The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to:
- the immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan, other than at Wagah
- Jammu and Kashmir, with the exception of (i) travel within the city of Jammu, (ii) travel by air to the city of Jammu, and (iii) travel within the region of Ladakh
- Manipur, except the state capital Imphal, where the FCO advise against all but essential travel
The tourist destinations of Pahalgam, Gulmarg and Sonamarg fall within the areas to which the FCO advise against all travel.
The FCO advise against all but essential travel to:
- the city of Srinagar and between the cities of Jammu and Srinagar on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway
- Imphal, the state capital of Manipur
There have been violent protests in some towns and cities in Kerala over the issue of women accessing the Sabarimala temple. Some public services have been disrupted in the wake of clashes between police and protesters. If you’re in Kerala or due to travel there, you should monitor media reports closely, remain vigilant and avoid large public gatherings.
A grenade attack was carried out on 18 November in a prayer hall at Rajasansi village on the outskirts of Amritsar. There is currently increased police presence in Amritsar and the surrounding areas. If you’re travelling to Amritsar and the surrounding areas such as the Wagah border you’re advised to be alert, monitor local media and avoid crowded areas.
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) may have an 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
Visitors to India should avoid protests or large gatherings, follow the advice of the local authorities and your travel company and monitor the local media and any curfew restrictions that may be in place.
If you’re travelling in or through Srinagar you should remain vigilant. 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.
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.
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission. Consular support is severely limited in parts of India where we advise against all travel and limited where we advise against all but essential travel.
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 940,000 British nationals visited India in 2017. 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.