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 cases in Pakistan and that it is monitoring suspected cases in Pakistani hospitals.

Passengers entering Pakistan through its four major airports in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, and Peshawar should expect to be screened for the virus.  Monitoring is also taking place at seaports and on the Pakistan-China border.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid all nonessential travel to China.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • If you recently traveled to Wuhan and feel sick or were exposed to someone who was in Wuhan in the last six weeks who has fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, seek medical care right away.
  • For the most up-to-date information, please consult the CDC website.
  • S. citizens are urged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive alerts.


U.S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan
+(92)(51) 201-4000

U.S. Consulate General Karachi
+(92)(21) 3527 5000

U.S. Consulate General Lahore
+(92)(42) 3603 4000

U.S. Consulate Peshawar
+(92)(91) 526 8800

State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

Pakistan Country Information

Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates

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