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Pakistan



COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): High -

Inbound travel significantly restricted for most travellers.

Only citizens and those who meet certain criteria for exemption  may enter. Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Low -

COVID-related precautions and restrictions causing some inconvenience to business operations. Most businesses are operating.

Both essential and non-essential businesses are operating, though outbreaks may impact medical and/or logistic factors  and cause disruption, often at short notice. Pre-existing security risks likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns in the near/medium term, though these disruptions will not affect the stability of the overall security environment. Elective surgery may not be accessible at times and VERY HIGH and HIGH Medical Risk Rated countries will be under pressure. Basic elements of BCPs – such as reduced or staggered staffing, social distancing, limited face to face interaction – may be active, with clear escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundEntry rules

• Inbound travel for local nationals / residents + “third country” nationals

There is a ban on travel for those from Category C countries https://www.caapakistan.com.pk/upload/CAT%20C%20UPDATED%20LIST%20May%2022.pdf except for “compelling reasons”. Nature of Emergency, Passenger Travel Documents, Travel Itineraries and Supporting Documents may be sent to icao.aviation.pk@gmail.com for consideration of exemption cases by the Exemption Committee.

C countries are Argentina, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Maldives, Mexico, Namibia, Nepal, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia and Uruguay.

Pakistanis from category C countries to travel to their homeland without an exemption letter.
Non-Pakistani passengers and foreigners travelling to Pakistan from category C countries would require an exemption letter as per procedure.


Flights to Gwadar (GWD) and Turbat (TUK) are suspended
(Until further notice)
Land borders with Afghanistan have opened for commercial activities, pedestrian traffic is being permitted once a week on Saturdays. Travellers are required to abide by strict access control measures.
(Until further notice)
• Testing requirements
• Who needs to test? + Type of test and timeframe
- All inbound travellers over the age of 12 need to take an RT-PCR test 72-hours prior to their departure. Exemptions for Disabled passengers, high-level international delegations, Pakistani deportees
- Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) will be carried out on all passengers on arrival to Pakistan at airports.
• Negative cases will be required to undergo ten days of home quarantine.
• Positive cases will be required to enter a self-paid facility for ten days of quarantine. A second RT-PCR test will be conducted on the eighth day of quarantine. If negative, they will be allowed to exit the facility.
(Until further notice)
The Mirjaveh border connecting Balochistan with Iran has reopened to cargo traffic, but remains closed to pedestrians.
(Until further notice)
The Wagah-Attari border crossing between Punjab province and India is closed until further notice, except for repatriation-related movement.
(Until further notice)
Quarantine requirements
• Who must quarantine and for how long?
- Travellers from India are subject to a ten-day mandatory quarantine upon arrival.

• Exemptions
- Road transport workers, border workers and residents whose regular lives involve travelling within 30km of each side of the border are exempt from most measures. Road transport workers however have a separate set of regulations to comply with. These can be found online here: https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Deplacement-des-transporteurs-routiers-internationaux
(Until further notice)
From 7 November, the Chinese embassy and consulate general in Pakistan will not issue Health Code or Health Declaration Form to passengers who travel to China via connecting flights.
(Until further notice)
COVID-19 Documentation Required
Registration on PassTrack required https://passtrack.nitb.gov.pk/login
(Until further notice)
Transit
• Testing requirements for transit by Air
No separate instructions have been issued for transit by air.
(Until further notice)
Summary
• Are there any border restrictions? Yes
• Are there any entry restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? Yes
• Are there any vaccination requirements? No
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? Yes
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)
OutboundExit rules
• Outbound travel for local nationals / residents + “third country” nationals (non-resident)
There are no restrictions on outbound passengers from the country
(Until further notice)
The Chaman and Torkham crossing with Afghanistan has reopened to cargo and returning Pakistani nationals.
(Until further notice)
Mirjaveh border crossing in Sistan and Baluchistan province located on Iran-Pakistan frontier has reopened for cargo traffic, but remains closed to pedestrians.
(Until further notice)
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) announced an increase in the number of its international flights for Afghanistan, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan.
(Until further notice)
Canada has suspended flights to/from Pakistan for a period of 30 days.
(Until further notice)
UAE restricts entry for all passengers from Pakistan until 7 July. This includes those who have visited the country in the last 14 days. Diplomats, UAE nationals and Golden visa holders are exempt from this decision, who are required to take RT-PCR test not more than 48 hours before the departure.
Cargo flights remain unaffected.
(Ends 7 July 2021)
Summary
• Are there any border restrictions? Yes
• Are there any exit restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any quarantine requirements? No
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)
Internal / Domestic• All types of indoor dining to remain closed. However, outdoor dining is permitted until 22.00.
• All commercial activities (less essential services) to be closed by 20.00.
• Two days in a week to be observed as a holiday.
• Gatherings with the upper limit of 300 persons will be allowed with strict adherence to SOPs.
• Shrines and cinemas to remain closed.
• All cultural festivals will remain banned across the country.
• All indoor events will remain banned. However, outdoor marriage functions will be allowed until 22.00.
• Parks, except jogging tracks, will remain closed.
• 50% work from home policy will continue (including all public/private offices and courts).
• 50% of passengers are allowed for intra-city travel.
• 70% of passengers are allowed to travel in trains.
• SOPs to be followed at tourist places.
• Schools to be closed in all districts with positivity rates higher than 5%
• Markets will close at 18.00, and only shops selling essential goods will be allowed to remain open until late
• Indoor and outdoor dining has been banned for the month of Ramadan
• Indoor gyms to remain closed
• Offices to close at 14.00 with 50% staff to work from home
• The government will make a detailed policy on testing and quarantine of people coming from abroad
(until further notice)
Despite the partial resumption of rail services on major routes, some provincial authorities have maintained a ban on all inter-district and inter-provincial movement. Persons must carry identification documents at all times, as they may be subject to checks by law enforcement. Security personnel remain deployed at major train stations in Lahore, Multan, Rawalpindi (all Punjab), Karachi, Peshawar (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) and Quetta (Balochistan).
(Until further notice)

Other social distancing measures •

More information on internal restrictions can be found at the following link: https://ncoc.gov.pk
(Until further notice)
Restrictions are allowed to ease in sectors deemed by the government as ‘low risk’. These include e-commerce related to exports and local delivery of essential items, chemical manufacturing plants, software development and programming, paper and packaging, cement and fertiliser plants, mining, glass manufacturing, approved exports-related industries, veterinary services, laundry services, stationery shops and industries where labourers remain within a premise.
(Until further notice)
Motorways have reopened.
(Until further notice)
Balochistan province: Smart lockdown imposed until 1 may 2021 across Balochistan. International borders with Afghanistan and Iran closed for travel, movement to be permitted only in cases of emergencies. Inter provincial travel continues to remain suspended. All businesses, markets, and shopping malls to remain closed on weekends. markets and offices permitted to operate until 18.00 on weekdays. Ban on all indoor and outdoor gatherings to remain in place.
(Until further notice)
Gilgit-Baltistan: An indefinite 'home lockdown’ is in effect. Grocery stores, pharmacies and other essential services remain open, while inter-district and intra-city public transport is suspended and non-essential shops are closed.
(Until further notice)
Islamabad: Commercial activities are suspended after 20.00. Exemptions are granted to pharmacies/medical stores, medical facilities, vaccination centres, petrol pumps, tandoors (bakers), milk/dairy shops, small commodity stores, fruit/vegetable and dry fruit shops, opticians, takeaways/home deliveries from restaurants, e-commerce (home delivery) and utility services.

All commercial activities are restricted on Saturdays and Sundays excluding the abovementioned activities.

Indoor weddings and functions are completely suspended. Outdoor weddings are allowed with a maximum of 150 guests.

Indoor dining will remain suspended. Outdoor dining, including food courts in malls, are allowed to operate until 23.59 daily.

Amusement parks, swimming pools and water sports will be allowed but will be subject to capacity restrictions.

Masks are mandatory in Islamabad.

All offices are now allowed to operate with 100% attendance.

Cinemas/theatres will remain closed.

Shrines will remain closed.

Outdoor and indoor gatherings remain suspended.

All types of public transport will operate at 70% capacity.

All gyms and indoor courts (tennis, badminton, squash etc.) will be allowed to open only for vaccinated individuals and members.

Some sectors have restrictions on movement under smart lockdowns.

Only those with work in essential services and negative COVID-19 test certificates will be allowed to enter and leave the areas under smart lockdown. The authorities have deployed health teams to investigate these areas and will require that the teams give appropriate clearance before the lockdowns are lifted.
(Until further notice)
Most businesses in Punjab province are allowed to resume operations with COVID-19 precautions in place. Public and private offices throughout the province are required to ensure that not more than 50% of staff work at offices. The authorities have imposed 'smart lockdown' measures in areas where COVID-19 cases are reported. The 'smart lockdown' has been imposed in areas of six cities - Bahawalpur, Bhakkar, Lahore, Multan, Rawalpindi and Sargodha.

Under the smart lockdown, a stay-at-home order has been implemented. All shopping malls, restaurants, offices are closed. People can only leave their houses for essential purposes. Essential services such as pharmacies and hospital remain open. Most shops selling essential items are allowed to open from 07.00 to 19.00, while other grocery stores and petrol pumps can open from 09.00 to 19.00. A ban on all gatherings is in place in smart lockdown areas and throughout Lahore. More than 50 areas of Lahore have been affected by the "smart lockdown" measures. A detailed list of these areas can be found here: https://docs.google.com/viewerng/viewer?url=https://e.thenews.com.pk/pdf-data/Most.pdf

All amusement parks are to be closed.
Indoor weddings completely banned; outdoor weddings allowed with a 300 guests limit.
Restaurants are to allow outdoor dining till 22.00.
All businesses to close at 20.00 on Saturdays.
Inter-city public transport facilities will be allowed to function at 50% capacity.
Retail shops are to operate with 70% of staff.

Smart lockdown in areas of Rawalpindi, Taxila and Gujar Khan till 27 April. Inter-district public transport in the province has been banned from 10 till 15 May.
(Until further notice)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province: The province will permit all sectors to operate except marriage halls and educational institutions. All forms of public transport are also permitted to resume operations.
(Until further notice)
Sindh province:

Broader lockdowns in areas reporting more than 8% COVID positivity rates. Social distancing and masks are mandatory in public and private offices and all public places.

All gatherings prohibited, with complete closure of cinemas, theatres and shrines. Offices allowed to operate are required to operate at 50% capacity.

Commercial/business activity is allowed from Sehri (pre-fast meals during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, approximately 04.00) until 18.00 except for essential services such as hospitals, medical stores, clinics, petrol pumps etc. These businesses must remain closed on weekends. Amusement parks to be closed by 18.00.

Weekend lockdowns to be observed on Saturdays and Sundays, with essential shops and services permitted to operate.

There is a complete ban on indoor and outdoor weddings functions. Amusement parks are closed but walking and jogging tracks remain open.

Intercity public transport is non-operational during weekends until 26 April. Outdoor dining permitted from Iftar (post-fast meals, approximately 18.45) until 23.59, with takeaway allowed until Sehri.

Above restrictions extended until 16 May 2021.

Karachi:

Two week micro smart lockdowns imposed in:
Liaquatabad – C, C-1
North Karachi – sectors 2, 25-A, B-14, D-7 and D-11
North Nazimabad – blocks L, N

Public transport, gatherings, and pillion riding remains suspended. Only grocery stores and pharmacies are allowed to operate. Residents' movement is restricted, only one attendant permitted with a patient. Face masks compulsory in public.

Non-essential movement not permitted beyond 20.00 everyday.
(Until further notice)
The National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) has announced that additional measures must be implemented in cities and districts where the COVID-19 infection count has exceeded 2%, effective from 29 October. Under the new measures, all commercial places including markets, shopping malls and restaurants will close by 22.00 (local time). In addition, all amusement and public parks will close by 18.00. The new directive will be enforced in 11 cities including Hyderabad, the capital Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Peshawar, Quett and, Rawalpindi.
(Until further notice)
It is mandatory to wear masks in public places including public transport and restaurants. Masks must be worn in all offices, both government and private.
(Until further notice)
The National Command Operation Centre (NCOC) has issued a notification with further relaxations to existing restrictions:

• A time-limit has been lifted from commercial activities and amusement parks.

• A condition of 50% work from home has been removed for office employees.

• Indoor wedding ceremonies will be allowed from 15 March with stringent COVID-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) in place.

• Indoor dining will be allowed from 15 March subject to a review on 10 March.

• The opening of cinemas and shrines will be allowed with strict COVID-19 SOPs in place from 15 March.

• Face masks, social distancing and smart lockdowns will continue to be enforced.

• From a health perspective, the conduct of local bodies and cantonment board elections may be planned by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) by the end of May or early June.

• Spectators' attendance at the Pakistan Super League (PSL) Pool matches will be increased to 50 % from the current 20%. Full attendance will be allowed for play-offs with stringent COVID-19 SOPs in place.
(Until further notice)
Lahore: Wearing masks in public is mandatory.
Sectors G-6/2, Sector G-9/1, G-10/4, Sectors I-8/3 and I/8-4 have been declared COVID-19 hotspots and have been sealed.
(Until further notice)
Summary
• Is a state of emergency in place? No
• Are curfews/lockdowns in place? Yes
• Can businesses operate? Yes
• Are there other restrictions on internal travel? No
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any vaccination requirements? No
• Are there any other restrictions in place? Yes
(Until further notice)
Planned changes and internal conditionsSummary - Changes to the following measures:
• Border restrictions? No
• Entry restrictions? No
• Testing requirements? No
• Quarantine requirements? No
• Vaccination requirements? No
• Transit restrictions? No
• COVID-19-related documentation required? No
• Restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Internal restrictions? Yes
• Outbound restrictions? No
• Other restrictions? No

• Outdoor restaurants to open daily until 23.59.
• Tourism sector to operate with COVID-19 protocols.
• Educational institutes to open in districts with less than 5% positive cases.
(Until further notice)

23 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)





Risk Summary

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Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Pakistan

COVID-19 information for Pakistan

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Pakistan is a high-risk security environment for business travellers and expatriates. Terrorism is a serious threat across the country; foreigners have been targeted in attacks, including in the capital Islamabad, while regular militant operations against government and security force targets pose a significant indirect risk nationwide. Fighting between tribal militias, insurgents and the security forces has destabilised large parts of the country, particularly border areas with Afghanistan.

Crime rates are particularly high in Karachi, Hyderabad (both Sindh province) and rural areas of Sindh; there are also high levels of banditry in rural Sindh. Sectarian tensions between Shia and Sunni Muslim communities can result in sporadic bomb attacks and rioting, particularly in Quetta (Balochistan province), parts of Punjab province and Karachi. Anti-government protests are common, some of which descend into violence or are extremely disruptive.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.

STANDING TRAVEL ADVICE

Vaccinations For Pakistan
CholeraOral vaccination is recommended for travellers
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Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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Japanese encephalitisVaccine is recommended for people who will
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PolioTo protect themselves from polio, all travellers
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RabiesConsider for certain travellers, especially: For
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Typhoid feverRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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Yellow feverA yellow fever vaccination certificate is
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Routine Vaccinations

 
 
 
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