Pakistan shares borders with Afghanistan, Iran, India and China. The line of control that forms the border with Jammu & Kashmir has no border crossings open to foreign travelers. To see the location of the border posts, check the Silk Road border crossing map.
Pakistan – Iran border crossings
Traveling in this area comes with some risks, as the area is known for sectarian violence. Tourists have been kidnapped and killed here in the recent past, on both sides of the border. However, there is a steady trickle of tourists hitchhiking, driving, cycling and backpacking across, and we have not heard of bad stories since 2013.
Mirjaveh – Taftan: this border crossing is very long because of the armed escort you need in Baluchistan, so we moved it to a separate page: Zahedan – Quetta border crossing.
Mand – Pishin: This border crossing is closed.
Pakistan – India border crossings
Ganda Singh Wala – Hussainiwala: This border is closed. Since 1970 there has been a daily Retreat Ceremony at the border crossing, similar to the famous Wagah border ceremony, but a bit more intimate.
Wagah: Scene of the famous border closing ceremony. Very smooth both ways, can change money at border. Rumours say it can’t be done due to India-Pakistan relations. For foreigners at least, there are no problems – you can pass.
Pakistan – Afghanistan border crossings
Khyber pass (Torkham): permits to go overland have not been given to travelers without their own transport since 2008 because of security concerns. However, if you have your own car, the authorities (FATA secretariate in Peshawar) will consider your request. Foreigners have been known to sneak across to the famous Arms or Smuggler’s Bazaar. An unwise idea, endangering many people’s lives.
Chaman – Spin Boldak crossing: Closed for foreigners. According to commenter Emmeff, this crossing will never open.
Other border crossings: Dorah pass, Peiwar Kotal pass, Ghulam Khan pass, Angoor Ada – Shkin crossing, Gumal pass, Brogol pass. All are closed.
Pakistan – China border crossings
The Chinese will ask for a proof of recent polio vaccination. Also, get the lowdown on Chinese border closures.
Khunjerab pass: Along the Karakorum Highway. On the Pakistani side, the pass is 75 km from the customs and immigration post in Sost. On the Chinese side, the border post is located 3.5 km from the pass. The actual Chinese customs and immigration procedures are conducted at Tashkurgan, about 120 km from the Sino-Pakistan border. The border crossing is officially opened from April 1st until 30th of November, but closure can happen earlier due to weather conditions or landslides. It’s also closed on weekends.
Cyclists and walkers can cross independently, if they are escorted by a Chinese tour guide on the Chinese side. Since this is expensive, most board the bus in either Tashkurgan or Sost (25$). From the Pakistani side you can still cycle up to the pass until the actual border, but not over it unless a tour guide is waiting for you. You will have to return to Sost to take the bus.
The Chinese border guards will most likely ask for a proof of a recent polio vaccination for anyone who has spent more than 1 month in Pakistan. On the Pakistan side of the border, a “healthcare point” can give you an oral vaccination and a certificate to hand over to the Chinese for free.