COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated:   [01/14/2022]

Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Exemptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis.  Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to apply for an exemption.  Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

Country-Specific Information

  • Pakistan is experiencing its fifth major wave of COVID-19 cases, driven by transmission of the Omicron variant.
  • The National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) has eliminated country-specific restrictions for entry into Pakistan and expanded testing of travelers arriving in Pakistan.
  • Some local and provincial governments have begun implementing situational COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.  As of September 10, 2021, domestic flights permit only fully vaccinated passengers to board, and beginning October 1, 2021, only fully vaccinated passengers are allowed to undertake international travel to and from Pakistan.  Passengers medically advised against COVID-19 vaccination and who hold proper documentation from a classified specialist may be eligible for an exemption to the requirement.  Detailed information is available on the Government of Pakistan’s Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations, and Coordination website at https://covid.gov.pk/.

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.
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to CDC’s requirement that all U.S.-bound travelers present a negative COVID test, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/covid-19_testing_required_US_Entry.html.  Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when emergency travel is required to preserve health and safety (e.g., medical evacuation), and the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity.  To submit information in support of an exemption, email COVID-Testing-Waiver-PKST@state.gov.

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 Department of State does not provide direct medical care to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

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?  Yes. 
  • 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.
  • According to Pakistan’s Ministry of National Health Services, all travelers entering Pakistan must:
    • Provide traveler contact information through:
      • The PassTrack mobile app or
      • An accessible web-based form
    • Undergo screening by a health official
    • Provide a certificate of negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken no more than 48-hours prior to departure
    • Show proof of vaccination
  • As of October 1, 2021, passengers must be fully vaccinated to undertake international travel to and from Pakistan.  Passengers medically advised against COVID-19 vaccination and who hold proper documentation from a classified specialist may be eligible for an exemption to the requirement.
  • All passengers are required to install and register on the PassTrack app prior to issuance of a boarding pass to Pakistan at point of original embarkation (available for Android and Apple devices).
  • Passengers who do not have android/Apple phones and are unable to download the Pass Track app will need to enter their data on an accessible web-based form and provide a paper printout of the form prior to issuance of a boarding pass to Pakistan at point of original embarkation.
  • 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.  Effective November 27, 2021 inbound travelers to Pakistan may be required to take a Rapid Antigen Test upon arrival at the airport (see Quarantine Information below).  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).

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place?  No. While most places have reopened, there are 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.

Quarantine Information 

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?  Yes
    • Effective November 27, 2021, inbound travelers to Pakistan may be required to take a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) upon arrival at the airport.  Effective January 5, 2022, all passengers arriving from Europe on direct flights will undergo RAT upon arrival.  A minimum of fifty percent of passengers arriving from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar will undergo RAT.  RAT on arrival may be required of other passengers.  In negative cases, no quarantine is required.  For cases found positive for COVID-19 based on a test upon arrival, travelers will be sent to government-selected locations for quarantine and must self-pay for these accommodations.  A PCR test will be given on day eight of quarantine.  For detailed information, please check Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority webpage and Guidelines for International Passengers Arriving at Airports in Pakistan.

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating?  Yes.
    • International flights continue to be limited.
    • PCAA announced domestic air travel will be limited to only fully vaccinated passengers as of September 10, 2021.
    • PCAA announced as of October 1, 2021 international air travel is limited to fully vaccinated passengers only. Passengers medically advised against COVID-19 vaccination and who hold proper documentation from a classified specialist may be eligible for an exemption to the requirement.
  • Is public transportation operating?  Yes.
    • According to the Government of Pakistan, individuals using public transportation – trains or buses – should wear facemasks and keep a distance of at least six feet from other individuals.  Certain provinces may limit the use of public transportation to only allow use by vaccinated individuals.  Additional information is available at  https://covid.gov.pk/.

Fines for Non-Compliance

  • The Pakistan National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) announced October 28, 2020, that, effective immediately, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, masks must be worn when in public, countrywide.  Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) ordered masks must be worn in public places, including bazaars, shopping malls, and restaurants or while using public transport.  ICT’s announcement warns those not following the order may be subject to legal action.

Consular Operations

  • American Citizen Services:  The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad and U.S. Consulates General in Karachi and Lahore have resumed regular services, including passport, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, and notarial services.
  • Please click here for more information on services for U.S. citizens.
  • Visa Services:  The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad has resumed limited immigrant and non-immigrant visa interviews.  The Consulate General in Karachi has resumed limited processing of nonimmigrant visas.  If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided to request an emergency appointment.  Please click here for more information about visa services at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad and the Consulate General in Karachi.

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