Travel Advisory Updates
TRAVEL ADVISORY UPDATES
Dear Valued Customers, Due to the situation of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak globally, our regular international flight operations have been affected. We are working closely with authorities and we aim to gradually return to regular flight operations as soon as circumstances allow. It is mandatory to provide personal contact information at the time of booking for all flights. Travel requirements and restrictions to your destination countries will be updated here.
Before travelling to the UAE, the following requirements are to be fulfilled:
1) Have approval to travel. Passengers must bring printout of acceptance/verification received.
For Dubai visa/GDRFA holders:
Holding re-entry permit – eligibility status can be verified from https://smart.gdrfad.gov.ae/PUBLIC_TH/StatusInquiry_New.aspx.
Not holding re-entry permit – eligibility status can be verified from https://smart.gdrfad.gov.ae/Smart_OTCServicesPortal/ReturnPermitServiceForm.aspx
For non-Dubai visa holders:
Eligibility status can be verified from https://uaeentry.ica.gov.ae.
Effective 12th Aug 2020, passengers with valid residency visa/permit do not require ICA approval to travel. If passenger has overstayed in Pakistan, they can travel subject to verification of visa status. If status is OK, travel is permitted. However, expired residency visa holder must have ICA approval and negative PCR certificate before traveling.
2) Must have negative PCR certificate taken at least 96 hours prior to flight departure, only from the designated labs (click here). Children below 12 years are exempted from the test.
For Dubai / Sharjah – List of certified designated labs can be found here. *(Chughtai Lab & Islamabad Diagnostic Center are not acceptable for Dubai bound passengers)
For Abu Dhabi / Al Ain – List of certified designated labs can be found here
3) Have valid health insurance (applicable for all passengers, tourist/visa on arrival/ transit/transfer) with COVID-19 cover.
4) Download Al Hosn app, available on Google and Apple playstores.
5) Fill in the Health Declaration Form prior to arrival at UAE and hand it over to the flight crew.
Passengers travelling to Sharjah must fill in the additional Sharjah Declaration Form. This form will be required at check-in.
Important! Visitors travelling to the UAE on visit visa must have at least AED 2000 (AED 100 per day for duration of stay) as show-money, return ticket and hotel booking/residential address, otherwise they will not be allowed to enter UAE.
(comprehensive chart for the above can be found here)
AFTER ARRIVAL: Passengers are required to wear face masks and will be subjected to thermal screening after arrival in the UAE. Effective 1st August 2020, a second PCR test upon arrival will be conducted for all passengers arriving in UAE from Pakistan.
For Abu Dhabi: Effective 14th Sept 2020, passengers arriving in Abu Dhabi must self-isolate/quarantine at home for 14 days, and will be required to wear a medical wristband for the duration. The wristband will be provided at the airport by the authorities after immigration. Passengers who hold a diplomatic passport or who are under 18 years of age are exempted. Some passengers may be subject to institutional quarantine.
Passengers wishing to go immediately to any other emirate from Abu Dhabi Airport, must travel by Airport Taxi only. Otherwise, the standard procedure post-arrival as mentioned above will apply.
Effective 01 October 2020, scheduled flight operations will start between Pakistan and Oman, and the following requirements and procedures will be applicable for passengers travelling to Muscat:
1) Omani citizens and residents with valid resident card are allowed to enter without any prior approval. (Visitors with new visas are not allowed to enter Oman eff 27 Oct 2020)
2) MOFA approval/permit applies for non-Omani citizens. Passengers may apply through email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and upon receipt of approval, contact Oman Embassy in Islamabad to obtain an NOC to travel. This NOC will be presented at the time of check-in. Non-Omani citizens must have international health insurance covering cost of treatment for COVID-19 for a period of at least one month.
3) Register and fill in the Travel Registration Form (TRF) link here: https://covid19.moh.gov.om/#/traveler-reg (fees applicable OMR 25) Copy of this form will be required after arrival at the airport.
4) Download and start registration process on the Tarassud+ app (available on Playstore/Appstore). If staying for more than 7 days, download the HMushrif app (available on Playstore/Appstore).
5) Negative COVID-19 PCR Test result, with test conducted within 96 hours prior to arrival time in Oman. Approved certified labs can be found here. (Exemption: Children under 15 yrs of age)
All arriving passengers are subject to PCR test:
- Arrivals for a period of 1-7 days: PCR test + register on Tarassud+ app
- Arrivals for a period of more than 7 days: PCR test + register on Tarassud+ app + register on HMusrif app + HMushrif tracking bracelet + home quarantine of 14 days (bracelet must be worn & smartphone with app must be on during entire quarantine period)
- Children aged 15 and below are exempted from PCR testing.
* Effective 11th Nov 2020:
Passengers who are negative for PCR test on arrival, their quarantine period will be 7 days iF second PCR test conducted on 8th day is also negative. If passenger does not wish to conduct second test, quarantine period will continue for 14 days after arrival.
Travellers are required to self-report symptoms using the Tarassud app after arriving in Oman. After quarantine period is over, travellers will need to report to the nearest Ministry of Health Center and have the bracelet removed by health professionals.
Only the following categories of passengers are allowed:
1) Qatari citizens and GCC citizens, their spouses, children, parents, and companions under their sponsorship, who are holding a valid Qatari Residency Permit and traveling on same flight, can travel without Exceptional Entry Permit.
2) Permanent Residency holders.
3) Other residents with Exceptional Entry Permit.
Prior to boarding flight for Doha, passengers must hold the following documents:
1) Passport (with 06 months validity)
2) Qatar Residence Card
3) Exceptional Entry Permit. An application for entry permit can be submitted through Qatar portal website. (Validity of entry permit is one month from date of issuance. After expiry a new application can be submitted)
4) Ehteraz app downloaded on their smartphones.
5) Health Assessment Form for Returning Travelers (to be completed before arrival in Qatar)
7) Reservation in any of the designated/approved hotels for quarantine in Qatar. To confirm the approved hotel booking, please visit Discover Qatar website.
(Exemptions for hotel quarantine who can self-quarantine at home: https://covid19.moph.gov.qa/EN/Pages/Countries-Classified-Low-Risk-of-COVID-19.aspx)
8) PCR test certificate copy. The test must be conducted within 48 hours before flight departure, from any of the approved labs: Excel Labs /Aga Khan Labs /IDC Labs /Essa Labs.
9) Polio vaccination certificate.
Passengers may be subjected to a COVID-19 test upon arrival at Doha airport. For more information regarding self-quarantine or hotel quarantine please refer to the Ministry of Public Health website https://covid19.moph.gov.qa
The Government of Malaysia has allowed the following categories of passengers to enter Malaysia, subject to approval from Immigration Malaysia. They may may submit their entry permission request via MyEntry system from here: https://esd.imi.gov.my/portal/
- All expatriates (including categories I, II, III, RP-T, PVP, & Dependents)
- Maid visa for all above expatriates
- Spouse with Long Term Pass
- MM2H Visa – eff 5 Oct request to reenter Malaysia is subject to approval of Director General of Immigration. Passenger must register here for approval: Register Stranded MM2H Visa Holder
- Foreign students (*entry not allowed till 31 Dec 2020)
Exemptions (with required conditions) are as follows:
|– UN/WHO/UNDP passport holders will need entry approval from Director General of Immigration|
|– Seafarers who need to sing-on/sign-off the ship|
|– Operating airline crew must present general declaration for next flight operation|
|– Oil & gas industry crew will need entry approval from Director General of Immigration|
No travel restrictions or approvals apply to:
- Malaysian citizens (subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine to be observed as per SOP after arrival)
- Diplomats based in Malaysia and their dependents who have been issued with Exemption Order.
- Transit passengers with confirmed connecting flight (not requiring immigration clearance)
Please refer to the Entry and Quarantine Process for complete information and guidelines on what to expect before and after travelling to Malaysia.
1) Download the MySejahtera app on a smart phone, activate, and register at least one day before boarding flight. Health declaration form must also be completed in the MySejahtera app. More information on registration for MySejahtera ap here.
2) Fill in the Letter of Undertaking (LoU) & Indemnity, to be endorsed by Malaysia High Commission Islamabad by emailing to email@example.com . The LoU can be downloaded through the following links:
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia : www.kln.gov.my
- National Disaster Management Agency of Malaysia: www.nadma.gov.my
- Immigration Department of Malaysia: www.imi.gov.my
- Ministry of Health of Malaysia: www.moh.gov.my
- Ministry of Transport of Malaysia : www.mot.gov.my
- Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture of Malaysia: www.motac.gov.my
All passengers (including Malaysian nationals) will be expected to undergo screening procedures as follows:
1) Undergo a PCR test at the international entry points in Malaysia upon arrival. PCR test fees apply.
- Fees for Malaysian Residents: PCR test (MYR 150)
- Fees for Foreigners: PCR test (RM 250)
2) Present approval letter / email from the Malaysian Immigration Department. Malaysians and foreign nationals who exited during MCO on 18th March 2020 are not allowed to return during MCO without approval from DG Immigration.
3) Observe quarantine at government-designated quarantine centers for 14 days and strictly adhere to the quarantine procedures set by the National Disaster Management Agency of Malaysia (NADMA) and the Ministry of Health (MoH). Expenses of quarantine duration will be borne by passenger, hence please ensure sufficient funds are available before departure:
- Fees for Malaysian Residents: Quarantine fee (MYR 2100)
- Fees for Foreigners: Quarantine fee (MYR 2100) and Management Charges (MYR 2600)