Civil Aviation Authority on Repatriation of Pakistani Citizens from Afghanistan

17th August 2021.

According to a statement issued by the Civil Aviation Authority on Sunday, special authorization has been granted for the return of Pakistanis from Afghanistan who does not have the required negative PCR test for coronavirus.

According to the civil aviation authority, the latest circumstances in Kabul and all the turbulence in Afghanistan have made it imperative to repatriate Pakistani people from Afghanistan as soon as feasible. CAA also claimed that the disarray in Afghanistan’s administrative structure has compelled the return of Pakistani nationals.

The covid PCR test is not deemed essential since negative PCR test results are generally obtained within 72 hours before beginning travel to Pakistan. The regulation will continue to apply to all direct flights between Kabul and Islamabad arriving before August 18, 2021, 2359 hours.


These flights will be guided following existing standard operating procedure rules. Upon arrival, travelers will be subjected to all relevant tests and other stringent compliances for covid.

The PIA will fly Boeing 777 aircraft and will run special flights between Kabul and Islamabad on August 16, 17, and 18, to assist Pakistanis besieged in Afghanistan; approval from the Afghan civil aviation authorities has been obtained in this respect. PIA is already flying Airbus 320 to Afghanistan.

Please contact the Legal Research Institute of Pakistan for further assistance.

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