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The Government of Pakistan is working diligently to ensure that our citizens are brought back to the country. Please be assured that we are working to bring back our people from all countries around the world, including places that have not yet been catered to. As the situation, evolves we will keep you updated on the steps we are taking. Please see below air travel related decisions taken so far in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

DateForumDecision
13th March, 2020
National Security Committee
International flights only allowed at the Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad airports; additional screening and administration instituted at airports.
14th March, 2020
National Coordination Committee
International flights restricted to Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad airports. Quarantine centers will be established near Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore airports. Domestic travellers will be screened on both arriving and departing locations.
17th March, 2020
National Coordination Committee
With effect from 21st March, 2020, all international arriving passengers to Pakistani Airports will be required to provide a copy of their RT-PCR test certification conducted during the 24 hours prior to boarding the flight.
17th March, 2020
National Coordination Committee
PIA will have ferry flights for the next three days (17th-19th March) to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to bring Pakistani pilgrims back to Pakistan.
20th March, 2020
National Coordination Committee
All Inbound air travel to Pakistan will be suspended / closed for two weeks, with the exception of diplomatic travel and cargo aircrafts with effect from 21st March, 2020. Upon resumption of international air travel, the COVID-19 RT-PCR test will not be mandatory.*

*24th March - 4th April, special flights to bring back Pakistanis stranded at airports are allowed
26th March, 2020
National Coordination Committee
All domestic flights suspended till further notice.
27th March, 2020
National Coordination Committee
The decision to impose restriction on inbound flights will remain in effect till 4th April, 2020. There will be a restriction on outbound flights with effect from 29th March, 2020.
1st April, 2020
National Coordination Committee
International passenger, chartered and private aircraft inbound flights to Pakistan suspended till 11th April, 2020. The only exception to the above rule are the Diplomatic special/cargo flights and inbound/outbound special flights carrying stranded passengers.
1st April, 2020
National Coordination Committee
Domestic flights will remain suspended until further notice with the exception of flights between Islamabad and Gilgit-Baltistan. Screening of air travelers to and from Gilgit-Baltistan will be ensured.
1st April, 2020
National Coordination Committee
Stranded Pakistani citizens will be brought through Islamabad International Airport with effect from 4th April, 2020 to 11th April, 2020.
1st April, 2020
National Coordination Committee
Arrangements will be made for transportation of passengers arriving at Islamabad airport to their final destinations. No meet and greet will be allowed at the airport.
8th April, 2020
National Coordination Committee
SOP/Protocol for all in-bound passengers including quarantine facility, stay of positively/negatively tested passengers in quarantine, costs to be borne for stay, etc. will be updated in light of incoming passenger data.
8th April, 2020
National Coordination Committee
Suspension of air traffic and the deadline for bringing stranded Pakistani citizens in various countries to be extended beyond 11th April, 2020 till further review.
8th April, 2020
National Coordination Committee
Suspension of domestic air travel to be extended beyond 11th April, 2020 till further review, except between Islamabad and Gilgit-Baltistan flight operations.
8th April, 2020
National Command and Operation Center
Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Faisalabad, Multan and Peshawar airports will be used for repatriation of stranded passengers.
9th April, 2020
National Command and Operation Center
Around 2,000 stranded passengers will be repatriated at 6 international airports during 14th-19th April.
9th April, 2020
National Command and Operation Center
Passengers will be required to fill an International Passenger Health Declaration form which includes an undertaking that the passenger is willing to be quarantined upon their arrival to Pakistan.
12th April, 2020
National Coordination Committee
Starting April 20, 2020 upwards of 6,000 passengers will be brought back to Pakistan. A plan will be devised for this purpose.