We all thought that life was starting to go back to normal. But the recent spike in the Covid-19 cases is seriously concerning. As the Second wave is picking up pace, we must ensure that we all follow proper SOPs and precaution measures to save ourselves.
Similarly, The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has decided to introduce new Standard Operational Procedures (SOPs) for international and domestic travelers In Pakistan, as an attempt to curb the huge spike in Covid-19 cases. The new SOPs will be mandatory till 31st December 2020.
What Are The New SOPs?
Countries have been list down into three categories- A, B, and C – according to their level of risk. Passengers that belong to the A countries are not required to show their RT-PCR tests to the authorities.
Passengers that belong to the B and C category of countries are provided to submit the RT-PCR tests to the concerned authorities. The test must be conducted at least ninety six-hours before the time of travel. If any passenger fails to submit the test to the concerned authorities he will not be allowed to enter Pakistan.
Passengers from category C countries will have to provide their negative test results before traveling to Pakistan and with an additional second test upon their arrival in Pakistan. This will ensure that the passengers did not contract the virus during the flight. Another great initiative is that the passenger will have to download the Pass track application on their smartphones and upload their personal data along with the RT-PCR tests on it before traveling to Pakistan. Not only will this make the checking system efficient but it will also help make it a hassle-free and Contact free process.
In case, if any passenger tests positive upon their arrival in Pakistan, they will have to self-quarantine themselves according to the procedure.
Although there is slight discrimination in the new SOPs. differently-abled persons, high-level international delegations, and passengers below the age of 12 are not required to submit their RT-PCR tests or download the Pass Track application. However, it’s a must for them to submit the health declaration form to the authorities upon their arrival. Whereas, the system and procedure must be the same for all individuals.
SOPs For Flight Management
New SOPs for flight and aircraft management have also been issued. The new guidelines include the requirement of disinfecting the aircraft properly, before the flight and boarding the passengers on-board.
The management is also required to have an inventory of Personal Protection Equipment which includes, hand sanitizers, gloves, protective suits, face masks, and N-95 masks. It is also made mandatory for the crew member and passengers to wear face masks at all times.
Countries In Category A, B, And C
Countries in Category A: Australia, China, Cote D’lvoire, Cuba, Fiji, Finland, Iceland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Laos, Malawi, Maldives, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam.
All the countries that are not in Category A automatically fall into Category B