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No embassy approval needed for Pakistanis in UAE booking repatriation flights from June 20

 

DUBAI – Pakistanis in the UAE and around the world who wish to return to Pakistan will be able to book flight tickets directly with the airlines starting on June 20 without needing approval from the Pakistan Embassy or Consulate.

The new rule comes after the Pakistan government approved the resumption of international flights starting on June 20, according to Pakistan’s Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development.

Those who want to travel to Pakistan will be able to buy their tickets directly from the airlines and would no longer need consulate or embassy approval, according to Pakistan’s Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development in a series of tweets.

The gradual reopening of flights came after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday approved the resumption of international flight operations, more than two months after Pakistan suspended international flights on March 21.

“We are going to resume international flights with 25 per cent capacity with effect from June 20 to accelerate the repatriation of stranded Pakistanis,” said Syed Zulfiqar Bukhari, special assistant to Prime Minister for Overseas Pakistani.

The resumption of flight operations will be done in phases; with the first phase allowing international flights from Gulf countries to book stranded Pakistanis who want to return home.

Dr Moeed Yusuf, special assistant to Pakistan Prime Minister on National Security, said up to 45,000 Pakistanis per week are expected to return to the country starting on June 20.

In the UAE, more than 36,000 Pakistanis have been repatriated so far. More than 80,000 Pakistanis have registered with diplomatic missions in the UAE for repatriation.

All arriving passengers will be required to undergo a 14-day home quarantine. ICA/Expat Media


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