Following the improvement of the pandemic situation in many parts of the world, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has decided to ease the restrictions on international air travel from 1 July onwards and increase direct flights from the United Kingdom (UK), Europe, Canada, China, and Malaysia to 40 percent.
According to the details, direct flights from the UK, Europe, Canada, China, and Malaysia will be increased from 20 percent of the normal volume to 40 percent.
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The pre-boarding and on-arrival testing protocols for all the categories of countries will continue, but the home quarantine requirement for negative Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) cases has been abolished. Those who test positive for the coronavirus are now required to be quarantined as per the prevailing procedures.
Meanwhile, Pakistan has recorded less than 1,000 coronavirus cases for the second consecutive day, and less than 50 fatalities over the last ten days.
Pakistan introduced three categories of countries — A, B, and C — to deal with the pandemic in October 2020.
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An official stated that “the countries in category A are exempted from the mandatory coronavirus testing, those in category B require a negative PCR test that has to be taken 72 hours before travel while people coming from countries in category C have to face restrictions and are only allowed under strict NCOC guidelines”.