Tensions between India and Pakistan are mounting after two Indian warplanes were shot down over Kashmir.
The Kashmir conflict has seen Pakistan claiming to have captured the two pilots, while India rejected the claims and said that it shot down a Pakistani fighter jet.
Meanwhile, world leaders have been calling on the two states to show restraint, as there are fears the countries could be on the brink of war.
Both countries have ordered air strikes over the last two days, while ground forces have exchanged fire in over a dozen locations.
If you’ve booked a flight or holiday to India over the next few days, you should contact your airline/tour operator before you start your journey.
Here we take a look at what to do if you’ve got travel plans, and also the latest FCO advice.
If you have flights booked
India has currently closed nine of its airports following the escalating tensions. If you have a flight booked, contact your airline before you head to the airport.
They will be able to advise as to whether your flight is cancelled, or they may offer you a full refund/option to rebook onto an alternative flight.
It’s unlikely you’ll receive compensation as the airline will likely be able to claim ‘exceptional circumstances’ which means they are not obligated to pay out.
It’s worth checking your travel insurance policy and contacting your provider in case you are covered for this type of circumstance.
If you have a holiday booked
If you booked a package holiday over the next few days, you should contact your tour operator before you start any part of the journey.
It’s worth noting that if you want to cancel, you may be entitled to a refund as regulations allow for free cancellations when there are exceptional circumstances that mean you can’t get to your destination (for example in the case of a war).
You can find out more on the Citizens Advice Bureau website .
If you booked your flights and hotel separately, get in touch with your airline and hotel directly, before you travel.
Latest FCO advice
At the time of writing, the FCO has not updated its travel advice specifically following the Kashmir conflict.
However, the current FCO advice does advise against all travel to:
- the immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan, other than at Wagah
- Jammu and Kashmir, with the exception of (i) travel within the city of Jammu, (ii) travel by air to the city of Jammu, and (iii) travel within the region of Ladakh
- Manipur, except the state capital Imphal, where the FCO advise against all but essential travel
Popular holiday spots such as Pahalgam, Gulmarg and Sonamarg fall within these areas.
The FCO also currently advises against all but essential travel to the city of Srinagar and between the cities of Jammu and Srinagar on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway, and Imphal, the state capital of Manipur.
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