- Travel advisories have been issued for the former FATA provinces of KP and Baluchistan.
- Avoid getting too close to the Line of Control.
- Pakistan’s security situation has improved since 2014.
Given the increased risk of violence, the US Department of State has issued a Level 3 travel advisory, advising Americans to reconsider visiting certain areas of Pakistan.
Avoid visiting the former FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas), as well as the Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces. The US State Department issued a travel warning for these areas, as well as those near the Line of Control, earlier this week due to terrorism and the risk of armed conflict.
Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting transportation hubs, markets, shopping malls, military installations, airports, universities, tourist locations, schools, hospitals, places of worship, and government facilities, according to the advisory: Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting transportation hubs, markets, shopping malls, military installations, airports, universities, tourist locations, schools, hospitals, places of worship, and government facilities.
The US government, according to the State Department’s recommendation, has limited capacity to provide emergency services to its citizens in Pakistan if necessary due to the security environment.
The advice also states that the country’s security climate has improved since Pakistani security forces conducted coordinated counterterrorism and countermilitant operations in 2014.
Large cities, particularly Islamabad, have more security infrastructure and resources than other parts of the country, which may make it easier for security forces to respond to an emergency. Despite ongoing threats, terrorist attacks in Islamabad are rare, according to the state department.
It went on to say that due to the security situation, the US government’s ability to provide emergency services to US citizens in Pakistan is limited.
The statement went on, Travel within Pakistan by US government officials is restricted, and additional restrictions on movements by US government personnel outside of US diplomatic facilities may occur at any time, depending on local conditions and security threats, which can change unexpectedly.