Pakistan extends ban on flights from UK – go back and forth

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Pakistan on Monday extended the ban on flights from the United Kingdom for another week over fears of a new variant of the coronavirus which is reportedly spreading at a much faster rate.

The extension was once announced by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) after the government determined that the threat level regarding the virus from the United Kingdom had not reduced.

A communique sent by the CAA said: “The restrictions will remain in place till January 4, 2021, 2359 hours.” The restrictions could also be reviewed for further extension later.

First of all the ban was once imposed final week at the recommendation of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) and it was once to stay until the nighttime of December 29.

The restrictions introduced through the preceding communique are still in place. Pakistani passport holders who have travelled to the United Kingdom on visitor/transitory visas will be allowed to go back to the country but must show a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, conducted inside 72 hours prior to flight, according to the restrictions.

The passengers will also take a PCR test on arrival in Pakistan under arrangement with the Directorate of Central Health Establishment or regional health staff and will stay within the airport or in a government facility until the PCR test is taken.

They are going to observe a mandatory enforced home quarantine for seven days. The tip and test apply to all passengers arriving from the United Kingdom.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.)

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