I have read that a police escort might be needed/required in some areas of Pakistan. E.g. https://www.thebrokebackpacker.com/is-pakistan-safe/ (mirror):

you might have to travel with an armed police escort in some places.

How can I know whether a police escort is required in a given area of Pakistan, if possible, ahead of time (before entering the area)?


The UK Foreign Office (mirror) advises this:

When travelling in Pakistan, you or your travel company should contact the local authorities of your destination in advance to check the local security situation. They may arrange police protection as necessary and will advise whether you need a No Objection Certificate issued by the Pakistani Ministry of Interior.

Basically, call ahead to the Police in the place you want to get to.

  • @Franck Just curious: why did you think the link needed a mirror?
    – user90371
    Jul 21 '19 at 3:22
  • in case content changes or moves to a different page. Over 10% of links on stack overflow are 404 :/ Jul 21 '19 at 3:24
  • @FranckDernoncourt In this case wouldn't up-to-date information be preferred over an outdated mirrored link? Based on the link itself I wouldn't expect the link to change in the (near) future anyway. Jul 21 '19 at 13:02
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    Wouldn't the likely outcome of an inquiry be "you shouldn't go to X without a police escort, but we won't be providing one unless you give us a very good reason why we would want you at X, so you should consider staying away"?
    – gnasher729
    Jul 21 '19 at 16:35
  • @gnasher729 That might be one outcome, but it's purely speculative. If there was really an objection I'd expect the No Objection Certificate to be withheld.
    – user90371
    Jul 21 '19 at 21:59

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