Tensions between India and Pakistan have ratcheted up dramatically in recent days, causing a political volatile backdrop for travellers. Pakistani airspace is currently closed and several airlines have suspended flights within the region.


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Pakistani airspace has since been closed. Bahrain’s Gulf Air has suspended all flights to and from Lahore, Multan and Islamabad in Pakistan. The Indian airline Vistara has suspended flights to Amritsar, Srinagar, Chandigarh and Jammu.

If you are in or planning travel to India or Pakistan, make sure you have factored the security situation into your travel risk management plan. If you are being sent to India or Pakistan for work, your company should have provided you with up to date security briefings and adequate training. If you do not feel prepared for your trip, talk to your boss as soon as possible.

Travel advice

  • Monitor reliable media and try to keep up to date with developments. Be aware that this is a fast moving situation, and the situation could deteriorate rapidly. 
  • If you are set to travel in the coming days, confirm your plans with your travel agent and/or airline. Work out what you would need to do in order to reschedule your travel. 
  • When in India or Pakistan, remain aware of your surroundings at all times. Keep an eye out for things that seems suspicious and trust your instincts. If a situation feels wrong, try to leave as quickly and unobtrusively as you can. 
  • Avoid crowds and protests. 
  • Make sure you have appropriate travel insurance to cover any activities on your trip. If you feel you need added protection, consider buying an additional support package. 
  • Review your travel risk management plan, so you know exactly what to do in an emergency.
  • Make sure you have important contact information stored in a secure offline location.
  • Keep your devices charged. 
  • If something does happen, contact the local embassy as soon as it is safe to do so.

Official travel advice

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