We support British interests in Pakistan, our citizens and businesses.

The British High Commission in Islamabad and the British Deputy High Commission in Karachi are responsible for:

  • safeguarding Britain’s national security by countering terrorism and weapons proliferation, and working to reduce conflict

  • building Britain’s prosperity by increasing exports and investment, opening markets, ensuring access to resources, and promoting sustainable global growth; and

  • supporting British nationals in Pakistan through modern and efficient consular services.


Our services

Support for British Nationals Abroad
Our guide Support for British Nationals Abroad sets out the steps that British nationals can take to stay safe abroad, and provides details on what help the Foreign & Commonwealth Office can provide if you do get into difficulty overseas.

Out-of-hours emergency assistance
British nationals who need emergency assistance outside normal office hours should call +92 (0)51 201 2000 where they will be given details on how to proceed and how to contact a duty officer if needed.

Emergency travel documents
If you are travelling urgently and your British passport is not available, you may be able to apply for an emergency travel document ETD You will need to make an appointment at either British High Commission Islamabad or British Deputy High Commission Karachi as below:

  • British High Commission, Islamabad Clickbook

  • British Deputy High Commission, Karachi Clickbook

If your passport has been lost you will need a police report and English translation before an ETD can be issued.

Travel Advice and Personal safety and security
There is a high threat of terrorism throughout Pakistan. Check the FCO Travel Advice for the latest information. The advice is very clear in recommending against all travel to some parts of the country, and against all but essential travel to others. We advise against them because there are serious threats to your safety. Travel to them could also invalidate your insurance and will seriously limit the level of consular assistance we can provide. Our Travel Advice is kept under constant review, but the threat level, and the nature of the threat, can change rapidly. It is important that visitors do all they can to mitigate the threat.

The British High Commission are unable to make provision for the safety and security of British nationals in Pakistan. If you are worried about your safety and security, you should consider whether it is essential or sensible to remain in Pakistan. If you have concerns for your safety, please contact the Pakistan police. You might also consider engaging a private security company.

For information on whether you require a visa for the United Kingdom and how to apply go to the UK Border Agency website. Please note that our consular teams cannot deal with individual enquiries about visa applications. For all visa enquiries, please contact the UK Border Agency.

Notarial and documentary services
As in all Commonwealth countries, the consular teams in Islamabad and Karachi are unable to undertake notarial acts. If you require legal services please contact local lawyers or Notary Publics for this service-see below. Further information is available at documentary services.

Legalisation Service
Visit the Legalisation Office website for information on how to get official confirmation that your UK public documentation is genuine, so it can be accepted by foreign authorities. The UK does not require any documents to be legalised for use within the UK.

Living in Pakistan
The document Living in Pakistan supplements the FCO Travel Advice with additional information for those considering moving home to Pakistan or longer term visitors.

How else we can help

In addition to the services listed above we can also:

  • provide information about transferring funds

  • provide appropriate help if you have suffered rape or serious assault, are a victim of other crime, or are in hospital

  • help people with mental illness

  • do all we properly can to contact you within 24 hours of being told that you have been detained

  • offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child abductions, death of relatives overseas, missing people and kidnapping

  • contact family or friends for you if you want

  • make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters

UK law says we have to charge for some services. Details of our current fees and the standards of service you can expect to receive are on display in all our consular offices.

What our consular teams cannot do for you

Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, we cannot:

  • get you out of prison, prevent the local authorities from deporting you after your prison sentence, or interfere in criminal or civil court proceedings

  • help you enter a country, for example, if you do not have a visa or your passport is not valid, as we cannot interfere in another country’s immigration policy or procedures

  • give you legal advice, investigate crimes or carry out searches for missing people, although we can give you details of people who may be able to help you in these cases, such as English-speaking lawyers

  • get you better treatment in hospital or prison than is given to local people

  • pay any bills or give you money (in very exceptional circumstances we may lend you some money from public funds, which you will have to pay back)

  • make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation

  • make business arrangements on your behalf

  • renew or replace a full British passport

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