Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Islamabad (Pakistan), Update: Additional Threat Reporting, Islamabad

The American Embassy in Islamabad continues to receive threat reporting regarding possible terrorist attacks against various locations, including the Serena Hotel in Islamabad, Marriott hotels in Islamabad and Karachi, the Monal Restaurant in the Margalla Hills, and Kohsar Market in the F6 area of Islamabad. Employees of the American Embassy in Islamabad and the American Consulate in Karachi have been restricted from these areas at this time, which, in the case of the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad includes the Aga Khan road immediately outside in front. In Karachi, employees are restricted from going to the Marriott and nearby locations on Abdullah Haroon Road such as the Sind Club.

Remember that public areas where westerners gather are of concern and citizens are reminded to use caution in public. We recommend that U.S. citizens establish and maintain vigilant personal security practices. U.S. citizens should minimize the number and duration of trips to public markets, restaurants, hotels, places of worship, and other locations where large numbers of people congregate. U.S. citizens should monitor Pakistani media reports regarding these and similar threats.

U.S. citizens are reminded that there is an active Travel Warning for Pakistan issued on April 7, 2016, and the Worldwide Caution, issued March 3, 2016. U.S. citizens are urged to defer all non-essential travel to Pakistan. The Mission reminds those U.S. citizens considering travel to or remaining in Pakistan despite this warning to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), keep a trusted friend informed of your movements in country, maintain vigilant situational awareness, avoid large crowds, keep a low profile, and avoid visiting locations frequented by Westerners. U.S. citizens in Pakistan are strongly urged to avoid hotels that do not apply stringent security measures. Official U.S. Mission personnel and visitors are not allowed to use public transportation in Pakistan and are not authorized to stay overnight in hotels in Pakistan. U.S. citizens should exercise caution when traveling in the country, keeping in mind the high security threat level. Travelers are urged to vary their times and routes when traveling anywhere in Pakistan, and to avoid travel patterns to any such locations that might allow other persons to predict when and where they will be. U.S. citizens are further advised to verify that travel documents, visas, and residency documents remain valid and accessible at all times.

Consular services in Pakistan are available in Karachi and Islamabad. The consulates in Lahore and Peshawar are not providing consular services at this time.

Source: OSAC

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