The Aviation Division on Friday said that passengers “to be airborne on direct flights to Pakistan from March 21 before 0501 hours (Pakistan Standard Time) would not be required to provide COVID-19 RT-PCR certificate”.
The NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) issued in this regard is aimed at extending the deadline from 5 am to 8 pm (March 21) and after that the provision of certificate would be mandatory for the international passengers arriving Pakistan, a spokesman for the Aviation Division clarified in a press release.
The relaxation was given by the aviation authorities following the request of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Air Marshal Arshad Malik.
It is pertinent to mention here that CAA had announced on March 17 to resume international flight operations from March 21 after equipping all the airports with necessary infrastructure and resources to ensure proper screening of the passengers for novel coronavirus.
In a step to stop the spread of COVID-19, the authority had closed five major airports of the country for international flights.
All the international arriving passengers to Pakistan will be required to provide a copy of test results for COVID-19 conducted during the 24 hours prior to boarding the flight.
The statement said and added that all airline operators are also directed to
The PIA head contacted secretary aviation today and requested to exempt Pakistanis from the submission of the certificate of RT-PCR test for coronavirus as the nationals were facing difficulties while arriving back from Britain, Canada and European countries.
CAA directed in its NOTAM, that allowed passengers ‘already airborne on direct flights for Pakistan prior to the time of effect’ March 21 (8:00 pm) would be allowed to disembark without the requirement of COVID-19 RT-PCR test result or certificate.
After that the provision of certificate would be mandatory for the international passengers arriving Pakistan, a spokesman for the Aviation Division clarified in a press release.