The United States issued a notice to its citizens on Friday asking them to exercise “increased caution” when traveling to India in the wake of “crime and terrorism”. He further advised them not to travel to Jammu and Kashmir.
As part of the new advisory, the US State Department has reduced India’s travel advisory level to 2 on a scale of 1 to 4, with the latter being the highest.
“Exercise heightened caution in India due to crime and terrorism,” the State Department said.
“Do not travel to: The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir (except the eastern region of Ladakh and its capital, Leh) due to terrorism and civil unrest. Less than 10 km from the Indo-Pakistan border due to the risk of armed conflict,” he said.
A day ago, the State Department issued another advisory putting Pakistan in Tier 3 and asking its citizens to reconsider their travel plans, especially to the restive provinces of the country due to terrorism and violence. sectarian.
The travel advisory further reads: “Indian authorities report that rape is one of the fastest growing crimes in India. Violent crimes, such as sexual assault, have occurred at sites tourist and other places.”
The advisory states that “terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist sites, transportation hubs, markets/malls and government facilities.”
“The US government has a limited ability to provide emergency services to US citizens in rural areas of eastern Maharashtra and northern Telangana in western West Bengal, as US government employees must obtain a special permission to travel to these areas,” the travel advisory said.
(With agency contributions)