Visa for Pakistan

It is advised to apply for visa as early as possible, to ensure that you will get it in time for traveling to Pakistan. Please click on the link below to find out more:
http://www.embassyofpakistanusa.org/consa6.php

Electricity & power

  • Voltage: 230 V
  • Frequency: 50 Hz
  • Power sockets: type C / D

You can use your electric appliances in Pakistan, if the standard voltage in your country is in between 220V - 240V (as in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asian and African countries). 

Transport/Communication  

Jinnah International Airport is Pakistan’s largest and busiest international and domestic airport of Pakistan. Located in Karachi, the largest city of Pakistan and capital of the province of Sindh, it is named after Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. Jinnah Airport has one main terminal, divided into two concourses: 

  •  The Jinnah East Satellite Concourse, used for international flights
  •  The Jinnah West Satellite Concourse, used for domestic flights

Jinnah International Airport is situated in the well populated area of Gulistan-e-Jauhar and it is easily accessible through Airport Road from any part of the city. The Airport has a wide parking area which can accommodate more than 3000 vehicles. Buses, mini buses and taxis are also available to the airport. There are also a number of traditional rickshaws available at the airport parking area & entrance which are quite popular to travel short distance within the city.

Currency, Money & Banks

The Pakistani rupee is the official currency of Pakistan. The most commonly used symbol for the rupee is Rs, used on receipts when purchasing goods and services. The exchange rate is one (1) euro = 142 Pakistani Rupee and one (1) US Dollar = 115 Pakistani Rupee (exchange rates, spring 2018).

Pakistan is primarily a cash-based society. Few establishments take credit cards, and virtually no establishments take traveler's checks. So be sure to bring plenty of cash, while taking necessary precautions.

Pakistan's banking sector is one of the developed sectors of Pakistan. Every Bank has it's own ATM Machines and online branches in almost  every city. If you carry an ATM card of any bank with Maestro, Cirrus or other common types you can use your card here in some banks- though they may be somewhat hard to find, or due to some recent changes, more difficult than before. Some ATM networks such as Star and Plus and more difficult to find, especially in smaller cities. There are many money changers, and there will be at least one in the international airports. Western Union is working almost in every city in Pakistan.

Climate 

Karachi has an arid climate dominated by a long "Summer Season" while moderated by oceanic influence from the Arabian Sea. The city has low annual average precipitation levels, the bulk of which occurs during the July –August monsoon season. While March to October can be hot and humid, cool sea breezes typically provide relief. The winter lasts between November and February and It is dry and pleasant relative to the warm hot season. 

Health & Safety

Karachi was stated sometimes to be amongst the most dangerous cities, the extent of violent crime in Karachi is not as significant in magnitude as compared to other cities in the world. According to the Numbeo Crime Index 2014, Karachi was the 6th most dangerous city in the world. By the middle of 2016, Karachi's rank had dropped to 31 following the launch of anti-crime operations. By 2018, Karachi’s ranking has dropped to 50.

Karachi nowadays is a much safer place to visit.  Having said this, there are certain precautions that should be taken in order to ensure a smooth trip through this great city of Pakistan. Like always, common sense is the most important tool to be used in staying safe.

Pickpockets in Karachi have been known to hit unsuspecting tourists in certain areas.  Be aware that the prime spots for pickpockets are crowded, public areas such as train and bus stations, as well as markets. Demonstrations, protests and mass gatherings occur in major public areas.  Avoid these situations as they can be dangerous.

There are certain diseases and illnesses that can be dangerous in Pakistan.  Make sure to consult a doctor a few months before departing to ensure having got the proper vaccinations and immunizations.  

This is a general recommendation for any unfamiliar area that should be followed in Karachi as well.  If staying with a group is not an option and walking is unavoidable, try to remain in lighted, public areas. Dress for men and women should be conservative.  No shorts or tank tops.  Women should cover their arms and legs.

Food & Beverage

People in Pakistan follow the Islamic law that lists foods and drinks that are Halal and permissible to consume. Halal foods are food items that Muslims are allowed to eat and drink. The criteria specify both what foods are allowed, and how the food must be prepared. 

Pakistani dishes are known for having aromatic and spicy flavors, and some dishes often contain liberal amounts of oil, which contributes to a richer, fuller mouthfeel and flavor, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, mace and black pepper are the most commonly used spices in the making of a wide variety of dishes throughout Pakistan. Cumin seeds, chili powder, turmeric and bay leaves are also very popular.

Curries, with or without meat, combined with local vegetables, such as bitter gourd, cauliflower, eggplant, cabbage, potatoes, and chili peppers are most common and cooked for everyday consumption

Meat and grilled meat have played an important role in Pakistan for centuries. Kebabs are a staple item in Pakistani cuisine today, and one can find countless varieties of kebabs all over the country.

Pakistanis drink a great deal of tea, which is locally called "chai." Both black and green teas are popular and there are different varieties common in different parts of Pakistan.

Besides tea, there are other drinks that may be included as part of the Pakistani cuisine. All of them are non-alcoholic as the consumption of alcohol is prohibited by Islam. Beverages such as coffee and soft drinks have also become popular in Pakistan. It is advised not to drink water from the tap but bottled water.