British government updates travel advisory for Pakistan

British government updates travel advisory for Pakistan

The British government on Tuesday updated its foreign travel advice for Pakistan keeping in view the natural disasters and the law and order situation in the South Asian country.

In its latest "Update on monsoon rains", the British government advised its citizens not to travel to certain areas of Pakistan. Here's what the latest travel advisory says:

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against all travel to:

- travel on the N45 road, from the north of the Mardan ring-road, to the edge of the district of Chitral Balochistan province, excluding the southern coast of Balochistan (see below)

The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to:

The UK travel advice for Pakistan further says, "It is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover.

"Before the COVID pandemic there were nearly half a million visits by British nationals to Pakistan. Most visits are trouble free.

"Political rallies and protests regularly take place across Pakistan. Some may have an anti-western dimension and could turn violent. Tear gas can be used to disperse protests. Avoid demonstrations, large crowds of people and political events. Be alert to local news and, where possible, social media and follow the advice of local authorities and your tour company. If you find yourself near protests, turn away and move to a safe place.

"Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Pakistan. There’s a high threat of terrorism, kidnap and sectarian violence throughout the country, including the major cities of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore and Karachi. Foreigners, in particular westerners, may be directly targeted. You should try to avoid all crowds and public events including political gatherings and religious events throughout Pakistan, and take appropriate security precautions.

"Densely populated and unsecured areas, such as markets, shopping malls, hotels, restaurants, hiking trails, airports, infrastructure projects, public transport, schools and educational institutions are potential focal points for attacks. You should be extra vigilant at all times in such areas and minimise your exposure to areas that pose a higher risk.