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G-B to allow tourists on submission of negative COVID-19 certificates

ISLAMABAD: Tourists visiting Gilgit-Baltistan will now be allowed to enter the territory upon submission of a valid COVID-19 negative certificate.

According to an official notification, tourists will be only be allowed to enter Gilgit Baltistan from both air and land routes with valid COVID-19 negative certificate.

“In compliance with the health advisory issued by the Health Department of Gilgit-Baltistan, the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan, under the Gilgit-Baltistan Epidemic Diseases (Prevention & Control) Ordinance, 2020, hereby notifies that tourists having valid COVID-19 Negative Certificates shall be allowed to enter Gilgit-Baltistan,” the notification read.

“Moreover, all concerned are directed to ensure strict compliance to the tourism SOPs already circulated by this department. This shall come into force with immediate effect and till further order.”

Earlier in March, the health department declared the Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) region as the first coronavirus free region in the country after no active cases were reported and the last patients had recovered.

Gilgit-Baltistan has reported 5,045 cases and 103 death so far, while 4,867 people have recovered from the disease.