Pakistan Travel Warning
Issued by US Department of State
Jan 28, 2002
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to evaluate carefully the
implications for their security and safety before deciding to travel to
Although the Department has authorized the return of all U.S. Embassy and
Consulate personnel positions and family members effective on January 28,
2002, ongoing events in the region require that all Americans in or
traveling through Pakistan closely consider the implications for their
security and safety. U.S. forces are engaged in military action in
neighboring Afghanistan, against the remnants of the former Taliban regime
and the terrorist Al-Qaida network.
While the Government of Pakistan has expressed its full support for the
international campaign against terrorism, some public sympathy and support
for the Taliban and Al-Qaida still exist in Pakistan. The presence of
indigenous sectarian and militant groups in Pakistan requires that all
Americans in or traveling through Pakistan take appropriate security
measures. Events in the Middle East also increase the possibility of
Americans who reside in or visit Pakistan despite this warning should
exercise maximum caution and take prudent measures. This includes
maintaining a strong security posture by being aware of their surroundings,
avoiding crowds and demonstrations, keeping a low profile, varying times and
routes and contacting the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate in case of any
change in the local security situation. The Consulates in Peshawar, Lahore
and Karachi are open for American citizens services but not visa services.
The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad is open for all services including visa
services. However, from time to time, the missions in Pakistan may
temporarily close or suspend public services as necessary to review their
The U.S. Embassy also urges all American citizens to defer travel to the
tribal areas of Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province until further notice.
The Government of Pakistan requires all citizens of countries other than
Pakistan and Afghanistan to obtain permission from the Home and Tribal
Affairs Department prior to visiting these tribal areas which lie outside
the normal jurisdiction of the Government of Pakistan.
U.S. citizens in Pakistan are strongly urged to register and obtain updated
security information at the American Embassy in Islamabad, the U.S.
Consulate General in Karachi, the U.S. Consulate in Lahore, or the U.S.
Consulate in Peshawar at the following addresses:
The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad is located at Diplomatic Enclave, Ramna 5,
telephone (92-51) 2080-0000; consular section telephone (92-51) 2080-2700,
fax (92-51) 822-632.
The U.S. Consulate General in Karachi is located at 8 Abdullah Haroon Road,
telephone (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 near Shimla Road
or Sharah-E-Abdul Hamid Bin Badees, (Old Empress Road), telephone (92-42)
636-5530 during regular working hours,
fax (92-42) 636-5177.
The U.S. Consulate in Peshawar is located at 11 Hospital Road, Cantonment,
telephone (92-91) 279-801 through 803, fax (92-91) 276-712.
For further general information regarding travel to Pakistan, U.S. citizens
should consult the Department of State's Consular Information Sheet for
Pakistan, available via the Internet at http://travel.state.gov.
This supersedes the Travel Warning for Pakistan dated December 13, 2001, in
order to inform U.S citizens of the termination of authorized departure
status of U.S. Embassy and Consulate employees and their family members in
Pakistan and to update the security situation in Pakistan.