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 and restaurants.

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 Consulate 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 security situation. U.S. citizens should exercise caution when traveling in the country, keeping in mind the high security threat level. Travelers are urged to vary their times and routes when traveling anywhere in Pakistan, and to avoid travel patterns to any such locations that might allow other persons to predict when and where they will be. U.S. Citizens are advised to verify that travel documents, visas, and residency documents remain valid.

Additionally, the U.S. Department of State reminds U.S. citizens of the high security threat level in Pakistan and warns U.S. citizens to defer all non-essential travel to Pakistan.

Updated Information on Travel and Security

Updated information on travel and security in Pakistan may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). For further information, please consult the Travel Warning for Pakistan and the Country Specific Information for Pakistan, as well as theWorldwide Caution. You can also stay up to date by bookmarking our Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which also contains current Travel Warnings andTravel Alerts. Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips.

U.S. citizens traveling to or living in Pakistan are encouraged to enroll in theSmart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). If you enroll, we can keep you up-to-date with important safety and security announcements and can also help your family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency. U.S. citizens without Internet access may enroll directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate General.

To view emergency services to U.S. citizens in the different consular districts, please click on the links below:

Contact Information for All U.S. Mission to Pakistan Posts

The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad is located at Diplomatic Enclave, Ramna 5; telephone 92-51- 208-0000; Consular Section telephone 92-51-208-2700; fax 92-51-282-2632; website; e-mail address: ACSIslamabad@state.gov

The U.S. Consulate General Karachi, located at Plot No 3-5, TPX Area, Mai Kolachi Road, Karachi, provides routine services to U.S. citizens by appointment only. Services can be scheduled by calling 92-21-3527-5000 between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., Monday-Friday; faxing 92-21-3527-5885; online at website; or via e-mail to ACSKarachi@state.gov. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance outside of business hours, the emergency after-hours number for the Consulate General is 021-3527-5000 (from within Pakistan) or 92-21-3527-5000 (from outside Pakistan).