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Is it safe to travel to India now?

by James Wilmshurst

In order to help you prepare for your holiday in India, we have compiled general information that answers if it is safe to travel in India. 

Given the current coronavirus situation, travel to India is not possible at this time. We have put in place mechanisms to confirm that once any of our destinations open to UK travellers, we at ETG can be confident that you will be safe and able to enjoy a fantastic holiday. You can find out more about this ‘Travel Ready’ concept here and also discover which destinations are currently ‘Travel Ready’.

Beyond Coronavirus you can find more detail about our thoughts about travelling safely and securely in India below:

Red Fort Lal Qila with Indian flag. Delhi, India

The Red Fort looks over Old Delhi

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 2017 alone, India received over ten million tourists, a vast number of which 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, FCDO 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 near Amritsar.

This FCDO warning extends to all travel to Manipur and its state capital Imphal, in addition to cautioning against travel to Jammu and Kashmir.  Your safety is imperative to the Experience Travel Group. In order to make sure you are out of harm’s way we regularly check FCDO 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 and Eid. 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.  You can also read about how Delhi Belly might not be as big a problem as it is made out.   

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 updates before you leave to get the latest travel information whilst in the country.
  • Avoid large crowds and any political demonstrations.
  • Re read the Is it safe to travel in India blog.
  • Read about common concerns when travelling to India.

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 This article was last updated in December 2020.

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