Messages for U.S. Citizens
Restricted Vehicle Movement in Islamabad during Muharram (December 2 – 6)
November 30, 2011
The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad alerts all U.S. citizens residing in Pakistan that non-official vehicle movements of U.S. government employees in Islamabad will be restricted to the Islamabad city limits for the duration of the upcoming Muharram holiday. These restrictions will take effect on December 2 and will remain in effect through the evening of December 6. In addition, all non-official vehicle movements throughout Islamabad will be prohibited on Friday, December 2, from 12:00-18:00. The U.S. Embassy urges all U.S. citizens to remain vigilant, avoid crowds and demonstrations, keep a low profile, and limit unnecessary travel. Verify that travel documents and visas remain valid. Please check the Embassy’s website for updates.
For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State’s Internet website where Worldwide Caution, Country Specific Information for Pakistan, Travel Warnings (including the current Travel Warning for Pakistan), and Travel Alerts can be found. You can also follow the Bureau of Consular Affairs on Twitter and on Facebook. Up-to-date information on overseas security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada; callers outside the United States and Canada can dial a standard toll-line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
U.S. citizens are advised to maintain valid travel documents and to enroll overseas travel through the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.
Please note the following contact information for all four U.S. diplomatic posts operating in Pakistan:
U.S. Embassy Islamabad is located at Diplomatic Enclave, Ramna 5; telephone (92-51) 208-0000; Consular Section telephone (92-51) 208-2700; fax (92-51) 282-2632; website http://islamabad.
U.S. Consulate General Karachi,
located at Plot No 3-5, TPX Area, Mai Kolachi Road, Karachi, provides
services to U.S. citizens by appointment only. Services can be
scheduled by calling (92-21) 3527-5000 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Monday-Friday; fax (92-21) 3527-5885; website http://karachi.
U.S. Consulate General Lahore,
located at 50 Sharah-E-Abdul Hameed Bin Badees (Old Empress Road) near
Shimla Hill Rotary, provides services to U.S. citizens by appointment
only. U.S. citizens requiring assistance should contact the Consular
Section at (92-42) 3603-4000; fax (92-42) 3603-4200; website http://lahore.usconsulate.gov/
U.S. Consulate General Peshawar is located at 11 Hospital Road, Cantonment, Peshawar; telephone (92-91) 526-8800; fax (92-91) 527-6712; website http://peshawar.