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Reviewed: 16 April 2013, 12:20 NZDT
Still current at: 26 May 2013
There is some risk to your security in India, including in New Delhi and Mumbai, and we advise you to exercise a high degree of caution due to the continuing threat from terrorism.
There is extreme risk to your security in Jammu and Kashmir due to the high threat of terrorist activity and violent demonstrations, and we advise against all travel to Jammu and Kashmir with the exception of the Ladakh region via Manali, or by air to the region’s main city of Leh.
There is extreme risk to your security in the immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan, other than at the international border crossing at Atari, India and Wagah, Pakistan and we advise against all travel to these areas.
There is high risk to your security in the north eastern states of Tripura, Manipur, Assam, Nagaland and we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to these states due to the threat of terrorist activity, violent crime and demonstrations.
There is a significant threat from terrorism in India and New Zealanders travelling in India should take account of the potential for terrorist attacks by militant groups. We continue to receive reports of planning for terrorist attacks in India. Terrorist attacks in India may be directed at national institutions within major cities, religious sites, festivals, tourist sites, hotels, markets, fairs, major sporting events, and public transport. Terrorist attacks have targeted public places that are frequented by Western tourists. Further attacks cannot be ruled out, including in large cities and popular tourist destinations such as New Delhi, Mumbai and Goa.
New Zealanders should exercise a high degree of caution and security awareness when travelling in India and avoid all rallies and demonstrations. Significant dates (such as religious festivals or dates of national significance) could be a particular focus for terrorists and travellers should avoid national monuments and major tourist sites on these days.
Recent incidents of terrorism include:
The risk of politically motivated violence in India remains. We advise New Zealanders in India to closely monitor developments that might affect their safety. We recommend you avoid all demonstrations, protests and rallies as they could result in violent confrontations. You should follow the instructions of the local authorities at all times. We recommend you exercise a high degree of personal security awareness at all times.
Jammu and Kashmir extreme risk
We advise against all travel to Jammu and Kashmir (with the exceptions of Ladakh via Manali or air to Leh), due to terrorist activities and ongoing political violence there. Despite an overall decline in violent incidents in Jammu and Kashmir in recent years, the potential for violence remains very high.
Border with Pakistan extreme risk
We advise against all travel to the immediate vicinity of the India-Pakistan international border and the Line of Control (where a ceasefire is in place but risks, particularly from landmines, remain) other than at the international border crossing at Atari, India and Wagah, Pakistan.
North eastern states of Assam, Nagaland, Tripura and Manipur high risk
We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to the north eastern states of Assam, Nagaland, Tripura and Manipur due to the threat of terrorist activity, violent crime and demonstrations. There is also a risk of insurgent groups in the rural areas of these states. We also advise the need for additional caution if travelling in Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Mizoram.
Bihar and Jharkhand some risk
We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Bihar and Jharkhand due to violent crime in rural areas.
General travel advice
Travellers should exercise vigilance and avoid walking alone at night in less populous and unlit areas, including city streets, village lanes and beaches.
Women are cautioned not to travel alone in India. There have been a number of sexual offences reported against foreign women in different parts of India, including in major cities and tourist destinations.
New Zealanders living or travelling in India should have comprehensive travel and medical insurance policies in place that include provision for medical evacuation by air.
New Zealanders in India are strongly encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
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