Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan

Location:  Pakistan (Countrywide)

Event:  On July 15, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that Pakistan has been assigned a Category 2 rating under the FAA’s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program because it does not comply with certain International Civil Aviation Organization safety standards.  According to the IASA, air carriers from countries with Category 2 ratings are not allowed to initiate new service to the United States, are restricted to current levels of existing service to the United States, and are not permitted to carry the code of U.S. carriers on any flights.  Currently, no airlines operate regularly scheduled direct service between Pakistan and the United States (See FAA Press Release here).  U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Pakistan are advised that U.S. Embassy and Mission personnel are precluded from traveling on any Pakistani airline without prior authorization.

Actions to Take:

  • Monitor local media for updates on travel to, from, and within Pakistan on Pakistani air carriers.
  • Enroll in Safe Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive travel and security updates.


U.S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan
+(92)(51) 201-4000

U.S. Consulate General, Karachi
+(92)(21) 3527 5000

U.S. Consulate General, Lahore
+(92) (42) 3603 4000

U.S. Consulate General, Peshawar
+(92) (91) 526 8800

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

Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates

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