How Safe Is Pakistan for Travel?

Pakistan
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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

OVERALL RISK : HIGH

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

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : HIGH

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

PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH

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

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

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

MUGGING RISK : HIGH

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

TERRORISM RISK : HIGH

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

SCAMS RISK : HIGH

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 TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM

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 Sudan, 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 www.doyouneedvisa.com 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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Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
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182024303638353333302520
Low
°C
47111621242424211595
High
°F
6468758697100959191867768
Low
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394552617075757570594841

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12 Reviews on Pakistan

  1. nothing is true

    pakistan is safe and beautiful

    1. Would you take your family with you?

  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.

  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.

  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.

Rated 2.83 / 5 based on 12 user reviews.

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