COVID-19 Information

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Last updated:  [10/07/2020]

Country-Specific Information:

  • The economy is predominately open, with services such as grocery stores and other businesses operational.  Select chain stores announced that customers are required to wear facemasks, but these precautions are not regularly enforced. Educational institutions began opening September 15 with local government approvals and guidance.
  • Although reported cases appear to have leveled off, it is important to note that COVID-19 is still present in Pakistan, and the Prime Minister has warned Pakistani citizens to exercise caution in order to guard against a winter spike. Detailed information is available on the Government of Pakistan’s Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations, and Coordination website, accessible here.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? [Yes]
  • Pakistan’s Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation, and Coordination issued updated guidelines for arriving passengers on September 14. On September 24, the Pakistani Civil Aviation Authority’s (PCAA) released its implementation guidelines, which began on October 5.  Keep current on your airline’s requirements for initiating a journey to Pakistan.
  • All passengers are required to install and register on the Pass Track app within 48 hours of arriving in Pakistan (available for Android and Apple devices).
  • Arriving passengers who do not have the Pass Track app will need to enter their data on an accessible web-based form.
  • All passengers will also have to fill out fill out a health declaration form (HDF) before landing (see Annexure A).
  • Countries are categorized into Category A or B, primarily based on epidemiological risk assessment, reviewed every two weeks by the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations, and Coordination.
  • Travelers arriving from Category A countries:
    • No COVID-19 RT-PCR (real-time, reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction) test required before or after travel.
  • Travelers arriving from Category B countries:
  • Show proof of a negative RT-PCR test result not older than 96 hours prior to commencement of original travel.

Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry?  [Yes]

Movement Restrictions:

Is a curfew in place?  [No]

  • There are government “smart” lockdowns (i.e., small localities, such as a building with multiple units, streets, and small neighborhoods, may be sealed to limit the spread of the coronavirus.). Hours of operation for businesses may be reduced in localities under these targeted lockdowns.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? [No]

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? [No]
  • Symptomatic travelers will be required to take a COVID-19 RT-PCR test and its results submitted to the designated Pakistani authorities within 48 hours of arrival. In cases found positive for COVID-19 based on a test upon arrival, travelers may be required to comply with isolation procedures.  For detailed information, please check the Guidelines for International Passengers Arriving at Airports in Pakistan.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • U.S. citizens departing Pakistan can obtain COVID-19 tests from any government or private hospital or lab of their choice. 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, accessible here, or email info@nhsrc.gov.pk.  Some airlines may only accept results from certain facilities.  Please contact your airline for a list of these sites.
  • The average price of the COVID-19 test is between 6000 and 9000 PKR. The individual is responsible for the cost of the test.
  • U.S. citizens arriving in Pakistan from the United States must show proof of a negative RT-PCR test not older than 96 hours prior to travel. For more information, please check the updated Guidelines for International Passengers Arriving at Airports in Pakistan.
  • Please ensure you have the results with you when you board the plane and when you deplane in Pakistan.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? [Yes]
  • 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. Additional information is available here. 

Consular Operations:

American Citizens Services:

The ability of U.S. embassies and consulates to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens continues to be limited.  As U.S. embassies and consulates reopen their services to the public in a phased and safe manner during the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad and U.S. Consulates General in Karachi and Lahore resumed limited in-person passport appointments and notarial services on September 8, 2020.  Appointments will be scheduled based on prioritized service needs, including:

  • Children who have yet to be documented for the first time as U.S. citizens.
  • U.S. citizens who are traveling outside of Pakistan within six weeks and must renew their passports before travel.
  • U.S. citizens who do not have travel plans, but for documentation purposes need to renew their expired passports or who have passports that will expire within six weeks.
  • Parents of U.S. citizen minors who are providing written and notarized authorization to renew or apply for their child’s passport (DS-3053 Statement of Consent:  Issuance of a U.S. passport to a Minor under Age 16).
  • Emergency notarial services.

Please click here for more information on services for U.S. citizens.

Visa Services:

The United States Embassy in Islamabad and the Consulate General in Karachi have resumed processing a limited number of student and academic exchange visitor visas but remain unable to provide routine nonimmigrant visa services at this time.  The United States Embassy in Islamabad has resumed processing a limited number of immigrant visas primarily for spouses and children of U.S. citizens.  We look forward to resuming routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date.  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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