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Pakistan Travel Advisory

Travel Advisory
January 10, 2018
Pakistan - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
O E N H U T C

Reconsider travel to Pakistan due to terrorism. Some areas have increased risk. Please read the entire Travel Advisory.

Do not travel to:

  • Balochistan province, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province, and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) due to terrorism.
  • The Azad Kashmir area due to terrorism and the potential for armed conflict.

Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Pakistan. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, military installations, airports, universities, tourist locations, schools, hospitals, places of worship, and  government facilities.

Over the past six months, there have been at least 40 significant terrorist attacks across Pakistan, resulting in over 225 deaths and 475 wounded, most of which occurred in Balochistan, KPK, and the FATA. In the past, there have been large-scale terrorist attacks resulting in hundreds of casualties.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Pakistan due to the security environment. Travel by U.S. government personnel within Pakistan is restricted, and additional restrictions on movements by U.S. government personnel outside of U.S. diplomatic facilities may be put in place at any time, depending on local circumstances and security conditions, which can change suddenly.  Terrorists have targeted U.S. diplomats and diplomatic facilities in the past, and evidence suggests they continue to do so.

The U.S. government is unable to provide any consular services to U.S. citizens from the Consulate General in Peshawar.

Due to risks to civil aviation operating within or in the vicinity of Pakistan, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) and/or a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR). For more information, U.S. citizens should consult the Federal Aviation Administration’s Prohibitions, Restrictions, and Notices.

Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page

If you decide to travel to Pakistan:

  • Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.
  • Remain aware of your surroundings and local events.
  • Vary travel routes and timing, especially for routine trips.
  • Minimize the duration of trips to public markets, restaurants, government and military institutions, and other locations.
  • Minimize the number of U.S./Western nationals congregating in any one location at any time.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Review the Crime and Safety Reports for Pakistan.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Balochistan Province

Do not travel to Balochistan province. Active terrorist groups, an active separatist movement, sectarian conflicts, and terrorist attacks against civilians, government offices, and security forces destabilize the province, including all major cities.  In the past six months, there were at least 18 separate attacks on civilians and government officials and security forces. In November 2017, a suicide attack on a security force convoy killed five and injured 19 civilians in Quetta, and, separately, a large bomb blast occurred at a public market. In October, a suicide attacker killed 19 people and injured 30 others at a large shrine in eastern Balochistan. 

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA)

Do not travel to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Active terrorist and insurgent groups routinely conduct attacks against civilians, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government offices, and security forces. These groups historically have not discriminated between government officials and civilians. Assassination and kidnapping attempts are common, including the targeting of polio eradication teams. In the past six months, there have been at least 67 improvised explosive devices (IED) attacks, 148 reported occurrences of small arms fire, 28 known assassination attempts, and 17 kidnappings in this region.   

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Azad Kashmir

Do not travel to the Azad Kashmir area. Several active terrorist groups regularly conduct attacks across the Line of Control (LoC) into the State of Jammu and Kashmir, often sparking violence. The threat of armed conflict between India and Pakistan remains. Indian and Pakistani military forces periodically exchange gun and artillery fire across the LoC.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

India-Pakistan Border

India and Pakistan maintain a strong military presence on both sides of the border. The only official Pakistan-India border crossing point for persons who are not citizens of India or Pakistan is in the province of Punjab between Wagah, Pakistan and Atari, India. Travelers are advised to confirm the status of the border crossing prior to commencing travel. An Indian visa is required to enter India, and no visa services are available at the border. 

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Travel Advisory Levels

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Islamabad
Diplomatic Enclave, Ramna 5 Islamabad, Pakistan
Telephone
+(92)(51) 201-4000 or +(92)(51)201-5000
Emergency
+(92)(51) 201-4000
Fax
+(92)(51) 282-2632
Pakistan Map