In response to current global and regional disease patterns, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) reported on Saturday that inbound international flights to Pakistan would be cut by 20% from May 5 to May 20.

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There will be no changes to the current Category C list nations, according to a notice provided by the NCOC.

The communique mentioned, “Pakistani passport holders (stranded / short term visa) are eligible to travel to Pakistan subject to exemption by the committee as per procedures in effect.”

The NCOC also specified monitoring and quarantine procedures for inbound flights to Pakistan, which include a mandatory negative RT PCR test performed 72 hours prior to departure.

Rapid Antigen Testing will be required upon arrival at airports throughout the world, with negative cases subjected to a 10-day self-quarantine at home under strict TTO protocols.

“Positive cases will be transferred by Provincial/District Administration to a self-pay facility for a 10-day quarantine with TTO of communications (if any),” according to the NCOC.

“On the eighth day of the quarantine period, an RT PCR test will be performed. If the result is negative, the passenger will be allowed to return home. In the event of a positive result, the passenger will either be subjected to an additional quarantine time or be sent to a doctor on the recommendation of health officials.”

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On May 18, the NCOC will review the travel restrictions. It was unclear which routes and airlines would be affected right away.

Processions on the occasion of Youm-e-Ali have also been barred by the NCOC. Majalis would be allowed, but only if Covid-19 SOPs were strictly followed.

Authorities recorded 4,696 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and 146 deaths in the past 24 hours on Saturday.

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