Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 3 November 2016, 17:43 NZDT
  • Still current at: 23 October 2017

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Extreme Risk

There is extreme risk to your security in Jammu and Kashmir due to the threat of terrorist activity and ongoing political violence. Despite an overall decline in violent incidents in Jammu and Kashmir in recent years, the potential for violence remains high and we advise against all travel to these areas, with the exception of the Ladakh region via Manali, or by air to Leh.

There is extreme risk to your security in the immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan and we advise against all travel to this area, 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.

High Risk

There is high risk to your security in 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. We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to these areas.

Some Risk

There is some risk to your security elsewhere in India, including in New Delhi and Mumbai, due to the continuing threat from terrorism and we advise caution.

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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
Safety of women 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).  Travellers should exercise vigilance and avoid walking alone at night in less populous and unlit areas, including city streets, village lanes and beaches.

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.  On 4 June 2015, an attack on an army transport in Manipur killed 18 soldiers.

Violent extremist groups are also active in the rural areas of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, 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 
It is recommended that New Zealanders travelling to the India familiarise themselves with, and adhere to, local laws and customs.  There are serious penalties for acts that may not be illegal, or are considered minor offences, in New Zealand.

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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