Information, Applications and Procedures for:
Pakistan Visa Services
Please select the appropriate Pakistan visa type and receive step-by-step instructions and applications.
- Conventional long form: Islamic Republic of Pakistan
- Conventional short form: Pakistan
- Former: West Pakistan
U.S. Embassy In Pakistan
- Chief of mission: Ambassador Nancy J. POWELL
- Embassy: Diplomatic Enclave, Ramna 5, Islamabad
P. O. Box 1048, Unit 62200, APO AE 09812-2200
Telephone:  (51) 2080-0000
Fax:  (51) 2276427
Consulate(s) Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar
Note: Americans living in or visiting Pakistan are encouraged to register at the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan and obtain updated information on travel and security within Pakistan.
Pakistani Medical Facilities
Adequate medical care is available in major cities in Pakistan but is limited in rural areas. With the exception of the Agha Khan Hospital in Karachi, Doctors' Hospital in Lahore, and Shifa International Hospital in Islamabad, Americans may find hospital care and cleanliness below U.S. standards. Medical facilities require prepayment and do not accept credit cards.
Pakistan is largely a cash economy. Personal checks are not commonly accepted. Most Pakistanis do not use checking accounts for routine transactions. Outside of major cities and tourist destinations, credit cards and travelers' checks are generally not accepted, and there have been numerous reports of credit card fraud. There are bank branches as well as registered money-changers in all international airports. ATMs can be found in major airports. English is widely spoken by professional-level airport staff. It is best to avoid public transportation. For security reasons, U.S. Embassy employees are prohibited from using taxis or buses.
Safety and Security/Areas of Instability
A number of extremist groups within Pakistan continue to target American and other Western interests, high-level Pakistani government officials, as well as members of minority indigenous groups. Bombings and assassinations continue to occur throughout Pakistan.
Two unsuccessful assassination attempts against President Musharraf in December 2003 resulted in 15 deaths and dozens of injuries. Two Americans were killed and several more were injured in a bombing at an Islamabad church frequented by Westerners in March 2002 and an American news reporter was kidnapped and killed in Karachi in January 2002. The U.S. Consulate General in Karachi sustained attacks in June 2002 and February 2003. A large truck bomb was defused outside the consulate in Karachi in March 2004.
Americans are urged to avoid congested areas where terrorists could approach their vehicles. Rallies, demonstrations and processions occur from time to time throughout Pakistan on very short notice and have often taken on an anti-American or anti-Western character. Karachi and the southern parts of Punjab province have experienced protracted political or sectarian violence that poses a potential danger to American travelers. During the Islamic religious observance of Moharram, sectarian rivalry and violence often increase. Family feuds are frequently fatal and may be followed by retaliation.
Women should dress conservatively (arms and legs covered) and should not walk around alone. It is not wise for anyone to travel in the streets late at night. Travelers to Pakistan should attempt to maintain a low profile, blend in, keep aware of their surroundings, and seek security in the traveler's family or sponsoring organization.