Islamabad: In view of restricting the new variants of COVID-19 to Pakistan, the National Command and Coordination Center (NCOC) has decided to stop pedestrian traffic from Afghanistan and Iran from Wednesday, except for Pakistani nationals who wish to return.
The NCOC took this decision, while reviewing Land Border Management policy with Afghanistan and Iran to ensure regulated inbound pedestrian movement and effective management of COVID protocols at Border Terminals (BTs).
The forum reviewed the policy in view of the emergence of various variants and to restrain import of any new mutation to Pakistan.
It, however, allowed inbound pedestrian movement in case of extreme medical cases.
The reviewed policy will have no effect on existing cargo trade movement and will remain effective till 19th of this month and all outbound pedestrian movement is permissible.
The NCOC also reviewed the testing and quarantine agreement under which pedestrians entering the country will undergo rapid antigen testing (RAT) and only positive cases of Pakistani nationals will be transferred to nearby quarantine facilities.
The border terminal will be open 7 days a week, and the employment strength of law enforcement agencies and British Telecom medical staff will be improved to implement test protocols and control high traffic density.