Pakistan Travel Advice, Embassies & Tourist Offices

Travel Advice

Last updated: 20 April 2014

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit

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
  • Gilgit-Baltistan

There is a high threat from terrorism, kidnap and sectarian violence throughout Pakistan.

The Pakistan military are currently taking action against militant groups in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. Security forces across Pakistan are therefore on high alert for possible retaliatory attacks. There may be increases in security force presence and restrictions on movement may be put in place at short notice.

On 3 March 2014 a court in the F8 market area of Islamabad was targeted in a suicide attack. On 9 April 2014 an explosion occurred at a fruit market on the outskirts of Islamabad in the I-11 district, near the Metro cash and carry store. British High Commission staff are currently being advised to avoid the area. You should remain vigilant, in line with the guidance on the threat from terrorism.

Around 270,000 British nationals visit Pakistan every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

Edited by Jane Duru
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