Is it safe to travel to India in 2017?

In order to help you prepare for your holiday in India, we have compiled general information which may be of use and specific advice on travel safety.

Red Fort Lal Qila with Indian flag. Delhi, India

India is the seventh largest country, spanning most of the Indian subcontinent, and the second most populous in the world. As such it is one of the most geographically and culturally diverse. In 2016 alone, India received over nine million tourists, of which 800,000 were British nationals. Although it should be noted that the vast majority of travellers experience no trouble at all, please do consider the following advice compiled by our India experts.

Special security: Bearing in mind that India is popular with a melange of travellers, the overall infrastructure, quality of accommodation and services offered are considered to be very good and satisfy most international standards. However, FCO advice urges visitors to avoid certain areas. Namely, it warns against all travel in the immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan, other than at Wagah.

This FCO warning extends to all travel to Manipur and its state capital Imphal, in addition to cautioning against travel to Jammu and Kashmir, while travel within the city of Jammu is considered safe. Your safety is imperative to the Experience Travel Group. In order to make sure you are out of harm’s way we regularly check FCO advice and liaise with our on the ground staff.  In case of any serious trouble they will be ready to provide immediate assistance. In addition, we also offer 24-hour UK support

Society: Be as cautious as you would be in any country. Be aware of pick-pockets, bag snatching… petty thievery.  Keep your valuables on your person at all times or leave them in your hotel safe. Documents and money should be kept in a strapped money bag. Don’t expose large sums of cash when purchasing trinkets. In general be aware of your surroundings.

Political instability is present in certain regions and there is an existing threat from terrorism. However, the main focus of terrorist attacks has been against Indian government interests. So, take particular care in the lead up to and on days of national significance, e.g.  Republic Day (26 January), Independence Day (15 August), Diwali (19 October 2017) and Eid (26 June 2017). Experience Travel Group guide will counsel you of the dos and don’ts that you should bear in mind while travelling and will aid you in every matter necessary should the need arise.

Nature: Travel in rural areas during the monsoon season can be risky, but all that is necessary is to check access to routes before setting off. Cyclones and tropical storms do occur at particular times of year off the east coast. However, you can receive updates from the Indian Meteorological Department and follow the advice of local authorities. Several parts of India lie on highly active fault zones, of which three areas are considered high risk: Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

Experience Travel Group is in constant communication with our in country office to make sure that the warning system has not alerted to any potential danger. By regularly monitoring the situation closely we are always aware of potential dangers. If you chose to travel with us, all of the above risks are something we take into consideration when preparing an itinerary and we always make sure that our customers are safe and informed.

Health:  It is advised that you visit your GP four to six weeks before your trip in order to check if your vaccinations are up to date or if you require other preventive measures. Country specific information and advice can be found on TravelHealthPro website. General information and advice regarding healthcare abroad is available on the NHS Choices website. Fit for Travel website is extremely useful to consult for the latest medical suggestions. Dengue Fever can occur all year round, so applying mosquito repellent is advised throughout the day and for extra safety it’s best to wear long, light coloured clothing. 

General safety tips

  • Book with a reputable tour company (like Experience Travel Group) when planning your holiday. We have on the ground emergency support and 24-hour contact lines both in the UK and India.
  • Subscribe to embassy updatesbefore you leave to get the latest travel information whilst in country.
  • Avoid large crowds and any political demonstrations.

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