Pakistan (Country threat level – 5)

 On 11 June 2008, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad released the following Warden Message: “This warden notice is to alert American citizens that the Consular Section will limit services to the public on Thursday, June 12, and Friday, June 13.

“Closure of Constitution Avenue and expected traffic congestion as a result of this weeks scheduled demonstrations may make travel to and throughout the city difficult for applicants and employees of the Consular Section and American Information Resource Center (AIRC). For this reason, the AIRC will be closed and the Consular Section will provide very limited services on June 12 and June 13. Please see our notice about the planned demonstration for further details and security advice.

“American Information Resource Center (AIRC): The AIRC will be closed on Thursday, June 12 and Friday, June 13.

“American Citizen Services: The American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit will provide limited services from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm on June 12 and June 13. Americans interested in routine services such as passport applications are requested to delay their applications until Monday, June 16. The Embassy will continue to provide emergency services to Americans requiring such assistance. The ACS Unit may be contacted in an emergency by calling the Embassy switchboard at (92-51) 208-0000.

“Immigrant Visa Unit: The Immigrant Visa Unit will conduct interviews on the morning of June 12, but all interviews on June 13 will be rescheduled. The Embassy will contact applicants scheduled for June 13 to advise them of their new appointment dates. There will be no information hours on Thursday or Friday afternoons.

“Nonimmigrant Visa Unit: The Non-immigrant Visa Unit will conduct interviews on Thursday, June 12. Applicants for non-immigrant visas who were scheduled for interviews on Friday, June 13 should contact their local American Express or Speedex Office and reschedule their appointment if they have not already been contacted.

“The Embassy reiterates its advice to all Americans to take appropriate individual precautions to ensure their safety and security. These measures include maintaining good situational awareness, avoiding crowds and demonstrations and keeping a low profile. Americans should avoid setting patterns by varying times and routes for all required travel. Americans should ensure that their travel documents and visas are valid at all times.”

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