Updates on Travel Advisories and Requirements due to COVID-19 outbreak
Last updated: May 2, 2021
Dear Valued Customers,
Due to the situation of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak globally, our regular international flight operations have been affected. We are working closely with authorities and we aim to gradually return to regular flight operations as soon as circumstances allow.
It is mandatory to provide personal contact information at the time of booking for all flights. Travel requirements and restrictions to your destination countries will be updated here.
TRAVELLING TO PAKISTAN
Prior to traveling to Pakistan, passengers must ensure the following requirements:
Pakistan CAA issued Travel Advisory, that has made PCR Test mandatory for ALL Inbound Passenger to Pakistan effective May 05, 2021 and in case any airline transport any passenger without RT-PCR test then the airline shall be liable to financial & administrative penalties as per Civil Aviation Rules.
Provision of information through PASS TRACK app is also mandatory effective May 01, 2021, for all passengers traveling to Pakistan, have to download and install PASS TRACK app from the Google Play Store / Apple Store and enter their personal details as required.
Passengers should ensure that they have uploaded their information on the app or have a printed copy of uploaded information generated by the app prior to issuance of boarding passes at the point of original embarkation.
PCR test conducted within the 72 hours prior to commencement of travel to Pakistan and following passengers shall be exempted from both RT-PCR testing and PASS TRACK app uploading requirement:
- Children below 12 years.
- Disabled passengers.
- High-level international delegations
- Pakistani Deportees and Crew shall only be exempted from Pak Pass Track App, however, RTPCR / Rapid Antigen Test shall be mandatory.
Passengers traveling to Pakistan from any country will be required to present an RT-PCR test before commencement of travel, conducted within the 72 hours prior to commencement of travel to Pakistan.
Category C Countries (Attached) are banned except for those given exemption by NCOC exemption committee.
Download and install PASS TRACK app on smartphone, available on Google and Apple playstores, and add enter personal details within 48 hours before arriving in Pakistan. Alternatively, passengers who do not have a smartphone can enter their details on the web portal: https://passtrack.nitb.gov.pk/login.
As per the Ministry of National Health Services, other COVID-19 tests that can be equivalent to RT-PCR tests are also allowed. Complete list available here.
All passengers are required to fill in the Personal Declaration of Origin and Health form and hand it over to the Health Department Staff present at the airport upon arrival.
TRAVELLING TO AFGHANISTAN
Passengers must have a negative PCR test report (test taken at least 96 hours prior). List of acceptable labs with barcodes clicks here. Passengers must carry 02 printed copies of COVID-19 test certificate (SMS, whatsapp / digital certificates are not acceptable). Passengers ensure that lab certificate must have details e.g. Destination, Test Type, Report Validity and same bears the stamp or signature. Children below 12 years of age are exempt.
In case the passenger does not have a PCR report, they will be tested on arrival at Kabul airport by Afghanistan Govt officials.
TRAVELLING TO BAHRAIN
1- In line with the directives of the National Task Force for Combating COVID-19 and the Bahrain Government,
all arriving passengers must complete the health declaration form and undergo a PCR test (at their own expense) upon arrival.
PCR negative test is mandatory for all Pax from the age of SIX (06) and above arriving in BAH, PCR test must have QR code and conducted not more than 48 hours before departure. List of acceptable labs with barcodes clicks here.
2- Arriving passengers must:
a. Download the "BeAware Bahrain" mobile app.
b. Pay BHD 36 for a series of PCR tests. The first test will take place on arrival and the second will take place five days later.
The third and final test will take place on the 10th day of your stay in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Payments can be made electronically through the app, the national portal, www.bahrain.bh, or via the payment machines located before Passport Control at the Arrivals Area.
c. Complete the immigration process.
d. Take the test and exit the terminal.
e. All arrivals should self-isolate until the PCR test results have been determined.
f. Children below the age of 6 are not required to undergo the PCR test.
Exemption from PCR Test:
Cabin crew, diplomatic staff, children under the age of 6, and those arriving from medical travel are exempt.
Temperature screening at BAH Airport
In line with the regulations issued by the National Taskforce for Combating the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and circular issued by Bahrain Civil Aviation Affairs (CAA), all passengers and airline staff are screened at all entry points of the airport and at travel gates. If a passenger has a high fever, the relevant authorities shall take further action.
Who is eligible to enter in the Kingdom of Bahrain
- At present, entry to the Kingdom is restricted to Bahraini citizens, residents, GCC citizens who don’t need visas.
- Passengers eligible to obtain a visa on arrival, passengers with a valid eVisa, diplomats, military personnel, airline crew, or holders of official, service or UN Passports.
TRAVELLING TO CANADA
Passengers are subject to self-isolation/quarantine for 14 days after arrival.
UNDERTAKING FORM for Passengers, All Passengers should fill and sign this form, it will be submitted at the check-in counter. For passengers below 12 years, their guardians should sign the form.
All passengers who are returning or traveling to Canada:
1- must submit their travel and contact information, quarantine plan and a COVID-19 symptoms self-assessment digitally via ArriveCAN, available as a mobile app or by signing in online through canada.ca/arrivecan. ArriveCAN confirmation receipt (either through mobile or printed confirmation) will be required at check-in counter and after arrival in Canada
2- Passengers must have a negative PCR test result for COVID-19, the test performed from any lab within 72 hours before flight departure. List of acceptable labs with barcodes clicks here. Passengers must carry 02 printed copies of COVID-19 test certificate (SMS, whatsapp / digital certificates are not acceptable). Passengers ensure that lab certificate must have details e.g. Destination, Test Type, Report Validity and same bears the stamp or signature. PCR test is applicable for all passengers of age 5 years and above.
PCR test result must include the following
• person's name and date of birth
• name and civic address of the laboratory that administered the test
• the date the specimen was collected
• the test method used; and
• the test results
PCR Test results of only those lab will be acceptable, which is having QR/ BAR Code verifying the details of PCR report.
3- Passenger boarding will be based on the health status at the airport before boarding, Heath check will include verification of fever, cough and breathing checks before boarding. If a passenger has an elevated temperature (more than 38 degrees Celsius), they will not be allowed to board a flight for Canada for the next 14 days.
4-If a passenger is holding a negative PCR result but has elevated body temperature, they must have proof (doctor's medical prescription) that their elevated temperature is not due to COVID-19. In the absence of such a document, passengers will not be allowed to board.
Effective February 22, 2021:
5- All air travellers, with some exceptions, will be required to take a COVID-19 molecular test when they arrive in Canada before exiting the airport, and another toward the end of their 14-day quarantine period with limited exceptions.
6- Air travellers, will also be required to reserve prior to departure to Canada, a 3-night stay in a government-authorized hotel. Travellers will be required to stay at their reserved hotel for up to 3 nights, at their own cost, while they await the results of their arrival test. Hotel booking information will be available online as of February 18, 2021. Travellers will need to book a hotel in the city in which they first arrive in Canada. For hotel reservation related information click here.
All passengers must read link pertaining to hotel reservations, and complete their bookings through their ArriveCan App before heading out for the airport. As per Canadian Transportation and Government of Canada's instructions, if hotel booking is not reflected in passenger ArriveCan app, penalties will be involved.
7- If they receive a negative result on their arrival test, they will be able to take a connecting flight to their final destination. There will be a number of hotels to choose from near each of the four international airports accepting international flights, in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal. Costs of these hotel stays may vary slightly at each location. It is up to the traveller to choose where they wish to stay and book in advance of departure. The price will include costs associated with the room, food, cleaning, infection prevention and control measures, and security as well as transportation.
8- These new measures are in addition to existing mandatory pre-boarding and health requirements for air travellers. Finally, at the same time on February 22, 2021, all travellers, whether arriving by land or air will be required to submit their travel and contact information, including a suitable quarantine plan, electronically via ArriveCAN before crossing the border or boarding a flight. All travellers arriving to Canada must also continue to submit COVID-related information electronically daily throughout the quarantine period. For a quarantine location to be deemed suitable, travellers cannot stay with at-risk subpopulations including people who work in hospitals or long-term care facilities, adults over the age of 65, or those who are immunocompromised or at risk for more severe disease outcomes. (PHAC Release 1 & PHAC Release 2)
9- All air travelers arriving in Canada required to take two COVID-19 molecular tests—one on arrival and one on day 10 of the 14-day quarantine period—both at their own cost. More details will be available in the coming days (Canada Travel Advisory)
10- Travellers entering Canada have a responsibility to make suitable arrangements for mandatory quarantine, which begins on the day they enter Canada. They are also required to submit COVID-19 related information electronically daily.
11- Failure to provide accurate information is an offense under the Quarantine Act. In addition, violating any quarantine or isolation instructions provided to travelers by a Screening Officer or quarantine officer when entering Canada is also an offense under the Quarantine Act and could lead to series of penalties, including six months in prison and/or
$750,000 in fines.
12- must wear a face mask during the entire journey, with the only exceptions of when eating, drinking or taking medicine. Children under 2 years of age are exempted.
13- will have to make a single confirmation that they
- do not have or suspect they have COVID-19.
- have not been denied boarding by an air operator in the previous 14 days due to a medical reason related to COVID-19.
- have and will wear a face mask during the flight
- understand that they may be refused to board if their temperature is elevated.
Passengers will be required to:
1- present their ArriveCAN confirmation (proof of digital submission) receipt.
2- confirm arrival at the address of their quarantine/isolation location within 48 hours of entry into Canada.
3- complete daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessments during quarantine period.
TRAVELLING TO CHINA
Passengers arriving in China by special flights from Pakistan are required to provide 02 Nucleic Acid tests for COVID-19 with a negative result, List of acceptable labs with barcodes clicks here. Passengers must carry 02 printed copies of COVID-19 test certificate (SMS, whatsapp / digital certificates are not acceptable). Passengers ensure that lab certificate must have details e.g. Destination, Test Type, Report Validity and same bears the stamp or signature. The first test is to be taken within 120 hours (5 days), and the second test is to be taken within 36 hours (3 days) prior to boarding.
Passengers taking regular commercial flights to China, or transferring from flights via other countries, are required to provide a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 with negative results within 3 days.
Designated testing institutions in Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore, and other requirements before traveling can be found here: http://pk.chineseembassy.org/eng/zbgx/t1800910.htm
Chinese passengers are required to show a green health code with an "HS" mark. Non-Chinese/foreigners are required to present the Health Declaration Form
Passengers must carry 02 printed copies of COVID-19 test certificate (SMS, whatsapp / digital certificates are not acceptable). Passengers ensure that lab certificate must have details e.g. Destination, Test Type, Report Validity and same bears the stamp or signature.
All passengers are required to board the flight with a printed copy of the Health Declaration Form (received back from the Chinese embassy with stamp and code of validity) within the validity period and cooperate with PIA for any further checking.
After arrival in China, passengers will be required to comply with and follow the epidemic prevention requirements and procedures of the local government.
TRAVELLING TO FRANCE
Passengers traveling from Pakistan will be allowed to enter France only for the reasons mentioned in the International Circulation Attestation form. Following documents are required prior to boarding flight:
- PCR test certificate with a negative result, taken less than 72 hours before the flight.
- Statement of Declaration that passenger does not show any symptom of COVID-19 and have no knowledge of being in contact with a COVID-19 case within 14 days before the flight.
- Public Health Passenger Locator form for contact information.
- International Circulation Attestation form to declare the purpose of travel to France.
PIA may subject passengers to temperature checks before boarding and will require passengers over 11 years of age to wear face masks.
Passengers wishing to travel to Metropolitan France must present the Certificate (Click Here) to the transport companies before boarding and to the border control authorities.
Failure to do so shall result in the passenger being denied boarding or access to the territory. Additionally, the following must be presented:
1) A sworn statement certifying the absence of COVID-19 symptoms and absence of any contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
2) A sworn statement to take an antigenic test or possibly undergo screening upon arrival.
3) A sworn statement to self-isolate for seven days, if necessary, in one of the facilities designated by the French authorities, along with a sworn statement to undergo a virological screening (PCR) test at the end of the isolation period.
4) For persons aged 11 years or more, a virological screening test (PCR) carried out less than 72 hours before boarding, showing no COVID-19 infection.
5) List of acceptable labs with barcodes clicks here. Passengers must carry 02 printed copies of COVID-19 test certificate (SMS, whatsapp / digital certificates are not acceptable). Passengers ensure that lab certificate must have details e.g. Destination, Test Type, Report Validity and same bears the stamp or signature.
TRAVELLING TO KOREA
All passengers traveling to Korea must have a negative PCR (COVID-19) test.
List of acceptable labs with barcodes clicks here. Passengers must carry 02 printed copies of COVID-19 test certificate (SMS, whatsapp / digital certificates are not acceptable). Passengers ensure that lab certificate must have details e.g. Destination, Test Type, Report Validity and same bears the stamp or signature.
TRAVELLING TO KUWAIT
Prior to boarding the flight, passengers must follow these procedures:
1- Download and sign in to the Shlonik app, available on Google and Apple playstores.
2- Must hold negative PCR test taken up to 96 hours prior to arrival in Kuwait.
3- List of acceptable labs with barcodes clicks here. Passengers must carry 02 printed copies of COVID-19 test certificate (SMS, whatsapp / digital certificates are not acceptable). Passengers ensure that lab certificate must have details e.g. Destination, Test Type, Report Validity and same bears the stamp or signature.
Further requirements are:
- Passengers to carry their PNR/booking reference, passport copy, CNIC, when visiting testing centers/labs, and contact PIA offices for confirmation of their test results.
- Cost of the PCR test and certificate will be borne by the passenger.
- Infants and children under 12 years are exempted from PCR testing if they are fit to travel and traveling with their parents who have tested negative.
All passengers traveling to Kuwait from Pakistan are subject to 14-days home quarantine after arrival.
TRAVELLING TO KYRGYZSTAN
PIA is operating special charter flights from Islamabad & Lahore to Bishkek. Pakistani citizens who hold any valid visa (student/visit/work) can travel to Bishkek.
All passengers must have a negative PCR test taken within 72 hrs. List of acceptable labs with barcodes clicks here. Passengers must carry 02 printed copies of COVID-19 test certificate (SMS, whatsapp / digital certificates are not acceptable). Passengers ensure that lab certificate must have details e.g. Destination, Test Type, Report Validity and same bears the stamp or signature. Which can be checked and verified by Kyrgyz authorities.
For booking and ticketing, passengers can contact M/S Educational Advisor Bishkek on the following contact numbers:
00971 - 523244474
00996- 709129905 / 700134458 / 704291246 / 501786786 / 709129905 / 508900400 / 555021718
TRAVELLING TO MALAYSIA
The Government of Malaysia has allowed the following categories of passengers to enter Malaysia, subject to approval from Immigration Malaysia. They may submit their entry permission request via MyEntry system from here: https://esd.imi.gov.my/portal/
- All expatriates (including categories I, II, III, RP-T, PVP, & Dependents)
- Maid visa for all above expatriates
- Spouse with Long Term Pass
- MM2H Visa - eff 5 Oct request to reenter Malaysia is subject to the approval of the Director General of Immigration. Passenger must register here for approval: Register Stranded MM2H Visa Holder
- Foreign students (*entry not allowed till 31 Dec 2020)
Exemptions (with required conditions) are as follows:
|- UN/WHO/UNDP passport holders will need entry approval from Director General of Immigration|
|- Seafarers who need to sing-on/sign-off the ship|
|- Operating airline crew must present general declaration for next flight operation|
|- Oil & gas industry crew will need entry approval from Director General of Immigration|
No travel restrictions or approvals apply to:
- Malaysian citizens (subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine to be observed as per SOP after arrival)
- Diplomats based in Malaysia and their dependents who have been issued with Exemption Order.
- Transit passengers with confirmed connecting flight (not requiring immigration clearance)
Please refer to the Entry and Quarantine Process for complete information and guidelines on what to expect before and after traveling to Malaysia.
1) Download the MySejahtera app on a smartphone, activate, and register at least one day before boarding a flight. The Health declaration form must also be completed in the MySejahtera app. More information on registration for MySejahtera ap here.
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia: www.kln.gov.my
- National Disaster Management Agency of Malaysia: www.nadma.gov.my
- Immigration Department of Malaysia: www.imi.gov.my
- Ministry of Health of Malaysia: www.moh.gov.my
- Ministry of Transport of Malaysia: www.mot.gov.my
- Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture of Malaysia: www.motac.gov.my
All passengers (including Malaysian nationals) will be expected to undergo screening procedures as follows:
1) Undergo a PCR test at the international entry points in Malaysia upon arrival. PCR test fees apply.
- Fees for Malaysian Residents: PCR test (MYR 150) + RTK test (MYR 30)
- Fees for Foreigners: PCR test (RM 250) + RTK test (MYR 30)
2) Present approval letter/email from the Malaysian Immigration Department. Malaysians and foreign nationals who exited during MCO on 18th March 2020 are not allowed to return during MCO without approval from DG Immigration.
3) Observe quarantine at government-designated quarantine centers and strictly adhere to the quarantine procedures set by the National Disaster Management Agency of Malaysia (NADMA) and the Ministry of Health (MoH). Quarantine rules are as follows:
- 07 days for passengers with PCR test (test taken within 72 hrs prior to departure).
- 10 days for passengers without PCR test.
Expenses of quarantine duration will be borne by the passenger, hence please ensure sufficient funds are available before departure:
- Fees for Malaysian Residents: Quarantine fee (MYR 150 per day)
- Fees for Foreigners: Quarantine fee (MYR 150 per day) and Management Charges (MYR 2600)
TRAVELLING TO OMAN
Following requirements and procedures will be applicable for passengers traveling to Muscat:
1) GCC & Omani citizens and residents with valid resident cards and valid visas are allowed to enter without any prior approval.
2) Effective 15 Feb 2021, 1200hrs.
i) visitors with new visas are allowed to enter Oman.
ii) MOFA approval is not required for non-Omani citizens. They must have international health insurance covering cost of treatment for COVID-19 for a period of at least one month.
iii) Passengers must have pre-confirmed hotel reservations for all arrivals on their flights covering the mandatory quarantine period (at least 7 nights) at their own expenses.
iv) Passengers arriving in Oman can book accommodation at any hotel in Oman, or take advantage of the list of hotels prepared and updated by the competent authorities for institutional isolation and published via the platform of (Oman Vs Covidl9).
Exemptions from presenting pre-confirmed hotel reservations for below passengers categories;
a) Diplomats working at foreign diplomatic missions accredited to the Sultanate, diplomats visiting the Sultanate and their families.
b) Arrivals under the age of 16, and arrivals at the age of 60 and above.
c) Aircrew, subject to the precautionary measures issued by the Ministry of Health.
d) Sick passengers who obtain an exemption in writing from the concerned Health Authorities due to their medical circumstances.
e) Holders of permits for private institutional isolation centers that are pre-approved by the Relief & Shelter Sector.
3) Negative COVID test result is required, with the test conducted within 72 hours prior to scheduled time of arrival in Oman. List of acceptable labs with barcodes clicks here. Passengers must carry 02 printed copies of COVID-19 test certificate (SMS, whatsapp / digital certificates are not acceptable). Passengers ensure that lab certificate must have details e.g. Destination, Test Type, Report Validity and same bears the stamp or signature.
All travelers are required to have international health insurance covering cost of treatment from COVID-19 for one month (except for citizens, GCC nationals and passengers with free treatment card)
4) Complete pre-registration via https://covid19.emushrif.om/traveler/travel for PCR test in Oman, pay OMR 25 test fees and download Tarassud+ app (available on Playstore/Appstore). Passengers will not be checked in if this requirement is not fulfilled.
All arriving passengers are subject to PCR test:
- Arrivals for a period of 1-7 days: PCR test on arrival
- Arrivals for a period of more than 7 days: PCR test on arrival + (Tarassud+) bracelet + quarantine of 7 days (bracelet must be worn & smartphone with app must be on during entire quarantine period) + PCR test on 8th day
- Children aged 15 and below are exempted from PCR testing and bracelet.
Travellers are required to self-report symptoms using the Tarassud app after arriving in Oman. After quarantine period is over, travellers will need to report to the nearest Ministry of Health Center and have the bracelet removed by health professionals.
TRAVELLING TO QATAR
Only the following categories of passengers are allowed:
1) Qatari citizens and GCC citizens, their spouses, children, parents, and companions under their sponsorship, who are holding a valid Qatari Residency Permit and traveling on the same flight, must travel with the Exceptional Entry Permit.
2) Permanent Residency holders.
3) Other residents with Exceptional Entry Permit.
Qatar Travel and Return Policy can be found in detail here: https://covid19.moph.gov.qa/EN/Pages/Qatar-Travel-Policyy.aspx
Prior to boarding a flight for Doha, passengers must hold the following documents:
1) Passport (with 06 months validity)
2) Qatar Residence Card
3) Exceptional Entry Permit. An application for an entry permit can be submitted through the Qatar portal website. (Validity of entry permit is one month from the date of issuance. After expiry a new application can be submitted)
4) Ehteraz app downloaded on their smartphones.
5) Health Assessment Form for Returning Travelers (to be completed before arrival in Qatar)
7) Reservation in any of the designated/approved hotels for quarantine in Qatar. To confirm the approved hotel booking, please visit the Discover Qatar website.
Minister of Health has mandated strict implementation of the following changes to travel policy for incoming travelers from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri-Lanka, and Philippines; this includes those who transit through other countries but whose original flight is from any of the aforementioned 6 countries (e.g. India – Kuwait – Doha):
With immediate effect, please observe and implement the following:
At 2:00am 28th April 2021, all PCR tests must have validity of 48hours before departure as stated in point #1 below.
All passengers whose original flight is from the said countries are subject to mandatory COVID-19 PCR Test done 48 hours before departure from the testing centers approved by their local health authority; Civil Aviation Authority and HIA are requested that all Airlines be required to strictly review the authenticity of the PCR certificate (and if possible stamp it with their seal of approval/review) before allowing any passenger to board the aircraft, no one should be allowed to board unless valid certificate is provided regardless if vaccinated against Covid-19, presence of immunity as a result COVID-19 infection within the past 6 months, age, or health condition.
- All passengers from the said countries must undergo a repeat COVID-19 PCR test in hotel quarantine or Mekhaines facility within one day of flight arrival.
- All passengers from the said countries must undergo 10 days quarantine in a dedicated quarantine facility, or 14 days if quarantine is at Mekhaines facility, regardless of previous vaccination or immunity against Covid-19; No one is allowed to use private quarantine for these passengers.
- All of the established criteria for hotel/home quarantine exemptions DO NOT APPLY to travelers from the said countries.
- Government employees from the different ministries and other governmental entities on official missions that are 72 hours or less will be subjected to the current protocols that are approved by MOPH.
- Medical Escort will be allowed to board the aircraft but they will be subject to conditions stated above in points # 2-4 on their return to Qatar.
- All passengers transiting through Qatar must have the mandatory pre-travel PCR test as mentioned in point 1, and in case they require another PCR test for their onward destination, they can avail it on standard fee of QAR 300/- per test.
(Exemptions for hotel quarantine who can self-quarantine at home: https://covid19.moph.gov.qa/EN/Pages/Countries-Classified-Low-Risk-of-COVID-19.aspx)
8) PCR test certificate copy. The test must be conducted within 48 hours before flight departure. List of acceptable labs with barcodes clicks here. Passengers must carry 02 printed copies of COVID-19 test certificate (SMS, whatsapp / digital certificates are not acceptable). Passengers ensure that lab certificate must have details e.g. Destination, Test Type, Report Validity and same bears the stamp or signature.
Children below the age of 12 years and infants who are travelling with the family members are exempt from PCR test, if their parents test negative and are fit to travel as per Qatar's Ministry of Public Health directions.
9) Polio vaccination certificate.
Passengers may be subjected to a COVID-19 test upon arrival at Doha airport. For more information regarding self-quarantine or hotel quarantine please refer to the Ministry of Public Health website https://covid19.moph.gov.qa
TRAVELLING TO SAUDI ARABIA
KSA has temporarily suspended entry into the Kingdom for passengers coming from 20 countries including Pakistan (Circular).
This does not apply to Saudi citizens, diplomats, health practitioners and their families.
This will be effective from Feb 03, 2021 (21:00Hrs)
Passengers flying to Saudi Arabia must fulfill the following requirements:
1- Be GCC citizens or non-Saudi holding a valid visa (exit/entry, residence/Iqama & visit) Tourist visa holders are not allowed. Visa status can be confirmed from here: https://muqeem.sa/#/visa-validity/check
2- Have negative PCR test result, test taken within 72 hours prior to the scheduled departure of the flight. Passengers will not be allowed to board otherwise. Children below 8 years of age are exempted. Check the complete list of approved labs for PCR test.
3- Passengers should bring in 02 copies of PCR Test reports which will verify by Check-In staff and will keep the report for the record.
4- Fill in and sign the Health Disclaimer Form and hand it over to the health control center upon arrival at the airport.
After arrival in Saudia, passengers must comply with the following protocols:
1- Download and register on Tatamman and Tawakkalna apps, available on Google and Apple playstores. Assign home location within 8 hours of arrival.
2- Undergo 7-day home-quarantine (negative PCR result at the end of quarantine period required).
3- Do daily health assessment in the Tatamman app and follow precautionary procedures as stated in the Health Disclaimer Form.
TRAVELLING TO THE UAE
Before travelling to the UAE, the following requirements are to be fulfilled:
1) Have approval to travel. Passengers must bring printout of acceptance/verification received.
For Dubai visa/GDRFA holders:
Holding re-entry permit - eligibility status can be verified from https://smart.gdrfad.gov.ae/PUBLIC_TH/StatusInquiry_New.aspx.
Not holding re-entry permit - eligibility status can be verified from https://smart.gdrfad.gov.ae/Smart_OTCServicesPortal/ReturnPermitServiceForm.aspx
For non-Dubai visa holders:
Eligibility status can be verified from https://uaeentry.ica.gov.ae.
Effective 12th Aug 2020, passengers with valid residency visa/permit do not require ICA approval to travel. If passenger has overstayed in Pakistan, they can travel subject to verification of visa status. If status is OK, travel is permitted. However, expired residency visa holder must have ICA approval and negative PCR certificate before traveling.
2) Must have negative PCR certificate taken at least 72 hours prior to flight departure, except DUBAI. For traveling to Dubai UAE residents, GCC citizens and visit visa holders required to do pre-travell PCR test at least 72 hours prior to the flight departure, List of acceptable labs with barcodes clicks here. Passengers must carry 02 printed copies of COVID-19 test certificate (SMS, whatsapp / digital certificates are not acceptable). Passengers ensure that lab certificate must have details e.g. Destination, Test Type, Report Validity and same bears the stamp or signature.
-Children below 12 years are exempted from the test.
PCR Test results of only those lab will be acceptable, which is having QR/ BAR Code verifying the details of PCR report.
3) Have valid health insurance (applicable for all passengers, tourist/visa on arrival/ transit/transfer) with COVID-19 cover.
4) Download Al Hosn app, available on Google and Apple playstores.
5) Fill in the Health Declaration Form prior to arrival at UAE and hand it over to the flight crew.
Passengers travelling to Sharjah must fill in the additional Sharjah Declaration Form. This form will be required at check-in.
Important! Visitors travelling to the UAE on visit visa must have at least AED 2000 (AED 100 per day for duration of stay) as show-money, return ticket and hotel booking/residential address, otherwise they will not be allowed to enter UAE.
(comprehensive chart for the above can be found here)
AFTER ARRIVAL: Passengers are required to wear face masks and will be subjected to thermal screening after arrival in the UAE. Effective 1st August 2020, a second PCR test upon arrival will be conducted for all passengers arriving in UAE from Pakistan.
For Abu Dhabi: Effective 14th Sept 2020, passengers arriving in Abu Dhabi must self-isolate/quarantine at home for 14 days, and will be required to wear a medical wristband for the duration. The wristband will be provided at the airport by the authorities after immigration. Passengers who hold a diplomatic passport or who are under 18 years of age are exempted. Some passengers may be subject to institutional quarantine.
Passengers wishing to go immediately to any other emirate from Abu Dhabi Airport, must travel by Airport Taxi only. Otherwise, the standard procedure post-arrival as mentioned above will apply.
TRAVELLING TO THE UK
Prior to boarding a flight from Pakistan, the following are required:
1) Negative COVID test report. test taken within 3 days before departure from Pakistan. More information here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-for-people-travelling-to-england
(There is a fine of GBP500 if the test result is not present). List of acceptable labs with barcodes clicks here. Passengers must carry 02 printed copies of COVID-19 test certificate (SMS, whatsapp / digital certificates are not acceptable). Passengers ensure that lab certificate must have details e.g. Destination, Test Type, Report Validity and same bears the stamp or signature.
2) All passengers arriving from countries not on the government's travel corridor list will to self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of test result.
3) Passenger contact details and address where they will self-isolate/quarantine in the UK to be provided in PNR/booking reference. More information here.
4) Public Health Passenger Locator Form to be completed at least 48 hours prior to arrival in the UK. Application form available here.
More information can be found here: Mandatory COVID-19 testing introduced to bolster border measures
Effective 15th Feb 2021, All arrivals from Pakistan (currently under 'other countries list') will require additional testing and declaration requirement which is as under,
- Passengers to pre-book Government managed PCR test package (this is additional to existing mandatory pre-departure tests)
- Tests on day 2 and day 8 at a package cost of £210
- Test booking must be entered on revised PLF
- The two mandatory tests do not shorten the 10 day self-isolation period
- Optional ‘Test to Release’ can be privately arranged after Day 5 to shorten self-isolation but the Day 8 Government test must still be taken
TRAVELLING TO EUROPE
NOTE: In view of EASA restrictions PIA has suspended its regular flight operations to UK and Europe. Steps are being taken to either directly restore operations or commence operations with a partner airline.
Updates on travel restrictions and other rules from/to Pakistan due to COVID-19 outbreak can be found here: Travel Updates and Information
Other countries' travel advisories can be found here: Travel Advisories - IATA Travel Centre
Effective from 25th March 2021 , in compliance with the health advisory issued by Health Department Gilgit-Baltistan , hereby notifies that Tourist having Valid COVID-19 Negative PCR certificates / Report shall be allowed to enter into GILGIT-BALTISTAN ( Skardu and Gilgit ). Clarification: PCR test should be conducted within 72 hours of flight departure to travel for Gilgit &Skardu . Further, Only Gilgit - Baltistan residents as per CNIC will be exempted . Moreover, all passengers ( Pakistani National & Foreigners ) are required to carry Negative PCR Test report at the time of travel. Children less than 12 years of age are exempt from the test . Approved NIH LABs details with Bar code Click Here
TRAVELLING TO GILGIT BALTISTAN
Effective from 25th March 2021 , in compliance with the health advisory issued by Health Department Gilgit-Baltistan , hereby notifies that Tourist having Valid COVID-19 Negative PCR certificates / Report shall be allowed to enter into GILGIT-BALTISTAN ( Skardu and Gilgit ).
PCR test should be conducted within 72 hours of flight departure to travel for Gilgit &Skardu . Further, Only Gilgit - Baltistan residents as per CNIC will be exempted . Moreover, all passengers ( Pakistani National & Foreigners ) are required to carry Negative PCR Test report at the time of travel.
Children less than 12 years of age are exempt from the test .
Approved NIH LABs details with Bar code Click Here