Last updated: 01 September 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 www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
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.
Violent clashes have occurred between the police and demonstrators at the large political protests in central Islamabad. The police are restricting access to Islamabad’s Red Zone (Government Sector and Diplomatic Enclave). Expect disruption to travel on other roads in and around Islamabad. You may also experience disruption to road travel in other cities, including Lahore.
You should avoid this and any other demonstrations or large gatherings as they may turn into confrontation or violence. Mobile telephone networks may be interrupted. You should monitor news reports and this travel advice. Follow any instructions from the Pakistani authorities. Those caught up in the areas where protests are occurring risk arrest and face difficulty in leaving the area. British High Commission staff have been advised to limit their travel within Islamabad during the protests.
The Pakistan military are intermittently taking action against militant groups in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. Security forces across Pakistan remain on high alert for possible attacks. There may be increases in security force presence, and restrictions on movement may be put in place at short notice.
On 24 May there were explosions in the F6 market area and in the G9 sector of Islamabad. British High Commission staff are being advised to minimise time spent in all Islamabad market areas and to beware of suspicious objects.
In response to the World Health Organisation’s emergency recommendations about the spread of polio virus, the government of Pakistan now requires all departing travellers who have spent more than 4 weeks in Pakistan to produce a valid vaccination certificate at the time of their departure. This certificate should show that either Oral Polio Vaccine or Inactivated Polio Vaccine has been administered between 4 weeks and 12 months before departure from Pakistan. See this advice issued by the National Travel Health Network and Centre about protection from the polio virus.
The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.
Around 270,000 British nationals visit Pakistan every year. Most visits are trouble-free.