Summary

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel in the immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan, other than at Wagah. See Local travel.

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. Please note that 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.

India’s national elections will be held between 7 April and 12 May 2014. Voting will take place over 9 dates during this period. Local public offices will be closed on voting days and there may be disruption to public transport. Security is likely to be increased in major cities, especially around polling stations. There may be large political rallies on or near to voting days, with the possibility of some violence.

You should remain vigilant in the run up to the elections, during the election period and on 16 May, the day the election results are announced. Avoid political rallies and large crowds and monitor the national and local media. See this map showing the states of India and the days on which they will vote.

Cyclones and tropical storms are common, particularly off the east coast. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms. 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.

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

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

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.

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