From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

On 7 August 2017, an explosion near Outfall Road in the north east of Lahore caused multiple injuries. You should avoid the immediate area of the incident for the time being because of an ongoing police investigation.

On 14 August 2017, Pakistan celebrates Independence Day. Large public celebrations are expected on and around this date. Terrorists have attacked large gatherings in Pakistan in the recent past. Several political leaders from competing parties also plan to hold rallies on and around 14 August in northern Punjab, particularly in Lahore. Political gatherings in Pakistan can turn violent.

You should remain vigilant, avoid all crowds and political gatherings.

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Pakistan. There’s a high threat of terrorism, kidnap and sectarian violence throughout the country, including the cities of Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Lahore. You should be particularly vigilant and take appropriate security precautions.

There have been several terrorist attacks in Lahore this year. At the present time, you should exercise caution travelling to and around Lahore. This includes the major international hotels, public areas including parks, shopping malls, religious sites and law enforcement facilities. On 24 July 2017, an explosion near the Arfa Karim IT tower on Ferozepur road in the Model Town area of Lahore caused multiple casualties. See Terrorism

Foreigners, in particular westerners, may be directly targeted. Densely populated unsecured areas, such as markets, shopping malls, restaurants and places where westerners and the Pakistani elite are known to congregate, are potential focal points for attacks. You should be extra vigilant at all times and minimize your exposure to areas that pose a higher risk.

Security forces in Pakistan remain on high alert following previous attacks. Alert levels in major cities can fluctuate, and travellers should monitor local media. There may be increases in security force presence and restrictions on movement may be put in place at short notice. See Terrorism

Pakistan is in a major earthquake zone and remains at risk from further earthquakes, aftershocks, landslides and flooding. You should familiarise yourself with safety procedures in the event of an earthquake. See Natural disasters

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

Around 270,000 British nationals visit Pakistan every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

Entry requirements section (National Identity Cards)you can enter Pakistan visa free and remain there for an unlimited period of stay if you hold a valid National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) or Smart National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (SNICOP)

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