UK, Germany government issues advisory against traveling Kashmir

Omar terms the developments ‘major setback’ to Tourism Industry

Srinagar, Aug 03 (RNA): As the various departments in the Kashmir valley continue to issue orders and directions to their staff adding to the chaos and confusion, the British government has issued a travel advisory to all its nationals against visiting Kashmir. In its advisory, the UK government has asked its citizen who are in Jammu and Kashmir to remain vigilant and follow the advice of the local authorities and keep up to date with developments .It said the UK High commission in New Delhi was constantly monitoring the situation.

“The FCO advise against all travel to Jammu and Kashmir with the exception of travel within the city of Jammu, travel by air to the city of Jammu, travel within the region of Ladakh. The FCO advises against all but essential travel to the city of Srinagar, and travel between the cities of Jammu and Srinagar on the Jammu- Srinagar National Highway. The tourist destinations of Pahalgam, Gulmarg and Sonamarg fall within the areas to which the FCO advise against all travel.” reads the travel advisory. It further reads,

“On 2 August, Indian media reported that the Government of Jammu and Kashmir had advised tourists and Amarnath Yatra pilgrims to curtail their stay in the Kashmir Valley immediately and take necessary measures to return home as soon as possible because of security threats. The British High Commission in New Delhi is monitoring the situation. If you’re in Jammu and Kashmir, you should remain vigilant, follow the advice of local authorities and keep up to date with developments, including via this travel advice.”

According to RNA, Pertinently the State Home Department on Friday issued an advisory to the Amernath Yatris and Tourists asking them to leave Kashmir as soon as possible promoting a wave of uncertainty in the entire Kashmir Valley.
Meanwhile National conference Vice- President and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has termed the ‘developments ’ as a major setback for the Tourism Industry in the state.
“ It takes years of effort to have these travel advisories diluted the last few days have been a major setback for the tourism industry in the state.” Omar said in his tweet. (RNA)