Is Pakistan safe for travel in 2021?

Is it safe to travel to Pakistan? After months of firsthand experience, here’s my answer, including advice on where it is and isn’t safe to travel, safety tips for travel in Pakistan, and more.


You’ve seen photos of epic mountains and jaw-dropping shrines. Heard tales of boundless hospitality. Read articles saying Pakistan is the next best travel destination. You want to travel to Pakistan, but you’re still wondering: is Pakistan safe?

Your family and friends might be dubious, telling you Pakistan isn’t safe, but listen to me, not them. I’ve independently traveled all across Pakistan for months. Clearly I’m not dead; that, at the very least, proves you’re not guaranteed to be blasted to bits upon arrival.

… but I assume you’re interested in a more nuanced answer than “No blasting anticipated”.

I have traveled through Pakistan for more than six months, visiting the country for the first time in 2016. I organize tours to Pakistan and have been to all provinces, traveled both solo and with friends, moderate two Facebook groups related to travel in Pakistan, and have more experience with traveling in Pakistan than most other travel bloggers who’ve been there combined. Read on for my firsthand thoughts on whether Pakistan is safe.

Is Pakistan safe for travel? After almost one year of both couple and solo female travel in Pakistan, here's my firsthand opinion on whether or not it's safe to travel Pakistan. Includes tips for the safest places to visit in Pakistan, safety advice for Pakistan, caution for the most dangerous places in Pakistan, and more. Click through for all the information you need to stay safe in Pakistan. #Pakistan #travel #safety

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Female traveler in Pakistan traffic

Do I think it’s safe to travel Pakistan? Listen up.

Is Pakistan safe?

If you want to travel to Pakistan, Pakistan is currently safe for travelers of all genders. There are still security issues in more remote areas of the country, but after years of struggle with violence and terrorism, many places in Pakistan are now safe for locals and foreigners alike. As with any travel, you should do your research before deciding to travel to the country.

Though I don’t think it’s the easiest country to travel for a variety of reasons, I firmly believe adventure travelers and other experienced travelers should consider visiting!

In short: yes, Pakistan is safe.

What’s actually going on with Pakistan’s security situation?

The country stabilized immensely since peak Taliban activity around 2009-2012. Pakistan’s military has a tight hold on the country to maintain peace. ISI, the country’s intelligence agency, is highly active behind the scenes ensuring potential threats are dealt with before harm comes to anyone. Streets might seem militant because of all the checkpoints and army personnel, but they are far safer than they were before.

The Pakistan you see on the news—guns, bombs, and terrorists galore—is far from the reality of Pakistan on the ground. Places that casual tourists are likely to visit are peaceful these days. There’s little need to fear acts of terrorism. Come and see for yourself that Pakistan is safe!

Female traveler standing on the Jamia Masjid in Rawalpindi, Pakistan

Rooftop views from Rawalpindi’s Jamia Masjid

Why you’ll probs be safe in Pakistan

Not convinced yet? Showing this to your mum and she’s still not convinced? Fair enough.

It’s important to note how unlikely it is that the average tourist will be harmed in Pakistan.

Normal tourists are unlikely to come to harm because…

It’s extremely difficult to enter dangerous areas. Pakistan’s security organizations require something called a Non-Objection Certificate (NOC) for most high-risk areas. Aside from the NOC tourists receive if crossing the Iran-Pakistan border, it’s virtually impossible to get an NOC for other areas without a powerful local’s help/sponsorship. If you don’t have an NOC, you’ll be turned back at a checkpoint. In short: if you visit Pakistan, you’re unlikely to actually enter any dangerous areas.

Attacks or threats usually occur in places the average tourist wouldn’t be. Think police headquarters, cities in areas requiring NOCs, minority religious events that most tourists don’t know about, let alone be comfortable visiting (crowds of men 4 dayzzzz).

Security escorts are common in risky areas tourists can visit. In some places, foreign tourists are assigned armed security guards to escort them around. My thoughts on this matter are another story entirely, but I won’t deny it adds extra security to your existence. Fairy Meadows is the most common destination where this is the case.

Sunrise in Chilas, Diamer District, Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan

The area around Chilas has seen its share of violence in recent years, but travelers are allowed to pass through without restriction these days.

What areas are “unsafe” for travel in Pakistan?

There are several regions in Pakistan that, though not entirely dangerous or filled with evil folk, are riskier than others.

Rough map of dangerous areas for travel in Pakistan

A rough idea of the “unsafe” and no-go areas for travelers in Pakistan

Balochistan province

Why: Balochistan is risky for a variety of reasons. Bandits prey upon people in the center of the province. The road for the economic corridor China is building through the country (CPEC) is sensitive for those who don’t want it to be constructed. Balochistan harbors separatists who want to create their own Balochi state.

Allowed to visit? Pakistani tourists can travel freely in Balochistan. Foreigners are not allowed to visit any of Balochistan without an NOC, and will not receive one unless crossing into/out of Iran. However, some foreigners have snuck in to drive the Makran Coastal Highway and visit Hingol National Park with the help of locals.

Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA)

Why: Some of the “agencies” along Pakistan’s western border with Afghanistan still see violence and harbor terrorist groups, along with other people doing unscrupulous things along the border.

Allowed to visit? Though recently absorbed into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, all foreign tourists need an NOC to visit any of the tribal agencies. Local tourists can visit, though they need to provide their CNIC to enter FATA.

Line of Control in Kashmir (LOC)

Why: The border in Azad Kashmir between Pakistan and India has been disputed for years, and still sees occasional crossfire. It’s extra off-limits now given rising tensions between Pakistan and India. Foreigners who go too close are almost certain to be considered spies.

Allowed to visit? Foreign tourists can now visit parts of Kashmir that are more than 10 kilometers away from the India-Pakistan border, such as Muzaffarabad and Mirpur. Note that this rules out popular destinations for local tourists such as Neelum Valley, and you might still encounter difficulties when entering Kashmir.

Kohistan and Diamer (Dasu to Chilas)

Why: In the area of the Karakoram Highway between Dasu and Chilas there is serious poverty and a lack of education and gender equality, even by Pakistan standards. There were many attacks in this region in the past, and though the area is now relatively safe and the Karakoram Highway is frequented by tourists, it still sees some issues such as the burning of girls’ schools in 2018.

Allowed to visit: Tourists can drive along the Karakoram Highway. Foreign tourists can now move freely in Chilas. Public transport usually has an armed guard riding along within this region. Solo travelers may receive a security escort in the area around Dasu town. Note that you need an NOC for any of the side valleys off the KKH in this area, such as Darel.

How about the other regions in Pakistan?

But are the other regions in Pakistan safe, I hear you ask? Here I’ll go over them quickly.


The southern province of Sindh isn’t on many tourist radars (although I think it should be). Some people visit Karachi and maybe Sehwan Sharif, but that’s about it. Because of this, many foreigners still think Sindh is a scary, dangerous place. The fact that some Pakistani’s will tell you the same doesn’t help.

Although Karachi has a reputation for being dangerous, tourists are hardly ever the target of crime here. Other parts of Sindh are equally friendly to tourists, and although Sindh is underdeveloped, it’s relatively safe to travel here. The only area that’s really off-limits is the That Desert.

The biggest problem in Sindh is often finding (budget) accommodation, as many places can’t host foreigners, and overzealous security personnel who’d rather see you leave than do extra work. In some cases, local authorities insist you need a security escort, but there are no hard and fast rules about this in Sindh.


As I mention a bit further down, Lahore is a safe city for foreign travelers and almost all people who visit Pakistan visit Lahore. Other parts of Punjab are safe for travel too. However, rural Punjab doesn’t see many foreign tourists yet, so you might be bothered by an overprotective security guard, and it’s possible some hotels won’t allow you to stay.

There are several cities in Punjab where foreigners can’t move around freely. Bahawalpur and Multan are prime examples. If the police find you wandering around these cities, it’s likely they’ll put you on the next bus back to where you can from. This is not because these cities are dangerous (although the police will tell you this to get rid of you), but because of army and intelligence activity in these cities. They don’t want snooping foreigners. If you want to visit these cities, find a host through Couchsurfing who knows about the situation.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK)

Many people think KPK is still a hotbed of terrorism, and that foreigners aren’t really allowed to travel here. Although this was true in the past, now foreigners can travel freely through most of KPK province.

I have a special section on Peshawar further down this article, but KPK offers much more than this amazing city. Although I think most places in KPK, such as Swat, Chitral, and the Kalash Valley are safe to travel to, visitors should know KPK is still very conservative. Foreigners should take care to not offend local customs when traveling here.

There are a few places in KPK that aren’t safe for foreigners, as I mentioned above. But fear not, you won’t be allowed to stay here anyway.

Gilgit Baltistan (GB)

Gilgit Baltistan is among the safest places in Pakistan. You can find more info on GB further down this guide.

A Shia man praying during Ashura in Lahore, Pakistan

A Shia man praying at a gathering for Ashura, a day of significance during Muharram, a month of mourning. Shia events such as these are sometimes targeted by those who disagree with their practices.


High-risk environments in Pakistan

Though most gatherings are fine, there is a larger risk of terrorist attacks at certain kinds of places and gatherings in Pakistan.

Minority religious groups and activities are a common target for terrorists in Pakistan. Minorities are basically any non-Sunni religious groups. Think Shia Muslims and their holidays such as Ashura/Muharram, or Sufis and festivals like the urs in Sehwan Sharif or the urs at Data Darbar in Lahore. Sufi shrines were targeted several times in recent years:

Sufi man dancing dhamal at the Mela Chiraghan in Lahore, Pakistan

A man dancing at the Sufi Mela Chiraghan festival in Lahore. Does he look dangerous to you?

Does that mean you should stay away from minority groups or events in Pakistan?

If you’re traveling off the beaten track in Pakistan, you should be able to inform yourself of risks and make calculated judgments as to whether or not you find risks worthy.

Personally, I find it worth the risk to learn more about groups and events firsthand. I regularly attend Sufi gatherings in Lahore, have visited Hindu temples and Sikh gurdwaras around the country, and spent days in the thick of crowds during Muharram and Safar, months of mourning particularly significant for Shia Muslims. All of which go against my government’s recommendations.

It’s worth noting that security at large minority events is intense. Spotlights, truck barricades, barbed wire, police everywhere, blocked mobile signals. And then some. Yes they are risk areas, but security officials account for that and do everything they can to mitigate. At times they might not want to allow foreigners in because of the security risks—it’s useful to have locals with you to help.

Sunrise over Phander Lake

Sunrise over Phander Lake, a peaceful place in Gilgit Baltistan

Where are the safest places to visit in Pakistan?

No place is 100% safe, of course, but some places are calmer than others in Pakistan!

Pakistani female traveler in Hunza during autumn

My friend Hina in Karimabad, Hunza

Hunza, Gilgit Baltistan

Most people who visit Pakistan, want to travel to Hunza at one point or another. Gilgit Baltistan as a whole is quite peaceful, but if you’re looking for ease of travel, welcoming people, and a very safe track record, Hunza is the place to start.

The most touristed region in northern Pakistan has been peaceful for decades, and aside from a small number of harassment incidents, most travelers have an easy and safe experience in Hunza. Many travelers—foreign and domestic—visit each year for trekking, motorbiking, and more. I also recommend Hunza to all first time (solo) female travelers in Pakistan.

Motorbiking in Yasin Valley, Ghizer, Pakistan

Motorbiking in Yasin Valley, Ghizer

Ghizer, Gilgit Baltistan

Like Hunza, Ghizer district to the west of Gilgit city (along the road to Shandur Pass) is peaceful. Home to generally well-educated and open-minded Ismaili Muslims, it’s a very welcoming place for travelers. Ghizer is my favorite district in Gilgit Baltistan—Phander Valley is a good place to start.

Men sitting outside of Faisal Mosque in Islamabad, Pakistan

Faisal mosque at night


Pakistan’s capital is, hands down, the safest city in Pakistan. Admittedly this leads to a very sterile experience (in my opinion, anyway) but it’s a safe and very forgiving starting point for any Pakistan trip.

Female travelers in a Rangeela Rickshaw in Lahore, Pakistan

Women from my women’s tour sightseeing in Lahore


My favorite city in Pakistan is also relatively safe for travelers. People are quite used to seeing foreign tourists in Lahore, especially in the historical areas, and the city is quite well managed security-wise. The normal risks associated with visiting big cities exist—think harassment, petty theft, etc.—but as a whole, Lahore is welcoming and a good addition to any trip.

Note: To be fair, all of Pakistan’s major cities—Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar—are safe enough to visit. Standard precautions should still be taken, especially in Karachi where snatching of phones and bags still sometimes occurs.

Girl on the roof of Mahabat Khan mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan

My friend Azeema showing me around Peshawar

Is it safe to visit Peshawar?

Close to Afghanistan’s border with a reputation for being a terroristic Wild West where guns and hashish are sold openly and women flutter through the streets in burqas, it’s understandable why people are apprehensive about visiting Peshawar. Foreign tourists used to receive security escorts when visiting Peshawar, and many governments still advise not to visit.

But these days it’s safe to visit Peshawar, and I highly recommend it! The City of Flowers is working hard to rebuild and attract tourists after being ravaged by violence in recent decades. Though its visible conservatism might initially shock, it’s home to some of the most beautiful buildings I’ve seen in Pakistan—don’t miss the Sethi Haveli and Mahabat Khan mosque—and Pashtuns are indisputably the most hospitable people in Pakistan.

Note: You might have trouble finding accommodation in Peshawar; most hotels don’t allow foreigners. If on a budget, Al-Ibadat Hotel in Peshawar has rooms for around 800 PKR/night. Couchsurfing is another option—it’ll provide an opportunity to learn about Pashtun culture from the source. Female travelers, be on guard; many solo female travelers have had bad experiences Couchsurfing with less reputable hosts in Peshawar.

Traffic in Hyderabad, Pakistan

Traffic is a far more legitimate danger to travelers in Pakistan than terrorism…

What are the actual dangers of traveling in Pakistan?

Oh, you mean besides the 5 most serious dangers of traveling in Pakistan?

Jokes aside, here’s what I think travelers should actually be careful of while in Pakistan:

  • Harassment. Groping, stalking, and sometimes more is a common experience for both male and female travelers in Pakistan. Groping is particularly common in large crowds.
  • Road accidents. Pakistani drivers be cray. Roads in cities are busy. Many truck and bus drivers give no fucks and consume large amounts of hashish while driving their routes. Watch out, and never step in front of a moving bus.
  • Food poisoning. Hygiene standards in Pakistan are poor. Combined with the excessive use of oils and spices in the food, it’s common for visitors to have tummy issues at some point during their trip.
  • Violence or stampedes in large crowds. People can be hotheaded in Pakistan, and when people get worked up… they get really worked up. Be careful in large crowds that are getting unruly—it’s easy for violence to flare up or stampedes to start.
  • Altitude. Many villages in northern Pakistan are at high enough altitudes to cause altitude sickness, and many common passes (Babusar Pass, Khunjerab Pass) are 4,000m+. Take it easy when climbing higher, and if you feel ill please don’t hesitate to take a break or move to lower altitudes.
Glacier water in Sost, Pakistan

Glacier water in Sost, which people insisted was healthy and safe to drink. Um, I don’t think so.

Is it safe to drink the water in Pakistan?

Tap water is not safe to drink in most parts of Pakistan, especially in the major cities. Most urban Pakistanis drink filtered or bottled water. I personally use a Steripen to clean tap water, and LifeStraw bottles are another great no-waste alternative to bottled water.

In mountains, tap water is sometimes acceptable to drink. People will offer you cloudy glacier water, insisting it’s healthy and full of minerals. I do not recommend drinking glacier water without filtering; this glacier water has been linked to kidney problems in local populations.

However, some people get or pipe their water directly from mountain springs. Springwater is clean and safe to drink. The risky part is you don’t know how good their piping system is… or the last time it was cleaned. Whether or not you take the risk is up to you, but I usually accept spring water. Again, a Steripen is handy if you don’t want to take a chance.

Trekking in Pakistan in Kalam, Swat Valley, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Trekking in Swat Valley, Pakistan

Is it safe to go trekking in Pakistan?

Yes, it’s generally safe to trek in Pakistan! Pakistan is heaven for mountain lovers. Hardcore mountaineers and casual trekkers alike flock to its mountain ranges every year.

However, trekking in Pakistan isn’t like trekking in more developed countries. Trails are not well marked, maps are not readily available, and you won’t find the teahouse to teahouse kind of trekking you see in countries like Nepal. Proper healthcare is often a long journey away, which means you need to be well-prepared in the event of an accident.

It’s highly recommended to hire local guides if doing any overnight/long treks in Pakistan. They know the mountains better than anyone else, and will prevent you from getting lost or ending up somewhere dangerous.

If you don’t want to hire a local guide, I recommend basing yourself in a village and doing day treks from there. Some ideal bases for day treks are Kalam in Swat Valley, Gulmit or Karimabad in Hunza, and Skardu in the east.

Motorbiking in Yasin, Pakistan

Motorbiking in Pakistan is grand… but risky. That’s where insurance comes in!

Best travel insurance for Pakistan

In Pakistan, anything can happen. Anything. From unexpected hospital visits due to food poisoning to needing to be airlifted out after a trekking or motorbiking accident, there are a lot of potential risks to traveling Pakistan. I highly recommend travelers going to Pakistan invest in travel insurance.

I use and recommend World Nomads travel insurance for traveling in Pakistan. They’re easy to use and communicate with, their standard plans cover most areas of the country tourists will visit, and you’re covered at high enough altitudes for all of the standard treks and areas the average tourist goes to. Get a quote from World Nomads here.

Local family in Misgar, Pakistan

This man invited me to stay in his home about 3 seconds after meeting me. Sometimes you have to go with your gut and trust people in Pakistan!

Safety tips for travel in Pakistan

The most important thing you can do while traveling in Pakistan is trust your instincts. If something feels bad or suspicious, back off.

Vague, I know! Instincts come with time, and you’ll figure things out while there. In the meantime, I recommend a few other safety basics to people visiting Pakistan:

Always have a local SIM card and a local’s phone number. It might sound strange now, but trust me—people will offer their phone number to you for assistance often. Save some! They’re useful for translating in tough spots, letting people know where you are, and staying in touch with hosts and other helpful folks. Telenor and Zong offer the best mobile coverage in Pakistan.

Reach out to locals and experienced foreigners for information. Facebook groups such as Backpacking Pakistan (mostly foreigners only), See You in Pakistan (local and foreign), and Female Pakistan Travelers (local and foreign women only) are treasure troves of information and contacts. Couchsurfing is another great resource for connecting with locals.

Watch yourself in big crowds. From bum grabs to brick throwing to bag snatching, crowds can be tricksy business. Watch your things—and your parts—in thick crowds, just in case.

Have faith in people. I know this guide can be intimidating, but in the end, having faith in people you meet is important to enjoying your time in Pakistan. Most Pakistanis are very welcoming of foreign guests, and will do their best to make sure your visit goes smoothly. Constant suspicion is tiring; trust people who seem good. I assure you, if someone’s inviting you to their house, it’s probably because they want to introduce you to their family and stuff you full of food, not blast you into bits. Just sayin’.

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Is Pakistan safe for travel? After almost one year of both couple and solo female travel in Pakistan, here's my firsthand opinion on whether or not it's safe to travel Pakistan. Includes tips for the safest places to visit in Pakistan, safety advice for Pakistan, caution for the most dangerous places in Pakistan, and more. Click through for all the information you need to stay safe in Pakistan. #Pakistan #travel #safety

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American by birth, British by passport, Filipina by appearance. Addicted to ice cream. Enjoys climbing trees, dislikes falling out. Has great fondness for goats which is usually not reciprocated.

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43 thoughts on “Is Pakistan safe for travel in 2021?

    saddam ali says:

    hi, I’m from Karachi Pakistan,
    I’m very amazed by this article
    I would agree with you 100%

    I’m glad you approve Saddam!

    Imari says:

    Hi. I read your article and it helped me a lot to know if it was safe to travel in Pakistan because I have a plan to travel in Karachi Pakistan soon.

    I’m glad it helped Imari! Safe travels to Karachi 🙂

    Irfan Munir says:


    DEVILL says:

    I also want to go to Pakistan

    Francisco Alanis says:

    Thanks for this wonderful information!
    Pakistan is on my bucket list since long time ago.
    Cheers from Mexico

    I’m glad it was useful! Cheers from Belgium 🙂

    L. says:


    I found your article really interesting to read and a realistic and honest assessment of traveling Pakistan.

    I do have a question:
    Does your assessment also applies if you are actually belonging to a minority group found in Pakistan? I am a Shia revert and I am actively practicing it for years. Unfortunately these recent years there are a lot of reports that there is an increase in sectarian violence in Pakistan. I wonder if it is more dangerous as a Shia tourist than as a “normal” tourist as described in the article?


    Just keepin’ it real 😉

    That’s a good question. I can’t speak from personal experience—I’m not Shia—but I’ll try.

    Of course you should first ask – how would people know you are Shia? Do you have a Shia name? Are you comfortable praying in Sunni mosques? (You wouldn’t necessarily have to in cities – there are many imambargahs in the major cities.) Your sect will come out eventually in longer conversations, as people can be nosy, and when asking your religion they might ask what kind of Muslim you are. However, there are plenty of people who will not be concerned about your sect, especially among the more educated upper class whom foreign tourists often interact with because of the lack of language barriers.

    I would *guess* that your status as foreign guest would be more important than you being a Shia, unless someone was really strongly anti-Shia. If you’re getting intensely intolerant vibes from them, just… steer the discussion away from religion if possible. But for the most part, I don’t think you will encounter too many people like that, especially in places frequented by tourists.

    There are certainly still acts of violence/risk of between the communities, especially during religious holidays, but in those times security is usually increased to protect minority communities. These acts are also not against tourists. I wouldn’t be too concerned, and I would certainly recommend you visit.

    But, again, this is my speculation. For actual firsthand information about traveling in Pakistan as a Shia, I’d recommend reaching out to Tim of UrbanDuniya. He’s Shia I believe, and has traveled extensively all over Pakistan.

    L. says:

    Thanks for the answer.

    I did think about how people could notice that I am Shia. I look south east Asian (Korean), so many might not even think that I am even a Muslim.
    My Shia jewelry I wear, I could hide. The place where people might find out is in prayer. I never learned on how to do the prayer in a Sunni way, nor did I learn the Sunni way of doing certain rituals like wudu. Going into the “wrong” mosque that is very sectarian by not noticing what sect it follows was my main concern.

    I also tend to not just go to the touristic areas. I tend to discover cities by foot and going also outside of the typical touristic spots.

    I will probably reach out to your fellow travel blogger you suggested. I am grateful for the tip.


    Cynthia Nolder says:

    Hi, Alex Pakistan is still on my bucket list, but a little later. Specifically, Rawalpindi, where my long-distant friend lives. As far as goats go, have you tried being affectionate with baby goats? I ask cause you mentioned that goats don’t necessarily return your fondness. I used to raise goats on a small scale, and a baby goat is bound to show love when you give love unconditionally. Cheers

    Haha I show goats lots of love! Sometimes they’re quite overwhelmed, though. Baby goats make the cutest sounds in the animal kingdom, I swear 😀

    Kashif Raza says:

    @L. I am a Pakistani from Lahore City and have been touring around for last twenty two years. You mentioned that you are a Shia and would it be risky or troublesome for you? Dear please be clarified that you will not be harmed or bullied because of your Shia belief. The incidents happened in past in regard to sectarianism were not of individual nature but notoriously planned by external terrorist forces. Pakistan has sacrificed a lot to combat this menace of terrorism which was foreign funded and supported. But would you believe that even those times, tourists were not harmed and common individuals had been very welcoming towards foreigners. Even myself recieved foreign tourists and volunteered for them to visit around. No one here also you about your beliefs and everyone respects your beliefs especially when you are a foreign tourist. People even offer you their free services, free food, and invite you to stay with them. This has been a very strong tradition of Pakistanis to give respect, love and honor to foreign tourists. There is a conflict between India and Pakistan, but even if you are an Indian and tell someone that you are an Indian and need guidance, people will overwhelmingly come forward to help you. Pakistan is a Paradise in regard to tourism because of its diversity and climatic seasons. But the most beautiful of all is hospitality of people for foreign tourists. If you ever wants to come to Pakistan, we may volunteer for you to tour around. We have the wealth of love, care and hospitality.

    Ani M. says:

    This article was not only a lovely read, filled with anecdotal experiences and information, but also practical and honest. To be frank, I had never thought to visit Pakistan until about two years ago after recieving an invitation from a friend who shared some of the most visually stunning landscapes I had ever seen.!! Then, about a year ago, I watched a travel video by a young man who travels the world and experiences various cultures through his stomach… a love of food.!! The people seemed genuinely warm and caring, for all, beautiful and engaging. Still, as a woman, I have been hesitant to proceed, especially not knowing any of the languages. However, this article, combined with a few others, has given me hope that perhaps I too could one day visit Pakistan. I love people of different cultures, seeing a diversity of such, and reveling in new and exciting experiences. I look forward to reading more of your posts. Have you got a YouTube channel as well, I quite enjoy watching the travel videos and would certainly watch yours.!! Safe travels my dear, bless your heart.

    Thanks Ani! Yes, Pakistan seems off-limits on the surface, but (pre-pandemic) it was starting to get popular with adventure travelers and backpackers again. It’s certainly not the easiest country to visit as a woman, but it’s definitely possible as long as you’re mindful of the culture and not afraid of a little spontaneous adventure. Perhaps you should accept your friend’s invitation once travel is safe again 😉

    And yes, I do have a YouTube channel! Not so many videos yet, but I’m trying to be more active these days:

    Asmina khatun says:

    I going to pakistan.but I don’t know how is possible.

    Asmina khatun says:

    I going to pakistan.but I don’t know how is possible.i lost of love.

    Mary Busuttil says:

    Hi , Is Karachi a safe place to visit? Would I need to wear certain clothing , seeing as Pakistan is predominantly a Muslim country?
    Thank you.

    Hi Mary. Yes, Karachi is generally safe these days, though there’s always a risk of petty crime like theft as in any major city. Though some parts of Karachi are more liberal (you’ll see women in short sleeves and tight clothes in richer areas) it’s wise to wear more loose, modest clothes that cover your arms and legs when sightseeing.

    Amjad Ilyas says:

    Yes Karachi is safer now;thanks to the army and intelligence forces.
    You can wear anything, but if you avoid short skirts it would be better. You can wear the local dresses that our women folk wears. European women look so beautiful in our dress. People here just admire them.

    Alan Cheshire says:

    I lived and worked for nearly 10 years in Pakistan living mostly in Lahore I can honestly say the Pakistani people are without daubt some of the most frendly in the world,but like every were the situation can change so stick with your instincts and ask a local they will help you

    Mohammmad Jamal Bajwa says:

    Thanks Kashif , clarifying and removing her concerns beautifully and realistically, appreciated your approach and style

    Monas Younas says:

    I really appreciate your efforts for deep detail to showing real image of Pakistan foreigners who read article really know ground reality rather than western media showed negative perspective like Bomb blasting, Killing and harassment change mindset about image of Pakistan Much appreciated and Your Well-wisher Monas🙏

    aliza khan says:

    One of the best website about Pakistani safe.

    Julie Parkinson says:

    Hi,very interesting to read your article.I want to go to Pakistan in Oct/Nov time.I am very interested in ancient buildings and want to visit the ruined forts (about 20) in Cholistan desert.Is this possible and can you give some advise.I believe it’s best to stay in Bahawalpur as a base and drive into the desert each day but you said it may be a problem staying there.Also is Sindh practical to travel around.Can you recommend any driver/guide who speaks some English and is trustworthy and reliable.Thanks,Julie

    Hi Julie. That’s great that you’re interested in the forts and such in the south! You’ll definitely want to have a guide who can take you around in the area, as otherwise you may have some issues getting access and staying in certain places. I highly recommend contacting Aneeqa of the Mad Hatters – she can help you arrange a tour and guide that fits your needs.

    Xahid says:

    Great article, very informative.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Abubaker saeed says:

    Hi madam I am a pakistani and based in internal Lahore I know that u have some experienced about pakistan and Lahore I read ur article that pakistan is safe or not so I just clear u with very humbly and friendly bcz u arise some question about security and some nagativity about pakistan so first of all about crowdy area so gathering and crowds always has some problems around the world. U will find bad and good people around the world but pakistani people are very emotional and caring. They want to welcome the foreigner. U r right that in backward areas people look the foreigner like strange bcz they don’t have the experience more u feel better when I talk them they treat u like family. So pakistan is the safest country around the world whether u r foreigner or local.we keen to welcome and expecting more tourist so that people knows about real and good face of pakistan thanks

    Ahsan Amin says:

    What the f*ck..
    You know nothing about Pakistan.
    You are just trying to scare away the tourists with your sensitive(dubious) words.

    Pakistan is safe for every tourist either local or foreigner. There is no security risk or anything like that at any place in Pakistan now. You can visit and enjoy freely the hospitality and love of Pakistanis.

    This is just a dubious blog, written to scare away the foreigners

    Ahsan Amin says:

    This person is just trying to scare you, for the sake of his business. You need no guider or tour planner (payed) for visiting Pakistan. Just get in touch with a local and he will guide you the best and even will host you if you agree.

    Don’t get in the trap of these tour guiders. Just contact a local that’s all you need. And enjoy the Immense Hospitality and love of Pakistanis.

    Toni Cole says:

    Pakistan is an amazing country with amazing people very welcoming to visiters have I adopted Pakistan as my second home I want to visit again soon to see my family I have there now I love that country Dil Dil Pakistan 💖

    Toni Cole says:

    Hamara Pakistan my second home in my 💖

    Samuel says:

    I am from Karachi. I am christian. Pakistan is safe for tourist. About Karachi mostly fake news viral. All over the world Good and Bad people… Pakistan have full freedom to enjoy and do what ever you want do…. Love you Pakistan.

    Muhammad Rizwan Ali says:

    Hi I m from Punjab Paksitan, my Chinese friend visited Paksitan in 2018, and that time I was scared instead of my Chinese friend.bcz I actually don’t know Pakistan is more safe than before , we go out without any security , visited Mostly areas of Punjab, and Islamabad, after that she visited Paksitan two more times ,soon my Canadian friends coming to visit Pakistan, Inshallah it would be great experience who hesitate to come Pakistan, If any foreigner who visit Punjab want to stay in my home I heartly welcome for hospitality, feel free to contact. Welcome,)Khush Amadeed خوش آمدید ( to Pakistan..

    Alexander H Maldonado says:

    Well I’m trying to go to Pakistan, this year but, was kind of skeptical, but I did learned today ,that I can because is safer that before ,thanks so much for the info.

    Mudassar says:

    Absolutely. Pakistan is 100% safe for foreigners. Check youtube, alot of vloggers, and tourists from Europe and America are coming to Pakistan. They are roaming like the locals in almost all the cities.

    K. Lamorelle says:

    Thank you for this wonderful, detailed article. In the late ‘60’s, my (American) family of 8 lived in Lahore for 2 years. We attended the Lahore American school. Recently, I’ve been dreaming of returning to Pakistan. I remember the people being kind, humble, and generous. I mostly remember visiting dozens of mosques. But, I’d love to visit the amazingly beautiful landscapes and get to know the people. I hope so, someday.

    Waqas Khan says:

    Thank you So much for such a wonderful article. I hoped all the foreigners will know much more fact & joy once they will visit.
    Warmly welcome to all in advance.
    Waqas Khan from Swat…(North of 🇵🇰)

    Shahbaz says:

    We Welcome All Beautiful Girls and Boys to Pakistan for a safe journey with hospitality Love From Pakistan

    RUL says:

    pakistani coustoms thives so be care fully

    rahu says:

    everything lie they still your expensive things

    rul says:

    coustoms still your expensive things mobile laptop so be carefull

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