Germany eases Kashmir travel warning

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In a significant decision, the Federal Foreign Office (FFO) of Germany has revised the travel advisory to its citizens visiting the Kashmir valley, the Jammu region and Ladakh. Germany and other European countries had issued an advisory to their citizens, asking them not to visit the Kashmir valley because of the turmoil in the region, according to an AFP report. The significant revision in the advisory regarding Kashmir gave an overview of the security situation in the valley and clarified that the situation had now calmed down considerably and said, "foreigners are generally not direct targets of clashes."

“I would like to inform you that further to the visit of Ambassador Thomas Matussek to Kashmir in June and his interaction with journalists, the travel advisory issued by the Federal Foreign Office for German nationals travelling to the region has been revised”, said Jens Urban, Head, Press and Public Relations, German Embassy, New Delhi. He added that Germany has become the first European country to revise the travel advisory.

Regarding Jammu, the new advisory states that the region is basically stable, though the situation might change, and travellers were advised to obtain information regarding the security situation prior to their visit. For Ladakh, the earlier advisory's reference to the 2010 floods and unsafe trek routes had been removed. The new advisory recommends trekkers to travel with trained local guides, and avoid border areas due to security considerations. It also advises tourists to acquire the requisite permissions to visit Ladakh.
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