Pakistan will reduce the number of international flights into and out of its airports by 80 per cent to help curb rising Covid-19 cases, the government said on Saturday.
The restrictions will come into effect on 5 May and run to 20 May, Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority said in a statement, though it did not specify which flights or destinations would be affected by the measure.
The controls will be reviewed on 18 May, the government said in a statement endorsed by the National Command Operation Centrer (NCOC), which oversees Pakistan’s response to the pandemic.
The restrictions will be applied to chartered and private flights as well as scheduled services.
All international passengers upon arrival at Pakistani airports on remaining services would be required to undergo rapid antigen testing and also have to show an RT-PCR test conducted within 72 hours before boarding a Pakistan-bound flight.
Passengers with a negative Covid-19 test will still undergo self-quarantine at home for 10 days and those found positive will be shifted to a self-paid facility for the same period of time.
Inbound passengers will also need to download an app on to their phones to help monitor their movements.
There will be exemptions on these controls for children younger than 12 years old, disabled persons, high-level international dignitaries and Pakistani deportees.
Source: Civil Aviation Authority – Qatar