Visiting

Business hours

The Pakistan working week is from Monday to Friday and in general business hours are 8.30am to 5.00pm, Monday to Thursday, except in Islamabad where it is 8.00am to 4.30pm.

On Friday most government offices close at midday for Friday prayers, and reopen again in the afternoon.

Public holidays

5 February – Kashmir Day
5 February  – Eid Milad un-Nabi*
23 March  – Pakistan Day
1 May  – Labour Day
6-8 July  – Eid-ul-Fitr*
14 August – Independence Day
13-14eptember  – Eid-ul-Azha*
11-12 October  – Ashura*
9 November  – Iqbal Day
25 December  – Quaid-e-Azam Day
25 December  – Christmas Day
* Dates may change, subject to the sighting of the moon

Climate

Pakistan has a sub-tropical, semi-arid climate with extreme variations in temperature. Although it lies in the monsoon region, it is a dry country with only seven per cent of the country receiving rainfall over 480 millimetres annually.

Winter begins in mid-December and lasts through to March. In Sindh, Punjab and lower areas of Baluchistan, winter brings cool weather. In the Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar regions it is cool during the day and cold at night. North of Islamabad the temperature falls rapidly and winters can be severe. Snowfall is common in the hills just 50 kilometres from Islamabad.

Summer begins in early May, with June and July being the hottest months. The monsoon normally arrives in July and lasts until late August. Temperatures can be high, often reaching over 40°C in Lahore and Islamabad. Karachi has a more even range of temperatures in the low to mid-30s, however, the humidity is generally higher.

For weather details in Pakistan, please visit the World Meteorological Organization.

Currency

Oanda currency converter

The official currency is the rupee (Rs).

Time zones and time differences

Pakistan is five hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time.

To find out the current time in Islamabad, view the World Clock.

Dialling codes

Pakistan's country code is +92.

For calls to Pakistan from Australia dial: 0011 + 92 + area code + telephone number.

For calls from Pakistan to Australia dial: 00 + 61 + area code + telephone number.

Find out more about Australian area codes or international dialling codes.

Electricity and water

Pakistan’s power supply is 240 volts, 50Hz 1, 3 phases, 2, 3, 4 wires. The round two-pin plugs are the most common.

Links and resources

Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation

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