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15 mai 2020 | 20h33 UTC

Pakistan: Authorities to permit resumption of some domestic flights from May 16 amid COVID-19 pandemic /update 23

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Pakistani authorities to permit resumption of domestic flights in limited capacity from May 16 amid coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic; further spread of COVID-19 to be expected over near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 15/5/2020, 12h00 until 31/5/2020, 11h59 (Asia/Karachi). COUNTRY/REGION Pakistan

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Pakistani authorities announced on Friday, May 15, that domestic flights would resume in a limited capacity from Saturday, May 16, after being suspended to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic within the country. Flights will be limited to a capacity of 50 passengers and international flights will remain suspended until Sunday, May 31, at the earliest. Only Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and SereneAir will be permitted to operate between Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, and Quetta, although private and cargo flights can operate from airports throughout the country.

Furthermore, on Monday, May 11, the Government of Sindh eased restrictions on movements and businesses, extending the curfew to 17:00 to 06:00 (local time) on all days, and permitting businesses to open from 06:00 to 16:00, Monday through Thursday. Lastly, the government stated on Friday that the wearing of face masks in public would soon become mandatory following the issuance of an expected official declaration.

As of May 15, health authorities have confirmed 37,218 cases of COVID-19 in Pakistan, including 803 associated deaths. Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease. 


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