islamabad (ISB), Karachi (KHI, Sindh province) and Lahore (LHE, Punjab province) airports. Passenger buses and vans are banned from the motorway network. However, vehicles carrying goods, petroleum products and daily use items with minimum staff, as well as private vehicles with maximum two passengers giving valid reason of travelling, will be allowed to enter the network. Multiple provincial and territorial governments have invoked Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, so as to declare restrictions on movement, bans on public gatherings, suspensions or restrictions to business operations (except essential services) and restrictions on public transport. Restrictions are allowed to ease in sectors deemed by the government as ‘low risk’. These include e-commerce related to exports and local delivery of essential items, chemical manufacturing plants, software development and programming, paper and packaging, cement and fertiliser plants, mining, glass manufacturing, approved exports-related industries, veterinary services, laundry services, stationary shops and industries where labourers remain within a premise. The Gilgit-Baltistan territorial government declared a ‘home lockdown’ for an indefinite period, which will be legally enforced. Grocery stores, pharmacies and other essential services remain open, while inter-district and intra-city public transport and non-essential shops are closed. Pakistan Railways announced the reduction of inter-city express trains. The countrywide shutdown of all schools has been extended until 15 July.

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    18.05.2020
  • Pakistan Domestic flight suspension extended until 13 May (Pakistan Today, 10.05.2020), Government will lift lockdown from 9 May. (Reuters, 07.05.2020) Flights to Pakistan are suspended. – This does not apply to diplomatic, special and national carriers’ flights. They must have a special approval from the competent authority for transporting stranded passengers. Passengers and airline crew must fill out a health questionnaire and will be subject to thorough checking as per established procedures (including swab testing, isolation or quarantine).

    International restrictions:

    All international flights except for cargo and diplomatic flights, are suspended until at least 15 May. Domestic flights suspended until at least 10 May. Exemptions can be made for diplomatic flights, and private aircraft are allowed to operate domestically between Islamabad (ISB), Karachi (KHI), and Lahore (LHE) International Airports. Foreigners with valid visas in Pakistan can have their visas extended until 30 June. The Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on National Security clarified in a press conference that there is no prohibition on outgoing passengers from Pakistan on non-PIA flights but since no carrier would be flying in, it is automatically understood that outbound traffic would be halted as well. All international arrivals are required to provide a medical certificate stating the results of the COVID-19 test conducted 24 hours prior to boarding the flights. This will be requested at the point of disembarkation in Pakistan. All travellers are required to submit a health declaration form and undergo health screening upon arrival. Upon arrival in Pakistan all travellers will be subject to a minimum of 48 hour state-monitored quarantine. Travellers are required to take a COVID-19 test after 48 hours and the quarantine period can then be extended based on the results. Travellers who test negative for COVID-19 will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Government quarantine centres will be free of charge. If travellers choose to stay in a hotel or paid facility for their quarantine period they will be responsible for covering all expenses during this time. All land borders remain closed.

    Internal restrictions:

    Domestic flight operations to/from Islamabad International Airport (ISB) to Gilgit Airport (GIL) and Skardu (KDU) Airport are permitted. Passenger buses and vans are banned from the motorway network. However, vehicles carrying goods, petroleum products and daily use items with minimum staff, as well as private vehicles with maximum two passengers giving valid reason of travelling, will be allowed to enter the network. Multiple provincial and territorial governments have invoked Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, so as to declare restrictions on movement, bans on public gatherings, suspensions or restrictions to business operations (except essential services) and restrictions on public transport. The federal government has extended the current nationwide restrictions on public movement and gatherings until at least 9 May. However, according to the Ministry of Industries and Production, restrictions are allowed to ease in sectors deemed by the government as ‘low risk’. These include e-commerce related to exports and local delivery of essential items, chemical manufacturing plants, software development and programming, paper and packaging, cement and fertiliser plants, mining, glass manufacturing, approved exports-related industries, veterinary services, laundry services, stationary shops and industries where labourers remain within a premise. Some provincial governments have reportedly expressed disapproval over the easing of restrictions for certain sectors. As such, they may choose not to comply with the new federal guidelines. Below is a partial list of previously announced provincial level restrictions, and further details can be expected in the coming days: Islamabad Capital Territory: City authorities in the capital Islamabad have closed all markets, shopping malls, restaurants and private offices. Public offices will function from 10.00 to 16.00, except on Friday where they will function from 10.00 to 13.00. All non-essential gatherings are banned. Two persons per household may leave their residences to buy essential supplies. Punjab province: Authorities have closed all markets, shopping malls, restaurants, private offices and non-essential public offices. All non-essential gatherings are banned. Two persons per household may leave their residences to buy essential supplies. Grocery stores are allowed to operate from 09.00-17.00, while meat and milk shops are allowed to operate from 09.00-20.00. Pharmacies, petrol pumps and certain grocery stores will be allowed to remain open during this period. Sindh province: Authorities have closed all non-essential businesses, shopping malls, hotels and public entertainment areas. All shops exempted from the above restrictions will only be allowed to function from 09.00 to 15.00 for home delivery and e-commerce services while grocery shops will be allowed to operate from 08.00 to 17.00. There is a complete ban on non-essential movement of people from 17.00 to 08.00. One person per household may leave their residences to buy essential supplies. Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province: Authorities in Peshawar have closed all restaurants and shops other than those selling groceries, medicine and other essential supplies. All exempted businesses, except for pharmacies, are to close by 16.00. All non-essential gatherings are banned. Two persons per household may leave their residences to buy essential supplies. Large gatherings are banned until 30 April. Balochistan province: The authorities have closed all markets, shopping malls, private offices and non-essential public offices. All non-essential gatherings are banned. There is a complete ban on all non-essential movement of people within Quetta. One person per household may leave their residences to buy essential supplies. The current lockdown measures have been extended until 5 May. The Gilgit-Baltistan territorial government declared a ‘home lockdown’ for an indefinite period, which will be legally enforced. Grocery stores, pharmacies and other essential services remain open, while inter-district and intra-city public transport and non-essential shops are closed. Pakistan Railways announced the reduction of inter-city express trains. The countrywide shutdown of all schools has been extended until at least 28 April.

    Source: https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm https://pandemic.internationalsos.com/2019-ncov/ncov-travel-restrictions-flight-operations-and-screening https://pk.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

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    12.05.2020
  • Pakistan Domestic flight suspension extended until 10 May ( (Pakistan Today, 07.05.2020), Government will lift lockdown from 9 May. (Reuters, 07.05.2020)

    Flights to Pakistan are suspended.
    – This does not apply to diplomatic, special and national carriers’ flights. They must have a special approval from the competent authority for transporting stranded passengers. Passengers and airline crew must fill out a health questionnaire and will be subject to thorough checking as per established procedures (including swab testing, isolation or quarantine).

    International restrictions:

    All international flights except for cargo and diplomatic flights, are suspended until at least 15 May. Domestic flights suspended until at least 10 May.
    Exemptions can be made for diplomatic flights, and private aircraft are allowed to operate domestically between Islamabad (ISB), Karachi (KHI), and Lahore (LHE) International Airports.
    Foreigners with valid visas in Pakistan can have their visas extended until 30 June.
    The Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on National Security clarified in a press conference that there is no prohibition on outgoing passengers from Pakistan on non-PIA flights but since no carrier would be flying in, it is automatically understood that outbound traffic would be halted as well.
    All international arrivals are required to provide a medical certificate stating the results of the COVID-19 test conducted 24 hours prior to boarding the flights. This will be requested at the point of disembarkation in Pakistan.
    All travellers are required to submit a health declaration form and undergo health screening upon arrival.
    Upon arrival in Pakistan all travellers will be subject to a minimum of 48 hour state-monitored quarantine. Travellers are required to take a COVID-19 test after 48 hours and the quarantine period can then be extended based on the results. Travellers who test negative for COVID-19 will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Government quarantine centres will be free of charge. If travellers choose to stay in a hotel or paid facility for their quarantine period they will be responsible for covering all expenses during this time.
    All land borders remain closed.

    Internal restrictions:

    Domestic flight operations to/from Islamabad International Airport (ISB) to Gilgit Airport (GIL) and Skardu (KDU) Airport are permitted.
    Passenger buses and vans are banned from the motorway network. However, vehicles carrying goods, petroleum products and daily use items with minimum staff, as well as private vehicles with maximum two passengers giving valid reason of travelling, will be allowed to enter the network.
    Multiple provincial and territorial governments have invoked Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, so as to declare restrictions on movement, bans on public gatherings, suspensions or restrictions to business operations (except essential services) and restrictions on public transport. The federal government has extended the current nationwide restrictions on public movement and gatherings until at least 9 May. However, according to the Ministry of Industries and Production, restrictions are allowed to ease in sectors deemed by the government as ‘low risk’. These include e-commerce related to exports and local delivery of essential items, chemical manufacturing plants, software development and programming, paper and packaging, cement and fertiliser plants, mining, glass manufacturing, approved exports-related industries, veterinary services, laundry services, stationary shops and industries where labourers remain within a premise. Some provincial governments have reportedly expressed disapproval over the easing of restrictions for certain sectors. As such, they may choose not to comply with the new federal guidelines.
    Below is a partial list of previously announced provincial level restrictions, and further details can be expected in the coming days: Islamabad Capital Territory: City authorities in the capital Islamabad have closed all markets, shopping malls, restaurants and private offices. Public offices will function from 10.00 to 16.00, except on Friday where they will function from 10.00 to 13.00. All non-essential gatherings are banned. Two persons per household may leave their residences to buy essential supplies.
    Punjab province: Authorities have closed all markets, shopping malls, restaurants, private offices and non-essential public offices. All non-essential gatherings are banned. Two persons per household may leave their residences to buy essential supplies. Grocery stores are allowed to operate from 09.00-17.00, while meat and milk shops are allowed to operate from 09.00-20.00. Pharmacies, petrol pumps and certain grocery stores will be allowed to remain open during this period.
    Sindh province: Authorities have closed all non-essential businesses, shopping malls, hotels and public entertainment areas. All shops exempted from the above restrictions will only be allowed to function from 09.00 to 15.00 for home delivery and e-commerce services while grocery shops will be allowed to operate from 08.00 to 17.00. There is a complete ban on non-essential movement of people from 17.00 to 08.00. One person per household may leave their residences to buy essential supplies.
    Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province: Authorities in Peshawar have closed all restaurants and shops other than those selling groceries, medicine and other essential supplies. All exempted businesses, except for pharmacies, are to close by 16.00. All non-essential gatherings are banned. Two persons per household may leave their residences to buy essential supplies. Large gatherings are banned until 30 April.
    Balochistan province: The authorities have closed all markets, shopping malls, private offices and non-essential public offices. All non-essential gatherings are banned. There is a complete ban on all non-essential movement of people within Quetta. One person per household may leave their residences to buy essential supplies. The current lockdown measures have been extended until 5 May.
    The Gilgit-Baltistan territorial government declared a ‘home lockdown’ for an indefinite period, which will be legally enforced. Grocery stores, pharmacies and other essential services remain open, while inter-district and intra-city public transport and non-essential shops are closed.
    Pakistan Railways announced the reduction of inter-city express trains.
    The countrywide shutdown of all schools has been extended until at least 28 April.

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    10.05.2020
  • Source [https://pandemic.internationalsos.com/2019-ncov/ncov-travel-restrictions-flight-operations-and-screening]
    [https://www.osac.gov/Content/Browse/Report?subContentTypes=Alerts%2CTravel%20Advisories]
    [https://pk.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/]
    [https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice]
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