Security and health

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Smartraveller site provides advice for business travellers and tourists going to India. This is regularly updated, and should be checked before planning travel.

It is strongly recommended that Australian travellers take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs, before their departure. They should confirm that their insurance covers them for the whole time they will be away and check what circumstances and activities are / are not included in their policy.

It is also recommended that Australian travellers consult Smartraveller to provide greater protection in case of an emergency.


The security situation in the north-east remains uncertain. Australian citizens should consider deferring travel to the states in the region:

  • Assam
  • Nagaland
  • Tripura
  • Manipur.

Exercise due caution if travelling in:

  • Arunachal Pradesh
  • Meghalaya
  • Mizoram.

It is also advisable to avoid travel to the states of Jammu and Kashmir.


A valid yellow fever certificate is mandatory for all persons (including infants) who have been, even in transit, to Africa, South America or Papua New Guinea before coming into India. The certificate becomes valid 10 days after vaccination.

Many of India's larger cities are highly polluted and travellers with respiratory ailments may wish to take precautionary measures. Eat only freshly cooked food and drink only bottled water.

For detailed information on prevalent diseases and inoculations, travellers should consult their doctor or a travel clinic. Travel and health insurance is strongly recommended for all overseas travel.