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

Widespread violence has erupted in and around Kohima and Dimapur, Nagaland. If you’re travelling in or through Nagaland, you should avoid large gatherings, monitor local news and check the latest situation with your travel company or local contacts.

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. Section 144 has been imposed in Rohtak, a district of Haryana, ahead of the protests. This prevents the assembly of more than 4 people to within 500 metres of National & State Highways and railway stations. 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.

On 8 November, 2016, the Indian Prime Minister announced that old 500 and 1,000 Rupee banknotes would be withdrawn from immediate circulation. For more information and advice about how to get access to cash, visit 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

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.

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.