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The US on Friday asked its citizens to exercise extra caution when traveling to India due to “crime and terrorism” and advised them not to travel to Jammu and Kashmir.

India Today Web Desk

UPDATED: 8 Oct 2022 13:08 IST

In its latest travel advisory, the United States has asked its citizens to take extra care in India (Photo: Pixabay/Representational)

By India Today Web Desk: The United States has issued a new travel advisory, asking its citizens to “be more careful” when traveling to India because of “crime and terrorism,” PTI news agency reported. The US State Department has advised them not to travel to Jammu and Kashmir and within 10 km of the India-Pakistan border due to possible armed conflict, the report said.

Take special care in India due to crime and terrorism, the Foreign Ministry advises. “Do not travel to: the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir (except the eastern region of Ladakh and the capital Leh) because of terrorism and civil unrest. Within 10 km of the India-Pakistan border because of the potential for armed conflict.” it said.

The US has lowered India’s travel advisory level to 2 on a scale of one to 4, which stands for ‘Exercise Increased Caution’.


“Indian authorities report that rape is one of the fastest growing crimes in India. Violent crime, such as sexual assault, has taken place in tourist sites and other locations,” the advisory added.

US travel advisory issued on October 5 for its citizens traveling to India

“Terrorists can attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls and government facilities,” the US State Department said.

“The US government has limited ability to provide emergency services to its citizens in rural areas from East Maharashtra and North Telangana to West West Bengal, as US government employees must be given special permission to travel to these areas,” it said.

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