The WHO has declared COVID-19 a pandemic. In light of the ongoing global crisis, regular incoming flight operations have been suspended by the Government of Pakistan to ensure the health and safety of our people and travelers. Limited air operations are continuing.
Currently, the Government is making all-out efforts to deal with a rapidly evolving situation which is a challenge, not only for Pakistan but the whole world – and ensuring that we take proactive, comprehensive and coordinated steps to bring back our nationals who wish to return to Pakistan.
Meanwhile, our Embassies and Missions abroad are actively supporting stranded Pakistanis in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis. If you are stranded abroad or need information regarding travel to and from Pakistan, please reach out to the relevant authorities through the contact information listed here.
The following policies are currently in effect. Please view the guidelines page for more detailed SOPs. Please note that these policies/SOPs are liable to change according to the evolving situation without prior notice.
Inbound International Passenger Flights
A limited number of flights are being operated to ensure the safe return of our nationals and the safety of passengers traveling to and from Pakistan. Please note that the number and origin of these flights are being constantly reviewed to ensure the timely return of our nationals, whilst ensuring that our capacity to conduct COVID testing and manage these passengers in quarantine facilities is not exceeded. The government is working tirelessly to increase these capacities, and as this capacity continues to grow our ability of passenger intake will also rise.
Scheduled flights for the current week can be viewed here . Please note that these are subject to change depending on the evolving situation.
arrival in Pakistan, all passengers and crew will be subjected to a
state-monitored quarantine. Testing will be conducted as soon as
possible after arrival, usually before 24 hours. Testing results are
returned within a 12-24 hours window. Please note that these might be
delayed in some cases due to heavy load of inbound passenger traffic.
quarantine can be extended based on the result of the passenger’s
COVID-19 test, or upon the discretion of governmental health authorities
considering the overall test results of the flight. Passengers who are
sent home after a negative test will be advised compulsory
self-isolation to complete a 14-day period. Low risk and asymptomatic
positive test results may also be sent home for self-isolation upon the
discretion of provincial health authorities subject to review of
isolation capabilities at home.
The transportation to the quarantine location shall be arranged by the concerned authorities. No meet and greet shall be allowed at the airport.
Inbound passengers will be allowed a preference between two modes of quarantine, government quarantine centers or government regulated hotel/facility. Government quarantine centers will be free of cost. Passengers will be responsible for all expenses arising from their stay if they choose to stay in a government regulated hotel/facility. Passengers will not be able to switch facilities once their quarantine begins unless deemed necessary by the authorities. While the government will try its best to accommodate passengers according to their preferences, paid facilities are limited and cannot be guaranteed. The authorities on the ground will have the final say on where passengers are quarantined.
Inbound International Private Flights
Limited international private flights are currently allowed by special permission. Upper limit on passengers; and date and time of arrival will be determined by the Civil Aviation Authority and not by the flight operator. Please contact Civil Aviation Authority for information. Passengers on inbound international private flights will be subject to the same testing and quarantine procedures as inbound international passenger flights.
Outbound International Passenger/Charter/Private Flights
Limited outbound passenger/charter/private flights are currently allowed. Any country that wants to repatriate its own nationals from Pakistan can do on special flights with Civil Aviation Authority permission. PIA is also continuing limited outbound flights. Please contact Civil Aviation Authority for information.
Inbound and Outbound Ferry/Cargo Flights
Limited ferry/cargo flights are currently allowed. Please contact Civil Aviation Authority for information.
Domestic Passenger Flights
Domestic passenger flights are currently suspended except for limited traffic between Islamabad and Gilgit Baltistan.
Domestic Private Flights
Limited domestic private flights are currently allowed by special permission. Upper limit on passengers; and date and time of arrival will be determined by the Civil Aviation Authority and not by the flight operator. Please contact Civil Aviation Authority for information.
Transport of Dead Bodies
While transport of dead bodies to Pakistan is allowed, the Government of Pakistan strongly encourages that dead bodies are buried at the place of demise.