Recent Indian government advisories and local media report increased indications that terrorists are planning attacks in India. The Department of State reminds U.S. citizens to travel there with caution. Pay particular attention to personal security during the Indian holiday season, which includes Hindu, Islamic, and other religious and secular holidays between October and Jan. 20, 2012.
In the past, terrorists have targeted markets, public transportation, religious sites, hotels, and restaurants. During the November 2008 attacks in Mumbai, terrorists specifically targeted hotels and other public places.
U.S. citizens traveling or residing in India are always urged to maintain a heightened situational awareness and a low profile, monitor local news reports, consider the level of security present when visiting public places, and take appropriate steps to bolsterpersonal security.
U.S. citizens traveling and residing abroad should enroll in the Smart Travelers Enrollment Program (STEP) at https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/. U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate at their destination. By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy or Consulate to contact them in case of emergency.
Updated information on travel and security may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 or for callers outside the United States and Canad, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.
For further information contact the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad or Kolkata.