Pakistan, the South Asian country, looks like a charming place with its beautiful women, scenic locales, majestic mountains, many old monuments and numerous modern architectures. However, flying to the country might not be a very pleasant experience unless you have some idea about the local culture and customs. As they say – “East is East and West is West”. If you are from a western nation, here are a few things to keep in mind before flying to Pakistan.
If you are a foreign national, such as a British, you need to apply for a visa. The Visa is an obligatory document for any foreigner who visits the country. Any violation of the visa will lead to a detention or fine. If you are a Briton, make sure that your passport has at least 6 months of validity from the time of making the visa application.
The country enjoys the best climate in the December – Mid-March period, which is the winter season here. In the plains, the weather is most favorable with days being a little cold and the maximum temperature being about 21 ° C throughout Pakistan. The nights, however, are slightly colder. In the hill stations, the maximum temperature is around 10 ° C. At night, snowfalls are common in the hills. The season is typically dry, with the weather being sunny, pleasant and cool.
The nation experiences monsoons during July to Mid-September and the weather is very dry in Mid March to June and Mid-September to November. You should try to avoid travelling to Pakistan during these times.
Health & Safety
Before you board flights to this country, you should make sure that you are fit medically and all your vaccinations are up to date. Pakistan experiences many floods throughout the year, and this increases the risks of various water-borne disorders. As a traveler, you must take care of this.
Keep in mind that Pakistan is prone to terrorist attacks. Try to avoid the Azad Kashmir, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province and the Balochistan province where violent protests and demonstrations are common. You should also try to be aware when you visit restaurants, shopping malls, markets etc given that all areas of the country are prone to sectarian violence and terrorism. Try to avoid public events, large crowds of people and demonstrations, as these can quickly get violent – often with very little warning. Avoid staying out late during the night.