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Pakistan Open to Tourism with 22 countries on a Green-list

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Pakistan moves forward with its reopening and from October 5th, all countries can enter Pakistan! 22 countries are green-listed and exempt from testing requirements.

Pakistan, as most countries around the world, has suffered the tragic effects of the novel coronavirus. A few months ago, experts from different sectors would repeatedly paint it as a candidate to be one of the most affected Asian countries due to its lack of robust health structures which counterparts like China or Russia were displaying at the moment.

However, thanks to the coordinated, rapid, and proactive actions (and at times unpopular, including severe lockdowns, airport closures, and mass events cancelations) taken by the government, today, we could say that the country is an interesting case study on recovery, and definitely an example for countries waiting to follow suit. 

We know, as a traveler,  you have lots of questions. Can we do tourism now? In what areas? How has the virus situation evolved? Is it safe to travel now? Should I buy that pricey suit or dress to attend my friend’s wedding in Pakistan? Keep reading and we’ll help you out with these questions.

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Pakistan Reopening – [19 NOV Update]

What is the current COVID situation in Pakistan?

As of November 19th, Pakistan has recorded 366K positive cases of COVID and 7248 deaths caused by the virus. (Source: Wikipedia)

Daily rates are currently at 2200 – 2400 cases.

Is Pakistan open for tourism?

Yes, Pakistan reopened borders to tourists from ALL countries on October 5th with travel a few travel restrictions and green-list of countries that do not need to bring COVID test.

All visitors have to fill out website travel form or use PassTrack mobile app before their flight.

Visitors from outside of the green-list need to also bring proof of a negative COVID test taken max. 96 hours before departure.

Green-list of countries (30) that can enter Pakistan without COVID test

(Source: covid.gov.pk)

Is Pakistan safe place to travel during pandemic?

According to the CDC, Pakistan has a level 3 warning, and traveling for non-essential reasons is not recommended. (CDC.gov)

As of OCT 29, Pakistan has 331K confirmed COVID cases and 6775 registered deaths since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic. The situation is very stable at the moment and there were only approx. 800 daily new cases over the last 2 months. (Source: Wikipedia)


Pakistan Reopening Borders – [19 SEPT Update]

As of 19 September, Pakistan has 305,031 COVID cases and 6,415 deaths caused by the virus. The situation has been steady for the last few weeks and Pakistan has been getting around 500-600 daily new cases. (Source)

Government is expected to announce the border reopening soon.

HAS PAKISTAN FLATTENED THE CURVE YET?

covid.gov.pk

According to governmental statistics from September 2nd, the general COVID-19 situation is showing signs of improvement. Let us explain. Pakistan is one of the most populated countries in the world with almost 213 million inhabitants.

However, in terms of coronavirus figures, as of today a comparatively low number of 6,318 people have lost their lives to the virus, and even though every person lost to this pandemic is a tragedy, Pakistan figures are well below the 121,381 confirmed deaths from Brazil (a country with a similar number of inhabitants) or others such as the United States or Spain.

With an average of 7 deaths per day in the past week, Faisal Mahmood, Head of Infectious Diseases at Karachi’s Aga Khan University Hospital, considers there is no doubt about contagion decrease and suggests that this success may be related to the timely measures taken by the government, the effective hospital case management, and demographic factors, among others.

Although we cannot assure this country is totally safe to travel to -pandemic-wise- we believe it will soon be, so don’t miss our updates!

REOPENING OF TOURISTIC, ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

August 7th

Outdoor spaces, set, and ready! – Gilgit-Baltistan, an astonishingly beautiful mountainous area managed by Pakistan as an administrative territory, was the first to take steps towards reopening tourism with its “no masks, no tourism” policy. With this strategy, they intended to protect the industry from a second coronavirus wave, and also to offer visitors basic security conditions to enjoy safe tourism.

August 8th

Tourist infrastructure open for business! – The National Coordination Committee (NCC) on COVID-19 announced a multisector reopening on this date, starting with tourist destinations, hotels and restaurants, as the country was experiencing a decline and stabilization in the number of infections.

August 10th

Entertainment back on track! – Theaters, cinemas, and beauty parlors were open on August 10th at 60% of capacity.

September 15th

Let’s celebrate love again! It is time for you to get ready for that wedding party in Pakistan. Marriage halls (as well as educational institutions) are now set to be open from September 15th.

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT THE AIRPORT?

Since June 20th, the Pakistani government has permitted outbound and inbound passenger flights from all international airports except Gwadar and Turbat. If you are an American citizen, please take into account that there are no direct flights from Pakistan to the United States.

A couple of things to keep in mind:

  • There are special requirements for traveling to Gilgit-Baltistan. Visitors will be required to submit the following documents at the tourism office at GB house in Islamabad,

– Proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 7 days before arrival.

– Hotel booking confirmation.

Once you provide these documents, the GB government will issue a visit permit to enter (or not) this region. Visitors showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be quarantined and sent back immediately. 

OUR RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Stay safe, but in case of feeling unwell call 1166 for local medical assistance.
  • Check documentation required with your travel agent since conditions may change with little to no prior notice. 

IS THE BORDER BETWEEN IRAN AND PAKISTAN OPEN?

Yes, Pakistan has resumed all the border crossings to opening and trading with Iran on June 17th. Check here for more information.

IS THE BORDER BETWEEN AFGANISTAN AND PAKISTAN OPEN?

Pakistan reopened the border with Afganistan in August after the closure due to COVID-19 pandemic. Check here for more information.