Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 22 May 2018, 12:15 NZST
  • Still current at: 18 August 2018

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Do not travel

Do not travel to Jammu and Kashmir (with the exception of the Ladakh region via Manali, or by air to Leh) due to the threat of terrorist activity and ongoing violence which remains high.

Do not travel to the immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan, other than at the international border crossing between Atari, India and Wagah, Pakistan. Landmines pose a risk along some stretches of the India-Pakistan border.

Avoid non-essential travel

Avoid non-essential travel to Manipur state and the areas of Nagaland state that border Myanmar, and Assam state that border Bangladesh, due to the threat of terrorism, politically-motivated violence and cross-border insurgency.

Exercise increased caution

Exercise increased caution elsewhere in India, including in New Delhi and Mumbai, due to the continuing threat from terrorism.

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Terrorism
There is a significant threat from terrorism in India. Terrorist groups have in the past issued statements threatening to carry out attacks in India.

Terrorist attacks may be directed at national institutions within major cities, religious sites, festivals, tourist sites, hotels, markets, fairs, major sporting events, and public transport. Attacks have in the past targeted public places that are frequented by Western tourists. Further attacks cannot be ruled out, including in large cities and popular tourist destinations such as New Delhi, Mumbai and Goa.

New Zealanders should exercise a high degree of caution and security awareness when travelling in India and avoid all rallies and demonstrations. Significant dates (such as religious festivals or dates of national significance) could be a particular focus for terrorists, and travellers should exercise particular vigilance in the lead up to and on these days.

There have been recent media reports suggesting ISIL interest in attacking targets in India. You should remain vigilant at this time, monitor local media and follow the advice of local authorities.

Crime
Personal safety, particularly for women and girls is a concern in India. There have been a number of sexual offences reported against foreign women in different parts of India, including in major cities and tourist destinations. Women travellers should take particular care, even when travelling in a group and avoid travelling alone on public transportation, especially at night. We recommend respecting local dress codes and customs and avoiding isolated areas.

There have been occassional reports of drink spiking so extra care should be taken to ensure your drink is never left unattended. We recommend being cautious accepting drinks from strangers or recent acquaintances.

Petty crime, including pickpocketing and bag-snatching, is common, particularly in crowded areas such as markets, airports and on buses, metros and trains (including overnight and long-distance trains). 

Exercise vigilance and try to avoid taking public transport or hailing taxis and auto-rickshaws after dark. Avoid walking alone at night in less populous and unlit areas, including city streets, village lanes and beaches.

Scams are common throughout India. Some scams targetting travellers include fake tour guide services, taxi drivers taking clients on unwanted tours and extended rides, or bank card details being copied from compromised ATMs. If you believe you are the victim of a scam we advise contacting the police immediately.

Civil Unrest
Protests and demonstrations occur sporadically throughout India. We advise New Zealanders in India to closely monitor developments that might affect their safety. We recommend you avoid all demonstrations, protests and political campaign rallies as they could result in spontaneous violent confrontations, particularly around elections. You should follow the instructions of the local authorities and exercise a high degree of personal security awareness at all times.

Political violence/insurgency
The risk of politically-motivated violence remains high in parts of north-eastern India. There is a risk of armed insurgent activity in Manipur, Tripura, Nagaland and Assam. Attacks by insurgents usually target Indian government and security forces, however bystanders are susceptible to being caught up and insurgents have attacked local transport and train services.

Violent extremist groups are also active in the rural areas of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha to the west of Delhi, and in remote parts of Bihar and West Bengal, primarily targeting Indian government facilities and security forces.  Strikes and disruptions in these areas can affect rail and road transport networks.

General travel advice 
New Zealanders should familiarise themselves withlocal laws and customs in India. There are serious penalties for activities that may not be illegal, in New Zealand, such as carrying a satellite phone, or consuming alcohol without a permit in some states or territories.

During the winter months, air pollution in some parts of India can spike to hazardous levels and those with pre-existing medical conditions, the very young, or the elderly may be particularly vulnerable. If you intend to travel or live in India during the winter months, you may wish to seek medical advice in advance of your trip.

New Zealanders living or travelling in India should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air. 

New Zealanders in India are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Travel tips


The New Zealand High Commission New Delhi, India

Street Address Sir Edmund Hillary Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110 021, India Telephone +91 11 4688 3170 Fax +91 11 4688 3165 Email nzhcindia@mfat.net Web Site http://www.nzembassy.com/india Hours Mon - Fri 0830 - 1700 hrs

New Zealand Consulate-General Mumbai, India

Street Address Level 2, 3 North Avenue, Maker Maxity, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai 400 051, India Telephone +91 22 6131 6666 Fax +91 22 6131 6673 Email nzcg.mumbai@nzte.govt.nz Hours Mon - Fri 0830 hrs - 1700 hrs

New Zealand Honorary Consulate Chennai, India

Street Address Maithri, 132 Cathedral Road, Chennai 600 086, India Telephone +91 44 2811 2472 Fax +91 44 2811 2449 Email l.ganesh@rane.co.in

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New Zealand High Commission India

Street Address
Sir Edmund Hillary Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110 021, India

Telephone: +91 11 4688 3170

Fax: +91 11 4688 3165

Email: nzhcindia@mfat.net

Website: http://www.nzembassy.com/india

Hours: Mon - Fri 0830 - 1700 hrs

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