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Foreign airline fined for violating COVID-19 SOPs

ISLAMABAD: Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Pakistan has taken against a foreign airline for failing to observe COVID-19 related Standard Operating Procedures.

The aviation regulatory body has imposed a fine of Rs100,000 on Qatar Airways for violating the SOPs which resulted in putting the health and safety of the passengers as well as personnel working at the airport at risk.

The Doha-based airline shall also be responsible for bearing all expenses incurred on COVID-19 testing of all passengers on board the flight and quarantining them.

The SOPs were designed to allow the resumption of flight operations amongst countries which had previously been halted to curb the spread of the global pandemic.

The CAA also recently issued a new travel advisory for the passengers reaching Pakistan from abroad have been divided them into two categories.

Around 30 countries including China, Japan, New Zealand, Turkey, Saudi Arabia have been placed in ‘A’ category and passengers travelling from these countries are not bound to go through PCR test for coronavirus while travelling to Pakistan.

Meanwhile, coronavirus test has been declared mandatory for the passengers travelling from the countries, who are placed in ‘B’ category by the CAA before 96 hours. The passengers reaching Pakistan from abroad are required to fill a health declaration form.


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