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Airlines Updates

Published on 26.11.2020
Pakistan’s PIA to lay-off 33% of its staff

Published on 19.10.2020
Pakistan International Airlines 4Q20 leased A330 European network as of 16OCT20

15.10.2020 Pakistan International Airlines has extended schedule listing for Islamabad – Manchester route, on board leased Airbus A330-300 aircraft. Schedule listing shows the leased aircraft to continue operate this route during winter season, on/after 25OCT20. Reservation for the moment is not available.

The airline plans to operate this route once weekly in November, two weekly from 15DEC20. Operational day varies during winter season, therefore following schedule covers the week of 14DEC20. Additional changes remain likely in the next few days.

PK9701 ISB1245 – 1610MAN 333 3
PK9701 ISB1545 – 1900MAN 333 6

PK9702 MAN1900 – 0745+1ISB 333 2
PK9702 MAN2100 – 0950+1ISB 333 6

Published on 12.10.2020
Pakistan International intends to resume Beijing service in Nov 2020

Published on 10.10.2020
Pakistan International Airlines announces special flights to Najaf from 15-17 October

06.10.2020 Himalaya Airlines during the month of October 2020 schedules following service, as the airline plans to operate 5 routes, based on GDS schedule listing. Additional changes remain likely.

Kathmandu – Abu Dhabi 4 weekly A320 (5 weekly from 17OCT20)
Kathmandu – Chongqing eff 14OCT20 1 weekly A320
Kathmandu – Dammam 1 daily A319/320
Kathmandu – Doha 4 weekly A320 (1 daily from 12OCT20)
Kathmandu – Kuala Lumpur 5 weekly A320

01.09.2020 Pakistan International Airlines during the month of September 2020 plans to operate following International service, based on OAG schedules listing as of 30AUG20. Due to various travel restrictions, limitation on flight bookings on certain routes may occur, while last minute changes remain highly possible.

Faisalabad – Dubai 3 weekly A320
Islamabad – Abu Dhabi 7 weekly A320
Islamabad – Dammam 3 weekly 777-200ER
Islamabad – Doha 1 weekly A320
Islamabad – Dubai 7 weekly A320/777
Islamabad – Jeddah 3 weekly A320/777
Islamabad – Kabul 3 weekly A320
Islamabad – Kuala Lumpur 2 weekly 777-200ER/-300ER
Islamabad – Madinah 2 weekly A320/777
Islamabad – Manchester 1 weekly A330-300
Islamabad – Muscat 2 weekly A320
Islamabad – Riyadh 1 weekly 777-300ER
Islamabad – Sharjah 6 weekly A320
Islamabad – Toronto 1 weekly 777-200LR
Karachi – Dubai 9 weekly A320/777
Karachi – Jeddah 1 weekly 777-200ER
Karachi – Madinah 1 weekly A320
Lahore – Abu Dhabi 3 weekly A320
Lahore – Bahrain eff 17SEP20 1 weekly A320
Lahore – Dammam 1 weekly A320
Lahore – Dubai 7 weekly A320/777
Lahore – Jeddah 2 weekly 777-200ER/-300ER
Lahore – Madinah eff 18SEP20 1 weekly A320
Lahore – Muscat 2 weekly A320
Lahore – Riyadh 2 weekly 777-200ER/-300ER
Lahore – Sharjah 2 weekly A320 (3 weekly from 20SEP20)
Lahore – Toronto 1 weekly 777-200LR
Multan – Dubai 3 weekly A320
Multan – Jeddah 2 weekly 777-200ER/-300ER
Multan – Madinah 1 weekly A320
Multan – Riyadh 1 weekly 777-200ER
Multan – Sharjah 3 weekly A320
Peshawar – Abu Dhabi 4 weekly A320
Peshawar – Al Ain 2 weekly A320
Peshawar – Doha 2 weekly A320
Peshawar – Dubai 7 weekly A320/777
Peshawar – Riyadh 3 weekly 777-200ER/-300ER
Peshawar – Sharjah 3 weekly A320
Sialkot – Dammam 1 weekly A320
Sialkot – Muscat 1 weekly A320
Sialkot – Riyadh 1 weekly A320
Sialkot – Sharjah 2 weekly A320

Published on 31.08.2020
Pakistan International to resume Lahore – Bahrain from mid-Sep 2020

Published on 11.08.2020
PIA will resume its flights from different parts from 14AUG20

Published on 10.08.2020
PIA to operate Karachi-Skardu flights twice a week

06.08.2020 Pakistan International Airlines from mid-August 2020 is resuming service to the UK, with leased Airbus A330-300 aircraft from HiFly. Interim schedule for the UK sees the airline operating to/from Islamabad.

Planned August 2020 schedule as follows.

Islamabad – Birmingham A330-300 operates on 29AUG20
PK9791 ISB1230 – 1600BHX 333
PK9792 BHX2000 – 0845+1ISB 333

Islamabad – London Heathrow A330-300 operates on 15AUG20 and 22AUG20
PK9785 ISB1230 – 1600LHR 333
PK9786 LHR2000 – 0840+1ISB 333

Islamabad – Manchester eff 14AUG20 1 weekly A330-300
PK9701 ISB1230 – 1600MAN 333 7
PK9702 MAN2000 – 0845+1ISB 333 5

Published on 09.07.2020
PIA to resume regular UAE flights from Thursday
U.S. bans Pakistan International Airlines flights over pilot concerns

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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Full Restrictions
Open for travel from Pakistan
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers are not permitted to enter Pakistan through Gwadar International Airport (GWD) or Turbat International Airport (TUK).
  • This does not apply to:
    • Nationals of Pakistan,
    • Holders of diplomatic and service passports.
Flight Restrictions

published 28.11.2020

Entry restrictions for passengers who arrive from or have been in Denmark
Passengers arriving from Denmark are subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT-PCR test upon arrival.

Entry restrictions
Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result. The test must have been taken at most 96 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. Tests accepted are : – COVID-19 PCR;- COVID-19 Real Time RT-PCR;- COVID-19 RT-PCR;- SARS-CoV2 GeneXpert;- SARS-CoV2 PCR;- SARS-CoV2 Real Time RT-PCR;- SARS-CoV2 RT-PCR;- SARS-CoV2 Xpert Xpress.
– This does not apply to passengers arriving from Australia, China (People’s Rep.), Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Fiji, Finland, Iceland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea (Rep.), Lao People’s Dem. Rep., Malawi, Maldives, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Sri Lanka or Viet Nam.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 12 years.

Passengers must download the Pass Track App before boarding and submit their personal details or submit their details at passtrack.nitb.gov.pk and have a printed confirmation.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 12 years.
– This does not apply to passengers with disabilities.

A completed International Passenger Health Declaration Form must be presented before departure.

Some airports are closed or restrictions for operations of airports has been imposed
Flights to Gwadar (GWD) and Turbat (TUK) are suspended.
– This does not apply to diplomatic, special and flights of national carriers.

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Quarantine

Self-isolation at own accommodation- subject to PCR test.

Government guidelines state that all international air passengers travelling to Pakistan are subject to screening for COVID-19 symptoms on arrival, including thermal screening. If you are found to be symptomatic, you will be allowed to proceed to your destination but you will be required to have a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of arrival and submit the results of the test to the authorities. If the test is positive you will have to self-isolate in line with Pakistan’s guidelines.

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

From 5 October 2020, all international travellers to Pakistan are required to present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test, taken within 96 hours of the start of travel. The Pakistan government COVID-19 website lists certain countries from which travellers are exempt from this requirement. The list of exempted countries is reviewed every two weeks. International travellers travelling by air that show symptoms of COVID-19 on arrival are required to take a COVID-19 test and self-isolate if the result is positive. Self-isolation guidance is also available on the Pakistan government COVID-19 website.

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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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Full Restrictions

  • Pakistan Latest News: Saudi Arabia lifts ban on flights from Pakistan (Pakistan Today PRofit, 23.09.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Pakistan: The Pakistani authorities have closed land borders with Afghanistan, India and Iran. Despite this, there are ongoing limited border openings for repatriation and trade. Those crossing into Pakistan may have to comply with coronavirus testing and quarantine measures. Since 9 August, airlines are allowed to operate international flights from all airports in Pakistan. Reinforcement of screening and administrative measures at all sea ports has been announced.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: From 5 October 2020, all international travellers to Pakistan are required to present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test, taken within 96 hours of the start of travel. The Pakistan government COVID-19 website lists certain countries from which travellers are exempt from this requirement. The list of exempted countries is reviewed every two weeks. International travellers travelling by air that show symptoms of COVID-19 on arrival are required to take a COVID-19 test and self-isolate if the result is positive. Self-isolation guidance is also available on the Pakistan government COVID-19 website.
    Travellers to Pakistan will also be required to provide their contact information through the Pass Track App or through a web-based form. If necessary you may also be able to fill in a health declaration form on arrival. Government guidelines, issued 18 November, state that children under the age of 12 and disabled passengers are exempt from the COVID-19 test requirement and Pass Track App requirement. However they will be required to complete a health declaration form upon arrival. Government guidelines state that all international air passengers travelling to Pakistan are subject to screening for COVID-19 symptoms on arrival, including thermal screening. If you are found to be symptomatic, you will be allowed to proceed to your destination but you will be required to have a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of arrival and submit the results of the test to the authorities. If the test is positive you will have to self-isolate in line with Pakistan’s guidelines. You may also be required to follow special measures before boarding flights to Pakistan and while on board the aircraft, including the wearing of a face mask. Pakistan government guidance, including links to the Pass Track App and web-based form is available on their COVID-19 website.
    *Screening on departure: If you are leaving Pakistan, you will be screened at the airport for any symptoms of COVID-19. You will also be subject to thermal screening for high temperatures. If you are free from symptoms you will be allowed to travel. If you are suspected of having symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough and breathing difficulty, you will be subject to a secondary screening by a medical professional. After which, you may be allowed to board if it is assessed that you do not have symptoms, have not been at risk of exposure and do not have a fever. If the secondary screening assesses that you may have COVID-19 you may be asked to self-isolate for 14 days before you can travel. You may also be referred to a medical facility.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Pakistan: Public transport has restarted across Pakistan with some restrictions. Domestic flight operations have restarted at all airports in Pakistan. Rail and bus travel has also restarted, including inter-city and inter-province travel. However, there are mandatory standard operating procedures for public transport including social distancing and restrictions on numbers of passengers. You must wear a face covering when in public across Pakistan including on public transport, punishable by fine. Authorities can impose local restrictions on travel to prevent the spread of coronavirus. You should follow the federal and relevant provincial guidance, and monitor local media for updates.
    *Travel to the airport: If you are in an area that is under coronavirus lock-down by the authorities, you may have to wait until the lock-down is lifted before you can travel to the airport. Follow the advice of the relevant local authorities. You are strongly advised not to travel to the airport if you are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms, including a high temperature. When you enter the airport, you will be thermal scanned by the Pakistani authorities. If you have a high temperature or other COVID-19 symptoms, you will not be permitted to fly and may be asked to self-isolate for 14 days before you can travel. You may also be referred to a medical facility. Call us on 051 201 2000 if you are moved to a medical facility.
    *Public places and services: Pakistani authorities have lifted many restrictions on public activities. Public facilities like restaurants, cafes, cinemas, theatres, gyms, and religious institutions have been allowed to re-open. The tourism sector has also been allowed to re-open. However, there are mandatory standard operating procedures which must be followed in public spaces, including the use of face masks, temperature screening and social distancing. Marriage halls remain closed. Across Pakistan, it is now mandatory to wear a face mask in public and not wearing one is punishable by a fine. There are additional varying measures in force in each province including compulsory self-isolation for people who have COVID-19 symptoms, or people who have come into contact with others with COVID-19 symptoms. In some cases, authorities are locking down specific areas. Some provinces have introduced powers to fine or arrest anyone breaking the rules. You should follow the federal and relevant provincial guidance, and monitor local media for updates. Plan any movements accordingly.
    *At the airport: You must wear a face mask at the airport. You will need to bring your own mask with you. Airlines and airport authorities will not provide masks. You’re advised to bring sufficient food for your wait at the airport and a refillable water bottle. The Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) require the plane to be disinfected prior to departing for Pakistan. Luggage will also be disinfected before it is loaded onto the plane. Cabin Crew will be required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE).

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    02.12.2020
  • Pakistan Lockdown lifted in Punjab, Sindh provinces (Express Tribune, 10.08.2020). The Pakistan Railways has restored all train services from Sunday. All trains will be “booked at 100 percent capacity” from 9 August. (Daily Times, 10.08.2020). Government allows international flight operations to fully resume at all airports (Gulf Today, 07.08.2020). Emirate, Etihad, Qatar announced that passengers departing from Pakistan will need to complete a COVID test before departure (OASC, 14.07.2020).

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    International restrictions:

    Airlines are allowed to operate international flights from all airports in Pakistan.The Pakistani authorities have closed land borders with Afghanistan, India and Iran. Despite this, there are ongoing limited border openings for repatriation and trade. Those crossing into Pakistan may have to comply with coronavirus testing and quarantine measures. Since 20 June, airlines have been able to operate inbound and outbound commercial international flights from all airports apart from Gwadar and Turbat. Reinforcement of screening and administrative measures at all sea ports has been announced.
    International air passengers travelling to Pakistan will be subject to thermal screening on arrival. The current Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) guidelines require all passengers arriving in Pakistan to submit a health declaration form which will be made available on your flight or upon arrival at the airport. You will also be subject to thermal screening for high temperatures. If you do not have any COVID-19 symptoms you will be allowed to proceed through the airport and will be given instructions to self-isolate at your residence for 14 days. If you do have symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, cough, breathing difficulty, you may be taken to a facility for a swab test, where you will be asked to wait for the results of the test. If the test is positive, you will receive advice about next steps including possible self-isolation for 14 days at your residence or transfer to a hospital. If the test is negative you will be allowed to go to your residence with instructions to self-isolate for 14 days. You may also be required to follow special measures before boarding flights to Pakistan and while on board the aircraft, including the wearing of a face mask. Reinforcement of screening and administrative measures at all sea ports has been announced.
    If you are leaving Pakistan, you will be screened at the airport for any symptoms of Covid-19. You will also be subject to thermal screening for high temperatures. If you are free from symptoms you will be allowed to travel. If you are suspected of having symptoms of Covid-19, including fever, cough and breathing difficulty, you will be subject to a secondary screening by a medical professional. After which, you may be allowed to board if it is assessed that you do not have symptoms, have not been at risk of exposure and do not have a fever. If the secondary screening assesses that you may have Covid-19 you may be asked to self-isolate for 14 days before you can travel. You may also be referred to a medical facility.
    You must wear a face mask at the airport. You will need to bring your own mask with you. Airlines and airport authorities will not provide masks. You’re advised to bring sufficient food for your wait at the airport and a refillable water bottle. The Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) require the plane to be disinfected prior to departing for Pakistan. Luggage will also be disinfected before it is loaded onto the plane. Cabin Crew will be required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE).

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    Internal restrictions:

    Public transport has restarted across Pakistan with some restrictions. Domestic flight operations have restarted at all airports in Pakistan. Rail and bus travel has also restarted, including inter-city and inter-province travel. However, there are mandatory standard operating procedures for public transport including social distancing and restrictions on numbers of passengers. You must wear a face covering when in public across Pakistan including on public transport, punishable by fine. Authorities can impose local restrictions on travel to prevent the spread of coronavirus. You should follow the federal and relevant provincial guidance, and monitor local media for updates. You will need to arrange your own travel to the airport. government restrictions, public transport can be limited. Some provinces have limited the number of people that can be in a vehicle. Be aware that people who do not have a flight ticket, except the driver, may not be allowed to accompany travellers to the airport. If possible, you should carry a printed or electronic copy of your flight confirmation. If you are in an area that is under coronavirus lock-down by the authorities, you may have to wait until the lock-down is lifted before you can travel to the airport. Follow the advice of the relevant local authorities. You are strongly advised not to travel to the airport if you are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms, including a high temperature. When you enter the airport, you will be thermal scanned by the Pakistani authorities. If you have a high temperature or other COVID-19 symptoms, you will not be permitted to fly and may be asked to self-isolate for 14 days before you can travel. You may also be referred to a medical facility.
    Pakistani authorities have lifted many restrictions on public activities. Public facilities like restaurants, cafes, cinemas, theatres, gyms, and religious institutions have been allowed to re-open. The tourism sector has also been allowed to re-open. However, there are mandatory standard operating procedures which must be followed in public spaces, including the use of face masks, temperature screening and social distancing. Marriage halls and educational institutions remain closed. Across Pakistan, it is now mandatory to wear a face mask in public and not wearing one is punishable by a fine. There are additional varying measures in force in each province including compulsory self-isolation for people who have COVID-19 symptoms, or people who have come into contact with others with COVID-19 symptoms. In some cases, authorities are locking down specific areas. Some provinces have introduced powers to fine or arrest anyone breaking the rules. You should follow the federal and relevant provincial guidance, and monitor local media for updates. Plan any movements accordingly.

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    14.08.2020
  • Pakistan Government allows international flight operations to fully resume at all airports (Gulf Today, 07.08.2020). Emirate, Etihad, Qatar announced that passengers departing from Pakistan will need to complete a COVID test before departure (OASC, 14.07.2020).
    Government lifts lockdown in parts of Islamabad (RN, 08.07.2020).

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    International restrictions:

    International flight operations resumed on 7 August. The Pakistani authorities have closed land borders with Afghanistan, India and Iran. Despite this, there are ongoing limited border openings for repatriation and trade. Those crossing into Pakistan may have to comply with coronavirus testing and quarantine measures. Since 20 June, airlines have been able to operate inbound and outbound commercial international flights from all airports apart from Gwadar and Turbat. Reinforcement of screening and administrative measures at all sea ports has been announced.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Pakistan on Friday, 17 July announced a lockdown in its southernmost province of Sindh extended until 15 August.
    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. Public transport has restarted to varying extents across Pakistan, depending on the province, including buses, trains and taxis. Domestic flights restarted on a limited basis on 16 May from Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Quetta and Peshawar. You must wear a face covering when in public across Pakistan including on public transport, punishable by fine.
    Local authorities can impose local restrictions on travel to prevent the spread of coronavirus. You should follow the federal and relevant provincial guidance, and monitor local media for updates.
    You will need to arrange your own travel to the airport. Due to government restrictions, public transport can be limited, and the authorities have discouraged all non-essential use of public transport. If you are travelling to Islamabad you should, if possible, carry printed copies of your flight confirmation and have your passports easily to hand. If you cannot get a printed flight confirmation, carry an electronic copy.
    Provincial and federal authorities have stated that you will be able to travel to the airport if you have a confirmed flight ticket and valid travel document. Some provinces have limited the number of people that can be in a vehicle. In addition, people who do not have a flight ticket, except the driver, may not be allowed to accompany travellers to the airport.
    Pakistani authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus, including school closures. There are 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.
    There are additional varying measures in force in each province including 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. Some provinces have introduced powers to fine or arrest anyone breaking the rules.

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    08.08.2020
  • Pakistan Emirate, Ethad, Qatar announced that passengers departing from Pakistan will need to complete a COVID test before departure (OASC, 14.07.2020).
    Government lifts lockdown in parts of Islamabad (RN, 08.07.2020). UAE aviation authority will temporarily suspends flights from Pakistan as of 3 July. (The News, 01.07.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    The Pakistani authorities have closed land borders with Afghanistan, India and Iran. Despite this, there are ongoing limited border openings for repatriation and trade. Those crossing into Pakistan may have to comply with coronavirus testing and quarantine measures. Since 20 June, airlines have been able to operate inbound and outbound commercial international flights from all airports apart from Gwadar and Turbat. Reinforcement of screening and administrative measures at all sea ports has been announced.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Pakistan on Friday, 17 July announced a lockdown in its southernmost province of Sindh extended until 15 August.
    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. Public transport has restarted to varying extents across Pakistan, depending on the province, including buses, trains and taxis. Domestic flights restarted on a limited basis on 16 May from Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Quetta and Peshawar. You must wear a face covering when in public across Pakistan including on public transport, punishable by fine.
    Local authorities can impose local restrictions on travel to prevent the spread of coronavirus. You should follow the federal and relevant provincial guidance, and monitor local media for updates.
    You will need to arrange your own travel to the airport. Due to government restrictions, public transport can be limited, and the authorities have discouraged all non-essential use of public transport. If you are travelling to Islamabad you should, if possible, carry printed copies of your flight confirmation and have your passports easily to hand. If you cannot get a printed flight confirmation, carry an electronic copy.
    Provincial and federal authorities have stated that you will be able to travel to the airport if you have a confirmed flight ticket and valid travel document. Some provinces have limited the number of people that can be in a vehicle. In addition, people who do not have a flight ticket, except the driver, may not be allowed to accompany travellers to the airport.
    Pakistani authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus, including school closures. There are 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.
    There are additional varying measures in force in each province including 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. Some provinces have introduced powers to fine or arrest anyone breaking the rules.

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    18.07.2020
  • Pakistan Emirate, Ethad, Qatar announced that passengers departing from Pakistan will need to complete a COVID test before departure (OASC, 14.07.2020).
    Government lifts lockdown in parts of Islamabad (RN, 08.07.2020). UAE aviation authority will temporarily suspends flights from Pakistan as of 3 July. (The News, 01.07.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    The Pakistani authorities have closed land borders with Afghanistan, India and Iran. Despite this, there are ongoing limited border openings for repatriation and trade. Those crossing into Pakistan may have to comply with coronavirus testing and quarantine measures. Since 20 June, airlines have been able to operate inbound and outbound commercial international flights from all airports apart from Gwadar and Turbat. Reinforcement of screening and administrative measures at all sea ports has been announced.

    *****

    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. Public transport has restarted to varying extents across Pakistan, depending on the province, including buses, trains and taxis. Domestic flights restarted on a limited basis on 16 May from Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Quetta and Peshawar. You must wear a face covering when in public across Pakistan including on public transport, punishable by fine.
    Local authorities can impose local restrictions on travel to prevent the spread of coronavirus. You should follow the federal and relevant provincial guidance, and monitor local media for updates.
    You will need to arrange your own travel to the airport. Due to government restrictions, public transport can be limited, and the authorities have discouraged all non-essential use of public transport. If you are travelling to Islamabad you should, if possible, carry printed copies of your flight confirmation and have your passports easily to hand. If you cannot get a printed flight confirmation, carry an electronic copy.
    Provincial and federal authorities have stated that you will be able to travel to the airport if you have a confirmed flight ticket and valid travel document. Some provinces have limited the number of people that can be in a vehicle. In addition, people who do not have a flight ticket, except the driver, may not be allowed to accompany travellers to the airport.
    Pakistani authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus, including school closures. There are 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.
    There are additional varying measures in force in each province including 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. Some provinces have introduced powers to fine or arrest anyone breaking the rules.

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    16.07.2020
  • Pakistan Emirate, Ethad, Qatar announced that passengers departing from Pakistan will need to complete a COVID test before departure (OASC, 14.07.2020)

    Government lifts lockdown in parts of Islamabad (RN, 08.07.2020). 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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    14.07.2020
  • 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)

    *****

    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)

    *****

    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)

    *****

    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.

    *****

    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
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    US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information/
    Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK/
    Pakistan Government/
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