PAKISTAN TRAVEL GUIDE

INTRODUCTION

A journey through Pakistan is a fascinating encounter with a country that has withstood countless invasions, absorbed the culture and ethos of its conquerors and preserved their essence in monuments and archaeological heritage.

 

Pakistan fosters a five-thousand-year-old civilisation, remnants of which can still be seen in the ruins of Mohenjo Daro and Harappa. The land was an important stop on the trade route from Central Asia into India and across to China. Over the Khyber Pass, Kurram Pass, Bolan Pass and the Khunjerab Pass, caravans laden with dried fruits, silk, wool and precious stones laboured to their final destinations. If you are seeking adventure, want to lose yourself in nature's wonders, looking for some cultural stimulation or just want to intermingle with the incredibly warm and hospitable people, visit Pakistan and take back lingering memories of a country of diverse landscapes and people.

 

Certain areas in the tribal regions and the Afghanistan-Pakistan border are considered active war zones by the Pakistani military and therefore will not be accessible to both locals and foreigners. Do not try to illegally get into these areas as this could turn out to be fatal or may result in kidnapping for ransom. Make sure to obtain up to date information before you leave.

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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Pakistan has opened its airports to international flights, with the exceptions of Gwadar (GWD) and Turbat (TUK).Travelers will have to fill a health declaration and will be subject to thermal screening on arrival. Travelers without any symptoms of COVID-19 are allowed to proceed through the airport and instructed to self-isolate at their residence for 14 days.Travelers who have any symptoms of COVID-19 (including fever, cough, breathing difficulty) will be taken to a facility for a swab test and wait for the results. If the test is positive, travelers will received further instructions about the next step including a possible 14-day self-isolation at their residence or transfer to a hospital. If the test is negative, travelers are allowed to got to their residence and self isolate for 14 days.
and will be quarantined either in a free facility arranged by the Government of Pakistan, or in a facility which the passenger will pay for. Airlines are responsible for recording which facility passengers prefer. Travelers will be tested for COVID-19 and either remain in government quarantine or told to self-isolate depending on test results.

 

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  • Capital: Islamabad
  • Government: Islamic Federal Republic
  • Currency: Rs. Pakistani rupee (PKR)
  • Area: 881,913 km²
  • Population: 212,2 million (2018)
  • Religion: Muslim 97%, Hindu, Christian, Buddhist, Sikhs and others 3%
  • Electricity: 230V, 50Hz (Europlug & old British Plug)
 

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 5 February, Kashmir Solidarity Day
  • 23 March, Republic Day (Pakistan Day)
  • 1 May, Labour Day
  • 1 July, Bank Holiday*
  • 14 August, Independence Day
  • 6 September, Defense of Pakistan Day
  • 11 September, Anniversary of the Death of Qaid-i-Azam
  • 9 November, Birthday of Allama Iqbal
  • 25 December, Qaid-i-Azam’s Birthday

* Check for actual date of observance.

Business openings and work schedules may be significantly affected by Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Jain, and Sikh holidays and

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WEATHER SYNOPSIS

Pakistan lies in a temperate zone and its climate is as varied as the country’s topography—generally dry and hot near the coast and along the lowland plains of the Indus River, and becoming progressively cooler in the northern uplands and Himalayas. Four seasons are recognised: 1) a cool, dry winter from December to February; 2) a hot, dry spring from March through May; 3) the summer rainy season, also known as the southwest monsoon period, occurring from June to September; and 4) the retreating monsoons from October to November. A majority of the country receives very little rainfall, with the exception of the Northern regions, where monsoons can bring upwards of 200 mm a month from July to September. Inter-annual rainfall varies significantly, often leading to successive patterns of floods and drought. El Niño is a significant influence on climate variability in Pakistan, with anomalies in both, temperature and flood frequency and impact correlated with the El Niño cycle.

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Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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HEALTH

Be aware of possible health risks in 

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Malaria - Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.

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