ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) stated on Monday that eight additional nations had been added to the ‘C’ category, which bans travel from those countries due to the risk of a new coronavirus strain emerging.
Six European nations, as well as Vietnam and Zimbabwe, are among the new eight countries. Pakistan has already placed restrictions on six African nations including Hong Kong due to a new Covid-19 version known as Omicron.
Category C presently includes the Netherlands, Hungary, Ireland, Croatia, Slovenia, Poland, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Hong Kong, Mozambique, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, and Botswana, according to NCOC.
This decision was taken by the NCOC in a meeting chaired by the organisation’s chief and Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar.
“Urgent travel from these countries to Pakistan will only be possible after getting a no-objection certificate from the special committee,” said the NCOC adding that all the passengers coming to Pakistan must be vaccinated.
The NCOC said all Pakistanis and foreigners above six-year-old will need to show result of the PCR test conducted within 48 hours before boarding the flight.
Earlier, the NCOC had directed the Aviation Division, airport management, and the Airport Security Force to devise a mechanism for screening passengers travelling from the category C countries via indirect flights and share its details with all the relevant departments.