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 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 Pahalgam, Gulmarg and Sonamarg fall within the areas to which the FCO advise against all travel. See Local travel and Terrorism

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

Following unprecedented bouts of heavy monsoon rain and floods in Kerala over July and August 2018, around 360 people lost their lives, with as many as 700,000 displaced, and thousands still in relief camps across the state. Flood relief is being supported by the Navy, Army, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Disaster Response Force. However, floodwaters have begun to recede across the state.

Kochi Airport is again operational from 29 August 2018, and almost all trains are running across Kerala, albeit with some delays. Roads are still not in a good state, however connectivity has been restored in most parts. Access to the towns of Munnar, Thekkady and Wayanad has not yet been restored, due to damage caused by landslides.

If you’re travelling to or are already in Kerala, you’re advised to monitor closely travel advice and media reports and follow the advice from local authorities. The Kerala Government has issued information on its official website. If you’re in need of any assistance in Kerala, contact the official helpline number: 1800-123-1454.

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) 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

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.

Authorities across north-eastern states have increased security presence after the publication on 30 July of a revision of the National Register of Citizens in the state of Assam. Anyone travelling to the region should check the latest travel news before they travel, and if you’re in the region take precautions like avoiding large crowds.

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 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.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

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.