ISLAMABAD – The federal authorities suspended operation of all worldwide flight together with chartered and personal flights to Pakistan for 2 weeks from Saturday night.
The federal government additionally suspended all worldwide flights coming to Pakistan for 2 weeks and this contains all flight carriers, not simply PIA. Nevertheless, diplomats and particular/cargo aircrafts are exempted from the situations. However they are going to be subjected to applicable well being screenings on arrival. They can be remoted / quarantined as per recommendation of well being professionals, mentioned the Aviation Division’s journey advisory issued on Saturday.
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the backdrop of unfold of Coronavirus and after fastidiously analyzing all of the choices. In keeping with the journey advisory, the suspension of flights can be efficient from 21st March 2020 (2000 hrs PST) to 4th April 2020 (2000 hrs PST). “This is a temporary suspension imposed due to exceptional circumstances. Upon resumption of international passenger, chartered and private flights to Pakistan, RT-PCR test certification from points of origin will not be mandatory,” it mentioned.
The Division mentioned that the WHO has declared COVID-19 as a pandemic as a lot of the nations have now reported instances of COVID-19. It mentioned the federal government is making all out efforts to cope with a quickly evolving state of affairs which is a problem, not just for Pakistan however the entire world. Proactive, complete and coordinated steps proceed to be taken to curtail the unfold of COVID-19, with a view to making sure security and safety of our nationals and other people touring to and from Pakistan, the journey advisory mentioned.
The Aviation Division mentioned because the state of affairs evolves; the federal government continues to evaluation the measures/ preparations in place, together with the WHO suggestions to maintain its inhabitants protected. “The Government of Pakistan is fully committed to ensuring the safety and security of its people. COVID-19 is a global challenge entailing a global response. Individual responsibility is critical for collective security. Your safety lies in keeping others safe,” mentioned the advisory additional.
Earlier within the day, PIA had mentioned that it was cancelling all its worldwide flights in accordance with the directives of presidency of Pakistan efficient from eight PM, 21 Mar 2020 until 28 Mar 2020. “PIA is taking serious safety measures during this pandemic. Aircraft are sanitized & disinfected before each flight. Gloves & masks are mandatory while handling passengers. Only a single customer is allowed at check-in counter which is sanitized each time,” it mentioned.
Worldwide flights to Pakistan suspended for 2 weeks