Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (April 17, 2020)
Location: Pakistan (country-wide)
Event: Update #23 – Additional Information on U.S. Government Charter Flights to Washington Dulles Airport (IAD)
As of April 17, 5:00 p.m. (Pakistan Standard Time), the U.S. Mission to Pakistan continues to call U.S. citizens to confirm seats on U.S government charter flights departing Karachi and Islamabad to Washington Dulles (IAD) Airport next week. We expect calls to continue through the weekend. If we are able to offer you a seat, a staff member will call you to ensure you are prepared to depart Pakistan, confirm your seat reservation, and provide details of the flight. Many of the people we have tried to reach have had their cell phones turned off. It is important that we speak to you. So, make sure your phone is on, monitor it, and be prepared to depart on short notice.
These flights will be the final flights arranged by the U.S. government out of Pakistan. If we contact you and you decline the seat, please understand this may mean you will remain in Pakistan until commercial flight options become available.
Please read the following information carefully:
- These flights are not free. 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 toreimburse the U.S. government for costs associated with the flight.
- Cost is approximately $1000 from Karachi and $1450 from Islamabad per person.
- Travelers must make their own way to either Karachi or Islamabad airport.
- At both Karachi and Islamabad airports, Pakistani health authorities may conduct health screening and deny boarding to any passengers exhibiting a fever or flu-like symptoms.
- At the Washington Dulles (IAD) Airport, travelers should make their own onward travel arrangements to their final destination. Once travelers arrive at their final destination, they should follow CDC guidance for all travelers returning to the United States after international travel.
- Full details of the flight will be provided via email after we confirm your seat via telephone. Please be patient as this email may take up to 48 hours.
- Please note these are CHARTER flights arranged by the U.S. government to repatriate U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents to the United States.
If you are in Pakistan and want to return to the United States, ensure you have completed the TRAVELER INTEREST FORM. If you have already submitted this form, do NOT resubmit. We have your information; duplicate information will delay us contacting you. Please read the directions carefully as incorrect data will prevent from being able to schedule you for a flight.
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.
- Review the Embassy’s webpageon COVID-19 for Pakistan specific information.
- Visit the Department of State’s COVID-19 information page for the latest information.
- U.S. Embassy Islamabad, 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
- Pakistan Country Information
- Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates
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