February 17, 2019:
There’s a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests & British nationals from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq & Syria.
The Foreign Office on Friday revised its travel advisory for India in the light of the Pulwama attack, cautioning British citizens against all travel to Jammu & Kashmir, except travel within Jammu, travel by air to Jammu & travel within the Ladakh region.
The tourist destinations of Pahalgam, Gulmarg & Sonamarg fall within the areas to which the Foreign Office advises against all travel, while the advice is against all but essential travel to Srinagar & between the cities of Jammu & Srinagar on the Jammu-Srinagar highway.
“If you’re travelling in or through Srinagar you should remain vigilant. On 14 February 2019 a terrorist attack took place in Kashmir targeting Indian security forces on the highway between Jammu & Srinagar, with many killed & injured”, the advisory said.
It added that the road leading to Srinagar Airport & the airport “is currently open”, advising British citizens to take all precautions for safety: “If you’re travelling with a tour operator you should keep in touch with them & contact them for further information on arrangements they may be making for you to leave the area”.
The advisory, which is relied upon for various purposes, including insurance & official tours, notes that terrorists are “very likely” to try to carry out attacks in India, adding that such attacks are carried out by terrorist & insurgent groups including Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed & the Indian Mujahideen.
“There’s a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests & British nationals from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq & Syria. You should be vigilant at this time”, the advisory adds.
Nearly a million British citizens travel to India every year; most visits are trouble-free.