Karachi-Dubai route has become the world’s ninth busiest route in December-2021 as Pakistan’s Working Expatriates and Business Community ensured Pakistan’s flights to the United Arab Emirates remained fully operational.

According to OAG, there were 157,000 seats sold on the Karachi-Dubai Air Route in December.

However, due to Omicron’s widespread in many countries, airlines and tourists think that the current demand structure for these flights may not be maintained.

Some travel agents say rapid PCR tests at Pakistani airports could make travel trips difficult. Passengers bound for the UAE must complete the test six hours before departure and it costs around Rs 5,000 (AED 102).

Pakistan recently issued new regulations for travelers from the UAE, limiting the duration of a PCR test to a maximum of 48 hours. Pakistani regulators require passengers from the UK to undergo a rapid antigen test upon arrival. This is in addition to the pre-existing mandatory vaccinations and the preliminary PCR negative protocol.

A direct non-stop flight from Lahore to Dubai costs between AED 1,500 and 2,500 (Rs. 75,000). Meanwhile, Dubai Flight can be booked for AED 1,000 from Karachi (Rs. 50,000).

Traveling to the capital, Islamabad, is expensive as most airlines charge at least AED 2,000 for a one-way flight to Dubai. Flights from Peshawar to Pakistan are much cheaper, as a seat in Peshawar costs passengers only 300 dirhams. Due to high demand, Karachi and Lahore pay over 600 (Rs. 30,000) AED on certain days.

Pakistan has recently abolished the Category B and Category C Countries travel Restriction and now Passengers from any country will be allowed to enter Pakistan with a PCR test taken 48 hours before flight.

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