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Country-Specific Information (As of July 14, 2020):
Information for U.S. citizens in Pakistan is disseminated via the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). Register and check your email often.
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, additional information is posted on our website.
U.S. Citizens Who Want to Depart Pakistan:
- The Government of Pakistan is now permitting commercial outbound and inbound passenger flights from all international airports except Gwadar and Turbat, effective June 20.
- As of June 15, the U.S. Embassy is aware of the several announced commercial flight options to depart Pakistan – please see our June 15 Health Alert Update #46 – but we expect that the situation will be constantly changing. Consult with your travel agent or the airlines’ websites for flight availability. There are no direct flights from Pakistan to the United States. U.S. citizens who want to depart Pakistan should contact their preferred travel arranger or the airline directly to book tickets.
- Several airlines have announced that passengers departing from Pakistan will need to complete a COVID test before departure – please see our July 14 Health Alert #49.
- For U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents traveling with a U.S. visa holder, please review information about S. entry restrictions related to the COVID-19 global pandemic for flights that transit through certain countries and for entry of certain immigrant visa categories into the United States.
- 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.
- 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.
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 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.
- 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 August 31, 2020.
- 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 Embassy and Consulates General cannot arrange for the transfer of a U.S. citizen to a different hospital or release of U.S. citizen from a hospital. U.S. citizens in isolation wards or their families should speak directly to hospital staff regarding possible transfer.
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 to include COVID-19 testing on arrival and 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 or any other international destination outside the United States 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