People planning to tour the Gilgit-Baltistan region will now have to hand in a negative test for coronavirus first.
According to a notification issued by Muhammad Ali Randhawa, GB secretary home and prisons department, “tourists having valid COVID-19 negative certificates shall be allowed to enter into Gilgit-Baltistan”.
The new rule has been put into place in compliance with the health advisory issued by the GB health department under the GB Epidemic Diseases (Prevention & Control) Ordinance, 2020.
All concerned departments have been directed to “ensure strict compliance” to the tourism safety precautions already outlined by the department.
The decision comes into force immediately and will remain in effect till further notice, the notification said.
The region has recorded 4,967 confirmed cases and 103 deaths, according to the government dashboard for coronavirus.
The last rise in cases was reported on March 18, when two new people tested positive for the virus.