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Country-Specific Information (As of May 28, 2020):
The United States Embassy and Consulates General in Pakistan remain closed for routine services for U.S. citizens. We will resume services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific timeline. However, we do continue to provide emergency consular services to U.S. citizens, please review our website for appointment information. Visa services are also suspended.
U.S. Citizens Who Want to Depart Pakistan:
- 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). On May 15 the restrictions were extended until May 31, 11:59 p.m. (PST).
- The U.S. Mission to Pakistan has repatriated more than 3,200 private U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and their immediate family members to the United States on ten U.S. government charter flights. The U.S. Mission to Pakistan is not planning additional charter flights to the United States.
- Since March 21, the Pakistan government has permitted limited flights by both Qatar Airways and Pakistan International Airlines (PIA). U.S. citizens who want to depart Pakistan should use commercial flights and contact the airlines or their preferred travel arranger directly. Review our May 26 Health Alert Update #43 for a special PIA flight from Islamabad to Newark Liberty International Airport to depart May 31.
U.S. Citizens in Pakistan:
- Stay healthy! Transmission rates continue to increase across Pakistan. For U.S. citizens in Pakistan, we urge you to review the CDC’s latest recommendations to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19.
- On May 7, the Government of Pakistan announced an ease in some of the nationwide lockdown restrictions. Additionally, the Islamabad Capital Territory and Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces have varying degrees of lockdowns and may elect to modify the Government of Pakistan’s nationwide lockdown restrictions.
- The Government of Pakistan approved limited domestic flight operations from five major airports – Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, and Quetta.
- 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 extension until June 30, 2020, per Pakistan’s Ministry of Interior. Full details are available in our April 30 Health Alert Update #36.
- U.S. citizens in Pakistan with COVID-19 symptoms, or who have tested positive for COVID-19, should follow their medical provider’s instructions. U.S. citizens in Pakistan are subject to Government of Pakistan and provincial government health care screening and treatment requirements.
- The requirement for COVID-19 positive patients to enter isolation wards is a Pakistani government policy. Only specific hospitals are accepting COVID-19 patients, and your hospital of choice may not be treating such patients. Please consult the Government of Pakistan’s COVID-19 website for information on hospitals with isolation units.
- The Embassy and Consulates General cannot arrange for the transfer to a different hospital or release of U.S. citizens from the isolation wards. U.S. citizens in isolation wards or their families should speak directly to hospital staff regarding possible transfer.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Global Level 3 Travel Health Notice on March 27. Upon arrival to the United States, all international passengers will be subject to CDC screening, health observation, and monitoring requirements. For additional questions, visit CDC’s website at COVID-19 Information for Travel. You can view Pakistan-specific information at the following link.
Routine Consular Services:
As of March 17, the United States Embassy and Consulates in Pakistan canceled all routine consular services, including all visa services and routine services to U.S. citizens. We will resume routine services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.
The Embassy and Consulates General will continue to provide emergency consular services to U.S. citizens on a case-by-case basis, including emergency U.S. passports. To schedule an emergency appointment, applicants must first contact the appropriate consular section by email to discuss the nature of their emergency. If the emergency appointment is approved, applicants will receive an email confirmation with further instructions.
Contact information is available on our website.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
Travelers arriving in Pakistan are subject to local health requirements, which could include isolation or quarantine. The Department of State has a Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel recommendation in effect. U.S. citizens are not encouraged to travel to Pakistan at this time.
Travelers departing Pakistan are subject to local health screening that may include a questionnaire and temperature monitoring. Passengers may be denied boarding.
- Pakistan Ministry of National Health Services Regulation and Coordination COVID-19 Health Advisory Platform
- Government of Pakistan Ministry of National Health Services Regulations and Coordination
- Pakistan National Institute of Health
- Pakistan National Disaster Management Authority