CAA updates Covid advisory, int’l travel categories

KARACHI: The Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan on Tuesday updated its Covid advisory and A & B categories for international travel, which will come in effect from Wednesday (tomorrow).

It has notified the new categories, A & B, for international travels wherein 23 countries now qualify in the former category, which means people traveling to Pakistan from category A will not have to take the mandatory pre-boarding Covid test.

China, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, and Australia are among the A-category countries according to CAA.

However, those coming from countries in the B travel category will have to make sure a negative Covid PCR report at maximum of 90 hours prior to boarding. The rest of Covid SOPs will remain the same and their implementation will be mandatory, the CAA said.

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On Monday, CAA had issued travel restrictions for the passengers coming in from the United Kingdom (UK) and South Africa in view of a second novel coronavirus wave amplified by a newly detected Covid strain found hastily transmissible across Britain.

According to the then CAA advisory on inbound travel from UK and South Africa, any Pakistan passport holder with a business visa, visitor visa or transit visa can board Pakistani-bound UK and South Africa flight on a condition they test Covid negative in a PCR test conducted 72 hours prior to flight.

Diplomats and their families may also travel to Pakistan from the UK and South Africa while in possession of a negative coronavirus test within 72 hours prior to flight.

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