New Covid strain: Pakistan's guidelines for Pakistanis returning from UK

 

In this photograph taken on April 26, 2018, Pakistani airport staff walk through the new Islamabad International Airport ahead of its official opening on the outskirts of Islamabad.
In this photograph taken on April 26, 2018, Pakistani airport staff walk through the new Islamabad International Airport ahead of its official opening on the outskirts of Islamabad.

Islamabad, Pakistan - The Civil Aviation Authority issues the guidelines following the emergence of the new variant of Covid-19 in UK.

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Published: Tue 22 Dec 2020, 9:05 PM

Last updated: Tue 22 Dec 2020, 9:24 PM

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Tuesday said all Pakistanis holding business, visitor and transit visas in the United Kingdom could return to the country with negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test reports for the coronavirus (COVID-19) conducted within 72 hours before boarding the plane.

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Similarly, Pakistani passengers holding study, family, work and settlement visas could return to the country, if their visas were expiring within the next 30 days, with the negative PCR Test reports conducted within the 72 hours before commencement of travel to Pakistan, the authority said in a news release.


“Flight crew performing duties on flights between UK and Pakistan may disembark in Pakistan with the stipulation that such flight crew shall be tested for Covid-19 upon arrival and quarantined in their designated hotels,” it said.

Following a negative test result, such flight crew would be allowed to perform duties in Pakistan and any flight crew with a positive test result would be quarantined in their designated hotels for a time period as specified by the respective health authorities.

The CAA said diplomatic officials of British High Commission and their families currently outside Pakistan could be allowed to return to Pakistan with a negative PCR test result conducted within the 72 hours before taking the flight, and “will also be subjected to mandatory quarantine with their High Commission upon arrival in Pakistan.”


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