How Safe Is Pakistan for Travel?

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Pakistan is a large country located in South-Central Asia and is also a part of the Greater Middle East Region.

It has a coastline along the Arabian Sea, and its neighbors are Afghanistan to the west and northwest, Iran to the southwest, The Republic of India to the east, and China to the northeast.

Geographically, Pakistan is extremely diverse.

It’s actually a country where you can find all kinds of geological structures.

It has something for all kinds of tourists: the sea, desert areas (Sindh & Punjab), mountains covered with vegetation (North West Province), bare mountains (Balochistan), icy and snowy mountains, rivers, waterfalls, forests, etc.

What attracts most tourists is the fact that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan contain the mountain ranges of the Himalayas, the Karakoram, and the Hindu Kush which are world-known.

A special treat for travelers is seeing Pakistan’s highest point, K2, at 8,611m – the second highest peak in the world.

Warnings & Dangers in Pakistan

Overall Risk


With extreme poverty crushing the country, it is no wonder that Pakistan isn't safe for travelers, as both petty and violent crimes took over the streets of the country. Be extremely careful if you're planning on visiting Pakistan.

Transport & Taxis Risk


No form of transportation is safe in Pakistan. Tourists are advised to take be extra careful at the airport itself. Avoid all forms of public transportation including taxis and buses: if at all possible, arrange with the people you're staying with to pick you up from the airport.

Pickpockets Risk


Petty street crime is a serious issue in Pakistan and tourists are strongly advised against carrying valuables with them while on the streets: passports, bank cards, bags, jewelry, laptops, mobile phones, iPads and anything else you can think of is of extreme value to any pickpocket in Pakistan, since there is a large black market for all of these items, especially for passports whether forged or stolen.

Natural Disasters Risk


As for natural disasters, Pakistan is susceptible to a couple of them that have hit in the past, like earthquakes, floods, and tsunamis. Monitor the situation and follow the advice from the authorities.

Mugging Risk


Violent crime rates are also high in Pakistan, and this includes armed robbery, robbery, carjacking, kidnappings, home invasion, and even murder. These are all common, especially in major urban areas.

Terrorism Risk


Terrorists are very likely to try and carry out attacks in Pakistan. The biggest threat comes from Tehrik-e Taleban Pakistan, which is an umbrella organization of groups based in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. TTP carry out attacks throughout Pakistan, and the attacks are usually carried out using Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), including suicide attacks.

Scams Risk


There are scammers in Pakistan trying to take advantage of tourists, and the situation with scams is similar as in any other country. Be wary when handling money and of anyone trying to distract you. Taxi drivers might try to trick you into paying more, giving you wrongful information about the price of the ride.

Women Travelers Risk


Women shouldn't let their guard down in Pakistan. This isn't a safe country for anyone to be alone in, and this applies to women too. Apply all precaution measures at all times and avoid dark and empty streets and locations.

So... How Safe Is Pakistan Really?

The biggest issue for foreigners in Pakistan, when it comes to safety, is that this country has suffered from several bomb attacks during the last couple of years, and they were aimed against security forces, so called western institutions.

Apart from that, its former prime minister Benazir Bhutto has been publically assassinated upon her return from exile, and all of this has brought great turmoil to this country.

There is a great risk of attacks that usually occur after military actions against the Taliban.

Before traveling to Pakistan, check the situation in the state with your embassy, and consult them about the forbidden and dangerous areas.

For example, one of the off-limits areas for foreigners is the line of control between Pakistan-administered Kashmir and the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.

You should also avoid the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and all regions near the sensitive Afghan border since the Pakistan government has almost no authority there and they can’t help you if you end up in an emergency.

As for crime, you should avoid going out at night altogether as you might get mugged, robbed, or scammed, especially in Karachi, a city known for its high crime rates.

Tourists are also strongly advised against visiting political gatherings, as – though it’s a country filled with friendly people – these gatherings might escalate into a protest that can turn violent and in some cases deadly.

Useful Information

  • Visas - Most countries do need a visa in order to enter Pakistan. Some travelers can get a visa on arrival if traveling as part of a group tour, or for business. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months past your stay in Pakistan. If you are not sure about your visa status, visit which will let you know whether or not you need a visa based on your nationality and the country you want to visit.
  • Currency - The Pakistani rupee is the official currency in Pakistan. There are ATMs in Lahore and Islamabad and they accept foreign credit cards. Top-end establishments accept credit cards, but you are advised to bring cash with you.
  • Weather - Weather in Pakistan can be divided into three seasons: winter, that lasts from November to March, which is warm and affected by sea breezes on the coast, summer that lasts from April to July, with extreme temperatures and the monsoon season that lasts from July to September, with plenty of precipitation upon the hills.
  • Airports - Jinnah International Airport is the largest and busiest international airport in Pakistan. It is located in Karachi, the largest city in Pakistan.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we advise getting travel insurance when traveling to Pakistan, because it would cover not only medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Pakistan Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 11° C
Feb 14° C
Mar 18° C
Apr 23° C
May 29° C
Jun 31° C
Jul 30° C
Aug 29° C
Sep 27° C
Oct 23° C
Nov 17° C
Dec 13° C
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25 Reviews on Pakistan

  1. nothing is true

    pakistan is safe and beautiful

    1. Would you take your family with you?

      1. B
        Brian Adam says:

        Yes, Family trip is more fun!

      2. N
        Naveed Pasha says:

        Go visit modern Pakistan.

        In Pakistan, there are 12 International and 35 Domestic Airports excluding military airfields and small aerodromes. There are 12 International Airlines currently flying to Pakistan every single day, 13 if you include the national carrier PIA. These flights amongst returning Pakistanis bring hundreds if not thousands of foreigners visiting Pakistan for the first time. I visit Pakistan every year with my family without any trouble. Pakistan has the second-highest mountain in the World K2 along with other highest peaks in the World such as Rakaposhi, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum l, etc. etc. Please visit and see the British High Commissioner for Pakistan Christian Turner skiing in Pakistan this month (February 2020). Visit here to see Prince William and Kate Middleton enjoying their 5 days recent visit to Pakistan. Alexander the Great visited in 300 BC, when will you go? There are descendants of Greek Soldiers who fought for Alexander the Great living in Northern Pakistan today (established through DNA testing by the Greek Government).. enjoy Pakistan.

  2. Just for Muslims

    It’s only safe to muslims, if jews for example will come to visit I don’t envy them.

    1. A
      Anonymous says:

      a Jew on youtube came to visit and he loved it

  3. Pakistan is Safe for Everyone

    This Article is total Shit, must be wrote by an Indian …better search youtube videos of Tourism in Pakistan as Pakistan is like Heaven on Earth

    1. R
      Rationality says:

      You people blame Indians for everything lol. Pakistan has frequent terrorist attacks, a whole bunch of tourists were massacred while mountain climbing and kidnappings are frequent. Pakistan isn’t heaven on earth, even for Pakis. Please don’t lie to potential tourists because you’re desperate for tourism. You don’t care if they get kidnapped or killed as long as you get tourism money.

      1. #PakistanZindabad #JaiHind

        Rationality Pakistanis blame Indians and Indians blame Pakistanis. If you look at the review on this site of India it’s not great and in the comments their blaming Pakistanis for it. None of us should blame each other for the hatred western media gives. Pakistan DOES NOT have ‘frequent’ terrorist attacks however Pakistan has been subjected to terrorist attacks in the past since 2001 but that is no longer a problem. But what is ‘frequent’ is all the people who are kidnapped and killed in India where 67 WOMEN ARE RAPED DAILY. And yes if you watch Pakistan tourism videos on youtube then visitors DO NOT WANT TO LEAVE and some even begin to live there like George Fulton from Manchester England (search Pakistani George on youtube) who married the girl he fell in love with Kiran a Pakistani journalist and TV presenter, and Shaniera Thompson from Australia (now Shaniera Akram after she married Wasim Akram the Pakistani Cricketer) this is all purely because of our kindness, generosity and hospitality so, yes, we do care. And with that said much love from Pakistan to everyone around the world. Pakistanis are not just out to get tourism money, if you watch ‘Mark Wiens’ channel on YouTube he has different videos of places he’s been to in Pakistan and in most of the videos especially because he’s a tourist he says that the people won’t let him pay even when he stops the camera, which is what you’ll find other people on YouTube who have visited Pakistan saying.
        Also Pakistan is heaven on earth and here are a few places to search on google:

        Gilgit Baltistan Pakistan
        Fairy Meadows Pakistan
        Hunza Valley Pakistan
        Attabad Lake (Hunza Valley Pakistan)
        K2 Mountain/K2 Base Camp Pakistan
        Naltar Ski Resort Pakistan
        Shandur Pass/Shandur Polo Ground Pakistan
        Deosai National Park Pakistan
        Sheosar Lake (Deosai National Park Pakistan)
        Skardu Pakistan
        City of saints/Shrine of Shah Rukn-e-Alam Multan Pakistan
        Katpana Desert Balochistan Pakistan
        Kharan Desert Balochistan Pakistan
        Thal Desert Punjab Pakistan
        Cholistan Desert/Derewar Fort Pakistan
        Kalash Valleys Chitral District Pakistan
        Mohenjo-Daro Site Sindh Pakistan
        Salt Range Pakistan
        Khewra Salt Mines Pakistan
        Makran Coastal Highway
        Astola Island Pakistan
        Gwadar Beach Balochistan Pakistan
        Pasni Beach Balochistan Pakistan
        Ormara Beach Balochistan Pakistan
        Sonmiani Beach Balochistan Pakistan
        Paradise Point Karachi Pakistan
        Naran Pakistan
        Kaghan Valley Pakistan
        Saif-ul-Maluk Lake (Saif-ul-Maluk National Park Pakistan)
        Kunhar River Pakistan
        Nathia Gali Pakistan
        Azad Kashmir Pakistan
        Neelum Valley (Azad Kashmir Pakistan)
        Ratti Gali/ Ratti Gali Lake Neelum Valley (Azad Kashmir Pakistan)
        Shalimar Bagh Lahore Pakistan
        Lahore Fort Pakistan
        Badshahi Mosque Lahore Pakistan
        Rawal Lake Islamabad Pakistan
        Minar-e-Pakistan Monument Lahore Pakistan
        Daman-e-Koh Islamabad Pakistan
        Pakistan Monument Islamabad Pakistan
        Faisal Mosque Islamabad Pakistan

        Just to name a few 🙂

        #Jai Hind🧡🤍💚 💗💗💗
        #Pakistan Zindabad🤍💚🤍 💖💖💖

  4. Exaggeration

    I came across this website while searching for how it was like being in Shenzhen China and was totally scared when I read through the pick pocketing etc. Then I happened to see the review on Pakistan. Both countries have shitty reviews far from reality. Please don’t misguide tourists. The ranking of countries is also hilarious! Countries with high rape rate are ranked as safest. Good job.

  5. Visited Pakistan for work a while back. Absolutely chaotic, smelly and really didn’t feel safe. Please don’t buy into the nationalistic rants from Pakistanis and the adventures of a few YouTubers that travel with armed escorts. A bunch of tourists were massacred a while back and kidnapping tourists is common. While there I passed a mosque where the preacher was openly wishing death upon America and the “nefarious Jews” and no one made any move to stop him. Pakistan has a long way to go before it becomes tourist friendly.

    1. Pakistan is so beautiful

      What the hell🤔 we didn’t see anything like that in Pakistan ever. ……I live here

    2. Tourist friendly who the hell would want to go there if they did not have to.

  6. T
    Travel Enthusiasts says:

    Great Place

    All wrong Pakistan is very safe, such nice people and full of hospitality. if you go there you wont be able to count how many times your invited into homes for tea or coffee. and terrorism almost dosent exists there. i know it may come as a shock but there are no terrorist groups in Pakistan at all. transportation is perfectly safe, mugging isn’t a issue but pickpocket is a issue in a couple rural areas. going to the India boarder is usually not advised but its perfectly safe.

  7. Great hospitality

    Pakistan is a great country. I was very scared before coming here. I came here a week ago and till then I have enjoyed a lot. I’ve no Idea why Media is not showing hospitality of Pakistani’s peoples.

  8. Terrorism is rampant in Pakistan. Chances of you getting blown up while sipping a cup of coffee is very high.

    1. H
      Hania sheikh says:

      May be in 2009 or, 2012 but Pakistan havee came a long way its 2020 you can come visit any metropolitan or nothern city with full safety, welcoming people great food and hospitality

      It was declared number 1 spot for tourism in 2020

      1. Number one during lockdown

        From where did Pakistan got number 1 rank in 2020 when the whole world is under lockdown? Get over your patriotism and accept reality.

  9. N
    Naveed Pasha says:

    Today's Welcoming Pakistan

    The information above is inaccurate, faulty and outdated. It reads, ‘Before traveling to Sudan, check the situation in the state with your embassy, and consult them about the forbidden and dangerous areas.’ The writer is writing about Sudan under Pakistan heading! Read it above! This is unfair. The information above is at least five to ten years old! There are NO ‘Federally Administered Tribal Areas’ in Pakistan today; these became part of KP province some time ago. The United Nations, United Kingdom and the United States have all revised their travel advisory for Pakistan now considered a safer country to visit.

  10. Not gonna visit again

    I won’t ever visit this country again.
    Most people there are nice but there’s some deep problem going on there.

  11. m
    maxwell says:

    totally safe

    the information above is completly WRONG pakistan is a great and beatiful country its people are realy kind and have great hospitality

  12. F
    Frequent traveler says:


    Well if I would’ve planned my travels according to your reviews I would’ve been at home and never traveled anywhere but I have my own way of finding out the safety protocols and yes, this article is 100% baseless and biased.

  13. M
    Müller Wolfgang says:

    Another islamist country.

    Thankfully didn’t meet any terrorists but were basically warned to not go out of the hotel without security.

    The islamist orthodox locals don’t approve if your missus isn’t wearing a burka.

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