As of 17:45 on Friday, August 25, a large group of approximately 500 protesters has gathered 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:
· See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Worldwide Travel Alert, the active Travel Warning for Pakistan, and Pakistan Country Specific Information.
· Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
· Contact the U.S. Consulate in Lahore, located at 50 Shahrah-E-Abdul Hameed Bin Badees (Old Empress Road), at +92 42 3603 4000. (Calling within Pakistan, dial 042 3603 4000.) This number is available 24 hours a day for emergencies involving U.S. citizens in the province of Punjab south of the Jehlum River and the district of Bhakkar. See also Consulate General Lahore’s section on the Mission Pakistan webpage.