The National Command and Operation Center has revised its travel policy for people returning to Pakistan from the UK via direct and indirect flights.
The decision was made on Monday after the increase in cases of the novel Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
Under the new guidelines, it is mandatory for passengers to undergo a rapid covid antigen test upon arrival. They must be provided with a vaccination certificate and a negative coronavirus screening test, 48 hours before boarding.
The NCOC has asked the Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan to adjust direct flights from the UK to give passengers time to perform quick covid tests at the airport.
The decision was made to curb the spread of Omicron in Pakistan. On Sunday, the total number of cases of the new strain in the UK rose to 3,137.
“Transmission of COVID-19 is already high in the community, mainly still due to Delta, but the emergence of Omicron adds an additional and rapidly growing risk to the public and health services,” told AFP health experts.
“The first evidence shows that Omicron spreads much faster than Delta and that vaccine protection against symptomatic diseases of Omicron is reduced,” they added.
Officers said the boosters were essential as vaccine protection was reduced with Omicron and the two third injections used – Pfizer and Moderna – increased the immune response and showed “good efficacy.”
With additional information from AFP