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

Wali Zahid
January 9, 2021
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6 January 2021: List of 23 Pakistan CAA Category A countries that do not require a PCR test to enter Pakistan.

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 23 countries made by Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), you do not require the coronavirus PCR test to enter the country. 

The 6 January 2021 updated Govt of Pakistan list of Category A countries include Qatar, which was not included in earlier version.

If you are coming from a Category B country - which is virtually everyone else not on Category A list - you will require a mandatory negative coronavirus PCR test 96 hours before boarding a flight to Pakistan. This is what the latest (6 January 2021) Govt of Pakistan travel advisory for in-bound travel to Pakistan says.

In the 25 November travel advisory, Category C list was removed.

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 23 Pakistan CAA Category A countries that do not require a PCR test to enter Pakistan (Updated: 6 January 2021)

  1. Australia
  2. China
  3. Cote d'Ivoire
  4. Cuba
  5. Fiji
  6. Finland
  7. Ghana
  8. Iceland
  9. Iraq
  10. Madagascar
  11. Maldives
  12. Myanmar
  13. New Zealand
  14. Qatar
  15. Rwanda
  16. Saudi Arabia
  17. Singapore
  18. South Korea
  19. South Sudan
  20. Sri Lanka
  21. Togo
  22. Vietnam
  23. Zambia

Pakistan CAA Category B countries

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

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.