Travel need to know
Pakistan is covered by a single time zone (GMT plus five hours).
Quetta is at an altitude of about 1700m, making it quite cool compared to the rest of eastern and southern Pakistan. It can get quite dusty during the dry season
Summers can dry and dusty, being an arid zone rain fall is very low in this region. Temperature can rise up to 40 degrees centigrade in summers while evenings are cooler.
Winters are very harsh in Quetta. Temperature falls to minus ten degrees centigrade in January & February. Cold Siberian wind blows from December till early March. This is a great time for snow lovers.
The international dialling code for Pakistan is +92. The outgoing international code is 00, followed by the relevant country code (e.g.0027 for South Africa). City/area codes are in use, e.g. (0)51 for Islamabad, (0)21 for Karachi. There are several GSM 900 and 1800 mobile networks in operation, providing fair coverage, concentrated in urban areas. Internet cafes also exist in the main towns and cities.
The Pakistani Rupee (PKR) is divided into 100 paise.
Are accepted at all top-end hotels and the more upmarket restaurants and shops. Visa and MasterCard are the most widely accepted.