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Updated 28 December 2021

Following the outbreak of a new COVID-19 variant, Omicron, testing has become the norm worldwide to enable safe travelling. The government of Pakistan has also mandated strict testing and quarantine measures across its borders to ensure that the virus spread is under control. 

Keep reading to find out the current quarantine and testing measures applicable in Pakistan.

Pakistan entry requirements

Following the outbreak of the Covid-19 variant, Omicron, Pakistan has made some changes in its entry rules including the testing and quarantine guidelines. Pakistan has divided the list of countries into three categories, namely, Category A, B and C. Among these, Category C countries are those that are banned from entry into Pakistan.

Pakistan testing rules

For Category ‘C’ countries

Pakistan has followed suit by implementing its own travel ban on Croatia, Hungary, Netherlands, Ukraine, Ireland, Slovenia, Vietnam, Poland, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia and Hong Kong. Inbound travel from these countries has been banned.

However, essential travel from the above-mentioned destinations would necessitate only when passengers can obtain an exemption certificate from the exemption committee with the following health protocols:

  • passengers are required to be fully vaccinated.
  • all passengers, local or foreigners above the age of six years, must possess a negative PCR test report issued not more than 48 hours before boarding.
  • passengers will also be required to get a Rapid Antigen test (RAT) conducted on arrival in Pakistan.

Please note Pakistanis who have already travelled or are travelling to Category C countries on a short-term visa and deportees are permitted to travel back to Pakistan without any exemption process.

For Category ‘B’ countries

The authorities have included a list of thirteen countries in Category B, including the US, UK, Germany, Trinidad and Tobago, Azerbaijan, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Russia, Thailand, France, Austria, Afghanistan and Turkey.

Passengers from these countries will be required to be:

  • passengers are required to be fully vaccinated.
  • all passengers, local or foreigners above the age of six years, must possess a negative PCR test report issued not more than 48 hours before boarding.
  • Rapid Antigen Testing of passengers will be conducted on random flights.

For Category ‘A’ countries

All countries that are not included in Category B or C have been included in Category A. Passengers from these countries will also be required to be fully vaccinated and possess a negative PCR test report issued not more than 48 hours prior to boarding.

Pakistan quarantine rules

For Category ‘C’ countries

Passengers eligible for travelling from these countries will be required to get a

  • Rapid Antigen test (RAT) conducted on arrival in Pakistan.
  • Passengers who test negative will be allowed to proceed. However, passengers from South Africa, Mozambique, Lesotho, Eswatini, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia will have to undergo a mandatory three-day quarantine followed by a PCR test.
  • Passengers who test positive on arrival will be quarantined for ten days and a PCR test will be conducted on the eighth day. They will be allowed to leave quarantine once they test negative. In case of a positive result, they will spend more time under quarantine or be moved to the hospital, depending on the advice of health authorities.

For Category ‘B’ countries

  • Rapid Antigen Testing of passengers will be conducted on random flights.
  • Those who test negative will be allowed to proceed while those who test positive will undergo a ten-day quarantine, with a PCR test being conducted on the eighth day.
  • In case they test negative for the PCR test, they will be allowed to leave. However, if they test positive again, they will have to undergo additional quarantine or be moved to a hospital, depending on advice from health authorities.

 

Where to quarantine in Pakistan?

Travellers in Pakistan have the option of paid or government quarantine. Check the province-wise list of quarantine facilities in Pakistan here.