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Emirates resumes flights to Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad

On June 24, Emirates had temporarily suspended passenger flights to and from Pakistan after about 30 Pakistanis who arrived in Hong Kong tested positive for Covid-19. Of the 30 passengers, some had symptoms of fever, cough and sore throat while others appeared to be asymptomatic.

“Following the receipt of relevant government approvals, Emirates has resumed passenger services to Pakistan. Customers can travel to and from Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad if they meet the requirements of their destination.” was stated by an Emirates spokesperson.

“The health and safety of our crew, customers and communities remains our top priority. Emirates has put in place a comprehensive set of measures at every step of the customer journey on the ground and in the air to minimise the risk of infection spread,” said the statement.

Passengers travelling from Pakistan to Dubai and beyond on any Emirates airline must present a negative Covid-19 PCR test result certificate at the time of check-in, according to the airline’s website. “The PCR test must be taken up to four days prior to the travel date (96 hrs maximum) and must be conducted at the Emirates authorised Health Centre — Chughtai Labs — at the passenger’s expense.”

Children under 12 years old are exempt from the test if they are travelling with their parents who have tested negative and are fit to travel, according to the website.

Face masks are mandatory inside the airline and through the airport. Travellers will also have to pass through a fever detection scanner before entering any connections area.