Due to crime and terrorism, the United States advises visitors to India to take “enhanced vigilance.”
The U.S. State Department increased the India Travel Advisory to Level 2 for the country on a scale of 1 to 4, with Level 4 being the highest advisory level due to a higher likelihood of life-threatening risks.
Due to “crime and terrorism,” the U.S. urged its citizens on Friday to travel to India with “enhanced care” and to stay away from the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
The U.S. State Department updated its travel advice for India on Friday, raising it to Level 2 on a scale of 1 to 4, with Level 4 being the highest recommended level owing to a higher possibility of life-threatening dangers.
The State Department had demoted Pakistan to Level 3 the day before and advised US citizens to reconsider their travel arrangements, especially to the country’s troubled regions.
Due to crime and terrorism, the State Department advised increased caution in India.
The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, with the exception of the eastern Ladakh region and its capital, Leh, is advised against travel due to terrorism and political unrest. Due to the potential for armed conflict within 10 kilometres of the border between India and Pakistan, it continued.
According to Indian officials, rape is one of the crimes with the fastest-growing rates in India, according to travel advice. Public spaces, particularly tourist destinations, have seen instances of sexual assault and other violent crimes.
“According to the statement, terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist attractions, transit hubs, markets, shopping malls, and government facilities.”
According to the travel advice, “the U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in rural areas from eastern Maharashtra and northern Telangana through western West Bengal because U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization before visiting these regions.”