CAA waives quick antigen testing for the New Zealand team

RAWALPINDI: Upon their arrival at Islamabad International Airport on Saturday, the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) exempted the New Zealand cricket team from quick antigen testing.

However, other relevant SOP procedures, such as thermal screening upon arrival, apply to the waiver.

The exception was granted in response to a request from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for Rapid Antigen Testing at the airport, as the PCB would conduct PCR testing on the New Zealand squad upon their arrival at the Serena Hotel before they check into their rooms.

From September 11 to October 5, the Pakistan Cricket Board will host the New Zealand National Cricket team in Islamabad and Lahore for three one-day internationals and five Twenty20 matches, respectively. The New Zealand cricket squad will arrive in Islamabad on September 11th by a chartered flight from Bangladesh, Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight BG-4031, which will take approximately 14 hours.

According to BCP’s Bio secure policy, only the PCB drivers and officials who will be part of the bubble and have finished their isolation time and three negative Covid-19 tests will be permitted to interact with the New Zealand squad.

The PCB requested that the crew be exempted from Rapid Antigen Testing at the airport because they are travelling from Bio Secure Bubble to Bio Secure Bubble. The PCB will conduct the team’s PCR testing at their hotel in Islamabad.

The CAA approved the clearance in response to the PCB’s request, subject to other relevant terms of the SPOs relating to foreign travelers and any later revisions issued, including thermal scanning upon arrival as per SOPs.

For the visiting New Zealand cricket team, who are set to play matches at Cricket Stadium Rawalpindi, foolproof security procedures have been devised.

An alternative traffic plan had also been devised to assist individuals who had been experiencing frustration owing to traffic congestion on city roads.

Zainab Murtaza

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