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US embassy issues travel advisory for travelling on Pakistani airlines

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Advisory referred to downgrading of Pakistan to Category 2 rating by FAA as a reason to advise US citizens from using Pakistani airlines. Photo: File

The US Embassy in Islamabad has issued a fresh ‘Travel Alert’ for its citizens in the country asking them to monitor local media for updates before travelling on Pakistani air carriers and get registered themselves in a travel safety programme.

The notification, issued on Tuesday, referred to the downgrading of Pakistan to Category 2 rating by the US Federal Aviation Administration  on July 15. It said that the Pakistani airlines  do not comply with certain International Civil Aviation Organisation safety standards.

“According to the FAA’s International Aviation Safety Assessment programme, air carriers from countries with Category 2 ratings are not allowed to initiate new service to the United States, are restricted to current levels of existing service to the United States, and are not permitted to carry the code of US carriers on any flights,” read the statement. 

The advisory asked the citizens to “Monitor local media for updates on travel to, from, and within Pakistan on Pakistani air carriers” and “enroll in Safe Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive travel and security updates”.

It further stated that US citizens residing or traveling in Pakistan are advised that US Embassy and Mission personnel are precluded from traveling on any Pakistani airline without prior authorization.

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