Pakistan Travel Warning
Issued by US Department of State
Mar 04, 2002
This Travel Warning has been revised to note the brutal murder of a
kidnapped American journalist. It also addresses certain travel
restrictions imposed by the Government of Pakistan. Despite the apparent
lessening in public sympathy and support for Al-Qaida, the situation
requires that Americans in Pakistan remain vigilant. This Travel Warning
supersedes the Travel Warning for Pakistan dated January 30, 2002.
The Department of State reaffirms its warning to U.S. citizens to evaluate
carefully the implications for their security and safety before deciding to
travel to Pakistan. An American journalist was kidnapped and brutally
murdered in Karachi in early 2002. The Department has reports that American
citizens generally have been targeted for kidnapping or other terrorist
actions. 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.
The Government of Pakistan continues to give full support to the
international campaign against terrorism. While public sympathy for the
Taliban and Al-Qaida has apparently been lessened, it still exists to some
degree. In addition, 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 violence.
American citizens should also be aware that there are many areas of Pakistan
which are restricted by the Government of Pakistan and require
non-Pakistanis to obtain official permission before they may travel to them.
This includes the tribal areas of Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province,
areas along the Line of Control, the Pakistan-India border and near other
sensitive areas and facilities. Travelers need to determine beforehand
whether the areas they intend to visit have any Pakistan government
restrictions on them. If so, then the appropriate authorities must be
contacted and approval obtained before travel in undertaken.
Americans who reside in or visit Pakistan should exercise maximum caution
and take prudent measures. They should avoid crowds and demonstrations. The
Consulates in Peshawar, Lahore and Karachi are open for American citizen
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 security posture.
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) 282-2632.
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,
Peshawar, 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.