India: Travel advice

An indefinite curfew has been imposed in Srinagar from the evening of Thursday 22 October following protests in South Kashmir. Large numbers of security personnel have been deployed to the Srinagar – Jammu National Highway. Transport and other local infrastructure services are likely to be disrupted. If you are in Srinagar you should monitor the local media and follow the advice of the local authorities.

There have been further widespread protests and blockades throughout Punjab following the death of 2 people on 15 October 2015.

Road and air travel, transport and public services have been affected. Further daily demonstrations have been scheduled across the state from 10am to 1pm. You should remain vigilant and avoid any protests, demonstrations or large gatherings. If you’re in Punjab, monitor the local media and follow the advice of the local authorities. Political rallies and demonstrations occur frequently throughout the country and can turn violent, particularly around elections.

Due to protests and strikes in Nepal transport links at border crossings with Nepal might be disrupted. Listen to announcements from local authorities and take advice from your travel company. Clashes may occur at border crossings. You should avoid all protests.

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.

Remember to 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.

 

Stuart Beaty

Celsium, Birmingham, UK