Wednesday, December 1

Pakistan Travel Advisory

Reconsider traveling to Pakistan due to terrorism and sectarian violence. Some areas are at higher risk. Read the entire travel advisory.

Read the State Department COVID-19 page before planning any international travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 1 Pakistan Travel Health Advisory due to COVID-19, indicating a low level of COVID-19 in the country. Your risk of getting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA-cleared vaccine. Before planning any international travel, review the CDC’s specific recommendations for vaccinated and not vaccinated Travellers.

Visit the Embassy COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 and related restrictions and conditions in Pakistan.

Do not travel to:

  • Balochistan Province and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province (KPK), including the former Federal Administration Tribal Areas (FATA), due to terrorism and kidnapping.
  • The immediate vicinity of the Line of Control due to terrorism and the potential for armed conflict.

Terrorist groups continue to plot attacks in Pakistan. A local history of terrorism and current ideological aspirations for violence by extremist elements have led to indiscriminate attacks against local civilian and military and police targets. Terrorists can strike with little or no warning, targeting transportation hubs, markets, shopping malls, military installations, airports, universities, tourist spots, schools, hospitals, places of worship, and government facilities. Terrorists have targeted US diplomats and diplomatic facilities in the past.

Terrorist attacks continue to occur throughout Pakistan, most in Balochistan and KPK, including the former FATA. Large-scale terrorist attacks have claimed many victims.

Pakistan’s security environment has improved since 2014, when Pakistani security forces carried out concerted counter-terrorism and militant operations. There are greater resources and security infrastructure in major cities, particularly Islamabad, and security forces in these areas can more easily respond to an emergency compared to other areas of the country. While threats still exist, terrorist attacks are rare in Islamabad.

The United States government has a limited capacity to provide emergency services to American citizens in Pakistan due to the security environment. Travel of US government personnel within Pakistan is restricted, and additional restrictions may occur on the movements of US government personnel outside of US diplomatic facilities at any time according to the local circumstances and security conditions, which may change suddenly.

The US Consulate General in Peshawar cannot provide any consular services to US citizens.

Due to the risks to civil aviation operating in or near 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 refer to the Federal Aviation Administration Bans, Restrictions, and Notices.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Pakistan:

Baluchistan Province – Do not travel

Do not travel to the province of Balochistan. Active terrorist groups, an active separatist movement, sectarian conflicts and deadly terrorist attacks against civilians, government offices and security forces destabilize the province, including the main cities. In 2019, several bomb attacks occurred in Balochistan province, resulting in injuries and deaths.

Visit our website to Travel to high-risk areas.

KPK Province Including Old FATA – Do Not Travel

Do not travel to the KPK province, which includes the old FATA. Active terrorist and insurgent groups routinely carry out attacks against civilians, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government offices, and security forces. These groups have historically not discriminated between government officials and civilians. Assassination and kidnapping attempts are common, including targeting polio eradication teams.

Visit our website to Travel to high-risk areas.

Near the control line: do not travel

Do not travel to the India-Pakistan border. Militant groups are known to operate in the area. India and Pakistan maintain a strong military presence on both sides of the border. Indian and Pakistani military forces periodically exchange fire and artillery fire across the Line of Control (LoC). The only official border crossing between Pakistan and India for people who are not citizens of India or Pakistan is in the Punjab province between Wagah, Pakistan and Atari, India. Travelers are advised to confirm the status of the border crossing before beginning the journey. An Indian visa is required to enter India and there are no visa services available at the border.

Visit our website to Travel to high-risk areas.

Last Updated: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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