Travellers to Pakistan will no longer be required to show a negative PCR test.

The news will come as a relief to families from across the North West who regularly travel to the country to visit relatives throughout the year.

The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) today (February 23) revised the policy for inbound passengers.

From Thursday the pre-boarding negative PCR rule has been abolished for fully vaccinated inbound travellers. However, non-vaccinated individuals over 12 years will still be required to show a pre-boarding negative PCR conducted within 72 hours.

There is still a mandatory full vaccination requirement for all inbound passengers. Passengers below 12 years of age are exempt from mandatory vaccination.

Passengers aged between 12-18 are permitted to travel without mandatory vaccination until March 31, 2022.

The UK has already significantly eased its rules for arriving travellers.

People who are fully vaccinated no longer need to take a post-arrival lateral flow test, which typically cost about £20 each.