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. 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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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

Location: Islamabad, F-8, F-9, G-8, and G9 Event: Effective immediately, U.S. Embassy personnel are avoiding movements within F-8, F-9, G-8, and G-9, to include all major intersections. Actions to Take: Avoid the areas described above. Assistance: U.S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan +(92)(51) 201-4000 ACSIslamabad@state.gov https://pk.usembassy.gov S. Consulate General Karachi +(92)(21) 3527 5000 ACSKarachi@state.gov S. Consulate General Lahore +(92) ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Threats to Places of Worship

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Threats to Places of Worship Thursday, December 21, 2017 Due to the December 17 attack on the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta, Balochistan, and continuing concerns of potential attacks targeting faith-based communities during the upcoming holiday season, the U.S. Embassy is temporarily restricting the movement of all U.S. government ...
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Travel Warning – Pakistan

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all non-essential travel to Pakistan.  This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning dated May 22, 2017. Consular services provided by the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, the Consulate General in Karachi, and the Consulate General in Lahore are often limited due to the security environment.  At this time, ...
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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: 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.  The U.S. Consulate General in Karachi reminds U.S. citizens of the need ...
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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: Observance of Eid Milad Un Nabi on Friday, December 1, 2017 (Karachi)

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Karachi Observance of Eid Milad Un Nabi on Friday, December 1, 2017 Thursday, November 30, 2017   The U.S. Consulate General in Karachi advises U.S. citizens that on Friday, December 1, 2017, we expect large processions in Karachi in celebration of the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday, Eid Milad Un Nabi. In ...
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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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Protests in Various Locations in Karachi Related to Pakistani Government Response to Islamabad/Rawalpindi Protests

The U.S. Consulate General in Karachi advises U.S. citizens that the security situation in Karachi remains unsettled and highly fluid. Demonstrations and road blockages continue to take place in various locations in Karachi. Although most demonstrations appear to be nonviolent and Pakistani security forces are responding with restraint, U.S. citizens are advised to avoid areas ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Second Consecutive Day of Protests in and around Lahore

The U.S. Consulate General Lahore informs U.S. citizens that demonstrations continue to take place throughout Lahore.  These protests are an ongoing response to official Pakistani government action being taken to disperse the Islamabad/Rawalpindi-based protests.  Some of the confrontations between protestors and police have become violent.  All U.S. government employee movements have been canceled today to ...
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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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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Rally from Daata Darbar to GPO Chowk/Mall Road in Lahore

The U.S. Consulate General Lahore informs U.S. citizens that a rally is expected to take place from Daata Darbar to GPO Chowk/Mall Road beginning at 1330 on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. Local police anticipate there may be between 1,000 and 1,200 protesters. The organizers have referred to the rally as a display of solidarity with ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Chehlum Processions in Karachi (November 10, 2017)

United States Consulate General Karachi, Pakistan Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Chehlum Processions in Karachi. November 10, 2017 marks Chehlum, the 40th day of Ashura. In Karachi, Chehlum is observed with large processions that have, in the past, been targets of sectarian violence. Chehlum processions are solemn, religious events and are not tourist attractions. The ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations and Chehlum Processions in Islamabad and Rawalpindi

November 8, 2017 The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens in Islamabad and Rawalpindi about a large demonstration expected in Islamabad on November 9 and large processions marking Chehlum in Islamabad and Rawalpindi on November 9 and 10. The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to avoid both of these large gatherings. A procession of over 5,000 ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Tablighi Jamaat Gathering from November 2 to 5, 2017 and November 9 to 12, 2017

The U.S. Consulate General Lahore informs U.S. citizens that from November 2 to 5, and again from November 9 to 12, we expect an estimated 500,000 people to gather in Raiwind for the annual congregation of Tablighi Jamaat.  Raiwind is located approximately one hour from U.S. Consulate General Lahore.  As a result, we expect heavy ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Sikh Festival from October 31 to November 10, 2017

The U.S. Consulate General Lahore informs U.S. citizens that large numbers of Sikh pilgrims are expected to begin arriving in Pakistan on October 31 and stay through November 10 as part of a festival celebrating the birthday of Guru Nanak.  In Punjab Province, pilgrims are expected to travel to two different cities, Lahore and Nankana ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Large Number of Protesters in Proximity to U.S. Consulate General Lahore and Throughout City October 27, 2017

The U.S. Consulate General Lahore informs U.S. citizens that demonstrations are expected to take place in a few locations throughout Lahore beginning at 1400 on Friday, October 27, 2017.  At least two organizations are expected to demonstrate about Kashmir-related matters.  The first demonstration is planned at Chuburchi Chowk and local police anticipate there may be ...
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Emergency/Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Threat in the Islamabad Area (October 25, 2017)

Due to security concerns, U.S. Embassy employees in Islamabad are temporarily prohibited from traveling to the following locations and areas: All National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) offices in Islamabad (G-6, G-7, G-10, F-6, and F-8) and Rawalpindi. The Blue area’s commercial and business establishments along Jinnah Avenue, between 7th Avenue and 8th (Faisal) Avenue. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Large Number of Protests in Proximity to U.S. Consulate Lahore

The U.S. Consulate General Lahore informs U.S. citizens that demonstrations are expected to take place at the Lahore Press Club beginning at 14:00 on Friday, October 6, 2017. Several organizations may be demonstrating. Local police anticipate there may be approximately 2,000 protesters. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Precautions During Muharram September 26, 2017

The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad advises U.S. citizens to consider increased security precautions during the first ten days of the Muslim month of Muharram, which began on September 22. Religious gatherings and public processions take place throughout Pakistan during Muharram, particularly during the first ten days of the month.  The 9th and 10th days of Muharram (September ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: World Wide Caution for U.S. Citizens September 21, 2017

The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad wishes to inform U.S. citizens that the Department of State recently issued an updated Worldwide Caution on September 14, with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated March 6, 2017. As terrorist ...
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U.S. Consulate Lahore Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Traffic Disruptions Expected for Political Rallies

Today starting at approximately 16:00, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) political party will hold a political rally at Faisal Chowk / Mall Road.  Imran Khan is expected to attend and police believe there will be up to 3500 supporters attending the event.  The event is part of the NA-120 election campaign, and the conclusion time tonight ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Large Number of Protests in Proximity to U.S. Consulate General and Throughout Lahore

On Friday, September 8 beginning at 14:00, at least eight organizations are expected to demonstrate at the Lahore Press Club regarding events in Burma. Police have advised that there may be as many as 2,000 protesters. Consulate General Lahore is aware of at least eight additional protests scheduled to begin at 14:00 throughout the city. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned anti-Myanmar demonstrations

This message alerts U.S. citizens that religious and political parties and groups have announced plans to protest on September 8 the treatment of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.  These groups have declared that they will attempt to march to protest in front of the Embassy of Myanmar.  Pakistani officials plan to seal the Red Zone in ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security During Upcoming Holidays

As the Afghan observance of Eid-ul-Qurban over the weekend, Martyrs’ Day on September 9, 2017, and the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks approach, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul reminds U.S. citizens of the continued need for caution and vigilance regarding your personal security. Demonstrations and additional local security related to public ceremonies could ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens, Anti-United States Rallies Occurring throughout Pakistan August 30, 2017

United States Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan This message alerts U.S. citizens that both announced and unannounced anti-American demonstrations have occurred in large metropolitan areas throughout Pakistan in response to the United States’ recently announced new South Asia policy.  Demonstrations have taken place in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, and other cities.  These events have prompted additional limitations ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Pakistan Independence Day, August 14

U.S. Mission to Pakistan Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Pakistan Independence Day, August 14 August 11, 2017 The American Embassy in Islamabad cautions U.S. citizens in Pakistan that local celebrations of Pakistan Independence Day have historically led to significant pedestrian and vehicular traffic congestion throughout Pakistan, particularly in the larger cities, gatherings of large crowds, ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Explosion on Band Road in Lahore

American Consulate Lahore Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Explosion on Band Road in Lahore August 7, 2017 According to media reports, an explosion occurred at approximately 2100 near the intersection of Band Road and Outfall Road in western Lahore. Although initial reports attributed the explosion to a truck collision with an electrical transformer or power ...
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Security Message: Update Regarding Jinnah International Airport in Karachi (KHI)

U.S. Consulate General Karachi Security Message: Update Regarding Jinnah International Airport in Karachi (KHI) July 27, 2017 The United States Consulate General in Karachi has resumed the movement of U.S. government personnel traveling to and from Jinnah International Airport in Karachi (KHI). Local security forces have increased security measures at the airport and in the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Additional Security Precautions for Jinnah International Airport

The United States Consulate General in Karachi has temporarily cancelled all official and unofficial travel of U.S. government personnel traveling to and from Jinnah International Airport Karachi (KHI) until further notice. U.S. citizens are advised that the risk for violence at or near this location is elevated at this time. U.S. citizens are reminded that ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Heightened Threat Level for Lahore

The U.S. Consulate General Lahore has received indications that there is a heightened threat of a terrorist attack in Lahore. According to media reports, government buildings, tourist areas, religious sites, public parks, police check-posts, and hotels frequented by foreigners are particularly vulnerable, and may be the targets of a terrorist operation. U.S. citizens are urged ...
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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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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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American Consulate Lahore Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Threat Against English Language Schools

According to media reports, The Punjab Home Department has warned that international and foreign schools and schools with English language curricula in Lahore may be the target of a terror organization operation already underway.  The U.S. Consulate General considers these threats to be credible.  U.S. citizens are advised to avoid such schools until the threat ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Heightened Threat Level for Lahore and rest of Punjab

U.S. Consulate General Lahore has received indications that there is a heightened threat of terrorist attack in Lahore, and throughout the rest of Punjab province. There has been a substantial increase in terrorist activity throughout Pakistan, including two significant attacks within the city of Lahore within the last ten days. The Consulate General continues 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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American Consulate Lahore Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Bomb Explosion Near Punjab Assembly

Media are reporting that an explosion occurred at approximately 1800 in front of the Punjab Provincial Assembly Building on Mall Road at Charing Cross.  Media reporting indicates that there were at least 16 people killed and 74 injured in the attack.  U.S. citizens are urged to avoid this area.  If you are aware of any U.S. ...
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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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American Consulate Lahore Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Heightened Threat Environment

The United States Consulate General in Lahore has been made aware of a potential for a violent attack in the Lahore area.  United States citizens are urged to postpone travel to government facilities for the immediate future. U.S. citizens are reminded that there is an active  Travel Warning  for Pakistan issued on October 7, 2016. U.S. citizens ...
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American Consulate Lahore Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Religious Protests on December 16

On December 16th at approximately 13:30 hrs, two different religious protests are expected to begin in Lahore.  The first will start at the Press Club and the second in Data Darbar. Both are scheduled to end at Faisal Chowk, Mall Road.  The subject of these protests is the presence of the Ahmadi community.  Even demonstrations ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests affecting Karachi October 28, 2016.

On October 28, 2016 at 3:00 p.m., PTI Karachi chapter will hold a rally from Insaf House Nursery to the Karachi Press Club via Shahrah-e-Faisal road. Police expect 2-3 thousand people to participate in today’s rally. Shahrah-e-Faisal is the main artery that connects the city with the airport and some major parts of the city. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Upcoming Rallies and Demonstrations in Islamabad and Rawalpindi

This Security Message alerts U.S. citizens that the cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi are expecting several rallies and demonstrations from October 27, 2016, to November 2, 2016.  These demonstrations could extend beyond November 2, and we are closely monitoring the potential impact of these demonstrations on embassy personnel and operations.  We anticipate a heavy police ...
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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: Final Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots

Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States. The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 8. U.S. citizens who want to participate in ...
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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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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Increased Disruptions in Karachi

The U.S. Consulate General in Karachi wants to advise US citizens of large protests scheduled to begin on September 6th that could cause traffic and travel disruptions in Karachi, including to and from the airport. There is also increased potential for protests through the September 11th anniversary and Eid-ul-Azha holiday. U.S. citizens are reminded that ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Update: Additional Threat Reporting, Islamabad

The American Embassy in Islamabad continues to receive threat reporting regarding possible terrorist attacks against various locations, including the Serena Hotel in Islamabad, Marriott hotels in Islamabad and Karachi, the Monal Restaurant in the Margalla Hills, and Kohsar Market in the F6 area of Islamabad. Employees of the American Embassy in Islamabad and the American ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Update: Increased Threat Reporting, Islamabad

The American Embassy in Islamabad is seeing an increase in threat reporting regarding possible terrorist attacks against various locations, including the Marriott Hotels in Islamabad and Karachi, the Monal Restaurant in the Margalla Hills, and Kohsar Market in the F6 area of Islamabad.  Employees of the American Embassy in Islamabad and the American Consulate in ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Increased Threat Reporting, Islamabad

The American Embassy in Islamabad has seen an increase in threat reporting regarding possible terrorist attacks against various locations in Islamabad, including the Marriott Hotel, as indicated in the April 16 Security Message, and the Monal Restaurant in the Margalla Hills.  We remind U.S. citizens to review the Travel Warning and the Country Specific Information for Pakistan, and to maintain ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Threat Against Marriott Hotel, Islamabad

The embassy is aware of a general but uncorroborated threat against the Marriott hotel in Islamabad.  U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the area for the next several days to allow time to assess the situation. U.S. citizens are reminded that there is an active Travel Warning for Pakistan issued on April 7, 2016, and a worldwide ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Embassy Closure, Monday, March 28

Protests in Islamabad, which turned violent on the evening of March 27, are continuing today, March 28. The Embassy will remain closed on Monday, March 28. If you have an appointment at the Embassy, we will contact you to re-schedule as soon as we are able. Expect cell phone disruptions, news blackouts, and traffic disruptions ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Delayed Embassy Opening, Monday, March 28

Protests in Islamabad turned violent on the evening of March 27.  The Embassy will operate on a delayed opening schedule on Monday, March 28 while we further assess the situation.  If you have an appointment at the Embassy, we will contact you to re-schedule as soon as we are able.  Expect cell phone disruptions, news ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Pakistan National Day Security Reminder

There is an increased security personnel presence around Islamabad, especially near the venue selected for Pakistan National Day festivities on Wednesday, March 23 at the Shakarparian Parade Ground near 7th Avenue and Islamabad Highway. Be prepared for traffic delays, road closures, detours, and increased security checkpoints. Use good judgment when moving around public places. Cell ...
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World Wide Caution for U.S. Citizens

This message contains the text of a Worldwide Caution issued on March 3, 2016 by the U.S. Department of State to Americans living and traveling overseas. The text of this message, as well as Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts and Country Specific Information for every country in the world, can be found on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website . U.S. ...
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Security Message of U.S. Citizens: FAA Issues Advisory Notice to Airmen (NOTAM)

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued an Advisory Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) expressing concern about the risks to civil aviation operating in Pakistan, particularly at low altitude, during the arrival and departure phases of flight, and when on the ground, due to extremist/militant activity. The Advisory NOTAM does not prohibit U.S. operators or airmen from ...
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Security Message of U.S. Citizens: Islamabad Security Threat

The American Embassy in Islamabad has received threat information regarding possible terrorist attacks against locations in Islamabad in late December, especially during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday period. Possible targets include places of worship and shopping centers. U.S. government personnel are under additional movement restrictions in coming weeks, including religious venues and large shopping ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Threat in Pakistan

In light of increased threats of potential violence surrounding the anniversary of the December 16, 2014 attack on the Peshawar Army Public School, the American Embassy in Islamabad, and the Consulates in Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar have placed movement restrictions on U.S. government personnel in coming weeks. U.S. citizens are advised that the possibility for ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Travel Alert

This message contains the text of a Worldwide Travel Alert issued November 23, 2015 by the U.S. Department of State to Americans living and traveling overseas. The text of this message, as well as Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts and Country Specific Information for every country in the world, can be found on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website . U.S. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Islamabad – Security Precautions during Ashura Processions

U.S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan This Security Message updates U.S. citizens of planned processions in Islamabad during the 8th to 11th of Muharram (Ashura).  The U.S. Embassy expects very large processions of up to 50,000 participants in and around Islamabad from Thursday, October 22 through Sunday, October 25.  We anticipate heavy police presence throughout the city and in ...
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Proposed Routes and Safety Precautions during the Ashura Holiday

This Security Message informs U.S. citizens of proposed processional routes and security precautions during the Ashura holiday. Large processions in Karachi are planned for October 22, 23 and 24. Processions will likely start from Nishter Park and Numaish, take place along Muhammad Ali Jinnah Road, and end at Hussainia Irania Mosque. The planned processional route ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Safety During the Ashura Holiday

This Security Message informs U.S. citizens of increased safety concerns and security restrictions during the Ashura holiday. From now through October 25, there will be a number of large gatherings and moving processions across the country. In preparation, the Government of Pakistan is expected to mobilize several thousand additional police officers and military personnel throughout ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Elimination of Visa Page Inserts

U.S. Mission to Pakistan The U.S. Mission to Pakistan informs U.S. citizens that after December 31, 2015, there will be no more extra visa pages added to U.S. passports. Instead, as of October 2014, 52-page passport books are being issued to all applicants applying at overseas posts at no extra cost.  This policy aims to ...
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Security Message: Increased Threat of Violence

U.S. Embassy Islamabad The United States Embassy has received new information of possible threats against Pakistani government sites, places with heavy concentrations of security forces, and minority places of worship.  U.S. citizens are urged to exercise heightened vigilance.  The U.S. Embassy has placed temporary security restrictions on its personnel visiting government facilities in Punjab province. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution

This message contains the text of a Worldwide Caution issued on July 29, 2015 by the U.S. Department of State to Americans living and traveling overseas. The text of this message, as well as Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts and Country Specific Information for every country in the world, can be found on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website . U.S. ...
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Security Restrictions Regarding Government Offices in Karachi

The United States Consulate in Karachi has placed security restrictions on its personnel regarding visits to Pakistan government offices in Karachi for the next several weeks.  U.S. citizens are advised that the security situation and the possibility for violence at or near such offices is elevated at this time. U.S. citizens are reminded that there ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Attack in Karachi June 7, 2015

U.S Consulate General Karachi has received information regarding a possible attack on one or more major venues in Karachi today, June 7, 2015.  There may be an increased police presence or further restrictions at such venues as a result.  We recommend U.S. citizens avoid locations where Westerners are known to congregate such as major hotels ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Reminder to Review Travel Warning for Pakistan

U.S. citizens are reminded that there is an active Travel Warning for Pakistan, issued on February 24, 2015. U.S. citizens are urged to defer all non-essential travel to Pakistan. The embassy reminds those U.S. citizens remaining in Pakistan, or considering travelling there, to closely review the Travel Warning and to closely monitor media reports of the current ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Reminder of Importance of Taking Personal Security Precautions

Following the April 16 attack on a U.S. citizen in Karachi, the U.S. Mission in Pakistan reminds all U.S. citizens to vary your times and routes when traveling anywhere in Pakistan, and to avoid travel patterns to such locations that would allow other persons to predict when and where you will be. Review your personal ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Leading up to March 23rd Pakistan Day Holiday

This Security Message alerts U.S. citizens about security concerns leading up to and including the March 23, 2015 Pakistan Day holiday. The U.S. Embassy expects a significant increase in the presence of security personnel around Islamabad and other major cities in Pakistan.  We expect there may be disruptions to communication and transportation systems from Saturday, ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Heightened Threat Against Private Venues in Pakistan

Based on recent media reports and conversations with security officials, we believe there is a heightened threat against government buildings and other prominent locations including private membership institutions, hotels, and restaurants in cities in Pakistan. Updated Information on Travel and Security The U.S. Embassy in Pakistan urges U.S. citizens to vary their times and routes ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Militant Attack in Lahore near Police Lines

The U.S. Mission in Pakistan urges all U.S. citizens to avoid the area of the Qilla Gujjar Singh Police Lines, located on Empress Road north of Shimla Hill, and less than a kilometer from the U.S. Consulate General in Lahore, Pakistan, until authorities have deemed the surrounding area safe and secure.  On Tuesday afternoon, February ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: 2015 U.S. Tax Filing Season

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has provided the following guidance for U.S. citizens abroad preparing for the 2015 tax filing season. This IRS guidance is posted under Federal Benefits and Obligations on  travel.state.gov . Who Must File? All U.S. citizens and resident aliens must file a U.S. individual income tax return, even if they permanently live outside the United States ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Continuing Threat to U.S. Residences

The Embassy remains concerned terrorist groups are planning to gain access to U.S. citizen residences in the settled areas of Pakistan, to include Lahore and Islamabad. The terrorists may attempt to facilitate an attack through visits under the pretext of construction, maintenance, utility, or technical service work. U.S. citizens should be extremely cautious about granting ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Potential Attacks during the Holiday Season

The U.S. Embassy has received information regarding threats to a wide range and large number of locations throughout Pakistan. These attacks may be timed to coincide with the holiday season. Locations could include markets, restaurants, hotels, government facilities, schools, and other commercial or public areas. Recent terror attacks in Peshawar and the resulting Pakistan Government ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Threats to Residences in Islamabad

The Embassy has been informed of plans by terror groups to gain access to U.S. citizen  residences through visits by construction, maintenance, or utility companies, as well as other technical service providers. U.S. citizens should be extremely cautious about granting access to their residences, even to established companies, for the immediate future. Recent terror attacks ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Advisory Concerning Chehlum Processions in Islamabad and Rawalpindi

The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens in Islamabad and Rawalpindi to exercise caution and avoid planned processions for Chehlum on December 12 and 13. In Islamabad, the Chehlum procession will occur in Sector G/6 on December 12 after Juma prayers and is expected to end in the evening; In Rawalpindi, the procession will be held ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Advisory Concerning Chehlum Mourning Procession in Lahore

The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens in Lahore to be cautious about planned processions for Chehlum on December 13th, expected to pass through and immediately to the south of Lahore’s walled city. This procession typically draws crowds in excess of 75,000 people. While we are not aware of any threats to this year’s procession, we ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Potential for Anti-U.S. Protests

U.S. Citizens in Pakistan should be aware that the release of declassified versions of the executive summary, findings, and conclusions of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s study on the CIA’s Rendition, Detention and Interrogation program could prompt anti-U.S. protests and violence against U.S. interests, including private U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens should pay attention to ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Advisory Concerning Potentially Violent Protests and Unrest

The U.S. Embassy cautions U.S. citizens in Islamabad to avoid the Red Zone on Sunday, November 30 due to planned protests in the area. In the past, similar protests have become violent. The Embassy has advised its employees to limit their movements to avoid this area, and we recommend that private U.S. citizens observe the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Threat to Western-affiliated Schools in Islamabad

The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad has received information that unspecified terrorists may be planning to target Western-affiliated international schools in Islamabad at an unknown date and time. U.S. Citizens in Islamabad are reminded of the Department of State’s most recent travel warning (dated August 8th, 2014) advising the deferment of all non-essential travel to Pakistan. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Threat Against Western Schools

A recent anonymous posting on a Jihadist website encouraged attacks against Western teachers employed at international schools. The message referenced schools in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) and Maadi (Egypt) specifically, noting that these two cities have high concentrations of potential targets. The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad is unaware of any specific, credible threat against any American ...
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United States Consulate General Karachi, Pakistan Ashura Events November 3-4, 2014

This security message from the U.S. Consulate General in Karachi alerts U.S. citizens about safety and security concerns during the 9th and 10th of Muharram holidays, also known as Ashura. Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar, and marks the anniversary of the Battle of Karbala where the grandson of Prophet Muhammad and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Safety During the Muharram Holidays

This Security Message alerts U.S. citizens about safety concerns during the Muharram holidays. From November 2-5, there will be a large number of gatherings, processions, and demonstrations throughout the country. Islamabad police are expected to mobilize several thousand additional police officers, particularly in the downtown vicinity and the area adjacent to the Diplomatic Enclave. The ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Reports of Police Imposters in Islamabad

U.S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad notes that there have been reported incidents in Islamabad of foreigners being approached by non-uniformed individuals claiming to be police, demanding identification and permission to search bags.  These impostors have not been violent, though property and cash have been stolen.  These reported incidents occurred in F-10 ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Advisory Concerning Ongoing Violent Protests and Continued Unrest

The U.S. Embassy cautions U.S. citizens in Islamabad to avoid the Red Zone due to continuing protests in the area which have become violent. Hundreds of people have been reported injured and at least three people reportedly killed since protests turned violent on Saturday, August 30th. Additional demonstrations have been called for throughout Pakistan. Furthermore, ...
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Consular Services at U.S. Consulate General Karachi Significantly Reduced

The U.S. Consulate General in Karachi will be closed for routine consular services on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 2 and 3, 2014 (Monday, September 1 is a U.S. holiday). We will only be able to assist with emergency cases involving U.S. citizens during this time. U.S. citizens who need to contact the Consulate General in ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Section to be Closed to the Public on August 20

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad will be closed on Wednesday, August 20 due to protests in Islamabad.  All those with previously scheduled appointments will be contacted to reschedule.  Due to the increased risk of violence in Islamabad during demonstrations, U.S. citizens are advised to monitor the situation via local media, stay ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Advisory Concerning Upcoming Demonstrations

The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad advises U.S. citizens of the increased risk of violence during upcoming planned demonstrations in Islamabad, Lahore, and other major cities throughout Pakistan.  U.S. citizens are advised to monitor the situation via local media, stay clear of all known demonstration routes and areas, keep a low profile, exercise caution, and avoid ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: New Airport Departure Taxes on International Travel

The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, has been given notice that effective July 1, 2014, the Government of Pakistan has increased the Federal Excise Duty and introduced a new Advance Withholding tax on international departures.  The Advance Withholding tax is equal to 4% of the gross airfare (base fare plus all applicable taxes and surcharges) ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Alert of Possible Upcoming Demonstrations

The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad advises U.S. citizens of the increased risk of violence, demonstrations, and protests throughout Pakistan.  On June 18, eight protesters died in Lahore during clashes with Pakistani authorities.  We recommend that citizens avoid the areas around Model Town and other places in Lahore where demonstrators tend to congregate, such as the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Reminder of Security Awareness and Travel Restrictions on Foreigners in Pakistan

In light of ongoing military activity in North Waziristan and the continuing threat of terrorist violence, including retaliatory attacks, the U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens of the importance of maintaining a high state of caution.  Public areas, including markets, shopping centers, and restaurants, continue to be at a high risk for attacks.  We also remind ...
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Terrorist Attack at Karachi – Jinnah International Airport

The U.S. Mission in Pakistan urges all U.S. citizens to avoid the area of the Jinnah International Airport (KHI) in Karachi, Pakistan, until authorities have deemed the airport and surrounding area safe and secure.  On Sunday evening, June 8, 2014, terrorist militants staged an attack at the airport’s old terminal inside the secure area of ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Terrorist Attack at Karachi – Jinnah International Airport

The U.S. Mission in Pakistan urges all U.S. citizens to avoid the area of the Jinnah International Airport (KHI) in Karachi, Pakistan, until authorities have deemed the airport and surrounding area safe and secure.  On Sunday evening, June 8, 2014, terrorist militants staged an attack at the airport’s old terminal inside the secure area of ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Polio Vaccination Requirement to Exit Pakistan

The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan informs U.S. citizens that the Pakistani Government is now requiring all travelers exiting Pakistan who have spent more than four weeks in the country to produce a valid polio (poliomyelitis) vaccination certificate. The vaccine requirement is in response to a series of WHO recommendations aimed at stemming the international ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Protests and Unrest in Karachi

In light of legal action abroad involving a senior leader of a Karachi-based political party, there is a possibility of protest and unrest in Karachi and Sindh province.  U.S. citizens are urged to stay aware of the latest information and to use good judgment in evaluating their safety and security.  Scheduled or unscheduled protests may ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: IRS Webinar on Reporting of Foreign Financial Accounts

The Internal Revenue Service reminds all U.S. citizens and resident aliens, including those with dual citizenship who have lived or worked abroad during all or part of 2013, that they may have a U.S. tax liability and a filing requirement in 2014. The deadline for filing tax returns and other related financial information with the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Reminder of security awareness in light of May 24th bombings in Islamabad

In light of recent bombings in Islamabad on the morning of May 24th in F-6 and G-9 Sector, the U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens of the ongoing threat of violence in Pakistan and advises all U.S. citizens to maintain a high state of caution. Public areas, including markets, shopping centers, and restaurants, continue to be at ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Reminder of security awareness in light of May 24th bombings in Islamabad

In light of recent bombings in Islamabad on the morning of May 24th in F-6 and G-9 Sector, the U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens of the ongoing threat of violence in Pakistan and advises all U.S. citizens to maintain a high state of caution. Public areas, including markets, shopping centers, and restaurants, continue to be at ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Demonstrations in Pakistan, May 11 2014

This security message alerts U.S. citizens about planned demonstrations on Sunday, May 11 in various cities throughout Pakistan.  It is likely these demonstrations will lead to road closures and cause significant travel delays along other major thoroughfares as regular traffic is rerouted.  Airports could also be affected by road closures.  These demonstrations have sometimes coincided ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Demonstrations in Pakistan, May 11 2014

This security message alerts U.S. citizens about planned demonstrations on Sunday, May 11 in various cities throughout Pakistan.  It is likely these demonstrations will lead to road closures and cause significant travel delays along other major thoroughfares as regular traffic is rerouted.  Airports could also be affected by road closures.  These demonstrations have sometimes coincided ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Advisory on Trekking in Gilgit-Baltistan

As the trekking and mountain climbing season approaches, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, alerts U.S. citizens regarding security and other concerns in the Gilgit-Baltistan region. In June 2013, gunmen dressed as paramilitary police attacked a Nanga Parbat mountain base camp and killed ten foreign nationals, including one U.S. citizen. As a result of the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Advisory on Trekking in Gilgit-Baltistan

As the trekking and mountain climbing season approaches, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, alerts U.S. citizens regarding security and other concerns in the Gilgit-Baltistan region. In June 2013, gunmen dressed as paramilitary police attacked a Nanga Parbat mountain base camp and killed ten foreign nationals, including one U.S. citizen. As a result of the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Threat against Tourist Sites and Two Hotels in Lahore

We have received information that militants may be planning to target foreigners at tourist sites in Lahore, Punjab Province, and at two of the city’s hotels by early April.  The Pearl Continental and Faletti’s Hotel were identified as possible targets. The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to vary their times and routes when traveling in ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Threat against Tourist Sites and Two Hotels in Lahore

We have received information that militants may be planning to target foreigners at tourist sites in Lahore, Punjab Province, and at two of the city’s hotels by early April.  The Pearl Continental and Faletti’s Hotel were identified as possible targets. The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to vary their times and routes when traveling in ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Security Threat against western-oriented establishments in Pakistan

In light of security incidents in the region and ongoing concerns about the security situation in Pakistan, the U.S. Mission in Pakistan reminds U.S. citizens that western-oriented establishments (such as restaurants and hotels) can be a target of attacks. As a precautionary measure, U.S. Government staff in Pakistan have been strongly urged to avoid such ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Security Threat against western-oriented establishments in Pakistan

In light of security incidents in the region and ongoing concerns about the security situation in Pakistan, the U.S. Mission in Pakistan reminds U.S. citizens that western-oriented establishments (such as restaurants and hotels) can be a target of attacks. As a precautionary measure, U.S. Government staff in Pakistan have been strongly urged to avoid such ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Threat against the Islamabad Diplomatic Enclave

The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, has received information concerning a potential security threat against the Diplomatic Enclave in Islamabad.  This threat could lead to the implementation of additional security measures at Enclave entrances, causing unpredictable delays when entering the Enclave.  All Consular Services, for both visas and U.S. citizens, at U.S. Embassy Islamabad remain ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Threat against the Islamabad Diplomatic Enclave

The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, has received information concerning a potential security threat against the Diplomatic Enclave in Islamabad.  This threat could lead to the implementation of additional security measures at Enclave entrances,causing unpredictable delays when entering the Enclave.  All Consular Services, for both visas and U.S. citizens, at U.S. Embassy Islamabad remain available ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Advisory on Visiting Khosar Market in Islamabad

The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, informs U.S. citizens that the Embassy is temporarily prohibiting U.S. staff from visiting Khosar Market in F-6/3 area of Islamabad due to security concerns. We urge U.S. citizens to avoid this area. We also remind all U.S. citizens to review the Worldwide Caution issued by the Department of State on September ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Advisory on Visiting Khosar Market in Islamabad

The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, informs U.S. citizens that the Embassy is temporarily prohibiting U.S. staff from visiting Khosar Market in F-6/3 area of Islamabad due to security concerns. We urge U.S. citizens to avoid this area. We also remind all U.S. citizens to review the Worldwide Caution issued by the Department of State on September ...
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