Country: Home to the Karakoram Mountains, ancient bazaars, and architectural wonders, Pakistan, formally known as the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is located in south Asia. Pakistan is bordered by the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea to the south, India to the east, Afghanistan to the west and north, China to the northeast, and Iran to the southwest.
The capital of Pakistan is Islamabad and Karachi is its largest city. The country is home to 186 million people, making it the sixth most populous country in the world. Official languages of Pakistan are English and Urdu.
To access emergency services: Dial 15
Currency: Pakistani rupee (PKR)
Recommended immunizations and vaccines for travelers: Before traveling to Pakistan, ask your doctor what vaccines are recommended. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are excellent resources as well.
Insurance: Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
It is also worth ensuring your travel insurance will cover ambulances or transport either home or to more advanced medical facilities, if needed. Not all insurance covers emergency medical evacuation home or to a hospital in a major city, which may be the only way to receive medical attention in a serious emergency.
Source: International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers.
What to expect in a Pakistani hospital: Basic, acceptable care is available in the major cities in Pakistan. Hospital facilities offer varying levels of services, cleanliness, and supplies, and may fall below United States standards. Agha Khan Hospital (Karachi), Doctors' Hospital (Lahore), and Shifa International Hospital (Islamabad) consistently offer hospital care comparable to hospitals in the United States.
In rural areas, hospital care is very limited and often falls short of United States’ standards.
Hospitals and doctors do not accept credit cards, making cash payment at the time of service required. As one of the official languages, English is spoken by doctors and hospital personnel.
Contact your embassy/consulate: When in doubt, your country’s embassy is a good resource to turn to for medical assistance guidance.
JCI-accredited hospitals/clinics in Pakistan: To read about specific facilities which are JCI-accredited, visit the Hospital Search section.
Pakistan-specific helpful health resources:
Travel health notices: Visit the CDC or WHO for up-to-date travel notices.