Foreign travel advice

India

Summary

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel in the immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan, other than at Wagah.

The FCO advise against all travel to Manipur and against all but essential travel to Imphal, the state capital of Manipur. See Local travel

The FCO advise against all travel to Jammu and Kashmir with the exception of (i) travel within the city Jammu, (ii) travel by air to the city of Jammu, (iii) travel within the region of Ladakh. The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the city of Srinagar and travel between the cities of Jammu and Srinagar on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway. The tourist destinations of Phalgam, Gulmarg and Sonamarg fall within the areas to which the FCO advise against all travel. See Local travel and Terrorism

If you’re travelling in or through Srinagar you should remain vigilant, avoid protests or large gatherings, follow the advice of the local authorities and your travel company and monitor the curfew restrictions in place and the local media. Srinagar Airport is currently open as is the road leading to Srinagar Airport. Please take all precautions for your safety. If you’re travelling with a tour operator you should keep in touch with them and contact them for further information on arrangements they may be making for you to leave the area. Due to the accessibility and current unrest the level of consular assistance that the British High Commission can provide in Jammu & Kashmir is extremely limited.

Over 800,000 British nationals visit India every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

On 5 August 2016, there was a gun attack by suspected militants on civilians in a local market in Kokrajhar, state of Assam. If you’re travelling in or near Kokrajhar you should monitor local media, be vigilant, avoid protests or large gatherings and follow the advice of the local authorities and your travel company.

Heavy monsoon rains continue to affect large parts of India, including the States of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Assam, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and the Indo-Gangetic plains of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi-NCR and West Uttar Pradesh. Road and rail links have been severely affected. Allow plenty of time to travel by road to your destination, particularly to the airport. If you’re travelling in any of the affected States, you should monitor local and international weather updates from the Indian Meteorological Department and follow the advice of local authorities and your travel company.

Security has been increased in all cities and at airports since India’s Independence Day on 15 August 2016. Roads may be closed at short notice and there may be increased security checks at Metro stations. You should allow more time than usual for travel and when checking-in at airports. See Terrorism

Tropical cyclones are common, particularly off the east coast. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms and follow the advice of the local authorities, including any evacuation orders. See Natural disasters

There is a high threat from terrorism throughout India. Recent attacks have targeted public places including those visited by foreigners. See Terrorism

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.

Before you travel, take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance and read the India specific health information and advice published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre.