ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has ruled that unvaccinated people over the age of 18 would not be permitted to fly domestically.
In addition, Supreme Court Justice Qazi Faez Isa and his wife Sarina Isa have both tested positive for coronavirus.
Asad Umar, Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives and Chairman of the NCOC, stated that Pakistan had the least mortality rate among Covid-19 victims in the area when compared to other countries.
According to an NCOC document seen by Dawn, it has been decided that no unvaccinated people aged 18 and up will be permitted to fly domestically beginning August 1. “Restriction applies only to domestic air travel; those traveling from Pakistan to overseas or from abroad to Pakistan are excluded. It is also not applicable on connecting flights if they are within 72 hours of arrival or departure,” according to the document.
Individuals who have been partially vaccinated, foreign citizens, Pakistani nationals with documentation proof of immunization abroad, and patients who have been clinically recommended against vaccination due to the danger of response are free from the limitation.
Meanwhile, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has prolonged the suspension of flights from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka to Dubai until July 28th, according to media sources. Emirates stated in a statement that travelers who had connections through any of the four nations in the last 14 days would be barred from flying to the UAE from any location.
“UAE Nationals, UAE Golden Visa holders, and members of diplomatic missions who conform with current Covid-19 procedures are excluded and may be accepted for travel,” it said.
Pakistan’s National Center for Occupational Safety and Health (NCOC) chief, Asad Umar, said on Saturday that the country has less coronavirus-related deaths than other countries in the area.
Covid deaths/million population in our region: Iran 1037, Nepal 326, India 301, Sri Lanka 186, Afghanistan 160, Bangladesh 113, Pakistan 102. Timely decisions, hard work, cooperation of people & blessings of Allah made this possible. Risk is not over. Follow sop's & vaccinate.
— Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) July 24, 2021