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 cities of Jammu and Srinagar, (ii) travel by air to the cities of Jammu and Srinagar, (iii) travel between these two cities on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway, and (iv) travel within the region of Ladakh. 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.

The earthquake that occurred in Nepal on 25 April has affected the nearby Indian states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. Powerful aftershocks continue to occur in these locations where there are reports of deaths, injuries and significant damage to infrastructure. If you’re travelling in these areas you should monitor local media and follow the advice of local authorities.

Because of the exceptional circumstances, if you’re travelling from Nepal to a third country via India, you don’t need to get a transit visa. You can get a landing permit on arrival at Delhi or Kolkata airport by emailing controlroom@mea.gov.in or calling + 91 2301 4104 in advance. Permits are valid for 2 weeks and can’t be renewed.

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

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 government has relaxed the rules on re-entering the country while on a tourist visa. See Entry requirements

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.