Free Press Journal

US citizens warned in wake of threat against Islamabad’s Marriott Hotel


Islamabad: The US citizens in Islamabad have been advised to avoid the area near the Marriott hotel in Islamabad for the next several days to allow time to assess the situation. The US citizens have been reminded that there is an active travel warning for Pakistan issued in April 2016 and a worldwide travel alert was issued on November 2015.

They have been urged to defer all non-essential travel to Pakistan.

The Mission reminds those U.S. citizens considering to travel or remain in Pakistan despite this warning to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), keep a trusted friend informed of his or her movements in the country, maintain vigilant situational awareness, avoid large crowds, keep a low profile and avoid visiting the locations frequented by Westerners.

The US citizens in Pakistan have been urged to avoid hotels that do not apply stringent security measures. Official U.S. Mission personnel and visitors are not allowed to use public transportation in Pakistan and are not authorized to stay overnight in hotels in the country.

The US citizens should exercise caution when traveling in the country, keeping in mind the high security threat level. Consular services in Pakistan are available in Karachi and Islamabad. The consulates in Lahore and Peshawar, however, are not providing consular services at this time.