The United States, in new travel advice on Tuesday, urged its citizens to “increase vigilance” while traveling to India and advised them not to go to Jammu and Kashmir as well as within 10 km of the India-Pakistan border.
“Be careful in India because of crime and terrorism,” the U.S. State Department said in its latest travel advice for India that reduces the risk of traveling to India from Level 3 to Level 2. The last travel advice issued by the United States was on January 25th.
The State Department’s travel advice comes a day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Level 1 Travel Health Notice as a result of COVID-19, which indicates low COVID-19 levels in India.
Both advices point to the fact that the US considers that the situation in India is now back to normal.
However, his views on Jammu and Kashmir as well as the Indo-Pak border remained the same, where he asked his people not to travel.
“Terrorist attacks and violent civil unrest are likely to occur in the union provinces of Jammu and Kashmir. Avoid all travel to these union provinces (with the exception of visits to the eastern province of Ladakh and its capital, Leh),” the adviser said.
“Sporadic violence occurs mainly along the Line of Control (LOC) separating India and Pakistan, and at tourist destinations in the Kashmir Valley: Srinagar, Gulmarg, and Pahalgam. The Indian government prohibits foreign tourists from visiting certain areas along the LOC,” he said. The State Department said.
India and Pakistan maintain a strong military presence on both sides of the border, he said, adding that the only official India-Pakistan border crossing point for non-Indians or Pakistanis is in Punjab between Attari, India and Wagah, Pakistan.
“Border crossings are usually open, but confirm the current status of the border crossing before embarking on a journey. A Pakistani visa is required to enter Pakistan. Only U.S. citizens residing in India can apply for a Pakistani visa in India. Otherwise, apply for a Pakistan Visa in your country of residence before leaving to India, “he said.
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