If you plan to travel to Imphal and the surrounding Meiti Valley areas then do so only by air after checking the latest security conditions. There is a risk of terrorism and organised crime in Manipur, especially in rural areas. Although foreigners have not been targeted, attacks can be indiscriminate. Some areas within the north-eastern states, especially in Manipur and Assam, still experience sudden and random outbreaks of violence.
Review your security arrangements carefully, seek advice from the local authorities and avoid large crowds. Violent Maoist extremist groups Naxalites are active in the rural areas of Chhattisgarh, Jharkand, Odisha, Maharashtra and along the border with Andhra Pradesh.
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There is a risk of violent crime in the rural areas of Bihar and Jharkhand. There are certain security guidelines that need to be adhered to by foreign tourists and researchers during their visits to tribal areas in Odisha. Check the advice of the local authorities if you plan to visit the rural areas of these states. Indian government permits are required for travel to Sikkim , Arunachal Pradesh , and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
You should apply well in advance at least 3 months. In India, you should apply at the liaison office of the state for which you require a permit or the Foreigners Regional Registration Office.
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Permits for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands can be issued on arrival in Port Blair but this is not the case for the other states. Permit regulations can change at any time. Contact the respective state liaison office or the Bureau of Immigration — India for the latest guidance.
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The FCO advise against all travel in the immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan, except for travel across the international border at Wagah. Approaching it away from an official crossing point could be dangerous and where unmarked could lead to you straying into Pakistan illegally. At any of these terminals, please be alert to unofficial taxi drivers who may charge high fares. Official pre-paid taxi services are available from inside all terminal buildings and many hotels offer airport transfer facilities.
The vast majority of British nationals visiting Goa do so without any problems. However, there have been a few serious incidents involving British nationals, most recently 5 serious sexual assaults occurring between October and December In March , a young female traveller was murdered. You should observe and respect local dress and customs. See our travel tips for women travellers. Take particular care of your bags and purses; there have been instances of bags being snatched by people riding past on bikes. Avoid unlit and remote beaches after dark.
Keep your passport and other valuables safe. There have been reports of drinks being spiked and travellers, including British nationals, subsequently being robbed or assaulted. You should follow warnings posted at beaches and instructions issued by lifeguards.
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Every year several people drown due to the strong currents in the sea. Emergency service standards may differ from those in the UK. Road traffic accidents are common and many fatal accidents occur each year. Wear a good quality helmet if renting a motorcycle or scooter.
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Possession or consumption of drugs is illegal. If arrested, you may be incarcerated for several years whilst your case comes to trial, and a conviction for either offence may lead to a very long prison sentence. Car and motorbike accidents are one of the biggest causes of injury and death overseas.
Several British nationals die each year on Indian roads. If possible, avoid travelling at night.
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Always travel in a well-maintained vehicle with seatbelts. If you travel by motorbike, wear a helmet and proper footwear. Mariners should be vigilant. Ships and their crew must have the necessary authorisation and paperwork before entering Indian territorial waters. They must abide by Indian laws and regulations as long as they are in those waters. If carrying weapons on board ships in Indian territorial waters Indian laws and regulations must be followed.
There are strong currents off many coasts. Drownings are common. There have been reports of travellers being drugged and robbed on trains often on overnight journeys. Take particular care of your passport and valuables when boarding and while on the train. Avoid individuals at railway stations offering tickets and tours. Transport and public services may be disrupted at short notice. Visitors to India should avoid protests or large gatherings.
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Foreign travel advice India. Safety and security Crime Women travellers should exercise caution when travelling in India even if travelling in a group. Other northern states The FCO advises against all travel in the immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan other than travel across the international border at Wagah. Western Region The FCO advise against all travel in the immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan, except for travel across the international border at Wagah. Goa The vast majority of British nationals visiting Goa do so without any problems.
Road travel Car and motorbike accidents are one of the biggest causes of injury and death overseas. Sea travel Tourist boats and other small crafts rarely carry life-saving equipment. This was the first time when a secessionist outfit was ready to hold dialogue with the Indian government. Jamait-e-Islami was on wane but still commanded influence in the Valley.
Demand for the release of militants in exchange for Saifuddin Soz's daughter brought back the memories of Rubaiya Sayeed's kidnapping. Jargar was later involved in the highjack of IC plane in December Between the two high-profile kidnappings, the security forces had developed their own strategy of securing release of a prominent personality of Jammu and Kashmir from the custody of militants.
They had just achieved success in getting the then Srinagar deputy commissioner's son Ghulam Abbas freed from JKSLF custody without acceding to its demands. In the case of Soz's daughter Nahida, the security forces adopted the same strategy. They captured one of the kidnappers, Mukhtar alias Omar Kachroo's brother. But Soz panicked after Mukhtar called up at his home threatening to kill Nahida if his brother was not freed.
Soz prevailed upon the police to release Mukhtar's brother. Saifuddin Soz's Daughter Freed However, the security forces did not immediately budge. The then Union minister Subramanian Swamy now BJP MP claimed in an article in that "her release was obtained within a week and without any quid pro quo by tactics that have to remain secret for now. Some news reports, however, claimed that the Chandrashekhar government released secessionist Mushtaq Ahmed in exchange for the release of Saifuddin Soz's daughter.
But only two years later, Saifuddin Soz's daughter Nahida Imtiaz was kidnapped by Kashmiri terrorists. Photo: Getty Images.