CAA announces new health policy for passengers

Travellers must provide information on flu, cold, cough, and sore throat


​ Our Correspondent April 19, 2020
Travellers must provide information on flu, cold, cough, and sore throat. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced a new health policy for passengers who would be travelling until April 30 amid the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

According to the CAA, all standard operating procedures (SOPs) mentioned in the health forms are to be strictly implemented.
All passengers travelling by air are obligated to submit their health forms, which include information on flu, cold, cough, and sore throat.

The form also states that passengers should enter quarantine if the relevant health officer deems it necessary.

Passengers are also bound to oblige if the quarantine period is extended and pay for food that officials advise. They are liable to penalties for providing wrong or false information.

Pakistan makes COVID-19 test must for international passengers

Last week, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on National Security Moeed Yusuf had said that beginning April 20, the government would be able to repatriate 6,000-7,000 passengers every week with flights being operational across six airports in the country.

"And this will gradually be extended to accommodate more passengers," he said. The SAPM noted that according to the information received by the government, there were around 35,000 Pakistanis who wanted to come back home.

"We will bring them back as soon as we can," he said.
The COVID-19 pandemic has so far infected more than 8,200 people across the country and left over 159 dead.

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