RAWALPINDI: The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has introduced new standard operating procedures (SOPs) for foreign travellers due to the recent surge in coronavirus incidents.
An revised list of countries for categories A, B and C for which these SOPs will be applicable until 31 December has been accepted according to the Authority; RT-PCR checks are not required for passengers from countries which have been put in category A. Australia, China, Cote D’lvoire, Cuba, Fiji, Finland, Iceland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Laos, Malawi, Maldives, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sri Lanka and Vietnam have all been added to the list.
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Passengers from countries listed in categories B and C shall be expected to have a negative RT-PCR test completed 96 hours prior to departure, in the absence of which the airline retains the right to refuse to grant a boarding pass.
A negative test is mandatory before travelling to Pakistan for passengers travelling from Category C countries, although a second test will be conducted upon arrival.
Passengers who are under 12 years of age, otherwise eligible or belonged to a foreign delegation will only be expected to apply a completed health declaration form at the airport in Pakistan.
Aircraft activities shall be subject to strict conformity with the CAA disinfection guidelines for aircraft, passenger and crew safety measures, and airlines shall be responsible for maintaining compliance with these instructions.
The Pass Track programme on their cell phones has now been made mandatory for passengers to download and enter their personal information along with a picture of their RT-PCR exam.
Aircraft management is responsible for maintaining an inventory of critical personal protective equipment (PPE) consisting of safety units, gloves, face masks, goggles, N-95 masks, etc., inside before take-off, as specified in the guidelines. During the ride, all passengers and crew members are expected to wear facial masks.
In the event they encounter signs of the illness, travellers were urged to alert the cabin crew.
Each passenger will be supplied with hand sanitisers and the bathroom will be sprayed after every hour.
Passengers would be expected to self-isolate in the event of a favourable RT-PCR outcome upon arrival, as per the isolation protocol.