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 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

Heavy monsoonal rains continue to affect the States of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Assam and Madhya Pradesh. Kaziranga National Park in Assam is 60% under water. A secondary weather system travelled south across Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Heavy rains have spread along the Indo-Gangetic plains of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi-NCR and West Uttar Pradesh. Road and rail links have been severely affected.

Allow plenty of time to travel by road to your destination, particularly to the airport. If you’re travelling in any of the affected States, you should monitor local and international weather updates from the Indian Meteorological Department and follow the advice of local authorities and your travel company.

Following the Mahadayi water tribunal verdict, several parts of Karnataka, including Bengaluru, are likely to observe a complete bandh (strike) on Saturday 30 July 2016 with transport services unavailable between 6am and 6pm. Bengaluru is likely to observe a near complete shutdown. Emergency services, pharmacies and hospitals will remain open. Most public services including government buses, taxis, and auto rickshaws as well as shops and restaurants are likely to be out of service between 6am and 6pm.

If you’re travelling in or through Karnataka state you should monitor local media, be vigilant, avoid protests or large gatherings and follow the advice of the local authorities and your travel company.

Following the death of Hizbul Mujahadeen commander Burhan Wani, there have been widespread violent protests in the Kashmir Valley since 9 July 2016, resulting in a number of deaths and serious casualties. Protests and demonstrations are ongoing across the valley.

Additional central reserve police force personnel have been deployed by the central government to assist across the Kashmir Valley. On Wednesday27 July 2016 a curfew was re-imposed in south Kashmir including Srinagar due to renewed protests in the downtown area. Military patrols remain in operation.

In Srinagar markets, shops, restaurants and tourist sites are now open for a limited number of hours per day. Hotels and houseboats on Dal and Nigeen Lakes continue to operate normally. Some mobile providers have restored a limited service but internet telecommunications remain suspended. Transport and local emergency services continue to be severely disrupted by the protests. There have been disturbances near the Jammu-Srinagar national highway which may affect movement and cause delays.

Flight schedules are disrupted and travellers may need to provide proof of travel to access the route to the airport. 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 local media.

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.