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

There are reports that members of the Jat community are due to resume protests from 29 January 2017 in 19 districts of Haryana, excluding Panchkula, Mewat and Gurgaon. Protests by the Jat community closed roads and caused serious damage in early 2016. 7,000 home guards along with Haryana Police will be deployed in the districts from 26 January 2017. While there are no indications of similar disruption this time, if you’re travelling to or through the state (including between Delhi and Chandigarh/Punjab) you should avoid large gatherings, monitor local news and check the latest situation with your travel company or local contacts.

Mass demonstrations are taking place across the State of Tamil Nadu and especially in Chennai over the ban of Jallikattu, the tradition of bull taming. Schools, colleges, local transport and some services remain disrupted. If you’re travelling in or through the State of Tamil Nadu you should be vigilant, avoid large gatherings, monitor local media and follow the advice of the local authorities and your travel company.

On 8 November, 2016, the Indian Prime Minister announced that existing 500 and 1,000 Rupee banknotes will be withdrawn from immediate circulation.

ATMs are now operating. There may be queues to access them especially around the end of the month when salaries are paid. Until further notice withdrawals are limited to 10,000 rupees per card, per day, however foreign tourists can withdraw their normal daily card limit. If you have debit or credit cards, use them instead of cash where possible. Foreign tourists will be able to exchange foreign currency of not more than 5,000 rupees per week into legal tender until 31 January 2017. For more information visit the Reserve Bank of India website and navigate to notifications pages for any further updates.

Foreign tourists can also go to banks or any authorised foreign exchange dealer and in exchange for cash in foreign currency can be issued with a pre-paid card which can be used as a payment card at all businesses and retailers that usually accept credit and debit cards. For more information, see the Reserve Bank of India website.

There is a high threat from terrorism throughout 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) interest in attacking targets in India. There may be an increased threat to places visited by British nationals such as religious sites, markets and festival venues. You should be vigilant at this time, monitor local media and take all precautions for your safety. See Terrorism

The England cricket team will tour India from November 2016 to January 2017. See this information and advice page for travelling supporters.

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. 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.

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.

Over 800,000 British nationals visit India every year. 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.

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.