Important Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel
- It is illegal to travel abroad from the UK for holidays. Follow current COVID-19 rules where you live: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland
- In England, you must have a permitted reason to travel abroad and complete the declaration form.
- Some countries have closed borders, and any country may further restrict travel or bring in new social distancing rules with little warning. Check our advice for each country you will visit or transit through.
- When you return, follow the rules to enter the UK from abroad (except Ireland).
Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)
- On 01 May, the Pakistan government announced that all flights to and from Pakistan would be cut to 20% of normally scheduled numbers between 5 and 20 May. The decision will be reviewed on 18 May.
- On 20 March, the Pakistan government announced that entry restrictions for inbound travelers from the UK will be lifted from 0001 hours on 23 March. Travelers are still required to present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours before the start of travel.
- You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.
- For information about this and possible quarantine periods on arrival please see Pakistan government advice.
- The Pakistani authorities have closed land borders with Afghanistan, India, and Iran. Despite this, there are ongoing limited border openings for repatriation and trade. Those crossing into Pakistan may have to comply with coronavirus testing and quarantine measures. The FCDO currently advises against travel to most of the Afghanistan and Iran border areas.
Testing/screening on arrival
- If traveling by air, you will be subject to Rapid Antigen testing on arrival at airports in Pakistan.
- From 01 May Pakistan government guidelines state that those testing negative will then need to undergo 10 days of self-quarantine at home.
- Travelers who test positive will be moved to a self-paid facility for 10 days quarantine. A second PCR test will be conducted on the 8th day of the quarantine, following which a negative result will enable a passenger to proceed home and a positive result will necessitate a further quarantine period or move to the hospital if required.
- Travelers to Pakistan will also be required to provide their contact information through the Pass Track App or through a web-based form. If necessary you may also be able to fill in a health declaration form on arrival.
- Government guidelines, issued on 18 November, state that children under the age of 12 and disabled passengers are exempt from the COVID-19 test requirement and Pass Track App requirement. However, they will be required to complete a health declaration form upon arrival.
- You may also be required to follow special measures before boarding flights to Pakistan and while onboard the aircraft, including the wearing of a face mask.
- Pakistan government guidance, including links to the Pass Track App and web-based form, is available on their COVID-19 website.