In an attempt to contain the spread of the virus, Pakistan travel bans 26 countries.
Pakistan travel bans:
The list includes; India, Iran, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, Iraq, the Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Tunisia, Bolivia, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Namibia, Paraguay, Trinidad and Tobago, Peru and Uruguay.
Above mentioned countries are placed in the C category of the travel list.
While, Category A countries are exempted from mandatory covid test and,
Category B contains require a negative PCR test that must be taken 72 hours before the departure.
Decision showed up as Pakistan reports 1,194 new cases and 57 deaths in the last 24 hours.
Amidst Coronavirus fears, flights from certain countries are being banned to avoid the spread of any new variant.
Pakistan is already under ‘smart lockdown’ measures.
During a smart lockdown, certain shops of specific areas remain open for an alloted time only.
Smart lockdown is implemented in hotspot areas – Areas having a higher rate of infection.
To reopen the country, it is essential to prevent the spread of the virus.
Pakistan is a country that was already suffering financially, even before the onset of Covid.
A notice from a government-run airline reads,
“Dear Valued Customers, Due to the situation of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak globally, our regular international flight operations have been affected. We are working closely with authorities and we aim to gradually return to regular flight operations as soon as circumstances allow.”
People are advised to,
- Cross check travel arrangements
- Official word from the airlines
- Health and safety measures
- Emergency/ nonemergency health appointments and
- Quarantine policies
According to the national command and service operator (NCSO), they have modified the inbound air/land travel categories with an immediate effect, for the countries placed in the C category
An official of national health services said: Countries in category C are restricted from traveling and people from these countries can only travel under specific NCOC guidelines.