COVID-19: Pakistan extends journey restrictions on incoming flights till April 20


2021-04-05 14:07:52

Passengers at Jinnah Worldwide Airport, in Karachi, Pakistan.
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Islamabad: Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has prolonged the journey restrictions and short-term ban for all incoming travellers together with chartered and personal plane flights.

The brand new guidelines will come into impact from 1am on April 6 and proceed till April 20.

The steps have been introduced to stop the unfold of recent variants of the virus in Pakistan because the nation continues to grapple with the extremely contagious third wave of the coronavirus reporting greater than 4,000 new circumstances day by day since March 24.

The variety of energetic circumstances of COVID-19 is at present 61,450 – the best since July 2020.

Not allowed entry

The CAA issued a brand new listing of nations with the restricted and full journey ban categorized into three teams.

The brand new listing of class C (international locations not allowed entry into Pakistan) has elevated the variety of international locations from 12 to 22 and consists of South Africa, Brazil, Botswana, Kenya, Comoros, Mozambique, Zambia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Peru, Colombia, Chile, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Malawi, Seychelles, Somalia, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.

The worldwide travellers from 20 international locations positioned within the class don’t require COVID-19 check earlier than entry into Pakistan.

These international locations embody Australia, Bhutan, China, Fiji, Japan, Kazakhstan, Laos, Mongolia, Mauritania, Morocco, Myanmar, New Zealand, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Tajikistan, Trinidad and Tobago and Vietnam.

All worldwide travellers from international locations aside from those talked about in class A require COVID-19 PCR check (most 72 hours outdated) earlier than touring to Pakistan.

UK journey ban

Pakistan was lately positioned on UK’s new ban on travellers together with three different international locations that made Pakistani lawmakers query the motive of the ban. Asad Umar, who’s main Pakistan’s battle in opposition to the pandemic stated the ban “raises a reputable query whether or not the selection of nations relies on science or overseas coverage.”

Naz Shah, a Pakistani-origin British lawmaker, in a letter dated March 30 to British Overseas Secretary Dominic Raab, additionally questioned the rationale of the ban.

She stated that the choice was not led by science and discrimination in opposition to Pakistan, citing newest figures that “France, Germany and India have considerably increased numbers of infections per 100,000 individuals.”

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