Exercise a high degree of caution in India because of the high threat of terrorist activity, civil unrest and crime, and the high rate of vehicle accidents. Pay close attention to your personal security at all times and monitor the media for information about possible new safety or security risks.
- On 31 December 2016, the United States, United Kingdom and Israel all issued warnings of terror threats to areas frequented by foreigners. Areas in southwest India, resorts, beaches, and festivals were listed among those areas where travellers should maintain a high level vigilance. See
Safety and security.
- We continue to receive reports that terrorists are planning attacks in India, including in regions frequented by Westerners. We assess that attacks could occur anywhere at any time with little or no warning, including in locations frequented by Australians, such as religious sites, markets and festivals. See
Safety and security.
- Safety of women is a concern in India. Women should take particular care in all parts of India and exercise caution, even if they are travelling in a group. See
Safety and security.
- Violent protests and demonstrations occur sporadically throughout India. See
Safety and security.
- Indian authorities have replaced withdrawn 500 and 1,000 rupee notes with new 500 and 2,000 rupee notes. Commercial banks and the Reserve Bank of India no longer exchange the old 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes for new currency. It is now a penal offence to hold more than 10 units of the old 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes.
- Foreigners are permitted to exchange foreign currency up to 5,000 rupees (around $A100) per week at banks and foreign exchange bureaus. Be aware that some travellers have reported difficulties in exchanging Australian $100 notes for local currency in India. See the Money and valuables section under Safety and security for more information.
- Australians must obtain a visa before travelling to India. Eligible Australians may apply electronically in advance for an e-Tourist Visa (eTV) for single-entry visits of 30 days or less. eTV holders can enter at a limited number of immigrations ports. All other Australian visa applicants need to make an appointment online prior to submitting their visa application. See
Entry and exit.
- Driving in India is unpredictable and the number of road traffic deaths is high. See
- Air quality in India varies considerably, especially in winter, with major cities experiencing very high levels of seasonal smog and heavy particulate pollution which can be harmful to certain sensitive groups. Seek medical advice if you intend to visit India and are concerned about the effects of air pollution. See
- There are several regions of India where we advise Australians to
reconsider your need to travel, or
avoid all travel. See
Safety and security.
Travel Smart for general advice for all travellers.
Entry and exit
Visas and passports
Australians require a visa to enter India. Visas must be arranged prior to arrival. For information about visas, see the
Indian High Commission website.
Electronic Tourist Visa (e-TV) scheme is available online to eligible Australians for tourism-related travel of 30 days or less. An e-TV is a single entry visa. It must be obtained at least four days prior to arrival in India and can only be used at designated ports of entry. It should not be considered as a visa on arrival. Carry a printed copy of the email confirmation of your e-visa (known as an electronic travel authorisation or ETA) and a formal visa will be affixed in your passport upon arrival in India. Long queues are often experienced at immigration counters in India, regardless of visa type.
Not all international airports in India allow passengers to enter with an e-TV. Only 16
designated airports allow entry with an e-TV. If you wish to enter the country through locations that are not included on the list, you will need to arrange for an Indian visa prior to arrival through an
Indian High Commission, Consulate, Embassy or agent. If you arrive with an e-TV at an international airport or border crossing where the e-TV is not recognised, you will not be able to apply for any other visa. You will be denied entry to India and deported. Travellers holding an e-TV may exit from any authorised immigration check point in India.
If you do not have a valid passport and visa you may be deported by the Indian authorities. The Australian High Commission or Consulates General in India cannot facilitate your stay if you arrive without proper documentation. See the Government of India's
Ministry of Home Affairs websites for further information on the electronic visa scheme, including payment methods.
Volunteers: Australians who wish to undertake any form of paid or unpaid volunteer work (including students visiting India under the New Colombo Plan) should discuss relevant visa requirements with their local Indian diplomatic mission well ahead of any travel.
Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) can change at short notice. Contact the
Indian High Commission for the latest information. If your passport is lost or stolen while you are in India, you will need to obtain a replacement travel document from the nearest Australian mission and an exit visa from the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs.
There are heavy penalties, including jail sentences, for overstaying your visa.
Make sure your passport has at least six months' validity from your planned date of return to Australia.
Indian laws controlling the import and export of Indian rupees, foreign currency, and other goods can change. Contact the nearest
High Commission, Embassy or Consulate of India for the most up to date information.
Vaccination certificate requirements
The Indian Bureau of Immigration has laid down specific health regulations for entering and exiting India. If you arrive in India from a Yellow Fever endemic area, you must present a vaccination certificate for yellow fever.
Information on India's vaccination requirements can be found on the Indian Government's
Bureau of Immigration website.
If you are planning to stay in India for more than 180 days, you are required to register within 14 days of arrival with the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata, or with the Superintendent of Police in other areas. Further information on visa registration can be found at the
Bureau of Immigration website. Failure to register may result in a fine or jail sentence, or prevent your departure from India until permission is granted by the
Bureau of Immigration.
Safety and security
Jammu and Kashmir - Ladakh region: Exercise a high degree of caution in the Ladakh region of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Travellers should consider the security environment when deciding to visit Ladakh. All travel to the region should be via Manali, or by air to the city of Leh, in order to avoid potential trouble spots elsewhere in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Jammu and Kashmir - Cities of Jammu and Srinagar (including the Jammu-Srinagar highway): Reconsider your need to travel to the cities of Jammu and Srinagar, including the Jammu-Srinagar highway, due to the risk of armed clashes, terrorist attacks and violent demonstrations. If you choose to travel to Srinagar, do so by air.
Other Parts of Jammu and Kashmir: Do not to travel to other parts of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, due to the danger of armed clashes, terrorist activities and violent demonstrations, particularly in rural areas and areas close to the border with Pakistan. In the past, attacks have targeted tourist buses. There have also been isolated incidences of kidnapping of foreigners in Kashmir.
There have been recent widespread violent protests in the Kashmir Valley resulting in a number of fatalities and serious casualties. Additional police enforcements have been deployed to the region. If you are travelling in or through Srinagar remain vigilant, avoid protests or large gatherings, follow the advice of the local authorities and your travel operator and monitor the local media.
Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, and Andhra Pradesh and Telangana: Maoist insurgents, known as Naxalites, frequently conduct attacks in rural and forested areas of Chhattisgarh. Border areas with neighbouring states are also at risk of Naxalite violence, particularly Odisha, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Telangana.
Borders with Pakistan: Do not to travel in the immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan (northern and western India), other than at the international border crossing at Atari, India and Wagah, Pakistan. In 2014, a terrorist attack on the Pakistani side of the Atari-Wagah border crossing killed at least 55 people and injured 200. Visitors to the border crossing should maintain a high level of vigilance and reconsider their need to travel during periods of heightened tension along the Line of Control. Landmines pose a serious risk along some stretches of the India-Pakistan border. In July 2015, gunmen in the Gurdaspur district of Punjab, 15 kilometres from the Pakistan border, attacked a bus, health centre and police station killing up to 10 people. In October 2016, villages along the India-Pakistan border in Punjab were temporarily evacuated as a precaution against escalating cross-border firing.
North-eastern states of Assam (except Guwahati), Nagaland and Manipur: Reconsider your need to travel to these areas due to the risk of armed robbery, kidnapping, extortion, and separatist and insurgent violence, including in rural areas. Insurgent groups have attacked civilians and bombed buildings in these states. On 26 January 2017, seven near-simultaneous explosions took place in Charaideo, Dibrugarh, Sivasagar and Tinsukia districts in the state of Assam, and a further two explosions in Imphal Ain the state of Manipur. From 28 January to 2 February 2017, violent protests against local elections occurred in Kohima and Dimapur in the state of Nagaland during which protests set municipal buildings and vehicles on fire. On 5 August 2016 terrorists attacked a market at Balajan Tinali in Kokrajhar district in the state of Assam killing at least 14 civilians.
On 7 March 2017, an explosion occurred on board a passenger train travelling between Bhopal and Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.
On 31 December 2016, the United States, United Kingdom and Israel all issued warnings of terror threats to areas frequented by foreigners. Areas in southwest India, resorts, beaches and festivals were listed among those areas where travellers should maintain a high level of vigilance.
We continue to receive reports that terrorists are planning attacks in India and we assess that attacks could occur anywhere at any time with little or no warning. Attacks could occur at tourist destinations, places where foreigners gather or target foreigners. Travellers should maintain heightened vigilance in public places, such as religious sites, markets and festivals.
Terrorist attacks in India have involved multiple, consecutive explosions and resulted in a high number of fatalities. Past attacks have aimed to inflict mass casualties.
Militants are known to have crossed the border into India with the intention of conducting attacks in the past, and it is likely they will continue to try and do so. Terrorist groups regularly issue statements threatening to launch attacks in India.
In early 2016, Indian security agencies arrested a number of suspected terrorists they accuse of plotting attacks in India. The Indian Government regularly issues public alert warnings about possible terrorist attacks. Take such alert warnings seriously and avoid any areas identified as a possible target of attack.
The threat of terrorism exists in all Indian cities and tourist centres. In the past, terrorists have targeted areas frequented by tourists including hotels, markets, tourist sites, transport hubs and public transport networks and religious sites. Attacks have also targeted local courts, sporting events and cinemas, and Indian security and political establishments. Major tourist sites and shopping centres are also potential targets for attack.
Take into consideration local security conditions and arrangements when deciding where to visit. There are limited security measures in place on public transport, such as buses and railways. Security arrangements at airports have been enhanced, reflecting the threat of terrorist attacks against Indian aviation interests.
Major secular and religious holidays and periods of religious significance could provide terrorist groups an opportunity or pretext to stage an attack. Be vigilant in the period surrounding days of national significance, such as Republic Day (26 January) and Independence Day (15 August).
Terrorism is a threat throughout the world. See our
Terrorist Threat Overseas bulletin for more information.
Civil unrest/political tension
Violent protests and demonstrations occur sporadically and often spontaneously throughout India. Civil unrest and communal violence have in the past claimed a significant number of lives.
International events, political developments in the region and local events can trigger demonstrations in India, often causing disruptions to public transport.
Religious ceremonies and gatherings attended by large crowds can result in dangerous and life threatening incidents, such as stampedes. In response to such events, Indian authorities may impose curfews and restrict activity in the affected location.
In the event of a protest or demonstration, monitor international and local media for information concerning your safety and security and follow the instructions of local authorities.
Women should take particular care in India, including in major cities and tourist destinations, even when travelling in a group. Exercise vigilance at all times of the day, avoid walking in less populous and unlit areas, including city streets, village lanes and beaches, and take care when travelling in taxis and rickshaws. Avoid travelling alone on public transportation, autos and taxis, particularly at night. Foreign women can be subjected to unwanted attention and more serious harassment and assault. Successful prosecutions are rare. See our
travelling women page for more information.
There are persistent allegations and media reports of sexual misconduct involving religious groups and their leaders in India. Australians visiting India for such religious purposes should be aware of these risks.
Petty theft is common in crowded areas such as markets, trade fairs, expos, and airports, as well as on buses, metros and trains, including overnight and long-distance trains. Thieves on motorcycles commonly snatch shoulder bags and jewellery.
Be aware of scams involving train tickets, taxis, temple donations and local tourist guides. If you are the victim of petty crime or a scam, report it immediately to the nearest police station. Even though they may not be able to get your money or goods back, they can issue you with an official loss report for insurance purposes.
Common scams include:
- Tour package scam: a guide either fraudulently sells a tour package or 'proves' to the traveller that their existing tour package is invalid and then proceeds to sell their own package.
- Card skimming: Skimming devices are used to copy card details from the magnetic strip and copied onto a blank card that the criminal uses. There is a high risk of skimming at ATMs.
- Guide services: A stranger poses as a 'guide' and takes the unsuspecting victim on a tour of tourist areas. At an opportune moment and in an isolated area, the guide tries to rob and/or molest (in case of women) the victim.
- Touts/agents: Touts/agents who are present around government offices where foreigners would require prior approval such as the Foreigner Regional Registration Office, offer faster services for a fee.
Drink-spiking remains a concern throughout India. Travellers have been robbed and assaulted after consuming 'spiked' drinks or food on public transport and in hotels, restaurants and bars. Such incidents are rare at business-class hotels and upscale bars and restaurants. The risk is higher in smaller establishments and in locations such as New Delhi, Goa and Himachal Pradesh state.
Money and valuables
Withdrawal of 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes
In November 2016, Indian authorities withdrew all 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes in circulation. New 2,000 and 500 rupee notes have been issued and are in circulation.
Commercial banks and the Reserve Bank of India no longer exchange the old 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes for new currency. It is now a penal offence to hold more than 10 units of the old 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes.
Access to cash through ATMs is slowly returning to normal and cash shortages at ATMs are occurring less frequently.
Foreigners are permitted to exchange foreign currency up to 5,000 rupees (around $A100) per week at banks and foreign exchange bureaus.
Be aware that some travellers have reported difficulties in exchanging Australian $100 notes for local currency in India. The
Australian High Commission has issued a statement clarifying that the Australian Government has no plans to withdraw the AUD100 note from circulation.
See the website of the
Reserve Bank of India for more information.
Other advice on money and valuables
Take care when receiving change or dealing in cash as counterfeit currency is in circulation.
Your passport is a valuable document that is attractive to criminals who may try to use your identity to commit crimes. It should always be kept in a safe place. You are required by Australian law to
report a lost or stolen passport online or contact the nearest
Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate as soon as possible.
Travelling by road
Travelling by road in India can be dangerous. Accidents are commonplace and the number of road traffic deaths is high. Local driving practices are often undisciplined and aggressive, and vehicles are often poorly maintained. Roads are often of poor quality and congested, and shared with pedestrians, carts, cattle and other livestock. Travelling by road at night is particularly dangerous due to insufficient or non-existent street lighting and the presence of other vehicles driving with headlights off or on high beam. Vehicles may travel in the wrong direction, often without warning.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), you are three times more likely to be killed in a motor vehicle accident in India than in Australia.
Driving: To drive in India, you must have either a valid Indian driver's licence or an International Driving Permit together with an Australian driving licence which is valid only for the first three months of your stay. An Australian licence alone is not sufficient. Motorcycle riders must wear helmets. If you intend to ride a motorcycle, check that your travel insurance policy covers motorcycle riding and exercise extreme caution.
If a vehicle hits a pedestrian or cow, the occupants are at risk of being attacked or becoming victims of extortion. If it is unsafe to remain at the scene of an accident, drivers may instead wish to go to the nearest police station. For further advice, see our
road travel page.
Taxis: Pre-paid taxis at airports or taxis booked from hotels should be used rather than hailing them on the street. You should not use private unmarked cars as taxis.
Buses and trains: Bus and train services are often overcrowded and drivers may lack adequate training. Buses and trains are often also poorly maintained and fires can occur. If you choose to travel by train, familiarise yourself with the emergency exits.
Restrictions on movement
State and Union Territory governments may impose restrictions on the movement of foreign tourists in particular states and near tribal areas. You may need to obtain permission from the Indian authorities to visit those parts of the country, particularly in the northeast. Permits are required for Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, parts of Kulu District and Spiti District of Himachal Pradesh, tribal areas of Odisha, border areas of Jammu and Kashmir, some areas of Uttrakhand (formerly Uttaranchal), parts of Rajasthan adjacent to the international border, the Tibetan settlements between Hunsar and Madikeri in Karnataka, Lakshadweep and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
There are stringent penalties for entering a protected or restricted area without prior permission. Indian authorities generally require at least four weeks to process permit applications. Seek advice from the nearest
High Commission, Embassy or Consulate of India; or the Ministry of Home Affairs, Foreigners Division, NDCC-II Building, Jai Singh Road, New Delhi.
Fatal tiger attacks have occurred in India. Monkeys may attempt to steal items from visitors at temples and busy tourist attractions. Travellers should respect wildlife laws and park regulations, use reputable and professional guides and maintain a safe and legal distance when observing wildlife.
Other local travel issues
Standards maintained by tour operators, including adventure activities, may not be comparable to those in Australia. Check operators' credentials and safety equipment beforehand and ensure your travel insurance policy covers your planned activities. If appropriate safety equipment is not available, use another provider. Always use available safety equipment, such as lifejackets or seatbelts, even if the locals don't.
Tourist boats, ferries and other small commercial craft may not carry life preserving/saving equipment.
Delays in travel can be expected throughout India, including due to additional security measures, especially in the lead up to and on days of national significance such as Republic Day (26 January) and Independence Day (15 August).
Fog often affects northern India, particularly during December and January, and may delay air and rail travel, and may make road travel more dangerous.
Touts are often found at airports, railway stations and bus stations and may use aggressive tactics to persuade travellers to buy tickets on tours. They may not have any connection to the relevant commercial service providers and you may be overcharged.
The Australian Government does not provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths. See instead the
Aviation Safety Network website for information on aviation safety in India.
Please also refer to our general
air travel page for information on aviation safety and security.
You are subject to the local laws of India, including those that appear harsh by Australian standards. If you're arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you under our
Consular Services Charter. But we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail. Research laws before travelling, especially for an extended stay.
Commercial surrogacy: Foreign nationals are no longer permitted to commission surrogacy in India. For important information on international surrogacy in India see our
International Surrogacy bulletin and our
Overseas births, adoptions and surrogacies page for further information.
Matters concerning dowry have resulted in some Australian citizens being subject to arrest upon arrival in India. The act of giving or receiving a dowry is prohibited. Claims for dowry can result in an arrest alert notice being issued by a court at the request of an aggrieved party.
Homosexuality is a criminal offence in India. Though prosecutions are rare, a conviction for homosexual behaviour could carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. See our
LGBTI travellers page.
Australians doing business in India should see
Austrade's market information for India and our
advice to Australian business travellers.
Legal processes in India generally take several years to conclude. Australians arrested for major offences may be imprisoned for several years before a verdict is reached in their case. The requirement for official approvals by Indian authorities can cause delays in consular services being provided to Australians in prison.
Penalties in India for some crimes, such as murder, kidnapping for ransom, armed robbery with murder, and treason, may also attract the death penalty. Penalties for drug offences are severe and may also include mandatory sentences and the death penalty.
You are required by law to carry your passport (with a valid visa) at all times and you will need your passport to check into hotels and check in for flights.
Trespassing and photography of airports, military establishments and dams is illegal with penalties ranging from three to 14 years imprisonment.
Some places of worship and temples do not allow visitors to take pictures or videos; travellers need to check beforehand with the temple's administrative office.
It is illegal to carry or use a satellite phone in India without permission. The penalty for doing so could include a fine and/or imprisonment.
Legal drinking ages range from 18 to 25 depending on the state, and can vary by alcohol type. Some states permit alcohol use for medicinal purposes only, and others require you to hold a permit to buy, transport or consume alcohol. Some states prohibit the carriage of alcohol brought in from outside the state, and police may perform checks on vehicles to enforce this law. Travellers are advised to check state alcohol laws before they visit.
Deliberate maiming or killing of a cow is an offence which can attract a punishment of up to five years imprisonment in some states.
Foreigners planning to undertake missionary work in India require an appropriate visa. Missionaries without an appropriate visa risk deportation. Some states within India have passed legislation making it an offence to induce conversion to another religion by force or other enticement.
Strict regulations apply for the possession and export of antiquities, with penalties of up to three years imprisonment. Contact the nearest
High Commission, Embassy or Consulate of India or the
Indian Central Board of Excise and Customs for the most up to date information.
Some Australian criminal laws, such as those relating to money laundering, bribery of foreign public officials, terrorism, forced marriage, female genital mutilation, child pornography, child sex tourism, and commercial surrogacy, apply to Australians overseas. Australians who commit these offences while overseas may be prosecuted in Australia.
There are strict codes of dress and behaviour in India, particularly at religious sites, and you should take care not to offend. Physical contact between men and women in public is not considered appropriate. If in doubt, seek local advice.
The timing of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan varies from year to year. For information on how this may affect travel, see our
Information for dual nationals
The Indian constitution does not recognise dual nationality. However, local law allows persons of Indian origin in a number of countries, including Australia, to apply for Overseas Citizenship of India. Further advice is available from the Overseas Citizenship of India section of the Indian Government's
Ministry of Home Affairs website.
Dual Nationals page also provides relevant information.
Insurance, vaccinations and other considerations
Take out comprehensive
travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation, before you depart. Confirm that your insurance covers you for the whole time you'll be away and check what circumstances and activities are not included in your policy. Regardless of how healthy and fit you are, if you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. The Australian Government will not pay for a traveller's medical expenses overseas or medical evacuation costs.
It is important to consider your physical and mental health before travelling overseas. We encourage you to consider having vaccinations before you travel. At least eight weeks before you depart, make an appointment with your doctor or travel clinic for a basic health check-up, and to discuss your travel plans and any implications for your health, particularly if you have an existing medical condition. The
World Health Organization (WHO) provides information for travellers and our
health pages also provide useful information for travellers on staying healthy.
Medical facilities providing an adequate standard of treatment can be found in India's major cities. However, in remote and rural areas facilities can be very limited or unavailable. In the event of a serious illness or accident, medical evacuation may be necessary.
"Medical tourism", including for cosmetic and experimental stem cell treatments, has become more common in India. Australians should ensure that they do not attend discount or uncertified medical establishments where standards can be lacking. See our
Medical Tourism page for more information.
Decompression chambers are located at the Indian naval base in Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and at the Goa Medical College, Goa.
Travel health concerns
Cases of influenza A(H1N1) are prevalent in India during the winter season. If you are travelling to India, discuss influenza vaccination requirements with your GP or a travel health professional before departing Australia.
There is a high incidence of food-borne, water-borne and other infectious diseases in India (including meningitis, cholera, typhoid, hepatitis, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, diphtheria and rabies). Tap water in India is not safe to drink, boil all drinking water or drink bottled water with intact seals, and avoid ice cubes and raw and undercooked food. Seek medical advice if you have a fever or are suffering from diarrhoea.
Do not consume home-made or unlabelled alcohol as it may be adulterated with harmful substances.
Cases of dengue fever are prevalent in India during the period after the monsoon. For more information on dengue fever, see the
World Health Organisation's dengue fact sheet. Malaria is a risk in most parts of India, including major cities. There is also a risk of other mosquito-borne diseases (including Japanese encephalitis, chikungunya fever and filariasis). Take strict precautions against being bitten by mosquitoes, including using an insect repellent, wearing loose fitting, light coloured clothing and ensuring your accommodation is mosquito proof. Seek medical advice if you have a fever.
Major cities in India experience frequent high levels of air pollution, particularly during the colder months. Those with pre-existing medical conditions, particularly cardiac and respiratory, may be especially affected. If you live in or intend to visit India and are concerned about the levels of air pollution you should seek medical advice. Follow advice from local authorities about methods to reduce exposure. You can monitor the pollution index for many cities through resources such as
SAFAR or the
Dehli Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) websites. Information on air quality can also be found on the
World Health Organization website.
Where to get help
Depending on the nature of your enquiry, your best option may be to contact your family, friends, airline, travel agent, tour operator, employer or travel insurer. Your travel insurer should have a 24 hour emergency number.
If the matter relates to criminal issues, contact the police on 100.
If the matter relates to complaints about tourism services or products, contact the service provider directly.
Consular Services Charter explains what the Australian Government can and can't do to assist Australians overseas. For consular assistance, see contact details below:
Australian High Commission, New Delhi
No. 1/50 G Shantipath (Gate 1)
New Delhi India 110021
Telephone: (91 11) 4139 9900
Facsimile: (91 11) 2687 2228
Australian Consulate General, Mumbai
Level 10, A Wing
Opp MCA Cricket Club
G Block, Plot C 38-39
Bandra Kurla Complex
Mumbai 400 051
Telephone: (91 22) 6757 4900
Facsimile: (91 22) 6757 4955
Australian Consulate General, Chennai
9th Floor, Express Chambers
Express Avenue Estate
Chennai 600 014
Telephone: (91 44) 4592 1300
Facsimile: (91 44) 4592 1320
Australian High Commission website for information about opening hours and temporary closures that may affect service provision.
In a consular emergency if you are unable to contact the High Commission you can contact the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or 1300 555 135 within Australia.
Natural disasters, severe weather and climate
Annual monsoon rains from June to October can cause extensive flooding and landslides, particularly in the states of Uttrakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in the north and east, and in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka in the south. In the past, floods have affected millions of people, resulting in many deaths. If you are travelling during the monsoon season, contact your tour operators to check whether tourist services at your planned destination have been affected. For further information see the
India Meteorological Department website.
Cyclones occur commonly in Indian waters in the period April-December, particularly around the Bay of Bengal in eastern India. Coastal and some inland areas of India are vulnerable to storm surges, particularly Odisha, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Kerala, Lakshadweep and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. In the event of an approaching cyclone, follow the instructions of local authorities and monitor media and weather reports. You can obtain up to date advice on cyclone activity from the
India Meteorological Department website. Our
Severe weather page also contains useful information on what to do in a cyclone.
Earth tremors are common in India, particularly in the North-eastern states, and can cause landslides in hilly and mountainous areas. In the event of an earthquake it is likely that severe disruptions to services will occur. Information on volcanic activity can be obtained from the
Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System.
All oceanic regions of the world can experience tsunamis, but in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, there is a more frequent occurrence of large, destructive tsunamis because of the many large earthquakes along major tectonic plate boundaries and ocean trenches.
In the event of a natural disaster, follow the advice of local authorities.