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Travel Advisory: Protests in Gilgit-Baltistan
September 2, 2023

American citizens should exercise heightened caution in Gilgit-Baltistan due to recent protests in Skardu and Diamer and the potential for additional demonstrations, road closures, and associated disruptions to local mobile and internet networks in the region. Even large gatherings intended to be peaceful may become violent with little or no warning.

The U.S. Embassy strongly encourages U.S. citizens to avoid large gatherings, monitor local media reports, and to remain vigilant of their surroundings at all times

Actions to Take:   

  • Avoid the areas of large public gatherings.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of a large gathering and/or demonstration.
  • Review your personal security plans.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Carry identification and cooperate with police.


U.S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan
Phone: +(92)(51) 201-4000
Contact Islamabad or scan the QR code to access it from your phone.

U.S. Consulate General, Karachi
Phone: +(92)(21) 3527 5000
Contact Karachi or scan the QR code to access it from your phone.

U.S. Consulate General, Lahore
Phone: +(92) (42) 3603 4000
Contact Lahore or scan the QR code to access it from your phone.

U.S. Consulate General, Peshawar
Phone: +(92) (91) 526 8800
Contact Peshawar  or scan the QR code to access it from your phone.


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