Pakistan Travel Information
On March 21, Pakistani authorities suspended all
commercial international flights to Pakistan. This is
valid until 15 May. For more information about
coronavirus and entry/exit, see Health.
There is increased tension between Pakistan and
India. Travelers to Pakistan should keep abreast of
It is always a personal responsibility for the
individual to ensure their own safety on all trips
Before traveling, it is recommended that travelers
always provide up-to-date information on the security
situation in the area to be visited. It is further
recommended to follow the advice and instructions given
by the country's own authorities as well as by the
The terrorist threat: The terrorist
threat in Pakistan remains real, although the number and
extent of terrorist attacks has decreased in recent
years. The security situation can change quickly. The
Ministry of Foreign Affairs encourages travelers to
Military operations targeting extreme environments
are ongoing in parts of the country. In parts of
Pakistan, the security situation is very challenging.
The security situation varies in different parts of
Pakistan and is now most precarious in Baluchistan, in
the tribal areas (Fata), and in parts of Khyber
In some areas, there is regular political and
sectarian motivated violence. In some cities, there is a
high crime rate, which also includes violent crime.
Crime: There is a certain danger of
kidnapping of foreigners, especially in western
- Countryaah: Islamabad is the capital
of Pakistan. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Natural Disasters: Pakistan is at a
high risk zone in earthquakes, and earthquakes occur
relatively frequently. The most vulnerable areas for
such incidents are in the north and west. Often,
buildings have no or poor earthquake protection. The
last major earthquake was October 26, 2015. This
measured 7.5 on a Richters scale.
There is also a certain danger of landslides and
flooding in parts of Pakistan due to heavy rainfall.
Travel Insurance: It is strongly
recommended to take out extended travel insurance when
traveling to Pakistan.
Traffic: The embassy does not
recommend the use of local taxis. In case of transport,
it is recommended that a rental car with a driver from a
reputable car rental company or from hotels is used
Travel registration : The
Embassy recommends everyone, regardless of the duration
and destination of the trip, to register on
Emergencies: In an emergency
situation, it will depend on whether the embassy in
Islamabad can help Norwegian citizens and possibly how
quickly such assistance can be provided. This is
especially true in the areas mentioned earlier in the
Contact information: The Norwegian
Embassy in Islamabad has telephone +92 51 849 7700. The
telephone is answered during office hours, Monday to
Thursday 0800 - 1600 and Friday from 0800 - 1300.
Except during office hours and on weekends and
holidays, the same number is answered by the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs' operational center in Oslo. The center
is staffed around the clock.
The direct number of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs'
operational center in Oslo is +47 23 95 00 00. E-mail:
The Foreign Service has honorary consulates in Lahore
Consulate General of Karachi
C-44, Block: 2, Clifton
Near Fatima Jinnah Park
Phone: +92 21 3529 2845-47
Consul General: Ms. Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy
Consulate of Lahore
Building No. 2, Floor No. 2,
7 Egerton Road
Phone: +92 42-3630 1315
Fax: +92 42-3630 1316
Consul: Ms. Naveen Fareed
Please note that entry rules may change. The Foreign
Service cannot be held responsible for changes in entry
regulations or visa requirements at short notice. It is
the responsibility of the traveler to ensure that travel
documents are valid before entry and to
familiarize themselves with the current entry rules for
Norwegian citizens are required to have a visa for
entry and residence in Pakistan, unless traveling on an
official passport is a service or diplomatic passport.
The main rule is that visas must be obtained before
entering Pakistan and cannot be arranged at border
There is an exception to the rule that allows for
applying for a group of tourist visas when crossing a
border into Pakistan. This requires that the tour
operator is pre-authorized by the Pakistani authorities.
Please note that some areas in Pakistan require the
approval of the Pakistani authorities before entry.
Norwegians traveling in Pakistan should also
particularly note that it is a criminal offense to be in
the country beyond the period of validity of the visa.
In such cases, a travel permit from Pakistan is also
required which, in experience, is a lengthy process and
also entails a penalty fee based on the number of days
the visa is "overlooked".
Contact the Pakistani Embassy in Oslo well in advance
of departure for visas and more information.
It is the traveler's responsibility to ensure that
travel documents are valid.
Coronavirus (covid-19): Cases of
coronavirus in Pakistan have been confirmed. The
situation is changing rapidly. Norwegian travelers
should stay updated through local media and follow the
advice and directions given by both the Norwegian and
The Pakistani authorities are monitoring the
situation and have created a telephone line which is
encouraged to use for symptoms, 1166 (local Pakistani
Curfews have been introduced in whole or in part in
several provinces. In Punjab and Islamabad, one is
advised not to stay outdoors.
Every country is free to introduce the measures and
restrictions they deem necessary to prevent the spread
of infection within its own borders. Norwegian citizens
in Pakistan are encouraged to comply with the
restrictions imposed by the Pakistani authorities.
Pakistan closed its border with Iran on February 24
to limit its spread of infection. On March 2, Pakistan
also closed the Chaman-Wesh border crossing to
Afghanistan for the same reason. March 19, the
Wagah-Atttari border crossing to India was also closed.
On March 21, Pakistani authorities suspended all
commercial international flights to Pakistan until April
4. This period has since been extended to 15 May. It is
currently uncertain whether airlines will be able to
resume flights to and from Pakistan after this date. At
present, only a few special flights are operating.
Norwegian citizens traveling in Pakistan should
consider taking advantage of any travel opportunities
set up by the Norwegian authorities or other countries,
as well as follow the airlines 'and/or travel agencies'
websites for information on possible new flights.
Updated travel and coronavirus information can be
found on the government's website.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against
travel that is not strictly necessary for all countries.
The reason is the increase in the spread of the
international corona virus and the unpredictable and
difficult situation for many travelers. The Travel
Council initially applied from March 14 to April 14, but
was extended until April 3.
You can find more information and guidance from
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
The best way to stay healthy in Pakistan is to
exercise common sense and take common precautions.
Reference is made to the Norwegian Institute of Public
Health for official health professional travel advice
and guidance to Norwegians when traveling abroad.
The public health services in Pakistan have
consistently low standards. For more serious cases of
illness it is recommended if possible to leave, as the
hospital standard is not good on a European scale. A
relatively new hospital in Islamabad, "Shifa
International", has a good standard and can be a good
Before leaving, various vaccines should be updated.
Contact your health care provider in Norway well in
advance of your departure for Pakistan for assessment of
vaccination. The quality of medicines varies in
Pakistan. People who depend on special medicines should
therefore bring these from Norway.
It is recommended to contact the Pakistani
authorities for information on special restrictions on
different types of medicines.
Gastrointestinal infections are common, especially
before getting used to the local bacterial flora.
Telephony: Area code for Pakistan is +92. The
telephone network is relatively stable. There is good
GSM coverage in urban areas. The coverage area and the
capacity of the network are constantly increasing
outside the cities as well. Mobile phones with Norwegian
SIM cards work largely. NB! Not prepaid!
In the event of major crises or demonstrations, the
mobile network will be rendered inactive.
The time difference means that the clock in Pakistan
is four hours ahead of the Norwegian during the winter
season and three hours ahead of the Norwegian summer
The mains have 220 volts/50 hertz. Voltage stabilizer
and/or UPS is recommended for computer equipment etc.
Power outages occur relatively often.
The currency unit is Rupee (PKR). February 2, 2018,
PKR 100 = NOK 7.16. Credit cards like Visa and
Mastercard basically work. In the major cities there are
ATMs that can be used (in Islamabad: HBL, CityBank and
Standard Chartered). Credit cards can also be used in
hotels and in larger businesses (often with 2.5-3.5
percent of the purchase price in fee). It can be
difficult to use credit cards as a means of payment
outside the big cities. American Express is not accepted
USD in cash can be exchanged at various exchange
offices, which often provides a better exchange rate
than the banks.
Public offices are open Monday-Thursday and half-day
Friday. The opening hours of the shops vary, but most of
the shops are open from the morning until late in the
The Pakistani religious holidays are moving and
adapted to the lunar phases, such as Eid festivals.
Eid-ul-Fitr, which ends the fasting month of Ramadan and
is the biggest holiday of the Muslims. Eid-ul-Azha falls
approx. two months later. The holidays are moving
backwards by approx. eleven days a year. Other holidays:
March 23 (Pakistan Day), August 14 (Independence Day),
September 6 (Quaid-e-Azam Day), November 9 (Iqbal Day)
and December 25 (Jinnah's birthday).
Climate in Islamabad: The summer starts in May and
lasts until September and is partly very hot, with
temperatures above 40 degrees during the day and little
cooling at night.
The monsoon occurs during the period July -
September. The temperature then drops somewhat, but the
humidity is very high.
Winter starts in late November and extends into
February. It is partly chilly nights and the temperature
can drop all the way to, or below, the freezing point.
Heating is then required indoors. During the daytime in
winter, however, the temperature can rise to 20 degrees.
There may also be some rain in the middle of the period.
The temperature is at all seasons on average higher
the farther south in Pakistan you come. In the
mountainous areas of the north it is cool, and in the
height there is winter weather with snow.
Bottled water is recommended for drinking and
cooking. Imported and local bottled drinking water is
available everywhere. Other water must be boiled for at
least 20 minutes.
All fruits and vegetables should be thoroughly washed
and disinfected using milton or potassium permagenate
and then rinsed in clean or boiled water. Meat should be
It is generally considered safe to eat in the
restaurants of the larger hotels, as well as reputable
eateries in the larger cities.
Alcohol and pornography must not be brought into
The practice of "purdah" (separation between women
and men) is widespread, especially in the countryside
and especially in Khyber Pakhtwunkha, Fata (Federally
Administered Tribal Areas) and Baluchistan. Therefore,
there are few women to look out in public places and
markets. It is recommended to ask for permission before
Women should dress with loose-fitting full-length
mittens and always have a scarf (dupatta) available. In
recent years, Pakistan has moved in a more conservative
direction also in the clothing path. Women are advised
to show consideration with regard to clothing. Men
should usually wear long pants, but may wear long shorts
and t-shirts as casual wear.
Pakistanis have different ethnic backgrounds and not
a common mother tongue. The most widely used languages
belong to the Indo-European language family.
The national language is Urdu, which according to the
Constitution replaced English as the official language
of 1988. English is used by the central government and
administration, the judiciary and the military, and has
a solid position among well-educated Pakistanis. Among
other regional languages, Punjabi, Sindhi and Pashto are
Light and airy clothing should be worn during the
warm season between April and October.
The winter season, from November to February, has
cold evenings and nights. Warm clothes can come in
handy. The houses are cold and do not always have