As lockdown restrictions ease in Pakistan, the National Command and Control Center (NCOC) has designed a detailed list of recommendations aimed at minimizing the potential for contracting Covid-19 amongst travelers. If you are unvaccinated you should delay travelling but if is a necessity, the following tips can help you have a safer journey:

  • Wear a mask in public and make sure to have an adequate supply of masks and hand sanitizers before embarking on any trip.
  • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who is not traveling with you.
  • Wash hands often and don’t share items with people you don’t live with.
  • Avoid long-distance train or bus trips.
  • If air travel is a must, try to take flights with the fewest stops or layovers so as to minimize the time you spend in crowds.
  • If you’re a tourist staying at a resort, hotel or guesthouse, do ensure that the facility is adhering to Covid-19 prevention practices before you go.
  • While camping is allowed, avoid camping in areas with many people and shared facilities.

Before travelling you must ensure that you are healthy and physically fit.

It is also mandatory to carry a recent Negative PCR / COVID-19 report along with your National Identity Cards (CNIC), to present to the hotels / guesthouse management when arriving or making a booking. Vaccinated individuals must deposit a copy of their vaccination certificate.


Additionally, the local administration has arranged check posts manned by law enforcement personnel at all entry points where travelers must complete a Health Declaration Form (HDF).

If you’re headed to Gilgit-Baltistan to beat the summer heat, you might be asked for a random sample by authorities at entry points or designated spots and tourist areas.

For more information on how to stay safe and healthy during the pandemic, follow International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) COVID Free Pakistan campaign on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube.

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