Foreign travel advice



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.

Cyclonic storm Kyant is likely to reach the northwest Bay of Bengal on the morning of 27 October 2016. It may make landfall over the Odisha and Andhra Pradesh coasts from 27 October. If you’re in or travelling through the potentially affected area you should monitor local and international weather updates from the Indian Meteorological Department and follow the advice of the local authorities and tour operators, as it could potentially cause major disruption to travel plans. See Tropical cyclones

On 18 October, 2016 the main runway at Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport will close for 4 hours; the secondary runway is expected to remain open. From 31 October to 28 November both runways will close every Monday and Thursday between noon and 5pm. All flights scheduled during these times are likely to be affected by delays and cancellations. If you’re travelling to/from or connecting to flights in Mumbai, check with your travel agent or airline for updates.

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.

Tensions between the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu over Cauvery River water sharing continue. If you’re in or travelling through Karnataka or Tamil Nadu you should be vigilant, avoid protests, monitor local media and follow the advice of the local authorities and your travel company.

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 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.