released March 25, 2005, this information is current as of
Thursday, June 02, 2005. Travel
Warnings are issued when the State Department recommends that
Americans avoid a certain country.
This Travel Warning is being reissued to remind U.S. citizens
of ongoing security concerns in Pakistan. This Travel Warning supersedes
the Travel Warning dated September 24, 2004.
Due to on-going concerns about the possibility of terrorist activity
directed against American citizens and interests, the Department
of State continues to warn U.S. citizens to defer non-essential
travel to Pakistan. The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad and the Consulates
in Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar continue to operate at reduced
staffing levels. Family members of official Americans assigned
to the Embassy in Islamabad and to the three consulates 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 Afghan border region. Their presence,
coupled with that of indigenous sectarian and militant groups in
Pakistan, continues to pose potential danger to American citizens.
Continuing tensions in the Middle East also increase the possibility
of violence against Westerners in Pakistan. As security has tightened
at official U.S. facilities, terrorists and their sympathizers
have demonstrated their 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 recreation events.
U.S. citizens who travel to, or remain in Pakistan despite this
Travel Warning are encouraged to register with the Embassy's Consular
Section or the Consulates in Lahore, Peshawar, and Karachi through
the State Department's travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov
and obtain updated information on travel and security within Pakistan.
Americans without Internet access may register directly with the
nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Persons wishing to register
in person at the U.S. Consulate General in Karachi should call
that office for information on how to register given the special
security measures in effect. Updated travel and security information
for Pakistan is issued periodically via the emergency alert system
(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, as well as keeping a low profile, varying
times and routes for all required travel and ensuring that travel
documents and visas are valid.
From time to time, any post in Pakistan may temporarily suspend
public services for security reasons. Official Americans may be
prohibited from traveling to certain areas of Pakistan due to security
concerns. Therefore, they may not be able to render immediate service
to American citizens in distress. The Embassy and Consulates websites
have the latest information on more specific travel restrictions
and conditions. 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 Diplomatic Enclave,
Ramna 5; telephone (92-51) 208-0000; consular section telephone
(92-51) 208-2700; 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. Their telephone is (92-21) 568-5170
(after hours: 92-21-568-1606; fax (92-21) 568-0496, website http://usembassy.state.gov/karachi.
The U.S. Consulate in Lahore is located on 50-Empress Road Sharah-E-Abdul
Hamid Bin Badees, (Old Empress Road) near Shimla Hill Rotary, telephone
(92-42) 603-4000 or 603-4250, fax (92-42) 603-4200, website http://lahore.usconsulate.gov/.
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, website http://Peshawar.usconsulate.gov.
information, consult the Department of State's Consular Information
for Pakistan and the Worldwide Caution
Public Announcement, on the Department’s internet website
at http://travel.state.gov. American citizens may also obtain up-to-date
information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free
in the United States or Canada, and 202-501-4444 from overseas.
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