FCO Travel Advice for - Pakistan

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  • The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to:

    - the Federally Administered Tribal Areas

    - the districts of Charsadda, Kohat, Tank, Bannu, Lakki, Dera Ismail Khan, Swat, Buner and Lower Dir in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa

    - the city of Peshawar and districts south of the city, including travel on the Peshawar to Chitral road via the Lowari Pass

    - northern and western Balochistan

    - travel on the Karakoram Highway between Islamabad and Gilgit.

  • The FCO advise against all but essential travel to:

    - the Kalesh Valley, the Bamoboret Valley and Arandu District to the south and west of Chitral in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa

    - the city of Quetta

    - the city of Nawabshah in Sindh Province, and areas of interior Sindh to the north of Nawabshah

  • There is a high threat from terrorism, kidnap and sectarian violence throughout Pakistan.
  • Reports indicate former president Musharraf may return to Karachi this coming weekend (23/24 March). Media reports indicate that threats have been made against the former President by extremist groups. Visitors are advised to show caution and prudence and to avoid public rallies and political gatherings and to limit their movement accordingly.
  • Political demonstrations and unrest are likely to increase during the period around national and provincial elections on 11 May.

  • If you travel to Pakistan, even if you are a regular visitor with family links, you should follow developments in the media and register with the British High Commission.

  • Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

  • Around 270,000 British nationals visit Pakistan every year. Most visits are trouble-free. See Consular assistance statistics.

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