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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Lahore (Pakistan), Large Protest in Proximity to U.S. Consulate

South Central Asia > Pakistan > Lahore

Beginning at approximately 14:00 on Wednesday, August 30, a large group of protesters is expected to gather near the Lahore Press Club, which is approximately 250 meters from the U.S. Consulate General in Lahore.  This protest has generated significant traffic stoppages which restrict movement into or out of the Consulate General.  Normal Consulate General operations have been suspended, and employees have been instructed to avoid the area.  Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  U.S. citizens should avoid the area surrounding the Consulate General and the Lahore Press Club until the protest has completely dispersed.


Please report any American citizens injured or killed to the U.S. Consulate General in Lahore using the contact information below.


U.S. citizens are reminded that there is an active Travel Warning for Pakistan issued on May 22, 2017. U.S. citizens are urged to defer all non-essential travel to Pakistan. The Mission reminds those U.S. citizens considering travel to or remaining in Pakistan despite this warning to:

  • keep a trusted friend informed of your movements in country
  • maintain vigilant situational awareness and keep a low profile
  • avoid large crowds, locations frequented by Westerners, and hotels that do not apply stringent security measures 
  • vary your times and routes when traveling in Pakistan
  • verify that travel documents, visas, and residency documents remain valid and accessible at all times


Consular services in Pakistan are available in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad.  The consulate in Peshawar is not providing consular services at this time.

For Further Information:





  • Contact the U.S. Consulate in Karachi, located at Plot No. 3-5, TPX  Area, Mai Kolachi Road, Karachi, at +92 21 3527 5000.  (Calling within Pakistan, dial 021 3527 5000.)  This number is available 24 hours a day for emergencies involving U.S. citizens in the provinces of Sindh and Balochistan.  See also Consulate General Karachi’s section on the Mission Pakistan webpage





  • You may also contact the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, located at Diplomatic Enclave, Ramna 5, +92 51 201 4000.  (Calling within Pakistan, dial 051 201 4000.)  This number also is available 24 hours a day for emergencies involving U.S. citizens in all other parts of Pakistan.  See also the Embassy’s webpage.


  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).


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