Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Lahore (Pakistan), Heightened Threat Level for Lahore

The U.S. Consulate General Lahore has received indications that there is a heightened threat of a terrorist attack in Lahore. According to media reports, government buildings, tourist areas, religious sites, and hotels frequented by foreigners are particularly vulnerable, and may be the targets of a terrorist operation. U.S. citizens are urged to avoid such areas for the immediate future.

U.S. citizens are reminded that there is an active Travel Warning for Pakistan issued on May 22, 2017. 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:

keep a trusted friend informed of your movements in country

maintain vigilant situational awareness and keep a low profile

avoid large crowds, locations frequented by Westerners, and hotels that do not apply stringent security measures

vary your times and routes when traveling in Pakistan

verify that travel documents, visas, and residency documents remain valid and accessible at all times

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

Source: Overseas Security Advisory Council