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India imposes polio restriction for Pakistani travellers

Published on Dec 12, 2013 6:26 PM

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistanis travelling to India will require mandatory polio vaccination, the Indian embassy said, tightening cross-border travel rules with a new policy which also affects other nations impacted by the crippling disease.

Pakistan, one of only three countries where polio remains endemic, has struggled to combat the disease after the Pakistani Taliban banned polio immunisation following a fake CIA vaccination programme meant to help track Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden.

The ban last year has led to a surge in polio cases in Pakistan that threatens worldwide efforts to eradicate the infectious disease, which is also endemic in Nigeria and Afghanistan.

"All persons - adults and children - travelling to India from Pakistan after Jan 30, 2014 are required to obtain Oral Polio Vaccination (OPV) at least six week prior to their departure to India," the Indian high commission (embassy) in Islamabad said in a statement on Wednesday.

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