LAND BORDER POLICY WITH IRAN, AFGHANISTAN REVIEWED

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RAWALPINDI: With the emergence of various Variants and to restrain import of any new mutation to Pakistan, current policy of Land Border Management with Afghanistan and Iran has been reviewed to ensure regulated inbound pedestrian movement and effective management of COVID protocols at Border Terminals(BTs).

Cardinals of the policy are as under: *

Revised Land Border Management Policy will be effective from mid night 4/5 May (0001 PST) till mid night 19 / 20 May (0001 PST)and applicable only to inbound pedestrians with no effect on existing cargo / trade (Bilateral / Afghan Transit Trade) movement.

Border Terminals will remain open for 7 x Days a week.

Employment strength of LEAs / health staff at BTs will be increased for implementation of testing protocols and to control high traffic density.

Inbound pedestrian movement would cease with effect from mid night 4/5 May (0001 PST) with exception to Pakistani nationals in Afghanistan and Iran desirous to return and Extreme medical emergency cases etc.

All outbound pedestrian movement is permissible.

Testing and Quarantine Protocols

Inbound pedestrians will undergo Rapid Antigen Test(RAT). Positive cases (Pakistani Nationals only) will be shifted to nearby quarantine facilities.           

Inbound pedestrian with Afghan exemptions will also undergo RAT testing at BTs. Positive cases, if any, will be reverted back to Afghanistan.                           

Thermal scanning for all drivers / co-drivers will be carried out on arrival at the BT. Symptomatic cases will undergo RAT testing, positive cases will be dealt as per procedure spelled above.