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Do I need a Covid-19 test for travel to Pakistan?

Wali Zahid
Apr 5, 2021
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Do I need a Covid-19 test for travel to Pakistan?
5 April 2021: List of 20 Pakistan CAA Category A countries that do not require a PCR test to enter Pakistan. Valid till 20 April.

Are you traveling to Pakistan from abroad and need to inquire if you need a mandatory negative coronavirus/Covid-19 test - also called PCR test - before boarding a plane?

It depends on which country you are coming from.

If you are coming from a Category A country, a list of 20 countries made by Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), you do not require the coronavirus PCR test to enter the country. 

If you are coming from a Category B country - which is virtually everyone else not on Category A list, except for 22 Category C countries - you will require a mandatory negative coronavirus PCR test 72 hours before boarding a flight to Pakistan. This is what the latest (4 April 2021) CAA travel advisory for in-bound travel to Pakistan says.

Travel from 22 Category C countries is restricted and can only be allowed on criteria approved by high-level government committee, NCOC.

Before arriving in Pakistan all international travellers are required to fill in the Personal Declaration of Health and Origin and hand it over to the Health Department Staff upon arrival at the airport.

List of 20 Pakistan CAA Category A countries that do not require a PCR test to enter Pakistan (Updated: 4 April 2021)

  1. Australia
  2. Bhutan
  3. China
  4. Fiji
  5. Japan
  6. Kazakhstan
  7. Laos
  8. Mongolia
  9. Mauritania
  10. Morocco
  11. Myanmar
  12. Nepal
  13. New Zealand
  14. Saudi Arabia
  15. Singapore
  16. South Korea
  17. Sri Lanka
  18. Tajikistan
  19. Trinidad and Tobago
  20. Vietnam

This list is valid from travel during 6-20 April 2021.

Pakistan CAA Category B countries

Every country that is not listed in Pakistan CAA Category A or C is included in Category B. For example, USA, UK, Germany, Italy, UAE, Bahrain are all Category B countries.

22 Pakistan CAA Category C countries

  1. South Africa
  2. Botswana
  3. Ghana
  4. Kenya
  5. Comoros
  6. Mozambique
  7. Zambia
  8. Tanzania
  9. Rwanda
  10. Brazil
  11. Peru
  12. Colombia
  13. Chile
  14. Eswatini
  15. Zimbabwe
  16. Lesotho
  17. Malawi
  18. Seychelles
  19. Somalia
  20. Suriname
  21. Uruguay
  22. Venezuela

Need more details? You can download these documents:

COVID-19 SOPs for international arriving passenger flights PDF

For more information:

Pakistan CAA travel advisory

Pakistan govt Covid website

PIA travel advisory for all destinations

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Wali Zahid

Wali Zahid is a longtime China watcher and a Pakistan futurist. An award-winning journalist, he writes on issues of significance to Pakistan and CPEC & BRI.

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