Pakistan Travel Warning
Issued by US Department of State
Feb 04, 2004
This Travel Warning has been updated to remind U.S. citizens of ongoing
security concerns in Pakistan. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel
Warning for Pakistan dated April 17, 2003.
The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens to defer
non-essential travel to Pakistan due to ongoing concerns about the
possibility of terrorist activity directed against American citizens and
interests there. The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad and the U.S. Consulates in
Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar continue to operate at reduced staffing
levels. Family members of official Americans assigned to all four posts in
Pakistan were ordered to leave the country in March 2002 and have not been
allowed to return.
Al-Qaida and Taliban elements continue to operate inside Pakistan,
particularly along the porous border region. Their presence, coupled with
that of indigenous sectarian and militant groups in Pakistan, requires that
all Americans in or traveling through Pakistan take appropriate security
measures. Continuing tensions in the Middle East also increase the
possibility of violence. As security has tightened at official U.S.
facilities, terrorists and their sympathizers have demonstrated the
willingness and capability to attack more vulnerable targets, including
facilities where Americans are generally known to congregate or visit, such
as hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, schools, or outdoor
U.S. citizens who travel to, or remain in, Pakistan despite this Travel
Warning should register at the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in
Islamabad or at the Consulates in Lahore, Peshawar, and Karachi in order to
enroll in the emergency alert system (the warden network). Persons wishing
to register at the U.S. Consulate General in Karachi should call that office
to make arrangements for how to register given the special security measures
in effect at that post. Information concerning updated travel and security
information for Pakistan is issued periodically via the warden network.
U.S. citizens in country should take appropriate individual precautions to
ensure their security and safety. These measures include maintaining good
situational awareness, avoiding crowds and demonstrations, keeping a low
profile, varying times and routes for all required travel and ensuring
travel documents and visas are valid.
From time to time, any post in Pakistan may temporarily suspend public
services for security reasons. Official Americans, at any given time, may
be prohibited from traveling to certain areas of Pakistan due to security
concerns and therefore, may not be able to render immediate service to
American citizens in distress. The Embassy and Consulate websites will have
the latest information on more specific travel restrictions. Many areas of
Pakistan such as the Federally Administered Tribal Areas along the
international border and the area adjacent to the Line of Control in the
disputed territory of Kashmir are restricted for non-Pakistanis. Travel to
any restricted region requires official permission by the Government of
Pakistan. Failure to obtain such permission in advance can result in arrest
and detention by Pakistani authorities.
Contact information follows for all four posts in Pakistan:
The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad is located in the Diplomatic Enclave, Ramna 5;
(92-51) 2080-0000; consular section telephone (92-51) 2080-2700; fax (92-51)
282-2632, website http://islamabad.usembassy.gov.
The U.S. Consulate General in Karachi, located at 8 Abdullah Haroon Road,
closed its public operations indefinitely due to security concerns. U.S.
citizens requiring emergency assistance should call the consular section in
Karachi in order to make arrangements to access the Consulate. Their
telephone is (92-21) 568-5170 (after hours: 92-21-568-1606); fax (92-21)
The U.S. Consulate in Lahore is located on 50-Empress Road Sharah-E-Abdul
Hameed Bin Badees, (Old Empress Road) near Shimla Road; telephone (92-42)
636-5530 during regular working hours; fax (92-42) 636-5177, website
The U.S. Consulate in Peshawar is located at 11 Hospital Road, Cantonment,
Peshawar; telephone (92-91) 279-801 through 803; fax (92-91) 276-712,
For additional information, consult the Department of State's Consular
Information Sheet for Pakistan and the latest Worldwide Caution Public
Announcement, located at http://travel.state.gov. American citizens may
also obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling
toll-free in the United States or Canada, and 317-472-2328 from overseas.