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
On 20 March 2017, protestors clashed with the police in Fatehabad, Haryana after being prevented from marching towards Delhi. Thirty five people were injured including 18 police. Members of the Jat community have been protesting in 19 districts of Haryana, excluding Panchkula, Mewat and Gurgaon since 29 January 2017 demanding reservations in jobs and education.
Section 144, which prevents the assembly of more than 4 people to within 500 metres of National & State Highways and railway stations, has been imposed in some districts of Haryana including Rohtak, Jhajjar, Bhiwani, Charkhi Dadri and Hissar. 7,000 home guards along with Haryana Police will be deployed in the districts from 26 March and Internet services have also been suspended for an indefinite period.
An explosion on a passenger train travelling between Bhopal and Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh on the morning of 7 March 2017 injured a number of passengers. The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.
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.
On 8 November, 2016, the Indian Prime Minister announced that old 500 and 1,000 Rupee banknotes would be withdrawn from immediate circulation. It’s no longer possible for non-Indian nationals to exchange these old notes. 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, festival venues and beaches. 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.