Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (April 7, 2020)
Location: Pakistan (country-wide)
Event: Update #14 – U.S. Government-arranged Flights from Karachi and Islamabad
As of 1:30 p.m. Pakistan Standard Time, April 7, the U.S. Mission to Pakistan continues to directly contact U.S. citizens regarding the U.S. government-arranged flights from Karachi and Islamabad scheduled for later this week as announced in the U.S. Mission to Pakistan’s April 5 Health Alert Update #10.
For U.S. citizens who received a call to confirm they were on the manifest, you will receive an email within 24 hours with full details of the flight and required documentation to complete before you arrive at the airport.
If you registered for these flights, but have NOT received a call, we continue to manifest passengers. Please continue to monitor your phone and be prepared to answer when we first call. We must speak to you directly to confirm details. Please do not contact the U.S. Embassy or the Consulates General; we will contact you.
Please read the following information carefully:
- Travelers are required to sign an “Evacuee Manifest and Promissory Note” which will be provided once we confirm your seat. By completing and signing this form, the traveler is agreeing to be added to the official flight manifest as well as agreeing to reimburse the U.S. government for costs associated with the flight.
- Cost would be approximately $1000 from Karachi and $1450 from Islamabad per person.
- Travelers must make their own way to either Karachi or Islamabad airport. We are working with Pakistan authorities to try to facilitate access to the airport, but this may not be possible given movement restrictions.
- At the Washington Dulles (IAD) airport, travelers will be subject to entry/exit and health requirements.
- At the airport, health screening may be conducted by Pakistani health authorities and any passengers exhibiting a fever or flu-like symptoms will be denied boarding.
We will continue to contact travelers until every seat is occupied; however, this could take several days. Once the seats are full, a message will be released to notify everyone that expressed interest.
Unfortunately, we received more requests than we can accommodate, so not everyone who expressed interest will be able to travel. We are prioritizing seats for those most at risk for COVID-19 complications based on CDC-defined criteria and Department of State guidance. Lawful Permanent Residents of the United States are eligible to express interest for the flights, but priority is given to U.S. citizens.
Actions to Take:
- Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive alerts and updates.
- Seek medical care right away if you believe you may have COVID-19.
- Review the CDC’s latest recommendations to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19.
- Monitor flight availability.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Pakistan.
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