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Extended Travel Alert (India)
 
Hyderabad | January 04, 2012

The Department of State informs U.S. citizens that in light of the continued possibility of terrorist attacks throughout India the October 2011 Travel Alert for India has been extended through the end of January 2012.

U.S. citizens are urged to pay particular attention to their personal security.  When traveling or residing in India, U.S. citizens 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 bolster their personal security. In the past, terrorists have targeted markets, public transportation such as trains and public buses, religious sites, hotels, and restaurants.  During the November 2008 attacks in Mumbai, terrorists specifically targeted hotels and other public places.

In addition, the Department informs citizens that in preparation for Republic Day celebrations from January 26 – 29, 2012 there will be heightened security and increased police presence in all major Indian cities. 

U.S. citizens traveling and residing abroad should enroll in the Smart Travelers Enrollment Program (STEP). 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 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  For further information, please consult the Worldwide Caution and other consular information, including Country Specific Information, for specific countries.  These products and the latest international travel information for U.S. citizens are available on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website. Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well.  You can also download our free Smart Traveler iPhone app to have travel information at your fingertips.