Pakistan (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 25 February, 2021.


At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Health test is required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Yes
Quarantine Details: Self-solation for 14 days required for all countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Fully Open

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 04.02.2021
1. Flights to Gwadar (GWD) and Turbat (TUK) are suspended.
– This does not apply to diplomatic, special and flights of national carriers.
2. Passengers who in the past 10 days have been in Brazil, Ireland (Rep.), Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa or United Kingdom are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of Pakistan;
– passengers with a National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) or a Pakistan Origin Card (POC).
3. Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 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 and SARS-CoV2 Xpert Xpress.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with disabilities;
– passengers arriving from Australia, China (People’s Rep.), Cuba, Finland, Ghana, Iceland, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Korea (Rep.), Madagascar, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago or Viet Nam.
4. Passengers must download the Pass Track App before boarding and submit their personal details or submit their details at and have a printed confirmation.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with disabilities.
5. A completed International Passenger Health Declaration Form must be presented upon arrival.
6. Passengers could be subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT-PCR test upon arrival.
7. Passengers and airline crew could be subject to quarantine.


Detailed Tourist Information

On 21 December, the Pakistan government announced that, due to the COVID-19 situation, inbound travellers from the UK, or those who have been in the UK in the last 10 days, will not be able to enter Pakistan. The Pakistan government has announced that the restriction will be extended until 28 February 2021.

There are some exemptions to this restriction:

From 9 January: All those who have a Pakistani passport, National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) or Pakistani Origin Card (POC) are allowed to enter Pakistan. There are some additional arrangements on arrival – please see Pakistan government advice to confirm if you are eligible
Travellers permitted to enter Pakistan from the UK and South Africa are required to present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours before the start of travel. For information about this and possible quarantine periods on arrival please see Pakistan government advice.

You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.

Since 5 October 2020, international travellers to Pakistan have been required to present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 96 hours before the start of travel. Arrivals from some other countries are exempted from this requirement.

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. The FCDO currently advises against travel to the most of the Afghanistan and Iran border areas.


Lockdown Details

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.


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