Security Alert – U.S. Consulate General Lahore, Pakistan

Security Alert – U.S. Consulate General Lahore, Pakistan (November 24, 2020) Location:  Lahore, Pakistan Event: U.S. Consulate General Lahore is aware of a large police presence in response to a reported security incident at the Counter Terrorism Department police station at Barki Road in Lahore, Pakistan. U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the area. Actions to …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (November 17, 2020) Location:  Islamabad Event:  Local media report there are ongoing protests in Rawalpindi and Islamabad, resulting in traffic delays, street closures, and disruption of cell phone networks.  Road closures and cell phone disruptions may continue to occur over the next several days. Actions to Take: …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy, Islamabad

Location: Pakistan (Countrywide) Event: The Pakistan National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) announced October 28 that, effective immediately, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, masks must be worn when in public, countrywide.  Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) ordered masks must be worn in public places, including bazaars, shopping malls, and restaurants or while using public transport.  ICT’s …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy, Islamabad

Location:  Pakistan Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad warns U.S. citizens that extremist organizations continue to plan attacks against a variety of targets in Pakistan.  U.S. citizens should avoid large gatherings throughout Pakistan.  Due to security and health concerns, restrictions for U.S. mission personnel remain in place, including limits on attending large gatherings and visits …

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Security Alert – U. S. Consulate General – Karachi

Location:  Karachi, Sindh Event:  The U.S. Consulate General advises U.S. citizens that on Thursday, October 8, Shia Muslims will observe Chehlum which includes numerous processions.  The largest procession is expected to involve 15,000 to 20,000 participants.  We also expect about 100 smaller processions and 460 majalis (gatherings) throughout Karachi.  In past years, these processions and …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Absentee Voting Week is September 27 – October 4

Be an Active Voter and Participate in Absentee Voting Week! Voter registration and ballot request deadlines for the November 3 General Election are as early as October 5 in some states.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, we recommend you complete a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) each year …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan

Location:  Islamabad Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad has received reports of a recent increase in street crimes in Islamabad.  Most incidents have taken place in sectors G-6, F-6, F-7, F-10, I-9, and I-10.  These street crimes have included muggings, armed robberies, and thefts of mobile phones, purses, and automobiles.  U.S. citizens are reminded that police response …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Limited Resumption of Appointments for U.S. Citizens

The ability of U.S. embassies and consulates to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens continues to be limited.  As U.S. embassies and consulates reopen their services to the public in a phased and safe approach during COVID-19, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad and U.S. Consulates General in Lahore and Karachi will resume limited in-person passport …

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Overseas Voting Message

Overseas Voting:  Fast.  Easy.  Anywhere.  Be an active voter in the upcoming 2020 General Election! U.S. Embassy Islamabad and U.S. Consulates Karachi and Lahore have resumed ballot collection for the upcoming November 3 General Election.  While the fastest way to return your ballot will be electronically or via fax, if your state allows it, you …

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Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan

Location:  Pakistan (Countrywide) Event:  On July 15, the  Federal Aviation Administration  (FAA) announced that Pakistan has been assigned a Category 2 rating under the FAA’s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program because it does not comply with  certain International Civil Aviation Organization safety standards.  According to the IASA, air carriers from countries with Category 2 ratings are not allowed to initiate new service …

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Security Alert – U.S. Consulate General Lahore

Location:  Lahore, Pakistan Event:  Muharram and Ashura. The Islamic religious month of Muharram begins on August 21.  There will reportedly be approximately 300 religious processions in Lahore during the month of Muharram.  August 29 and 30 are expected to be the peak days for processions in Lahore. During this period, U.S. citizens traveling or residing …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy, Islamabad

August 19, 2020 Location:  Pakistan Event:  The Islamic religious month of Muharram is expected to begin on August 20, subject to the sighting of the moon.  There will reportedly be approximately 177 religious processions taking place in Islamabad during the month of Muharram.  The eighth through the eleventh days of Muharram are expected to be …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy, Islamabad

(August 2, 2020) Location: Peshawar, Pakistan Event: Media reports indicate that there has been an increase in threats posted online against purported blasphemers and non-believers across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as well as in the Peshawar area since the July 29 murder of a U.S. citizen who had been imprisoned since 2018 on blasphemy charges.  U.S. citizens …

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Security Alert – U.S. Consulate General, Karachi

Security Alert – U.S. Consulate General, Karachi (July 23, 2020) Location: Karachi, Pakistan Event: Local media report that the Sindh Home Department has issued a high-security alert for Karachi’s Clifton area.  Sindh Police have increased their footprint and have blocked streets near several consulates.  Media report that the increased police presence and surrounding road closures …

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Health Alert – Update #49 New Medical Requirements for Boarding Flights

Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event: Update #49 – New Medical Requirements for Boarding Flights Several airlines have announced that passengers departing from Pakistan will need to complete a COVID test before departure: Emirates announced that effective July 10, outbound passengers from Pakistan must carry a negative PCR certificate issued by a local government approved laboratory to be …

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Security Alert – U.S. Consulate General Karachi

Security Alert – U. S. Consulate General Karachi, Pakistan (June 29, 2020) Location: Pakistan Stock Exchange Building, Karachi, Pakistan Event: Media reports of an attack at the Pakistan Stock Exchange Building, Stock Exchange Road, Lalazar, Karachi, Pakistan.  Local authorities are on the scene. Actions to Take: Avoid the area Monitor local media for updates Be aware …

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Health Alert – Update #48 Authorization of International Flights

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (June 22, 2020) Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #48 – Authorization of International Flights The Government of Pakistan has authorized the resumption of international flight options to/from all international airports in Pakistan except Gwadar and Turbat airports effective June 20.  The Department of State has a Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel recommendation in effect.  U.S. …

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Health Alert – Update #47 Extension of Pakistani Visas until August 31

Location:   Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #47- Extension of Pakistani Visas until August 31 This message updates our April 30 (Update #36) message to U.S. citizens. Due to the travel disruptions caused by COVID-19, foreign nationals currently in Pakistan (to include U.S. citizens) whose Pakistani visa expired after March 15, 2020, have been granted an automatic visa extension until August 31, …

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Health Alert – Update #46 Available Commercial Air Options to Depart Pakistan

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (June 15, 2020) Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #46 – Available Commercial Air Options to Depart Pakistan Since the re-opening of commercial outbound passenger flights on May 30, several international carriers have announced flights. As of June 15, the U.S. Embassy is aware of the following announced …

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Health Alert – Update #45 Special PIA Flight from Islamabad to Chicago

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (June 7, 2020) Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #45 – Special PIA Flight from Islamabad to Chicago, June 13 Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has received special permission to operate a flight from Islamabad International Airport to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD) on June 13.  This flight has …

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Health Alert – Update #44 Resumption of Outbound International Flights

Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #44 – Outbound International Flights Resume The Government of Pakistan will permit commercial outbound passenger flights from all international airports except Gwadar and Turbat effective May 30.  Inbound passenger flights remain suspended. Qatar Airways announced regular flights from Islamabad, Peshawar, Lahore, and Karachi effective May 31 to Doha (Hamad International Airport) …

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Health Alert – Update #43 U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan

Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #43 – Special PIA Flight from Islamabad to Newark, May 31 Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has received special permission to operate a flight from Islamabad International Airport to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) on May 31.  This flight has been arranged by the Government of Pakistan. U.S. citizens and Lawful …

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Health Alert – Update #42 U.S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Islamabad Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #42 – Commercial Air Options, May 27 and 28 Qatar Airways announced three commercial flights departing Pakistan to Doha (Hamad International Airport) on May 27 and 28 with onward service available to points in the United States.  These flights are arranged solely by Qatar Airways …

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Health Alert – U. S. Consulate General Lahore, Pakistan

Health Alert – U. S. Consulate General Lahore, Pakistan (May 19, 2020) Location:  Lahore, Pakistan Event:  PIA Flight from Lahore to Toronto on Wednesday, May 20 The U.S. Mission to Pakistan has recently become aware of a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight scheduled from Lahore to Toronto departing Wednesday, May 20 at 7:35 AM. For U.S. citizens …

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Health Alert – Update #41 Suspension of International Flights until May 31

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (May 15, 2020) Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #41 – Suspension of International Flights until May 31 On May 15, the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority extended the suspension of international flights until May 31, 2020, 11:59 p.m. (Pakistan Standard Time). The U.S. Mission to Pakistan does not currently have plans …

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Health Alert – Update #40 Commercial Air Options, May 13-19

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (May 9, 2020) Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #40 – Commercial Air Options, May 13-19 Qatar Airways announced four commercial flights departing Pakistan through May 19.  These flights are arranged solely by Qatar Airways and are not associated with the U.S. government.  The U.S. Mission to Pakistan …

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Health Alert – Update #39 Ease of Lockdown Restrictions

Health Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (May 8, 2020) Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #39 – Ease of Lockdown Restrictions The Government of Pakistan announced an ease in some lockdown restrictions beginning May 9. As of May 9, small shops and markets are allowed to operate Monday to Friday until 5:00 p.m.  On Saturday and …

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Health Alert – Update #38 Limited Commercial Air Options to Depart Pakistan

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (May 5, 2020) Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #38 – Limited Commercial Air Options to Depart Pakistan This is an update to our May 1 Health Alert Update # 37 and our April 29 Health Alert Update #35 . As of 11:30 a.m. Pakistan Standard Time, the websites for Qatar Airways and Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) showed limited remaining seats on commercial flights …

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Health Alert – Update #37 Limited Qatar Flights from Pakistan, May 3 – 10

May 1, 2020 Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #37 – Limited Qatar Flights from Pakistan, May 3 – 10 Qatar Airways announced flights from Islamabad, Peshawar, Multan, and Karachi to Doha from May 3 -10, 2020. For U.S. citizens remaining in Pakistan who want to return to the United States, contact Qatar Airways or your preferred …

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Health Alert – Update #36 Extension of Pakistani Visas until June 30

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (April 30, 2020) Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #36 – Extension of Pakistani Visas until June 30 This message updates our April 7 (update #15) message to U.S. citizens. Due to the travel disruptions caused by COVID-19, foreign nationals currently in Pakistan (to include U.S. citizens) whose Pakistani visa expired after March 15, 2020, …

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Health Alert – Update #35 Limited Commercial Options

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (April 29, 2020) Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #35 – Limited PIA Flights from Pakistan to the United Kingdom The U.S. Mission to Pakistan is aware of limited Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flights scheduled from Islamabad and Lahore to London and from Islamabad to Manchester, England, for the first two …

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Health Alert – Update #34 Suspension of International Flights until May 15

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (April 27, 2020) Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #34 – Suspension of International Flights until May 15 On April 25, the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority extended the suspension of international flights until May 15, 2020, 11:59 p.m. (Pakistan Standard Time). The U.S. Mission to Pakistan does not currently have plans …

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Health Alert – Update #33 U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan

Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #33 – Pakistan Government Extends Lockdown until May 9 On April 24, the Government of Pakistan extended the nation-wide lockdown until May 9.  While certain industries will be permitted to resume limited activities, educational institutions are to remain closed, and public gatherings are not permitted. The final U.S. government charter flights from …

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Health Alert – Update #32 Remaining Repatriation Flights are Full

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (April 24, 2020) Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #32 – Remaining Repatriation Flights are Full As of 5:00 p.m. Pakistan Standard Time, April 24, the remaining U.S. government charter flights scheduled to depart Karachi and Islamabad are now full.  The U.S. Embassy is not planning on arranging additional charter flights …

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Health Alert – Update #31 Availability of Limited Qatar Airways Flights

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (April 24, 2020) Location: Pakistan (country-wide) Event: Update #31 – Availability of Limited Qatar Airways Flights Qatar Airways announced they will operate flights from Lahore to Doha on April 25, 28, and 29, as well as a flight from Peshawar to Doha on April 29. For U.S. …

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Health Alert – Update #30 Limited Seats Remain on the U.S. Government Charter Flights from Islamabad and Karachi

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (April 23, 2020) Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #30 – Limited Seats Remain on the U.S. Government Charter Flights from Islamabad and Karachi There are limited seats remaining on the U.S. government charter flights scheduled for this weekend from Karachi and Islamabad.  The U.S. Mission to Pakistan continues to call …

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Health Alert – Update #29 URGENT Message to Passengers Scheduled to Depart Islamabad on April 22 at 13:40 (1:40 p.m.)

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (April 21, 2020) Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #29 – URGENT Message to Passengers Scheduled to Depart Islamabad on April 22 at 13:40 (1:40 p.m.) Pakistan Standard Time. This is an important message to confirmed passengers on the U.S. government charter flight scheduled April 22 at 13:40 (1:40 p.m.) from …

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Health Alert – Update #28 Closure of the Traveler Interest Form

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (April 21, 2020) Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #28 – Closure of the Traveler Interest Form The U.S. Mission to Pakistan will close the TRAVELER INTEREST FORM on Tuesday, April 21 at 11:59 p.m. (Pakistan Standard Time)  If you are a U.S. citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident in Pakistan who wants to …

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Health Alert – Update #27 U.S. Government Charter Flights for the Week of April 20

Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #27 – U.S. Government Charter Flights for the Week of April 20 As of 5:00 p.m. (Pakistan Standard Time), the U.S. Mission to Pakistan continues to call U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents to confirm seats on this week’s U.S. government charter flights departing Karachi and Islamabad to Washington Dulles International …

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Health Alert – Update #26 Seats Still Available on U.S. Government Charter Flights to Washington Dulles Airport (IAD)

Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #26 – Seats Still Available on U.S. Government Charter Flights IAD As of 1:00 p.m. (PST), the U.S. Mission to Pakistan continues to call U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents to confirm seats on upcoming U.S government charter flights departing Karachi and Islamabad to Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) the week …

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Health Alert – Update #25 FAQs for Upcoming U.S. Government Charter Flights to Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (April 18, 2020) Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #25 – FAQs for Upcoming U.S. Government Charter Flights to Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) The U.S. Mission to Pakistan continues to call U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents to confirm seats on upcoming U.S government charter flights departing Karachi and Islamabad …

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Health Alert – Update #24 Extension of Suspension of International Flights until April 30

Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #24 – Extension of Suspension of International Flights until April 30 On April 18, the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority extended the suspension of international and domestic flights until April 30, 2020, 11:59 p.m. (PST). For passengers confirmed on the U.S. government charters scheduled for next week from Karachi and Islamabad, your …

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Health Alert – Update #23 Additional Information on U.S. Government Charter Flights to Washington Dulles Airport (IAD)

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (April 17, 2020) Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #23 – Additional Information on U.S. Government Charter Flights to Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) As of April 17, 5:00 p.m. (Pakistan Standard Time), the U.S. Mission to Pakistan continues to call U.S. citizens to confirm seats on U.S government charter flights departing …

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Health Alert – Update #22 Announcement of Additional U.S. Government Charter Flights to Washington Dulles (IAD)

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (April 16, 2020) Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #22 –Announcement of Additional U.S. Government Charter Flights to Washington Dulles (IAD) The U.S. Mission to Pakistan has arranged for additional charter flights to depart Karachi and Islamabad to Washington Dulles (IAD) next week.  These flights are for U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents who have …

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Health Alert - Update #21 Pakistan Government Extends Lockdown until April 30

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (April 15, 2020) Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #21 – Pakistan Government Extends Lockdown until April 30 On April 14, the Government of Pakistan extended the nation-wide lockdown until April 30.  While certain industries will be permitted to resume limited activities, educational institutes are to remain closed, and public …

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Health Alert – Update #20 U.S. government charter flights from Karachi and Islamabad

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (April 13, 2020) Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #20 – U.S. government charter flights from Karachi and Islamabad Since April 3, the U.S. Mission to Pakistan has repatriated more than 1,100 private U.S. citizens and their immediate family members to the United States. The U.S. Mission to Pakistan received …

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Health Alert – Update #19 URGENT Message for Confirmed Passengers on the April 10-12 U.S. Government Charters

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (April 10, 2020) Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #19 – URGENT Message for Confirmed Passengers on the April 10-12 U.S. Government Charters For passengers confirmed on the U.S. government charters scheduled for April 10 –12, your flights will still operate as scheduled.  Please follow the instructions that were sent …

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Health Alert – Update #18 Extension of Suspension of International Flights until April 21

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (April 10, 2020) Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #18 – Extension of Suspension of International Flights until April 21 The Government of Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority suspended all international passenger, chartered, and private aircraft inbound flights to Pakistan on March 21 beginning at 8:00 p.m. Pakistan Standard Time (PST). …

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Health Alert – Update #17 U.S. government charter flights from Karachi and Islamabad

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (April 9, 2020) Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #17 – U.S. government charter flights from Karachi and Islamabad As of 2:00 p.m. Pakistan Standard Time, April 9, the three flights chartered by the U.S. government this weekend from Karachi and Islamabad are now full.  Staff at the U.S. Mission …

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Health Alert – Update #16 Important Information regarding U.S. Government-arranged flights from Karachi and Islamabad

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (April 8, 2020) Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #16 – Important Information regarding U.S. Government-arranged flights from Karachi and Islamabad As of 11:00 a.m. Pakistan Standard Time, April 8, the U.S. Mission to Pakistan continues to directly contact U.S. citizens regarding the U.S. government-arranged flights from Karachi and Islamabad …

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Health Alert – Update #15 Additional Information on Extension of Pakistani Visas for U.S. Citizens

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (April 7, 2020) Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event: Update #15 Additional Information on Extension of Pakistani Visas for U.S. Citizens This message updates our April 6, 2020, (Update #12) message to U.S. citizens. Due to the travel disruptions caused by COVID-19, foreign nationals currently in Pakistan (to include U.S. citizens) whose Pakistani visa expired after March …

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Health Alert – Update #14 U.S. Government-arranged Flights from Karachi and Islamabad

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (April 7, 2020) Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #14 – U.S. Government-arranged Flights from Karachi and Islamabad As of 1:30 p.m. Pakistan Standard Time, April 7, the U.S. Mission to Pakistan continues to directly contact U.S. citizens regarding the U.S. government-arranged flights from Karachi and Islamabad scheduled for later …

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Health Alert – Update #13 U.S. Government-Arranged Flights from Karachi and Islamabad

Location:   Pakistan (country-wide) Event:   Update #13 – U.S. Government-arranged Flights from Karachi and Islamabad The U.S. Mission to Pakistan is arranging for one flight to depart Karachi and two flights to depart Islamabad later this week.  All flights will terminate at Washington Dulles (IAD) airport. We have begun directly contacting U.S. citizens regarding the U.S. government-arranged …

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Health Alert – Update #12 Extension of Pakistani Visas for U.S. Citizens

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (April 6, 2020) Location:   Pakistan (country-wide) Event: Update #12 Extension of Pakistani Visas for U.S. Citizens Due to the travel disruptions caused by COVID-19, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Pakistan is exploring extending visas for U.S. citizens who have overstayed their Pakistani visas or expect to overstay their …

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Health Alert – Update #11 Contact Information for PIA Flights for U.S. Citizens

Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event: Update #11 – Contact Information for PIA Flights for U.S. Citizens The U.S. Mission to Pakistan continues to explore options for U.S. citizens wishing to depart Pakistan. During the period of April 1 to April 11, 2020, the Pakistani government has approved for Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to restore limited flight operations …

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Health Alert – Update #10 Interest in future U.S. government-arranged flights to Washington Dulles (IAD)

Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #10 – Interest in future U.S. government-arranged flights to Washington Dulles (IAD) A U.S government-arranged flight from Islamabad and Karachi to Washington Dulles airport departed April 3.  Demand for that flight was extremely high, and we are aware that many U.S. citizens still want to return to the United States. We are …

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Health Alert – Update #9 Availability of Limited PIA Flights

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (April 2, 2020) Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event: Update #9 –Availability of Limited PIA Flights During the period of April 1 to April 11, 2020, the Pakistani government has approved for Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to restore limited flight operations between Islamabad, Karachi, and Lahore and various countries to …

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Health Alert – Update #8 Restoration of Limited PIA Flights

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (April 2, 2020) Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event: Update #8 – Restoration of Limited PIA Flights The Pakistan government approved for Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to restore limited flight operations between Islamabad, Karachi, and Lahore and  various countries to include flights to Canada and the United Kingdom.  On April 1, …

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Health Alert – Update #7 Rescheduled April 3 U.S. government-arranged flight

Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event: Update #7 – Rescheduled April 3 U.S. government-arranged flight The U.S. government sponsored flight originally scheduled for April 1 from Karachi and Islamabad has been rescheduled for April 3. U.S. Mission staff have begun contacting U.S. citizens that were confirmed on the April 1 flight to provide updated flight information for April …

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Health Alert – Update #6 POSTPONED April 1 U.S. government-arranged flight

Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event: POSTPONED April 1 U.S. government-arranged flight URGENT.  The U.S. government sponsored flight April 1 from Karachi and Islamabad has been postponed.  Please do not travel to the airport on April 1. We realize this is very disappointing news.  We do not know, at this time, when the new flight will be, but …

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Health Alert – Update #5 April 1 U.S. government-arranged flight (31 March, 2020)

Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event: Update #5 – April 1 U.S. government-arranged flight All seats have been filled on the April 1 U.S. government-arranged flight from Pakistan to the United States.  Confirmed travelers received phone calls and emails providing flight time and instructions about required documentation.  If you are a confirmed traveler, please review the email you will receive …

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Health Alert - Update #4 General Update COVID-19 Pakistan

Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event: Update #4 – General Update: COVID-19 Pakistan The U.S. government-arranged flight from Pakistan to the United States on April 1 is full.  If there are cancellations, the U.S. Mission in Pakistan will contact additional travelers.  Priority was given to U.S. citizens most at risk for COVID-19 complications. The Government of Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority …

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Health Alert – Update #3 U.S. Government Arranged Flight from Karachi and Islamabad (April 1)

Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #3 – U.S. Government Arranged Flight from Karachi and Islamabad (April 1) As of 1700 Pakistan Standard Time, the U.S. government-arranged flight on April 1 is now full.  If there are cancellations, we will contact additional travelers. We received more requests than we could accommodate and prioritized seats for those most at …

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Health Alert -  Update #2 U.S. Government Arranged Flight from Karachi and Islamabad (April 1)

Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #2 – U.S. Government Arranged Flight from Karachi and Islamabad (April 1) As of 10:45 a.m. (Pakistan Standard Time), March 29, 2020, we continue to contact U.S. citizens regarding the U.S. government arranged flight on April 1 as announced in the U.S. Mission to Pakistan’s March 27 message . If you registered for this flight, …

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Health Alert –  Update #1 U.S. Government Arranged Flight from Karachi and Islamabad (April 1)

Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #1 – U.S. Government Arranged Flight from Karachi and Islamabad (April 1) We have begun directly contacting U.S. citizens regarding the U.S. government arranged flight on April 1 as announced in the U.S. Mission to Pakistan’s March 27 message .  If you registered for this flight, we are contacting you by phone or email – …

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Health Alert – Suspension of Qatar Airways Flights from Islamabad

Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Suspension of Qatar Airways Flights from Islamabad to Doha Effective March 30, Qatar Airways will suspend operations of the daily Islamabad to Doha flight (QR 633). U.S. citizens wishing to depart Pakistan should review information on a U.S. government facilitated flight scheduled for April 1 from Islamabad and Karachi to Washington Dulles (IAD) …

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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (Cancellation of Limited PIA flights from Pakistan)

Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Cancellation of Limited PIA flights from Pakistan to the United Kingdom and Canada Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) announced that flights scheduled for March 27 and 28, 2020, from various cities in Pakistan to Toronto, Manchester, London, and Birmingham have been canceled because of health and safety considerations. The U.S. Mission in Pakistan continues …

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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (USG-Arranged Flight)

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Pakistan (March 27, 2020) Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  USG-Arranged Flight on April 1 from Islamabad and Karachi to Washington Dulles Airport The U.S. Mission in Pakistan is arranging a flight to depart Karachi and Islamabad on April 1, 2020.  Please read the following information carefully: The flight would originate in Karachi, stop …

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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan

Location: Countrywide Event: Updated COVID-19 Information for Pakistan Country-Specific Information:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) raised the Travel Health Notice for Pakistan to Level 3 on March 23, 2020, because of widespread and ongoing transmission of COVID-19 within Pakistan.  Upon arrival to the United States, passengers from Pakistan will be subject to CDC screening, …

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The United States stands with Pakistan against Coronavirus

Islamabad, March 26, 2020 – Pakistan and the United States are partners in the fight against coronavirus.  In a video message released on the U.S. Mission to Pakistan’s social media platforms today, Ambassador Paul Jones highlighted the support the United States is providing Pakistan, our commitment to deepen our collaboration with new technologies and resources, and …

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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan

Location:  Countrywide  Event:  Notification of Flights on PIA and Qatar Airways  Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will likely partially restore limited flights from Islamabad, Karachi, and Lahore.  Qatar Airways continues to operate one flight daily from Islamabad.    Please contact PIA or Qatar Airways directly or through your preferred agent to inquire about pricing and availability of these flights, even if you had previously existing reservations.  The situation is fluid and constantly changing, we encourage all U.S. citizens wanting to depart Pakistan to …

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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (March 25, 2020) 

Location:  Countrywide Event:  URGENT – Notification of Flights on PIA from Lahore and Islamabad Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will likely partially restore limited flights from Islamabad to cities in the United Kingdom and  Lahore to Toronto. Please contact PIA directly or through your preferred agent to inquire about pricing and availability of this flight, even if you had previously existing reservations. These are not U.S. government operated or funded flights.  Availability and cancellations are …

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Health Alert – Notification of Flight on Qatar Airways from Lahore to Doha

Location:  Lahore Qatar Airways announced they will operate one flight from Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport on March 25, 2020 to Doha only. Please contact Qatar Airways directly or through your preferred agent to inquire about pricing and availability of this flight, even if you had previously existing reservations. This not a U.S. government operated or funded flight.  Availability and cancellations are controlled by the airline.  Onward travel to the United States may be difficult as …

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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan

Location:  Islamabad Event:URGENT – Notification of Flights on Qatar Airlines from Islamabad Qatar Airways announced they will operate limited flights from Pakistan in the next several days. Please contact Qatar Airways directly or through your preferred agent to inquire about pricing and availability of these flights, even if you had previously existing reservations. These are …

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Cancellation of Routine American Citizen Services (22 March, 2020)

As of 19 March, the United States Embassy and Consulates in Pakistan are cancelling routine American Citizens Services and all currently scheduled routine appointments.  We will resume routine services as soon as possible, but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.  The Embassy and Consulates will continue to provide emergency consular services …

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COVID-19 Information

Country-Specific Information: Pakistan has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders. The Pakistan federal government established an inter-ministerial committee headed by the Special Advisor to the Prime Minister for Health and Population to formulate and implement a comprehensive strategy to tackle the virus’ threat. The Government of Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority announced the suspension of …

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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan

Location:  Country-wide Event:  Airspace Closure in Pakistan The Government of Pakistan has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.  On March 21, the Government of Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority announced the suspension of all international passenger, chartered, and private aircraft inbound flights to Pakistan.  The suspension will be in effect from 08:00 p.m. Pakistan …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan March 19, 2020

Location:  Pakistan Country-wide Event: Effective March 19, 2020, U.S. Mission Pakistan has suspended routine consular services.  For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit  our website  for additional information. The Department of State has issued a  Global Level 3 Health Advisory  for COVID-19. The Government of Pakistan is implementing enhanced screening measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for …

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Cancellation of Routine Visa Appointments

Information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus:  As of 17 March, the United States Embassy and Consulates in Pakistan are cancelling routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments.  Your visa appointment stands as cancelled.  We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.  The …

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COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  [10/07/2020] Country-Specific Information: The economy is predominately open, with services such as grocery stores and other businesses operational.  Select chain stores announced that customers are required to wear facemasks, but these precautions are not regularly enforced. Educational institutions began opening September 15 with local government approvals and guidance. Although reported cases appear to …

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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan

Location:  Country-wide Event:  Coronavirus Outbreak in China The Department of State recommends that travelers avoid all travel to China, due to an ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus, which can be spread from person to person.  As of January 31, the Pakistan Health Ministry has announced that there are no confirmed …

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Security Alert – U. S. Consulate General Lahore, Pakistan

Location:  Areas between Faisal Chowk (Mall Road) and the Lahore Press Club (Shimla Hill Circle), Lahore, Pakistan Event:  On January 12, at approximately 1400, several organizations are expected to join in holding an anti-American protest.  The protest is expected to begin at Faisal Chowk on Mall Road and end at the Lahore Press Club near Shimla …

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Security Alert – U. S. Consulate General Lahore, Pakistan

Location:  Lahore Press Club (Shimla Hill Circle) Lahore, Pakistan Event:  Today, at approximately 1530, a student union is expected to hold an anti-American protest at the Lahore Press Club near Shimla Hill Circle. The protest may cause traffic delays and unplanned transportation disruptions. Increased police presence has been deployed.  Cellular service in the city may …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan

Location:  Country-wide Event:  Given possible reactions to recent events in Iraq, the U.S. Embassy has restricted travel by U.S. government employees.  U.S. government personnel in Pakistan are required to postpone non-essential official movements and most personal movements.  U.S. citizens in Pakistan should monitor their surroundings for possible demonstrations and suspicious activity. Actions to Take: Avoid crowds Keep …

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Security Alert – U. S. Consulate General Lahore, Pakistan

Location:  Lahore Press Club (Shimla Hill Circle) Lahore, Pakistan Event:  Today, at approximately at 1600, Majlis Wahdat Ul Muslimeen is expected to protest at the Lahore Press Club near Shimla Hill Circle.  This protest is against the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq.  The protest may cause traffic delays, unplanned transportation disruptions, and …

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Security Alert: U.S. Consulate General, Karachi, Pakistan

Location: Karachi Event:  As the upcoming New Year’s Eve celebration approaches, we remind U.S. citizens that the holiday is often associated with an increase in traffic restrictions, increased vehicular/pedestrian traffic, and a large security presence throughout Karachi.  In addition, the custom of local “celebratory gunfire” to ring in the New Year takes place in and around …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: January 15, 2020, Town Hall Meeting in Islamabad

     Message for U.S. Citizens: January Town Hall Meeting in Islamabad December 20, 2019   The American Citizens Services unit of the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad will hold a town hall meeting for U.S. citizens on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.   The town hall will provide U.S. citizens an opportunity to learn more about the U.S. …

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VOTING IN 2020 U.S. ELECTIONS

  Registering to Vote and submitting a ballot is fast, easy, and can be done from anywhere in the world!   Start by confirming your voter registration with your state.  Some states require absentee voters to register annually so you may need to re-register.  Go to FVAP.gov to connect to your state’s voter portal to register …

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Security Alert – U. S. Consulate General Lahore, Pakistan

Location:  Punjab Institute of Cardiology, Jail Road, Shadman Area,  Lahore, Pakistan Event:  Protests by lawyers at the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) have turned violent.  The protests and police response are causing major traffic disruptions.  The Consulate recommends avoiding Jail Road and Mall Road in the vicinity of PIC. The lawyers groups involved in the protests have indicated they …

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Security Alert – U. S. Consulate General Lahore, Pakistan

Location:  Lahore Township Area, Lahore, Pakistan Event:  An explosion was reported at approximately 8:45 PM on Saturday, December 7, 2019.  An investigation of the incident is ongoing.  Exercise caution if you are in the vicinity of the explosion.  U.S. government personnel are prohibited from traveling off the Consulate compound at present. Actions to Take: Avoid the area …

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Security Alert – U. S. Consulate General Lahore, Pakistan

Location:  Ghulam Nabi Colony area on Multan Road near Samanabad, Lahore, Pakistan Event:  An explosion was reported midday on Friday, November 29, 2019.  An investigation of the incident is ongoing, but local media reports indicate the explosion may have been an improvised explosive device placed in an auto-rickshaw. Actions to Take: Avoid the area of …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Islamabad

Location:  Country-wide  Event:  Large protests by various opposition groups are expected to converge on Islamabad on Tuesday, October 29.  This may cause disruptions throughout the city.  Although the protest groups and the government have been negotiating, the protesters plan to stay in Islamabad for an extended period, and violence between protesters and police remains a …

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Security Alert – U. S. Consulate General Lahore, Pakistan

Location: Chehlum Procession Route from Dehli Gate/ Nisar Haveli to Karbala Gamay Shah, Lahore, Pakistan Event: A procession commemorating the Chehlum religious observance will take place beginning at approximately 0700 on Sunday, October 20 at the Dehli Gate/ Nisar Haveli (Walled City) area and proceed to the Karbala Gamay Shah. An image of the procession …

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Security Alert – U. S. Consulate General Lahore, Pakistan

Location: Gaddafi Stadium and surrounding areas, Lahore, Pakistan Event: Cricket matches between the Pakistani and Sri Lankan national teams will take place at Gaddafi Stadium on October 5, 7, and 9, 2019. The events will result in widespread, significant traffic disruptions, including in the area of the U.S. Consulate General, caused by blocked streets, security …

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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Islamabad

Location:  Islamabad, Pakistan Event:  Large processions in and around Islamabad and Rawalpindi are expected from September 8 through September 11, due to the observance of the 9th and 10th days of Muharram.  During this period, there is special concern due to sectarian violence in the past.  There will be a heavy police presence throughout the city, …

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Weather Alert: U.S. Consulate Karachi

Location:  Sindh Province Event: Cyclone Vayu, currently categorized as a tropical cyclone, is expected to impact Sindh Province beginning Thursday, June 13.  Widespread dust and thundershowers with scattered heavy to very heavy rainfalls are expected in the Badin, Thatta, and Tharparkar districts of Sindh.  Sea breeze is likely to remain cut off, resulting in heatwave-like conditions in …

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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Islamabad

Location: Islamabad, Pakistan Event: On Friday, May 31, 2019, Al-Quds Day rallies are expected in the city of Islamabad after the conclusion of afternoon prayers (approximately 14:00 hours). In the past, participants in Al-Quds Day rallies have chanted anti-Israeli and anti-American slogans and burned the flags of both countries. An increased police presence is anticipated …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan

Location:  Islamabad, Pakistan Event:  Local media sources report clashes have occurred between demonstrators and police on Jinnah Avenue near Express Chowk, near the Marriott Hotel on Agha Khan Road and near the NADRA intersection.  The Red Zone has been closed to traffic.  U.S. Embassy personnel have been instructed to avoid these areas. Embassy Operations:  Embassy …

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Security Alert – U.S. Consulate Lahore, Pakistan

May 24, 2019 Location:  Lahore, from Nisar Haveli to Karbala Gamay Shah Event:  On May 27, 2019, at approximately 3:00 a.m., the central procession of Youm-e-Ali is expected to begin at Nisar Haveli and proceed to Karbala Gamay Shah. This is expected to be a large procession, with dozens of smaller processions from various parts …

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Security Alert –U.S. Embassy Islamabad

Security Alert –U.S. Embassy Islamabad May 24, 2019 Location:  Islamabad, Pakistan Event:   Public processions will be held in Islamabad on Sunday, May 26, and in other parts of the country on Monday, May 27, 2019, related to Youm-e-Ali.  Increased police presence is anticipated throughout the capital and especially in the vicinity of the scheduled procession in …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan

Location:  Islamabad, Pakistan   Event:   An anti-U.S. demonstration is scheduled to take place at the Islamabad Press Club located in F-6/1 at 16:00 hours today.  U.S. Government personnel have been instructed to avoid the area surrounding the Islamabad Press Club for the duration of the demonstration.   Actions to Take:   Avoid the area surrounding the …

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Security Alert – U. S. Consulate General Karachi, Pakistan

Location:  Karachi, Pakistan Event:  The U.S. Consulate General in Karachi reminds U.S. citizens that terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Pakistan.  Due to security concerns, unofficial movements of U.S. Consulate personnel have been restricted for the period including the last two weeks of Ramadan and Eid.  Included in these travel restrictions are a variety …

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Security Alert – U. S. Consulate General Karachi, Pakistan (May 11, 2019)

Location: Pearl Continental Hotel, Balochistan, Pakistan Event: The consulate is aware of media reports of an ongoing attack at the Pearl Continental hotel in Gwadar, Balochistan province.  Local authorities are on the scene. Actions to Take: Avoid the area of the Pearl Continental Hotel in Gwadar Monitor local media for updates Avoid crowds Avoid demonstrations Keep a …

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Security Alert – U.S. Consulate Lahore, Pakistan

Location:  Data Darbar Shrine, Lahore, Pakistan   Event: An explosion has been reported in the vicinity of the Data Darbar Shrine in Lahore.  There are reports of several casualties and injuries.  Effective immediately, U.S. Consulate Lahore personnel movements have been restricted.   Consulate Operations:  Consulate operations are normal.   Actions to Take:   Avoid the …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad (March 20, 2019)

Location:  Islamabad, Pakistan Event:  On March 20, 2019, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) summoned leaders of the Pakistan People’s Party for an investigation.  As of 11:00 hours on March 20, 2019, around 300 demonstrators have gathered at the NADRA intersection to demonstrate against the NAB. Clashes are reported between police and demonstrators.  Arrests have occurred.  Injuries …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad (March 18, 2019)

Location:  Islamabad, Pakistan Event: Pakistan Day is a national public holiday held on March 23 to commemorate the Lahore Resolution of 1940.  Government operations, including a military parade, will significantly affect traffic in Islamabad during dress rehearsals scheduled for Tuesday, March 19, 2019 (0800 hours to 1400 hours) and Thursday, March 21 (0800 hours to 1400 hours), …

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Security Alert – U.S. Mission Pakistan

Location:  Pakistan Event:  Pakistan has issued an updated Notice to Airmen announcing that Pakistani airspace opened on a partial basis starting at 6:00 p.m. on March 1, 2019. According to an active  Travel Advisory  for Pakistan issued on February 13, 2019, U.S. citizens are urged to reconsider travel to Pakistan.  As stated in the  Travel Advisory ,  India and Pakistan maintain a …

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Security Alert – U.S. Mission Pakistan

February 28, 2019 Location: Pakistan Event: Pakistan has issued an updated Notice to Airmen announcing the closure of its commercial airspace until 1:00 p.m. on March 1, 2019. This temporary closure may be extended. According to an active Travel Advisory  for Pakistan issued on February 13, 2019, U.S. citizens are urged to reconsider travel to Pakistan. As …

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Security Alert – U.S. Mission Pakistan

Location:  Pakistan Event:  Pakistan has issued a Notice to Airmen announcing the closure of its commercial airspace until 11:59 p.m. on February 28, 2019.  This temporary closure may be extended. According to an active  Travel Warning  for Pakistan issued on August 1, 2018, U.S. citizens are urged to defer all non-essential travel to Pakistan.  As stated in the  Travel Warning , India …

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Demonstration Alert—U.S. Embassy Islamabad

Location:  Liaquat Bagh, Rawalpindi to Faizabad Intersection, Islamabad Event: A large demonstration by the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) is expected in Islamabad and Rawalpindi on Sunday, November 25, 2018, from mid-morning until evening. Past demonstrations have resulted in altercations among protestors to which police have responded.  Expect heavy police presence to maintain public safety, blocked and/or heavily congested roadways, …

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Demonstration Alert—U. S. Consulate General – Lahore

  Demonstration Alert U.S. Consulate Lahore (November 15, 2018)     Location:  Lahore, Mall Road, between Avari Chowk and Nasir Bagh   Event:  U.S. Consulate Lahore cautions that beginning 11:00am on November 15, 2018, a large demonstration is expected in Lahore along Mall Road.  Mall Road will be closed from Avari Chowk through Nasir Bagh.  …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Islamabad

Security Alert –U.S. Embassy Islamabad November 8, 2018 Location:  Islamabad, Pakistan Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad reminds U.S. citizens that terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Pakistan. Due to continuing security concerns, travel restrictions on U.S. Embassy personnel remain in place, including limits on visits to Pakistani government facilities, universities and shopping malls.  …

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Demonstration Alert—U.S. Mission Pakistan

Location: Pakistan Event: Mission Pakistan cautions U.S. citizens that demonstrations are expected to continue at various locations throughout Pakistan in reaction to the Supreme Court decision regarding the Asia Bibi court case, particularly around the time of afternoon prayer on Friday, November 2, 2018.  Demonstrations have resulted in altercations among protestors to which police have …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Mission Pakistan

November 2, 2018 Location: Pakistan Event: Mission Pakistan cautions U.S. citizens that demonstrations are expected to continue at various locations throughout Pakistan in reaction to the Supreme Court decision regarding the Asia Bibi court case, particularly around the time of afternoon prayer on Friday, November 2, 2018. Demonstrations have resulted in altercations among protestors to …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Mission Pakistan

(October 31, 2018) Location: Pakistan Event: Mission Pakistan cautions U.S. citizens that beginning Wednesday, October 31, demonstrations are expected at various locations throughout Pakistan in reaction to the Supreme Court decision regarding the Asia Bibi court case. Past demonstrations have resulted in violent altercations among protestors, heavy police presence in major cities to maintain public …

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Security Alert – U. S. Consulate General – Karachi

Security Alert – U. S. Consulate General – Karachi (October 24, 2018) Location:  Karachi, Sindh   Event:  The U.S. Consulate General in Karachi reminds U.S. citizens that terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Pakistan. Due to continuing security concerns, travel restrictions on U.S. Consulate personnel remain in place. Included in these travel restrictions are …

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Security Alert:  Personal Security Reminder

Security Message for U.S. Citizens Personal Security Reminder October 17, 2018   The U.S. Mission in Islamabad reminds all U.S. citizens of the possibility of hazards from celebratory gunfire.  Although the likelihood of being struck is relatively low, falling rounds can cause injury or death.  Celebratory gunfire is most likely to occur on Friday and Saturday …

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U.S. Consulate Karachi: Message for U.S. Citizens (Voting for Mid-Term elections)

U.S. Consulate Karachi Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting Message October 10, 2018   In order to vote for the mid-term election to be held on November 6, 2018, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) . Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, …

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Security Alert: U.S. Mission Pakistan

Locations:  Islamabad:  On Thursday, September 20, two processions are expected to take place in the G6 sector of Islamabad, and on Saturday, September 22, in the Bari Imam area of Islamabad. On Friday, September 21, one procession is expected in the Raja Bazar area of Rawalpindi. From Thursday, September 20, through Saturday, September 22, smaller …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan

Location: City of Islamabad, Pakistan The Grand Trunk Road between Jhelum and Islamabad, Pakistan Event:  Between August 30 and August 31, 2018, Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) party members and supporters intend to march toward Islamabad from Jhelum via the Grand Trunk Road.  Demonstrations may take place in Islamabad as early as 1700 August 30 and may continue …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting in 2018 U.S. Elections

Your Vote Counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for House and Senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters?  All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot …

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Security Alert – U. S. Consulate General – Karachi

Security Alert – U. S. Consulate General – Karachi (July 27, 2018) Location: Karachi, Sindh Event: The U.S. Consulate General in Karachi reminds U.S. citizens that despite the conclusion of national elections, terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Pakistan. Due to continuing security concerns, travel restrictions on U.S. Consulate personnel remain in place. Included …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Islamabad

Location:  Pakistan Event:  General elections are scheduled to be held in Pakistan on July 25, 2018.  In the last two weeks, several terrorist attacks have been directed against political rallies, including a bombing in Mastung, Balochistan, that killed more than 145 people.  Demonstrations, political rallies, and large religious gatherings intended to be peaceful can become …

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Security Alert – U.S. Consulate General Lahore

Locations: Grand Trunk (GT) Road, Lahore Ring Road, Allama Iqbal International Airport Event: In anticipation of political rallies, the Punjab Police will shut down those parts of the GT Road where it has access to Lahore City. Police will allow the travel of those who provide justification for needing to enter Lahore from GT Road …

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Alert for U.S. Citizens: Karachi – Observance of Yom-e-Ali on Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Alert for U.S. Citizens: Karachi Observance of Yom-e-Ali on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 The U.S. Consulate General in Karachi advises U.S. citizens that on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, ‘Yom-e-Ali’ will be observed with processions and religious gatherings. In Karachi, mourners will march from Nishter Park to Imambargah Hussainiyah Iranian via Shah-e-Khurasan, Empress Market, Tibet Center, …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Opening of New Islamabad International Airport on May 3, 2018

The Government of Pakistan has announced commercial flight operations at the new Islamabad International Airport are now set to begin on May 3, 2018.  U.S. citizens with questions about this revised date should consult their airline. Assistance: U.S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (+92)(51) 201-4000 ACSIslamabad@state.gov https://pk.usembassy.gov U.S. Consulate General Karachi +(92)(21) 3527 5000 ACSKarachi@state.gov U.S. Consulate …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Opening of New Islamabad International Airport on April 20, 2018

The Pakistani government has announced that the new Islamabad International Airport will begin operations for commercial airlines on Friday, April 20 and will be formally inaugurated on April 23.  Citizens with questions regarding their flights may wish to consult airlines to reconfirm arrangements during this period. U.S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (+92)(51) 201-4000 ACSIslamabad@state.gov https://pk.usembassy.gov U.S. Consulate General …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad (April 10, 2018)

Location:  Islamabad Event:  As a result of a fatal accident involving an Embassy vehicle over this past weekend, movements by U.S. government personnel in Islamabad have been temporarily restricted. Actions to Take: Monitor local media for updates. Avoid crowds. Avoid demonstrations. Keep a low profile. Notify friends and family of your safety. Be aware of …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy

Location: From Chandni Chowk, Rawalpindi, to Faizabad intersection. From Zia Mosque to the Faizabad intersection. From the Red Mosque (Lal Masjid) to Aabpara intersection. From the All Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) office to the United Nations office. Event:  Demonstrations are expected to take place on April 6, 2018, following afternoon prayers.  Multiple groups plan demonstrations. …

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Security Alert – U.S. Consulate General Lahore

Location:  At and near Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, as well as some main roads leading to and from that area. Event:  Pakistan Super League cricket matches will be held at Gaddafi Stadium on March 20 and 21, 2018. Local officials expect heavy traffic in and around Gaddafi Stadium, and have communicated various road closures, including …

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Security Alert – U.S. Consulate General Lahore

Location:  Lahore, at or near Mall Road, Ghazi Road, Fortress, Defense Housing Authority Markets, Main Market Area, Jalal Sons, Emporium Mall, and Allama Iqbal Airport Event:  Effective immediately, U.S. Consulate General Lahore personnel are avoiding non-essential movements at or near Mall Road, Ghazi Road, Fortress, Defense Housing Authority Markets, Main Market Area, Jalal Sons, Emporium …

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Voting in 2018 U.S. Elections

Friday, January 26, 2018 Your vote counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters?  All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad

Location: Islamabad, F-8, F-9, G-8, and G9 Event: U.S. Embassy staff continues to avoid movements within F-8, including all major intersections and the F-8 Markaz. Embassy staff has resumed movements to F-9, G-8, and G-9. Actions to Take: Avoid F-8, including the F-8 Markaz and all major intersections. Assistance: U.S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan +(92)(51) 201-4000 …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Personal Security Reminder

Thursday, December 7, 2017 The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent. U.S. Embassy Islamabad reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Islamabad/Rawalpindi Observance of Eid Milad-Un-Nabi on Friday, December 1, 2017

The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens that on Friday, December 1, 2017, we expect large processions in Islamabad and Rawalpindi in celebration of the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday, Eid Milad-Un-Nabi. In Islamabad, we anticipate a procession of 5,000 – 7,000 participants will begin at 10 a.m. at the Central Police Ground in Sector G-7. It will …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ongoing Protests in Islamabad and Rawalpindi

The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad cautions U.S. citizens that the security situation in the Islamabad/Rawalpindi area remains unsettled, unsafe in places, and highly fluid.  Police attempted unsuccessfully to disperse protestors from the Tehreek-e-Labaik party at the Faizabad intersection, and a large number of demonstrators remain at the protest site.  Small groups of protestors have fanned …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ongoing Protests in Islamabad and Rawalpindi

The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad informs U.S. Citizens that the Pakistani government is currently undertaking action to disperse Islamabad/Rawalpindi-based protests by the Tehreek Labaik Ya Rasool Allah organization.  Although police have dispersed the protests at the Faizabad Intersection, the demonstrators may be regrouping at other locations.  Other groups of protestors are also present near Tramri Chowk, Bara Koh, and …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: FVAP Releases Improved Absentee Voting Forms

In preparation for the 2018 election cycle, the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) updated the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) and Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Service members, their eligible family members, and overseas citizens may use the FPCA to register to vote, request absentee ballots, and update contact information. If they do not receive …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Notice Regarding Social Security Services October 2, 2017

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has consolidated its overseas operations into several regional offices that provide a full range of SSA services for U.S. citizens residing outside of the United States.  Effective October 1, 2017, individuals residing in Pakistan who require social security services or have questions about SSA benefits must contact the SSA Federal …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Large Shia Procession on June 17, 2017 in Karachi

United States Consulate General Karachi, Pakistan Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Large Shia Procession on June 17, 2017 in Karachi June 16, 2017 This message alerts U.S. citizens that the Shia Community will hold a large procession in observance of “Yom-e-Ali,” Saturday, June 17 in Karachi. The procession will start about 1:00 p.m. near Nishtar …

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New Process of Appointments for Returning Resident (SB-1) & LPR Boarding Foil Applications

Effective May 01, 2017, U.S. Embassy, Islamabad has launched a new procedure for filing Returning Resident (SB1) Visa Applications & LPR Boarding Foil Applicants in order to get an online appointment for their Visa Interviews. Following link will take you to Global Support Services (GSS) website for complete information about the new procedure and required …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Threat against Medical Workers in Pakistan

The U.S. government is aware of a threat to foreign medical workers in Pakistan, who may be targeted for kidnapping or assassination. The U.S. Embassy in Pakistan urges U.S. citizens to vary their times and routes when traveling anywhere in Pakistan, and to avoid travel patterns to such locations that would allow other persons to …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: General Security Reminder

American Embassy Islamabad February 17, 2017 Over the past few days, terrorist attacks have occurred across Pakistan. As a result, Pakistani security forces have increased security measures nationwide. Media reports indicate that police are on high alert and are particularly concerned about security around market areas, malls, and hotels. U.S. government personnel may be under …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Absentee Voting in 2017 Elections

Just voted in November? Still traveling or living overseas? You should register and request your absentee ballot to vote again in 2017 to ensure your election office knows where to send your ballot for any upcoming special elections for federal office. Some states are also holding gubernatorial or other statewide elections this year. The Federal …

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American Embassy Islamabad Security Message for U.S. Citizens Jamaat-ud-Dawa Protests and Kashmir Solidarity Day

Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) supporters are expected to begin nationwide protests beginning at approximately 2:00pm on Friday, February 3rd.  The demonstrations are expected to last for several hours. Expected locations for JuD protests in Islamabad The Aabpara Intersection in G-6/1 The Islamabad Press Club in F-6/1 The Red Mosque in G-6/1 The Quba Mosque in I-8/4 Separately, …

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News Alert for K Visas

Effective December 01, 2016, U.S. Embassy, Islamabad has launched a new procedure for all K-visa applicants in order to get an online appointment for their Visa Interviews. This link will take you to Global Support Services (GSS) website for complete information about the new procedure and required documents to set an online appointment.

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U.S. Consul General inaugurates state-of-the-art school

Sukkur – U.S. Consul General Grace W. Shelton and Sindh Education Minister Jam Mahtab Hussain Dahar today inaugurated a new school in Rohri; district Sukkur that was constructed with the support of the United States Government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). This is the sixth state-of-the-art school constructed under USAID’s $155 million …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Countrywide–Security Precautions during Ashura Processions

This Security Message alerts U.S. citizens that many religious gatherings known as “Majalis” will occur during the first ten days of Muharram (which began October 3rd), culminating in large processions during Ashura on the 8th, 9th, and 10th days (Oct. 10th-12th). The U.S. Mission expects very large processions of up to 50,000 participants in the …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Absentee Voting Week is September 26-October 3

Be an Active Voter by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2016 U.S. elections and participating in Absentee Voting Week! In many states, the voter registration deadline for the November 2016 elections is October 10. For some voters this might mean their paper voter registration and absentee ballot request must reach their local …

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