Security Message: Increased Threat of Violence

U.S. Embassy Islamabad

The United States Embassy has received new information of possible threats against Pakistani government sites, places with heavy concentrations of security forces, and minority places of worship.  U.S. citizens are urged to exercise heightened vigilance.  The U.S. Embassy has placed temporary security restrictions on its personnel visiting government facilities in Punjab province.

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 avoid all non-essential travel to Pakistan.  The Embassy reminds those U.S. citizens remaining in Pakistan, or considering travelling to Pakistan, 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.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Pakistan Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan, located at Diplomatic Enclave, Ramna 5, Islamabad, Pakistan, by phone at (+92) (51) 208-0000 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.– 4:30 p.m., or by email at  For After-Hours Emergencies, call 051 208-0000 within Pakistan. Contact the U.S. Consulate in Karachi, located at Plot 3, 4, 5, New TPX Area Mai Kolachi Road, Karachi, by email at, or by phone at (+92) (21) 3527-5000, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m..  For After-Hours Emergencies involving U.S. citizens in Sindh or Balochistan, call 021 3527-5000 within Pakistan.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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