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Security Alert: Islamabad (Pakistan), Pakistani Airspace Partially Opened Starting at 6:00 pm on March 1

South Central Asia > Pakistan

Event:  Pakistan has issued an updated Notice to Airmen announcing that Pakistani airspace opened on a partial basis starting at 6:00 p.m. on March 1, 2019.

According to an active Travel Advisory for Pakistan issued on February 13, 2019, U.S. citizens are urged to reconsider travel to Pakistan.  As stated in the Travel Advisory,  India and Pakistan maintain a strong military presence on both sides of the border and military forces from both countries periodically exchange fire across the Line of Control (LoC).    

Due to recent military exchanges and increased tensions along the LoC, U.S. Government personnel are under an increased security posture with more restricted movements, including limits on travel to Pakistani military facilities.  Additional restrictions on U.S. personnel movement may be put in place at any time. 

Actions to Take:

Stay in contact with air carriers and monitor local media regarding airport closures. 

Review your personal security plans.

Have travel documents up-to-date and easily accessible.

Carry proper identification, including a U.S. passport with a current Pakistani visa.

Keep a low profile.

Be aware of your surroundings.

Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan

+(92)(51) 201-4000

ACSIslamabad@state.gov

https://pk.usembassy.gov

U.S. Consulate General Karachi

+(92)(21) 3527 5000

ACSKarachi@state.gov

U.S. Consulate General Lahore

+(92) (42) 3603 4000

ACSLahore@state.gov

U.S. Consulate Peshawar

+(92) (91) 526 8800

State Department– Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444 

Pakistan  Country Information

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