Turkey relaxes quarantine regulations for Pakistani travellers

The quarantine period for passengers arriving from Pakistan and Afghanistan has been reduced. Source: Arab News

ISLAMABAD: Turkish authorities have issued a revised policy regarding the mandatory quarantine requirement on passengers arriving from Pakistan and Afghanistan.

According to the new regulations, the quarantine period for passengers arriving from Pakistan and Afghanistan has been reduced from 14 to 10 days. The new policy will come into effect on July 1.

Meanwhile, passengers arriving from Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Nepal, South Africa, and Sri Lanka will continue to observe the mandatory 14-day quarantine period.

The Turkish authorities have also informed that additional details on quarantine arrangements including options for passengers from Pakistan will be issued soon.

The Embassy of Pakistan in Ankara said it has remained in touch with the relevant Turkish authorities ever since the quarantine requirements were first issued for passengers on June 1. The embassy said it continues to share details of the improving COVID-19 situation in Pakistan as a result of the policies adopted by the government.

Based on the scientific data, the Turkish authorities have been requested to revisit the policy of mandatory quarantine requirement for passengers arriving from Pakistan.

It added that the embassy will continue to remain engaged with the Turkish authorities on the matter. Passengers travelling from Pakistan to Turkey are kindly advised to review their travel plans in light of revised regulations.

Earlier this month, Turkish authorities had granted a one-day exemption (June 1) on mandatory quarantine to Pakistani passengers being stranded at airports.

The Foreign Office spokesperson had said in a statement that a number of Pakistanis were stranded in Istanbul as they started their journey before the announcement of new travel restrictions by Turkey for inbound passengers from several countries including Pakistan.

Following the new directives, Turkey had imposed a quarantine of 14 days on passengers arriving from several countries including Pakistan. The Pakistani embassy in Ankara had contacted the Turkish authorities regarding the decision.

Later, the Turkish authorities had granted a one-day exemption to Pakistani passengers and allowed their entry into Turkey after a negative PCR test conducted at the airport.

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