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Risk Summary

Normal travel is possible to most parts of India. However, the security environment varies considerably across the country. Travel risks are higher in the north-eastern states of Asom (Assam), Manipur, Nagaland and Tripura, as well as in the states affected by extreme-leftist Naxalite (also known as Maoist) violence, including parts of Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, the Gadchiroli and Gondiya districts of Maharashtra, and inland districts of Odisha (Orissa). Travel risks are also higher in the Kashmir valley and the Kishtwar, Poonch and Ramban districts of Jammu region due to separatist unrest and militancy.

While a series of co-ordinated terrorist attacks in Mumbai (Maharashtra state) in November 2008 caused widespread alarm, the risk posed by terrorism to business travellers and expatriates in India remains largely incidental. There continues to be a steady stream of official terrorism warnings and reported militant threats nationwide. However, these alerts have not been followed by attacks. Local media outlets tend to be alarmist and regularly report rumours as fact, which heightens fears of attack. Nevertheless, terrorist attacks, mostly of a low-level nature, are expected to recur in major urban centres.

Petty crime, such as pickpocketing, chain- and bag-snatching, is common in crowded cities and tourist areas, but the risk of physical attack is minimal. Kidnaps-for-ransom primarily target the local population. Gang crimes are also common, though these have tended not to directly affect foreigners. Crime against women, including sexual assault, occurs with some regularity and requires the adoption of extra security precautions. Political rallies have the potential to become violent, particularly during election cycles. Demonstrations are common and can escalate without warning in areas where tensions are heightened, though foreigners are unlikely to be targeted.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.


Vaccinations For India
CholeraOral vaccination is recommended for travellers
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Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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Japanese encephalitisVaccine is recommended for people who will
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PolioResident nationals arriving from Afghanistan,
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RabiesConsider for certain travellers, especially: For
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Typhoid feverRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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Yellow feverIndian Government requirements for vaccination
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Routine Vaccinations

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