UK issues new travel advisory against Pakistan

UK issues new travel advisory against Pakistan

The United Kingdom (UK) has released a new travel advisory regarding Pakistan in light of recent cancellations of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flights to and from Gilgit and Skardu. This situation has raised concerns about limited travel options, as no alternative carriers are available and road routes may be hindered by seasonal weather conditions.

The cancellation of these flights is exacerbated by the adverse effects of seasonal weather, particularly the potential closure of the Babusar Pass due to heavy snowfall, which could restrict road travel in the region.

In response to these developments, the UK Foreign Office has issued guidance for travelers in the affected areas, recommending that they consult their airline and travel agent for advice on alternative travel arrangements.

Furthermore, the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) has been providing travel advisories for Pakistan, particularly warning against all travel to certain districts and regions due to security concerns. Essential travel is advised against in specific areas within Pakistan, including portions of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, and Sindh Province.

The FCDO has stressed the importance of regularly checking Pakistan's current entry restrictions and requirements, as these conditions may change with little notice.

Travelers are urged to stay informed about this information and maintain communication with their travel service providers. For those planning to transit through another country on their way back to the UK, it is advisable to also review the travel advice for the transit country.

In addition, the FCDO recommends obtaining comprehensive travel insurance that offers sufficient coverage, and they provide guidance on foreign travel insurance options to assist travelers in making informed decisions about their safety and well-being while abroad.