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  • Foreigners should beware while going to crowded areas such as markets and tourist places as there is a risk of bombings. Also, there have been instances where foreigners were kidnapped for the purpose of receiving ransom.
  • Political marches and parades should be avoided too, as they have a tendency to get violent.
  • Before arriving in Pakistan, obtain a No Objection certificate from the local authorities. For this, you may have to let them know of your travel plans and important documents such as passport and visa.
  • Many areas within the country of Pakistan are closed to foreigners.  Some of these areas are the Federally Administered Tribal Areas or FATAs, the city of Peshawar, the Khyber Pakhtunwala Province, and some parts of Balochistan.
  • Robberies and carjacking are common in Pakistan. Thus, one should be vigilant and keep money divided in different bags.
  • There may be frauds involving your credit cards and also thefts of passports.
  • If you are a foreign national, avoid walking alone at night, and be cautious if you choose to use public transport.
  • If you plan to travel by taxi, book reputable ones beforehand instead of hailing one on the street.
  • Women are not expected to travel all alone during night-time. Companies which have women working after 7 o’ clock have to provide for their transportation home.
  • Women should be careful not to expose parts of their bodies or wear loose-fitting clothes.


Emergency contact numbers in Pakistan:

  • Police contact number in Pakistan: 15
  • Ambulance number in Pakistan: 115
  • Fire brigade number in Pakistan: 16

NOTE: Please refer to trusted sources of news in Pakistan and consult travel agents for latest and updated information before visiting Pakistan.

Also Read: Health tips to consider while visiting Pakistan

Last update on February 2, 11:16 am by Nidhi S.