Claim: A travelling advisory issued by the United States State Department for its citizens who are travelling to Pakistan, has been circulating on social media.
“If you are traveling to Pakistan from the USA, Canada you should not use NICOP. Instead get a Pakistani visa on USA / Canadian passport.
Anyone entering Pakistan with a USA / Canadian passport will legally be considered a USA / Canadian citizen and will be entered into Pakistani Immigration Official Records as a USA / Canadian Citizen. He or she will be entitled to all the benefits and facilities available for USA / Canadian citizens”
The advisory further read:
Here are some additional tips for staying safe while traveling to Pakistan:
Be aware of your surroundings: Pay attention to your surroundings and be aware of potential threats.
Avoid travel to areas that are known to be dangerous: The State Department has a website that lists dangerous areas. You can check this website before you travel to Pakistan.
Be careful about what you say and do: Be careful about what you say and do in public. Avoid discussing sensitive topics, such as politics or religion.
Be aware of the local customs: Be respectful of the local customs and traditions.
Carry a copy of your passport and visa: Carry a copy of your passport and visa with you at all times.
Stay in touch with your family and friends: Let your family and friends know where you are going and when you expect to return.
By following these tips, you can help to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable trip to Pakistan.
The US State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA) in Pakistan has clarified that the advisory is fake.
Verdict: The claim is false.