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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Islamabad (Pakistan), Personal Security Reminder

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The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent.  U.S. Embassy Islamabad reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security.    

Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news for updates.  Maintain a high-level of vigilance, take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities.  Avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.  Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. 

Due to security concerns, the U.S. Embassy is temporarily restricting the movement of U.S. government employees in Pakistan.

U.S. citizens should carry appropriate identity documents when in Pakistan and should cooperate with police and security forces in any encounter.  It is possible that cell phone connections may be disrupted during periods of unrest.

For further detailed information regarding Pakistan and travel: 

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

· 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.

· 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.

· Contact the U.S. Consulate in Peshawar, located at 11 Hospital Road, Peshawar Cantonment, at +92 91 526 8800.  (Calling within Pakistan, dial 091 526 8800.)  This number is available 24 hours a day for emergencies involving U.S. citizens in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). 

· 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).