1. Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter Pakistan?
2. Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR) required for entry in Pakistan?
Travelers departing Pakistan are subject to local health screening that may include a questionnaire and temperature monitoring. Passengers may be denied boarding based on their response and screening results.
3. Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine upon entry in Pakistan?
All travelers, including U.S. citizens who enter Pakistan, are screened upon arrival and subject to a 14-day quarantine.
4. Is travel to Pakistan restricted by the US Govt?
The US Depart of State maintains a Level 3 Advisory: Reconsider Travel. The advisory reads:
Reconsider travel to Pakistan due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Pakistan due to the potential for isolated political violence.
How safe is Pakistan to travel for US citizens?
Terror outfits frequently target locations where U.S. citizens and Westerners are known to congregate or visit, including government facilities and public locations, such as schools and universities, shopping malls, markets, hotels, clubs and restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs/stations, minority neighborhoods, and outdoor recreation areas.
Terrorists also target Pakistani officials, government facilities, religious minorities and facilities including sufi shrines. Kidnapping for ransom is common.
Attacks have included armed assaults on heavily guarded sites, including Pakistani military installations and airports. Other actions include but are not limited to suicide operations, bombings (including vehicle-borne explosives and improvised explosive devices), assassinations, carjackings, and assaults. The Government of Pakistan maintains heightened security measures, particularly in major cities, and these measures can vary from day to day. The U.S. Embassy and consulates regularly assess security situations and restrict the movements of official personnel.
Crime: Dress conservatively in Pakistan keeping arms and legs covered. Avoid walking alone. Do not travel on the streets late at night. Urban crime can be organized or opportunistic and conducted by individuals or groups. It can include fraud, theft, robbery, carjacking, rape, assault, and burglary. Incidents of crime and levels of violence are higher in low-income residential and congested commercial areas but are seen in wealthier areas as well. Pick-pocketing, theft, and larceny are common on buses and trains at all hours of the day.
Take precautions to avoid crime, including:
- locking home and vehicle doors
- hiring a 24-hour guard
- varying routes and schedules
- keeping bags or valuables under your legs away from passing vehicle traffic and ensuring that bag straps are not visible
- traveling in groups
- being accompanied by a native Urdu speaker if you travel outside urban areas
- carrying your mobile phone
5. What is the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)?
Travelers are advised to fill out Smart Traveler Enrollment Program STEP. This is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. It entitles them to get the following types of assistance.
- Receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans.
- Help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency.
- Help family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency.
Quick Facts to Check Before You Travel
U.S. Embassy and Consulates Contact Info
U.S. Embassy Islamabad
Diplomatic Enclave, Ramna 5
Telephone: +(92)(51) 201-4000 or +(92)(51) 201-5000
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(92)(51) 201-4000
Fax: +(92)(51) 282-2632
U.S. Consulate General Karachi
Plot 3-5 New TPX Area, Mai Kolachi Road
Telephone: +(92)(21) 3527-5000
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(92)(21) 3527-5000
Fax: +(92)(21) 3561-2420