Official Travel Advice for India
Summary - voting in India’s general elections ends on 19 May 2019, and the results will be issued on 23 May 2019; there may be heightened political activity in the run up to and after the results are announced; you should exercise caution and avoid large gatherings
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Advice current as at 4:00 am 19 May 2019.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to:
- the immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan, other than at Wagah
- Jammu and Kashmir, with the exception of (i) travel within the city of Jammu, (ii) travel by air to the city of Jammu, and (iii) travel within the region of Ladakh
- Manipur, except the state capital Imphal, where the FCO advise against all but essential travel
The tourist destinations of Pahalgam, Gulmarg and Sonamarg fall within the areas to which the FCO advise against all travel.
The FCO advise against all but essential travel to:
- the city of Srinagar and between the cities of Jammu and Srinagar on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway
- Imphal, the state capital of Manipur
On 17 April, Jet Airways announced the cancellation of all flights - domestic and international. If you have an existing booking, you should contact Jet Airways to seek further information on alternative arrangements. More information for affected UK passengers is available on the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) website.
Voting in India’s general elections ends on 19 May 2019, and the results will be issued on 23 May 2019. There may be heightened political activity in the run up to and after the results are announced. You should exercise caution and avoid large gatherings. For more information, see the Election Commission of India website.
Following a terrorist attack in Pulwama on 14 February, there are heightened tensions between India and Pakistan, particularly across the Line of Control. There may be disruption to air travel in Jammu and Kashmir and northern India at short notice. You should continue to exercise caution, monitor news reports and keep up to date with this travel advice and the advice of local authorities.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has suspended Turkmenistan Airlines flights to and from the EU pending confirmation that it meets international air safety standards. If you have an existing booking, you should contact Turkmenistan Airlines to seek further information. More information for affected UK passengers is available on the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) website.
Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in India. Recent attacks have targeted public places including those visited by foreigners. There have been recent media reports suggesting Daesh (formerly referred to as ISIL) may have an interest in attacking targets in India. There may be an increased threat to places visited by British nationals such as religious sites, markets, festival venues and beaches. You should be vigilant at this time, monitor local media and take all precautions for your safety. See Terrorism
Visitors to India should avoid protests and large gatherings. Stampedes have occurred during some events with large crowds, including at political rallies and religious gatherings, resulting in deaths and injuries. Follow the advice of the local authorities and your travel company. Monitor local media and respect any curfew restrictions that may be in place.
Additional security measures have been implemented at airports across the country. If you’re travelling through an airport you should allow additional time to complete check-in and security as you and your baggage may be required to undergo random x-rays and baggage checks.
From January 2019, protests have continued in Assam and other states in the North East of India. These protests are related to the revision of the National Register of Citizens and a proposed Citizen Amendment Bill. Anyone visiting these areas should check the latest travel advice before they travel. Once in the region, you’re advised to avoid large crowds.
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission. Consular support is severely limited in parts of India where we advise against all travel and limited where we advise against all but essential travel.
Severe air pollution is a major hazard to public health in Delhi, and a serious concern in many other Indian cities. See Health
UK health authorities have classified India as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
Over 940,000 British nationals visited India in 2017. Most visits are trouble-free.
The Indian Ministry of Tourism has a 24 hour multi-lingual telephone helpline on toll free number 1800 111 363 providing visitors to India with information about travel and tourism.
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Visitors/Tourists: 6,309,000 in 2011
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Population: 21,753,486 (in 2011)
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