Kashmir Alert/ Several countries issue travel advisory for their citizens

Countries including the UK, Germany, and Australia on Saturday issued the advisory warning against travelling to Jammu and Kashmir. These countries have warned their citizens to “remain vigilant” and up to date with the developments, citing reports in the national media over a heightened security threat in the state.

These countries updated their advisories a day after the authorities in Jammu and Kashmir suspended the annual Amarnath yatra due to security reasons, and asked pilgrims and tourists to return as soon as possible.

“The British High Commission in New Delhi is monitoring the situation. If you’re in Jammu and Kashmir, you should remain vigilant, follow the advice of local authorities and keep up to date with developments, including via this travel advice,” Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said.

In its regular India-related travel advisory, the FCO advises against all travel to the immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan, other than at Wagah and Jammu and Kashmir, except for travel within the city of Jammu, travel by air to the city of Jammu, and travel within the region of Ladakh.

On Saturday, Germany too in its advisory to its citizens who are travelling as tourists or working here were strongly discouraged to travel to Kashmir.

There is also an advisory issued by Australia urging its citizens to stay away from travelling to Jammu and Kashmir. It has suggested that the travel to the Valley is not only highly risky but also advised that regular travel insurance policies will be void. Its advisory has also said that the government of Australia will not be able to provide consular assistance.