According to the latest reports, Pakistan has levied an air travel ban upon passengers who have not been vaccinated.
Pakistan’s Civil Aviation authority notified that from 1 October 2021, passengers above 18 years of age, if not vaccinated, will not be allowed to travel to, from, and within Pakistan. Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan tweeted the announcement while confirming the same.
Civil Aviation was adhering to the National Command and Operation Centre’s directive. Reports suggest that the move has been taken so as to make a stronger push for vaccinations and avoid any future lockdowns.
It is however to be noted that passengers below 18 may be allowed to undertake air travel to, from, and within Pakistan without any vaccination till 31 October 2021.
Further, the reports also suggest that patients who have been administered not to take the vaccine will have to furnish certificate proof from the doctor.
The reports also suggest that passengers holding foreign passports and traveling out of Pakistan are exempted from the ban. Reportedly the foreign nationals who came into Pakistan prior to 1 October 2021 and wish to travel out of Pakistan are also exempt from the ban.
Reports claim that to date only 13% of the Pakistan population has been vaccinated. The data shared by National Command and Operation Centre shows that Pakistan is witnessing increasing Covid-19 active cases and the number of deaths as a result of the same.