COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  [10/12/2022]

 

The CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.  For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

 

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

 

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter?  Yes.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry?   Vaccinated individuals do not require a pre-boarding negative PCR test.  Unvaccinated individuals over age 12 must present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours. 
  • Pakistan’s Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation, and Coordination periodically issues updated guidelines for arriving passengers.  Check current policies and implementation guidelines at https://covid.gov.pk/.  Stay current on your airline’s requirements for initiating a journey to Pakistan.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry?  Yes.
    • Upon arrival, all travelers will line up six feet (two meters) apart and undergo thermo-screening by thermo-guns and/or thermo-scanners.  Detailed information for arriving passengers is available in the Guidelines for International Passengers Arriving at Airports in Pakistan.  For the most up-to-date information regarding visa extensions for residents and/or tourists, please visit here (website accessible in Pakistan).

 

Quarantine Information 

 

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Pakistan?  Yes.  Both viral antigen and RT-PCR tests are available.
  • If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day? Yes.  Currently labs are regularly able to provide COVID-19 test results within the required timeframe.  Testing is currently available both to individuals with symptoms as well as for asymptomatic individuals who need a test for administrative reasons, such as for preflight.
  • Test results are regularly available in English.
  • U.S. citizens departing Pakistan can obtain COVID-19 tests from any government or private hospital or lab.  For a list of hospitals and labs providing COVID-19 tests, please check the Government of Pakistan’s Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations, and Coordination website at https://covid.gov.pk/, or email info@nhsrc.gov.pk.  Some airlines may only accept results from certain facilities.  Please contact your airline for a list of these testing sites and requirements.  Travelers should research labs and ensure the facility of their choosing provides all necessary documentation and meets all necessary requirements.
  • The average price of the COVID-19 test is between 6000 and 9000 PKR.  The individual is responsible for the cost of the test.  Results are delivered via email.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the Government of Pakistan approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes.
  • Are vaccines available in Pakistan for U.S. citizens to receive?  Foreign national residents in Pakistan can register to receive COVID-19 vaccines at https://nims.nadra.gov.pk/nims/ (website accessible in Pakistan only).  More information about vaccination registration and status can be found at https://covid.gov.pk/.
  • Which vaccines are available in Pakistan?  For most up-to-date information about vaccine availability in Pakistan visit the country’s COVID-19 website at https://covid.gov.pk/.
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

 

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Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place?  No. While most places have reopened, there may be COVID-19 mitigation protocols in place to limit hours of operation and number of patrons.  Government officials may implement lockdowns of streets and neighborhoods where COVID-19 outbreaks occur.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel?  No.
  • A ban on inbound pedestrian border crossings from Iran into Pakistan went into effect May 5, 2021.  Government officials announced on July 11, 2021 that the Torkham border crossing with Afghanistan is open for vaccinated individuals.