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Travel Restrictions in Pakistan due to Covid-19

Pakistan authorities are forcing restrictions in almost 1,300 regions throughout the country as of June 17 to limit the spread of coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).

Authorities previously removed the travel restriction across the country, yet because of expanded COVID-19 activity, specialists are forcing measures in affected territories of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Sindh and Gilgit-Baltistan. Authorities have also distinguished 20 urban areas, including Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, Islamabad, and others, as potential COVID-19 hotspots and plan to implement restrictions in the coming days.

These restrictions include international flights, domestic flights, public transports, metro cab service in Lahore, and other cities. Some of these restrictions are discussed below:

Background and Analysis

The measures received by the government are like actions taken by other regional governments as of late because of the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a viral respiratory ailment caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 infection (recently known as 2019-nCoV).

Indications occur 1-14 days following exposure (normal of 3-7 days). These indications incorporate fever, weakness, cough, difficult breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure – particularly in those with hidden medical conditions. On March 11, the WHO proclaimed the continuous COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

International flights

Right now, Pakistan is allowing international flights having previously suspended them. From the international airports in Pakistan return flights to Germany are provided by commercial airlines.

In any case, the current international flight service might be changed at very short notification. This is because of high-security guidelines for incoming flights to follow so as to prevent further COVID-19 infections. To enter Pakistan, travelers are made to install the COVID-19 application on their cell phone.

Travelers need to show installation and enrollment to the respective airline during check-in. 

Pakistan authorities are allowing outbound international passenger flights from May 30. Outbound universal services will be permitted to continue at all international airports in Pakistan aside from those serving Gwadar (GWD) and Turbat (TUK).

Inbound global business passenger flights stay prohibited until further notification, with the exception of Pakistani citizens. Authorities are extending the validity of visas for foreign nationals in Pakistan through Aug 31. Cargo flights, emergency flights, and repatriation flights are unaffected.

While air travel limitations stay in place, Pakistani authorities have started opening border crossings with Iran and Afghanistan for trade – mostly of fundamental products – and trade of stranded residents. Authorities have shut the Attari-Wagah border with India, aside from repatriation.

Public Transport and train services among India and Pakistan stay suspended. Any incoming travelers to Pakistan, including Pakistani nationals, are encouraged to self-isolate for about fourteen days or are ordered to undergo a 14-day quarantine at home or in a clinical office, in view of medical screening results.

Information on entry requirements for Pakistan

As indicated by Pakistani health specialists 14-days of quarantine are compulsory for all travelers showing up to Pakistan. This applies to all travelers regardless of whether the traveler is showing COVID-19 symptoms. All travelers must be set up for medical checks upon arrival. 

Extension of validity of visas

Pakistani authorities have declared on 12 June that all kinds of visas given to foreign nationals, who are presently in Pakistan, will be considered as valid until 31st August 2020.

Restrictions on movement in Pakistan

In Islamabad Capital Territory just as in the territories Balochistan, Sindh, Punjab, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa various degrees of restrictions of movement are in force. These differ from region to region and might be relaxed or stepped up without prior warning depending on the current occurrence of disease. Cafés, tourist places, shopping centers, and many rental car companies stay closed, groceries and drug stores are open.

Advice

The following things are advised to follow during these travel restrictions and coronavirus pandemic.

  • Confirm travel arrangements. 
  • Follow all official instructions. 
  • Obey national health and safety measures. 
  • Reconfirm all business appointments, deliveries, and travel arrangements. 
  • Contact with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. 
  • Make sure alternative plans account for further troublesome measures or extensions of current limitations.
  • Re-examine and reconfirm non emergency health appointments. 
  • Make sure you have access to essential items. 
  • Avoid all large gatherings; notice security and traffic warnings.
  • Emphasize basic health precautions, particularly frequent hand-washing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. 
  • Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette.
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