According to dentistrymyth, Pakistan (Urdu: پاكستان ) is a country in Asia bordering India, Afghanistan, Iran and China. Pakistan was formerly part of British India along with India and Bangladesh. The capital of Pakistan is Islamabad. Some major cities in Pakistan are: Karachi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi and Multan.
Pakistan is known as an unstable country. In recent years, tourism has come to a complete standstill due to the situation it is in. There are regular attacks and soldiers are everywhere. The Taliban is very active in some areas. The country is characterized by mountainous areas and desert plains. In the south you have the Kirthar Mountains. In the north you have the Himalayas with the K2. The K2 is a mountain of approximately 8600 meters high and is known as the most difficult mountain to climb. It owes its nickname “Killer Mountain” to the number of people who die on and around the mountain (approximately 25%). On the entire coastline of Pakistan you will find several sandy beaches where you can swim. Manora beach is known for the many shipwrecks that lie in the water. See cellphoneexplorer for Asia travel guide.
Where is Pakistan located?
Travel information of Pakistan
Official name: Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Area: 796,095 km²
Country code: PK, PAK
Population: 233,500,636 inhabitants (2020)
Form of government: Islamic Republic
Highest point: 8,611 m (K2)
Distance (Amsterdam – Islamabad): 5,698 km
Flight time: approximately 9 hours
Current status: All travel to certain areas in Pakistan is discouraged.
Current color code: Red, orange and yellow. Due to this status, a partial negative travel advice
is in effect for Pakistan.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), (temporary) measures may apply in Pakistan that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of Pakistan, please visit Countryaah.
At the moment there are no travel organizations that offer travel to Pakistan. If you want to put together your own trip or are looking for separate travel components such as hotels, airline tickets and a rental car, please visit our travel offer page.
Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Pakistan?
Weather and climate
Pakistan has both a high mountain climate and a desert climate. In the summer months the temperatures are around 25 to 45 degrees. In the winter months the temperatures are around 10 to 20 degrees. Temperatures are lower in the mountain areas. There it can freeze up to 20 degrees in the winter months.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Pakistan can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Pakistan can be found at Climate info.
April, September and October are the best months to travel to North Pakistan.
January, February, November and December are the best months to travel to South Pakistan.
This avoids the extremely hot months and the months with a lot of precipitation.
Urdu is the official language in Pakistan. Punjabi, Sindhi, Pashto and Kashmiri are also spoken.
Do you want to translate from or to Urdu for free? Use the Google translator for this.
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months upon arrival in Pakistan.
A visa is required. You can apply for this in person at the Embassy of Pakistan in The Hague.
Note: Your passport cannot contain an Israeli stamp.
Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Pakistan: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Dutch Consulates in Pakistan: pakistan.nlembassy.org.
Embassy of Pakistan in the Netherlands: embassyofpakistan.com.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.
Before visiting Pakistan, it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit Thuisvaccinatie.nl. You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).
Malaria occurs in Pakistan. Malaria is an infectious disease transmitted by malaria mosquitoes. This infectious disease can lead to death if not treated in time and/or incorrectly.
For prevention and control of malaria, please visit our malaria page.
Money and Currency
In Pakistan, payment is made with the Pakistani rupee (rupee) (PKR).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Pakistan can be found on our ATMs page.
Prices in Pakistan are much lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -64% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (75% cheaper), food (57% cheaper), imported beer in catering (24% more expensive), cigarettes (80% cheaper) and public transport (94% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.
In Pakistan it is customary to tip. If this has not already been included in the bill, it is customary to tip approximately 5-10%.
During our summer time it is 3 hours later in Pakistan.
During our winter time it is 4 hours later in Pakistan.
Pakistan has no difference between winter time and summer time.
The local time, date and time zone for Pakistan can be found on our time difference page.
Traffic and route
In Pakistan you must drive on the left.
To drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Pakistan, you must have an international driver’s license. The international driver’s license is available at an ANWB shop.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Pakistan.
Electricity In Pakistan you may need a travel plug
in some cases. More information about common plugs and sockets in Pakistan can be found on our electricity page.
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 15
– Fire: 16
– Ambulance: 115
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.
News and newspapers
The latest news related to Pakistan can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Pakistan can be found on Abyznewslinks.
Websites from Pakistan end in.pk.
Pakistan’s official website: pakistan.gov.pk.
The country code (international prefix) to call someone in Pakistan is 0092 or +92.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Pakistan? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Telephone numbers can be found in the Pakistan Telephone Directory.
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of Pakistan.
Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of Pakistan.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Pakistan.
An overview of all public holidays in Pakistan can be found on Beleven.org.
Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Pakistan, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.
Are you looking for a travelogue about Pakistan?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Pakistan. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.
Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Pakistan can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in Pakistan can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Pakistan? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money and perfume, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. In addition, on this website you will find the laws and regulations regarding the importation of pets and a list of everything that may not be imported and/or exported from Pakistan.
Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you intend to do business in or do business with Pakistan, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On PaulSourcing.com you will find a large amount of information about Pakistan, including: opportunities, import and export regulations, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, business partners and subsidies.
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Pakistan.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 21. Forbidden for Muslims.
– Alcohol and traffic: Maximum allowed alcohol content is 0.
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 18.
– Smoking ban: No
– Homosexuality: Not allowed. Prison sentence up to 10 years.
Did you know that…
…Pakistan ranks sixth in the list of countries by population?
…Pakistan was part of British India together with India and Bangladesh?
…The name Pakistan actually means ‘land of the pure’?
…25% of K2 climbers in Pakistan did not survive?
…About 50% of all footballs are made in Pakistan?
…The first computer virus in Pakistan has been designed?