CAA takes important decision over flights from UK

CAA takes important decision over flights from UK

Islamabad: The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Monday extended restrictions on passengers coming from the United Kingdom for a week because of concerns over new variants of COVID-19.

On December 21, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) directed the CAA to impose restrictions after reviewing the situation of coronavirus mutation and its spread in the UK.

A number of countries have suspended travel from the UK because of concerns over the spread of the virus as they are recently recovering from the fallout of ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier, the new restrictions were imposed for a one week (December 22-29) and now these have been extended till January 4, 2021.

The restrictions will be applicable to all persons who originate travel from the UK and are in or have been in UK over the past 10 days.

Transit passengers (who do not leave airside in UK) from destinations other than UK will be allowed to travel into Pakistan while Pakistani passport holders, who have travelled to UK on visitor/temporary visas, will also be allowed enter the country with certain arrangements.

The inbound passengers will have to present negative PCR test, performed within 72 hours prior to flight, on arrival.

They will also undergo the test after arrival while passenger will be required to stay in the airport or in government facility until PCR test is received.

All passengers from the UK will be required to home quarantine for 7 days.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has been asked to issue necessary guidelines to all airlines for implementation of NCOC decisions.