Updated on 9 December 2019
India’s parliament is set to approve the Citizenship Amendment Bill, which will allow citizenship for Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians who illegally migrated to India from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. However, the bill would prevent Muslim migrants from neighboring countries from receiving citizenship.
Demonstrations against the Citizenship Amendment Bill are expected to take place in some parts of the country. There have been reports of a bandh (general strike) across North East India on Tuesday, 10 December. Travel may be affected in various parts of the region.
Blocked roads due to protests
Increased traffic, especially near city centers and government buildings
Protests and demonstrations, which can attract unwanted attention
Limited transportation services, especially throughout major cities
Increased presence of security personnel, such as local police
Mitigating Factors to Apply:
Avoid all protests and large crowds, which have the possibility of turning violent
Allow extra time for travel
Prepare for disruptions caused by public transportation strikes and protests
Avoid traveling through city centers, instead utilizing bypasses
Monitor local and social media for updates
Enroll in a Safe Traveler program from your preferred embassy to receive warnings
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