Holiday Travel Alert-India

The Situation:

A travel rush is expected across India ahead of Diwali – the Festival of Lights which is observed on 24 October. Bus and train stations, shopping areas, event grounds and other public spaces are likely to be overcrowded. Road closures and traffic restrictions may be in place. Heavy law enforcement deployment is expected.

Possible Effects:

• Large gatherings, which may grow in size and volatility

• Increased law enforcement presence and possible clashes with civilians

• Localized transportation and business disruptions

• Blocked roadways and traffic congestion, causing localized transportation disruptions and delays.

Mitigating Measures to Apply:

• Prepare for disruptions, such as increased traffic and security, blocked roads, and potential travel into gathering sites.

• Check the local situation (local and social media, embassy, POC at the destination, etc.) prior to travel.

• Avoid all gatherings, protests, and demonstrations, which have the possibility of turning violent and may serve as a catalyst of COVID-19 spread.

• Confirm transportation arrangements before arrival/departure.

• Allow extra time to travel to/from the destination, airport, and accommodations.

• Avoid travel near central squares, instead utilizing bypasses whenever possible

• Enroll in a Safe Traveler program to receive warnings from your preferred embassy.

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