The government of Pakistan has placed a travel ban on seven African countries under the coronavirus standard operating procedures (SOPs). Meanwhile, according to a report on tribune.com.pk, the government has eased the restrictions on flights coming in from the United Kingdom.
According to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), there are three categories – A, B and C – in which countries are placed accordingly to contain the spread of COVID-19. Category A passengers do not require a Covid test, the ones in ‘B’ need a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test conducted 72 hours before travelling to Pakistan and the countries placed in ‘C’ must obtain clearance from the National Command and Control Centre (NCOC) prior to sending their flights to Pakistan.
On Saturday, CAA Director Air Transport Irfan Sabir issued a new travel guideline placing the African countries in Category C and imposing strict travel restrictions in view of the dangers of the spread of the virus.
The seven African countries: South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania, Zambia, Rwanda and Botswana, along with Brazil, Portugal, Colombia and Peru were included in Category C; while the CAA has removed UK from Category C and added it to ‘B’.
“All countries not specified in categories A and B, fall in Category B.”
In the notification, 20 countries, including Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia, have been placed in Category A, under which Covid tests are not required for passengers.