Vaccinated travellers arriving from UAE and other countries to Pakistan can now travel without Covid-19 PCR tests. Those who are unvaccinated will still need to produce a negative test result on arrival.
Following a drop in the COVID-19 daily infections, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) in Pakistan has updated the travel requirements for those arriving in the country.
Starting 24 February 2022, Pakistan has eased restrictions for fully vaccinated inbound travellers from UAE and a few other nations. Such travellers no longer need to present a negative PCR test that was undertaken prior to their departure to Pakistan. As per the NCOC in Pakistan, non-vaccinated passengers above 12 years will require pre-boarding negative PCR taken not more than 72 hours in their country of departure.
With effect from 24 Feb 22, requirement of negative PCR report for passengers travelling to Pakistan has been abolished (for fully vaccinated travelers). pic.twitter.com/S77VctOSDx
— NCOC (@OfficialNcoc) February 23, 2022
In addition to the revised policies, the NCOC has applied the following testing protocols:
- All inbound passengers should be mandatorily vaccinated unless they have a valid vaccination exemption form.
- Travellers between 12-18 years of age will be allowed to travel without mandatory vaccination till 31 March 2022.
- Minors aged 12 years and below are exempt from mandatory vaccination.
- Deportees and unvaccinated passengers need to undergo Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) at border terminals on arrival.
Pakistan had earlier mandated a full vaccination requirement for all inbound travellers to the country from 6 January 2022. With the decline in the COVID-19 positivity ratio, the NCOC also eased restrictions in Karachi, Hyderabad, and Peshawar.
On 22 February, the UAE updated its travel policy, allowing travellers from Pakistan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and some other countries to enter without the requirement of a 6-hour pre-departure PCR test.