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28 Feb 2020 | 10:43 AM UTC

Pakistan: Government suspends all flights to Iran February 27 /update 4

Pakistan’s Civil Aviation suspends all flights to Iran from February 27 amid ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak; confirm travel itineraries



Pakistan's Civil Aviation announced on Thursday, February 27, that it would suspend all flight operations with Iran until further notice over concerns of the spread of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Although no Pakistani airline operates between the two countries, Iranian carriers Iran Air, Mahan Air, and Taban Air ran seven flights a week between Pakistan and Iran. Pakistan closed its border with Iran on Sunday, February 23, to prevent further spread of the virus.

Authorities also announced that schools would be temporarily closed in Sindh province, including in Karachi where the country's first case was reported.

To date, there are three confirmed cases of the virus in Pakistan. Further international spread of the COVID-19 virus is to be expected over the coming days and weeks.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On February 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the COVID-19 outbreak is a "very grave threat."

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.


Potentially affected travelers are advised to monitor the situation, confirm travel itineraries, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home government.

To reduce the general risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures :

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
  • When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue - throw tissue away immediately and wash hands
  • If you have fever, cough, and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider
  • Adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments

In the case that symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness emerge either during or after travel, travelers are encouraged to seek medical attention and share their travel history with their health care provider. Travelers returning from China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran, who develop symptoms of pneumonia are advised to call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to avoid potential spread of the disease.