The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) of the United Kingdom has issued an advisory warning British nationals against any travel to certain regions of Pakistan near the Afghan border.
The FCDO explicitly states, “Avoid all travel to within 10 miles of the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan.” Other high-risk areas include parts of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The FCDO has designated the following regions in Pakistan as unsafe for travel:
Bajaur, Bannu, Buner, Charsadda, Dera Ismail Khan, Khyber, Kohat, Kurram, Lakki Marwat, Lower Dir, Mohmand, Orakzai, Peshawar city, Swat, Tank, North Waziristan, Upper South Waziristan, Lower South Waziristan.
The Karakoram Highway passing through Battagram, Besham City, Dasu and Sazin before joining N15.
The N45 Highway north of the Mardan ring road on the outskirts of Chitral city.
- Dera Ismail Khan
- Lakki Marwat
- Lower Dir
- Peshawar, including the city of Peshawar
- North Waziristan
- Upper South Waziristan
- Lower South Waziristan
- Between Mansehra and Chilas, the Karakoram Highway travels via Battagram, Besham City, Dasu, and Sazin before coming to an intersection with the N15.
- The N45 Highway runs from the outskirts of Chitral City north of the Mardan ring road.
The FCDO advises against all travel to Balochistan province, except for essential travel to some southern coastal areas including:
- The area south of the N10 highway including the stretch of N25 passing through Gwadar port city, from the N10/N25 interchange to the Balochistan-Sindh border.
British nationals are advised against travel within 10 miles of the Line of Control (LoC) – the de facto border with Indian-administered Kashmir.
The advisory states, “FCDO advises against all but essential travel to all areas of Sindh Province north of and including the city of Nawabshah.”
Most importantly, the FCDO has warned that travel insurance will be invalidated and there will be harsh consequences for anyone defying the advisory.