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Updated 9 August 2021
After months of dormancy due to the raging pandemic, the travel industry is gearing up for a return to small normalcy with borders reopening, easing of quarantine requirements, and the creation of travel bubbles. Travellers around the world are now keen to find out if, when and where they can travel abroad.
One country that’s been on many travel wishlist is Pakistan. Can anyone travel to Pakistan now? What important things do travellers need to know if they are planning to fly to Pakistan?
Who can travel to Pakistan?
Pakistan is accepting inbound international travellers from all over the world. However, the following “C Category” countries are not allowed in:
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
- Trinidad and Tobago
Entry to Pakistan for the above countries is restricted and travellers may only enter under specific NCOC guidelines. Under the latest guidelines, Pakistanis travelling from Category C countries don’t require an exemption letter, but foreigners still do.
Eligible travelers entering Pakistan must:
- Provide traveler contact information through:
- Undergo screening by a health official
- Provide a certificate of negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test
All travellers visiting Pakistan need to carry evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours before the start of travel. You will also be subject to Rapid Antigen testing on arrival at airports in Pakistan.
As per the Ministry of National Health Services, other COVID-19 tests that can be equivalent to RT-PCR tests are also allowed. Complete list available here. All passengers are required to fill in the Personal Declaration of Origin and Health form and hand it over to the Health Department Staff present at the airport upon arrival.
The following passengers shall be exempted from both RT-PCR testing and PASS TRACK app uploading requirement:
- Children below 6 years.
- Disabled passengers.
- High-level international delegations
- Pakistani Deportees and Crew shall only be exempted from Pak Pass Track App, however, RTPCR / Rapid Antigen Test shall be mandatory.
Symptomatic passengers will be tested and quarantined until the test results are delivered. If they test positive, they will have to self-isolate for 14 days and won’t be allowed to travel before completion of the prescribed period.
Asymptomatic passengers and those who test negative will be sent home, and added to the Track and Trace system by the respective provincial/federal authorities, and monitored to ensure self-isolation is carried out for 14 days.
If you test positive on arrival in Pakistan, you’ll either be home quarantined or treated in line with medical guidelines. Travellers in Pakistan have the option of paid or government quarantine.
Check the province-wise list of quarantine facilities in Pakistan here.
Following a drop in its COVID-19 cases, Pakistani has eased travel restrictions for the following countries. Incoming passengers from these countries will be able to avoid quarantine if they test negative in a Rapid Antigen test on arrival.
- All European countries
- United Kingdom
Are there flights to Pakistan now?
There are flights available on Wego to major Pakistani cities like Karachi and Lahore. Resumption for domestic flights has also been approved by the government, so you can also travel within the country.