The latest UK travel restrictions
The government currently advises to avoid all but essential travel to Pakistan, and there are numerous areas in the country where it recommends against travelling there at all. There’s a complete list of essential–only areas and places where it’s strongly cautioned not to travel to on the official government website here.
Entry requirements to Pakistan were updated on 5th October, and, as with most other places, a mandatory Covid-19 PCR test must be taken within 96 hours of travel. The UK is NOT exempt from this, unlike some countries. You can book a Covid-19 PCR test with us here, and we provide in-clinic Coronavirus testing across the UK or a mail test kit service.UK Passengers flying out to Pakistan will also have to fill in personal details on the Pakistan government Pass Track web portal and will be required to present a paper print at check-in. Without this, you won’t be able to board the flight. All passengers over the age of 12 have to provide contact information through the Pass Track portal/App and another health declaration forms may be required on arrival.
Flight, airline, and airport rules
International flights have recently been made operational to and from all airports in Pakistan, with strong screening and administrative measures at both land and seaports.
Government guidelines state that all international air passengers travelling to Pakistan are subject to screening for COVID-19 symptoms on arrival, including thermal screening. If you do not have symptoms, you will be allowed to proceed to through border patrol and on to your destination. However, you will be required to have a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of arrival and submit the results of the test to the authorities. If the test is positive you will have to self-isolate in line with Pakistan’s guidelines.
However, the Pakistan government also suggests that passengers, symptomatic and asymptomatic alike, should self-isolate for ten days on arrival.
For specific information related to your journey, we advise checking the latest updates and information on your airline and destination airport website,
Public transport has restarted across Pakistan with some restrictions. There are mandatory procedures for public transport including social distancing and restrictions on numbers of passengers. You must wear a face covering when in public across Pakistan including on public transport, punishable by fine. There are transportation websites for numerous cities with more information
Weddings, gathering and event restrictions
If you’re heading to Pakistan for a wedding, services are once again allowed to take place. Under the revised guidelines, 300 people are allowed for indoor and 500 for outdoor events. These can last for two hours but have to be finished by 10 pm. Moderate to Large gatherings of up to 100 guests are allowed, as long as people remain 6 feet apart in moderate risk areas.
High-risk areas are only allowed smaller, outdoor gatherings and ceremonies of less than 25 guests who have to remain 6 feet apart. It’s worth taking a look at the official Pakistan government guidelines if you’re planning to attend any events, to comply with local restrictions.
Shopping, dining, and entertainment
If your trip to Pakistan is for pleasure, while it’s imperative to follow UK government guidelines of what Coronavirus hotspot areas to avoid unless absolutely necessary, a number of business and leisure outlets have recently allowed to reopen. On the list is: Hotels, restaurants and cafes, parks and grounds, cinemas and theatres, hair and beauty salons, non-contact sports, sports clubs and gyms, shrines (for permitted gatherings), tourism, public transport with SOPs. Educational institutions, marriage halls, business and expo centres. Both businesses and consumers have to follow strict distancing and health and safety measures at each venue. There’s comprehensive information for every type of venue, event and gathering here.
Covid-19 test centres and hospitals
If you’re planning a trip to Pakistan for any length of time, you should at some point head to a testing centre, as per Pakistan government guidelines. There’s a list of centres and advice available on their official website (under facilities), alongside clinics and hospital locations for each area should you require assistance or think you may have contracted Covid-19.
Returning to the UK
When returning to the UK, Pakistan is still on the list of countries where you must self-isolate for at least 14 days. Ensure you make extra time for customs on both sides, as there’s undoubtedly extra health and safety measures and procedures to follow. Again, it’s worth checking with your travel provider and airports for confirmation.