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Special flight to repatriate stranded Pakistanis in Australia

Special Pakistan International Airlines flight ready to leave Lahore airport repatriating Australians stranded in Pakistan due to COVID-19. Source: Supplied

Another special flight is being organised to repatriate stranded Pakistanis from Australia according to Pakistan High Commission, Canberra.

The announcement was made late last night via High Commissions social media.

It states that a special flight will evacuate people from Sydney on 14th of June 2020 and priority will be given to Pakistani nationals who are in Australia on a visit visa.


Highlights:

  • Special flight is being organised to repatriate stranded Pakistanis in Australia 
  • Pakistan High Commission of Pakistan Canberra made the announcement last night
  • People who wish to travel are required to re-register details as soon as possible.  

People who would like to avail this opportunity will be required to re-register their details with the High Commission even if they had previously registered.

Details can be registered by filling out a form which requires a few details such as identification details, passport, nationality, visa status and reason for return to Pakistan.

In a conversation with SBS Urdu in April 2020 High Commissioner of Pakistan in Canberra, Babar Amin said that the reason behind this registration is to help the Government of Pakistan in the planning of repatriating Pakistanis from foreign countries.

“The registration process helps us in informing the Pakistani Government about the number of total people who are stranded due to the lockdown and want to go back home,” said Mr Amin.

“The government is currently planning to evacuate Pakistanis around the world and we want Pakistanis in Australia to be included in that list so they can be repatriated in an organised manner.”

https://www.sbs.com.au/language/english/audio/sigh-of-relief-as-300-australians-return-home-on-special-flight-from-pakistan

Earlier in April more than 200 Pakistanis were successfully repatriated to Pakistan on a special flight from Melbourne to Lahore.

In May, a second special flight was supposed to run from Sydney to Karachi but was cancelled just a few days before its scheduled departure due to low ticket sales on the Karachi to Sydney leg.

With the ease of restrictions in Pakistan all outbound international flights are now operational whereas only a limited number of inbound international flights are being operated due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases and limited quarantine facilities.   

According to the current announcement by the High Commission it was also advised that Temporary Visa holders who wish to travel to Pakistan might not be able to return as per the current regulations put in place by the Australian Government.

Australian permanent residents, citizen and dual nationals who wish to travel to Pakistan will be required to obtain permission from relevant local authorities.

Updated details can be found here


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