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Regional risks – India travel advice

Regional risks – India travel advice

FCDO advises against travel to parts of India.

This part handles areas in which FCDO has precise protection tips, such as some spots wherever FCDO advises from travel.

You should really also examine FCDO’s overall travel tips and basic safety and protection assistance for India.

Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh

FCDO advises against all vacation to the area of Jammu and Kashmir (such as Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Sonamarg, the city of Srinagar, and the Jammu-Srinagar nationwide freeway), besides for:

  • vacation by air to and from the city of Jammu
  • journey inside the metropolis of Jammu
  • journey inside of the location of Ladakh

There have been repeated terrorist incidents in Jammu and Kashmir, and a lot less frequently in components of north-east India, together with but not restricted to Meghalaya, Nagaland and Manipur. There is a continuing threat, primarily towards Governing administration of India targets.

There have been violent protests and operations by stability forces in the Kashmir Valley, which resulted in a selection of deaths and major casualties. There is a heavy security existence. Curfews and other limitations can be imposed and lifted usually and speedily. Keep vigilant, keep track of local media and comply with the advice of nearby authorities and your vacation organization.

Foreigners are susceptible in rural districts and outdoors the primary populace centres and tourist parts. There is a danger of unpredictable violence, including bombings, grenade attacks, shootings and kidnapping. The lengthy-standing coverage of the Uk authorities is not to make substantive concessions to hostage takers. The level of consular aid that the British Substantial Fee in India can present in Jammu and Kashmir is severely limited.

Other northern states

FCDO advises towards all travel in just the vicinity of the India-Pakistan border, apart from for at Wagah wherever travellers can cross the border.

Follow FCDO advice if you are trekking in India.

North-east India

FCDO advises towards all but vital journey to the point out of Manipur, other than for:

  • state funds Imphal
  • Imphal valley places (which include Loktak Lake, Keibul Lamjao Nationwide Park and the Imphal War Cemetery)

If you approach to travel to Imphal and the encompassing Imphal Valley areas then only travel by air soon after checking the most recent safety circumstances.

There is a danger of terrorism and organised crime in Manipur, primarily in rural regions. Whilst foreigners have not been focused, assaults can be indiscriminate.

Some insurgent teams are lively in north-east India. All through 2021:

  • violent clashes along the disputed border among Assam and Mizoram led to fatalities
  • violent communal and political clashes were being documented in Tripura
  • a number of civilians had been killed by security forces in Nagaland around the Myanmar border

There have been skirmishes on the India-Bangladesh border. Travellers are advised to look at with nearby authorities in advance of visiting these spots.

Protests and huge gatherings are common in India’s north-jap states. They can transpire with no warning and occasionally result in dysfunction. Stay away from protests and go away as shortly as possible if a crowd develops. Assessment your safety arrangements diligently and abide by the tips of nearby authorities.

Permits from the Governing administration of India are desired for travel to Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and pieces of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Apply at the very least 3 months in progress. In India, implement at the liaison office environment of the state for which you will need a allow or the Foreigners Regional Registration Business. Permits for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands can be issued on arrival in Port Blair but this is not the scenario for the other states. Permit polices can alter at any time. Call the relevant point out liaison office environment or the Indian Bureau of Immigration for the most recent assistance.

You will have to have to tell the Prison Investigation Department (CID) office in Imphal Manipur of your arrival in the point out by road or the Immigration counter at the Imphal airport if flying into the condition. For travelling to Mizoram, you require to sign-up on line with the Superintendent of Police in Aizawl or condition CID at e-FRRO on line portal.

If you are travelling to Mizoram, Manipur, Meghalaya and Nagaland you are suggested to test pointers issued by community authorities. This is due to the fact visitors alongside the Countrywide Highways connecting them with every single other and with Assam may possibly be disrupted thanks to blockades and protests, notably in border parts.

East India

Maoist (or Naxalite) insurgents target police officers, paramilitary forces and government officials. This prompted numerous fatalities and injuries in 2019. The Authorities of India has identified 25 districts as worst impacted, 21 of which are in East India.

Get tips from your vacation supplier and regional authorities if you program to vacation to rural places of:

  • Gaya, Jamui or Lakhisarai (Bihar) – there is possibility of violent criminal offense in the rural areas of Bihar
  • Bastar, Bijapur, Dantewada, Kanker, Narayanpur, Rajnandgaon, Sukma (Chhattisgarh)
  • Chatra, Giridih, Gumla, Khunti, Latehar, Lohardaga, West Singhbhum, Saraikela-Kharaswan (Jharkhand) – there is risk of violent criminal offense in the rural spots of Jharkhand
  • Kandhamal, Kalahandi or Malkangiri (Odisha) – overseas vacationers and researchers should retain to protection guidelines all through visits to tribal spots in Odisha

Western area

FCDO advises against all vacation within just the vicinity of the India-Pakistan border, except for at Wagah where travellers can cross the border.

The India-Pakistan border in Gujarat and Rajasthan is unmarked in some places. Approaching it absent from an official crossing level could be risky. In which it is unmarked, you could stray into Pakistan illegally.


Most British nationals browsing Goa do so with out difficulties. Having said that, mainly because of the large variety of holidaymakers there are lots of opportunistic criminals functioning in the area.

There have been some really serious incidents involving British nationals in the latest many years, like sexual assaults and the murder of a youthful female traveller.

It is an offence to consume alcoholic beverages in public sites in Goa. If you consume alcoholic beverages outside the house the limitations of a place licensed to provide it, you could be fined or imprisoned. You can consume inside the limitations of a registered beach front shack or bar, for instance, but you can not do so on an open seaside or street.

Also read through the safety and protection guidance for India, which includes:

  • criminal offense dangers, such as sexual assault
  • penalties for alcohol and drug offences
  • challenges of street vacation