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India Travel Warning

Issued by U.S. Department of State

Jun 26, 2002

This Travel Warning is being issued to alert Americans to the fact that the Department of State recommends that American citizens defer all but essential travel to India. U.S. Government personnel in non-emergency positions and all family members who departed India in early June remain out of the country. This Travel Warning supersedes the Warning issued June 5, 2002.

The Department notes that the very high level of tension between India and Pakistan that existed at the end of May and the beginning of June has subsided somewhat. This condition follows intense diplomatic activity and important steps taken by both India and Pakistan to reduce tension. Nonetheless, military mobilization by the two countries remains in place along the Line of Control and the international boundary. The risk of renewed high levels of tension cannot be ruled out. Therefore, the Department recommends that American citizens defer all but essential travel to India.

The Department of State authorized the departure of non-emergency personnel and all eligible family members on May 31. Those employees and their family members who departed India remain out of the country. The U.S. Embassy and Consulates continue to operate with only emergency personnel.

American citizens who travel to India should carefully monitor existing conditions, paying close attention to media reports for current developments, and may obtain updated information from the U.S. Embassy or the nearest Consulate.

The Department of State recommends that Americans avoid travel to all border areas between India and Pakistan, including the Indian states of Gujarat and Punjab, border regions of Rajasthan, and the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The Indian Government has closed virtually all land and air links with Pakistan, ending travel between the two countries. Military movements continue along both the Line of Control in Kashmir and the border between India and Pakistan. Terrorist groups, some of which are linked to al-Qaeda and have previously been implicated in attacks on Americans, are active there as well, and have attacked and killed civilians.

Americans resident in India should monitor media reports for current information and remain alert to periodic U.S. Government guidance on developments. U.S. citizens are strongly urged to register and obtain updated security information at the Embassy or the nearest Consulate. Americans may register via the Internet, in person, or by mail or fax. The location and phone numbers of the U.S. Embassy and the Consulates General in India are as follows:

The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi is located at Shantipath, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021; Tel 91-11-419-8000; fax 91-11-419-0017.

The U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai is located at Lincoln House, 78 Bhulabhai Desai Rd., Mumbai 400026; Tel 91-22-363-3611; fax 91-22-363-0350.

The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai is located at 220 Anna Salai, Chennai 600006; Tel 91-44-811-2000; fax 91-44-811-2027.

The U.S. Consulate General in Calcutta (also known as Kolkata) is located at 5/1 Ho Chi Minh Sarani, Calcutta 700071; Tel 91-33-282-3611; fax 91-33-282-2335.

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