Following the discovery of a new strain of the coronavirus, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has issued a new travel advisory for passengers traveling to Pakistan from the United Kingdom (UK) and South Africa.
According to the new travel advisory that will remain effective until 31 January, a Pakistan passport holder with either a business visa, a visit visa, or a transit visa may board a Pakistan-bound flight from the UK or South Africa after submitting a negative PCR test conducted 72 hours prior to the flight to the concerned authorities.
Diplomats and their families may also travel to Pakistan from these two countries on the same conditions.
Passengers holding NICOPs or POCs who have stayed in the UK or South Africa over the last 10 days may also return to Pakistan with COVID-19 negative test reports.
All passengers traveling to Pakistan from these countries will have to take the Rapid Antigen Tests upon their arrival. Those who test negative will be allowed to leave the airport but will be advised to quarantine themselves for at least five days.
Meanwhile, the passengers who test positive will have to take the PCR test administered by the health authorities, and they will be quarantined until the results arrive.
The CAA had issued a new travel advisory for its overall international operations on 1 January according to which airlines have been directed to refrain from issuing tickets and boarding passes to passengers without checking for their PCR negative reports.