Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Reminder of Importance of Taking Personal Security Precautions

Following the April 16 attack on a U.S. citizen in Karachi, the U.S. Mission in Pakistan reminds all U.S. citizens to vary your times and routes when traveling anywhere in Pakistan, and to avoid travel patterns to such locations that would allow other persons to predict when and where you will be. Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security. Remain alert, and avoid high-profile locations, crowds, and demonstrations. To avoid being a target, U.S. citizens should keep a low profile and limit unnecessary travel. The Mission reminds U.S. citizens to verify that travel documents, visas, and residency documents remain valid. Depending on ongoing security assessments, and as part of routine operational security measures, the U.S. Mission occasionally places areas such as hotels, markets, airports, and/or restaurants off limits to official personnel.

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 the Worldwide Caution. You can also stay up to date by bookmarking our Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which also contains current Travel Warnings and Travel 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 the Smart 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:

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 2:00 p.m., Monday-Friday; faxing 92-21-3527-5885; website; or via e-mail 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).