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No more rapid antigen tests needed to visit Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: Travelers to Pakistan will no longer need to take the Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) for Covid-19 from today, Tuesday, Feb 8, 2022.

The National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) met with Asad Umar on Monday, in chair decided to end RAT requirements from Tuesday. Travelers who have been deported or coming on land routes will still have to take the test.

The NCOC also decided to approve a 50 percent crowd attendance for the Lahore leg of the PSL cricket matches.

The NCOC specified that children below 12 years are allowed, all people must be fully vaccinated, valid vaccination certificates must be shown at entry to the stadium, and masks inside the venue are mandatory. A full crowd will be allowed from February 16. 

During a review of positive cases, the authority has decided to set new prices for the PCR test. Three companies including Roche, Abbot, and Qiagen kits will charge rupees 5000 and others will charge rupees 3500.

According to the Islamabad Healthcare Regulatory Authority (IHRA), people will be given details about their kits in the reports and laboratories must add names that are written on the machine, agent names, and batch numbers on the report.

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