Exercise increased caution while travelling to India due to crime and terrorism, don't visit J&K: US advisory
The advisory said that 'terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and government facilities
Washington: The US on Friday asked its citizens to exercise “increased caution” while travelling to India due to “crime and terrorism” and advised them to not to travel to the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
In a new travel advisory issued on Friday, the US State Department reduced the India Travel Advisory Level to 2 on a scale of one to 4 with the latter being the highest.
The State Department in a separate advisory, a day earlier, had put Pakistan on Level 3 and asked its citizens to reconsider their travel especially its restive provinces due to terrorism and sectarian violence.
Exercise increased caution in India due to crime and terrorism, said the State Department.
“Exercise increased caution in India due to crime & terrorism” US travel advisory issued on Oct 05 for its citizens travelling to India pic.twitter.com/RQ23GQJLMS
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Do not travel to: The union territory of Jammu and Kashmir (except the eastern Ladakh region and its capital, Leh) due to terrorism and civil unrest. Within 10 km of the India-Pakistan border due to the potential for armed conflict, it said.
According to the travel advisory, “Indian authorities report rape is one of the fastest growing crimes in India. Violent crime, such as sexual assault, has occurred at tourist sites and in other locations.”
The advisory said that “terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and government facilities.
The US government has limited ability to provide emergency services to US citizens in rural areas from eastern Maharashtra and northern Telangana through western West Bengal as US government employees must obtain special authorisation to travel to these areas, said the travel advisory.
It’s certainly in our interest that people who land in India don’t fall sick or take the virus back to their countries.
As per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Level 1 is a low-risk category. However, flyers have been requested to be fully vaccinated
India remains in level two in US travel advisory, asks citizens to exercise increased caution during travel
The travel advisory for India has mostly been Level 2 and a few times Level 3. It was put into the Level 4 category at the peak of the COVID-19 crisis in April 2021