The United States administration in its latest travel advisory for its citizens visiting Asian countries have said that extremist elements are active in India.  The latest circular may hit the Indian tourism industry as US has emerged as the largest inbound source market for India.

The new advisory also cautioned citizens against traveling to Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

“The US government assesses terrorist groups in South Asia may be planning attacks in the region, possibly against US facilities, citizens and interests. US citizens should avoid travel to Afghanistan, as no region in the country is immune from violence,” the State Department said in its worldwide caution.

“The US government assesses terrorist groups in South Asia may be planning attacks in the region, possibly against US facilities, citizens and interests. US citizens should avoid travel to Afghanistan, as no region in the country is immune from violence,” it said further.

“Extremist elements are also active in India, as outlined in a recent emergency message. Terrorists have hit a wide variety of targets and institutions in Bangladesh,” it added.

According to latest data available at ‘India Tourism Statistics for 2015’, travellers from US constituted 15.12% of the total tourist arrivals in the country.

In 2015, a total of 1,213,624 tourists from the US traveled to India. It was followed by Bangladesh, with 1,133,879 tourists, while visitors from the UK took the third spot with 867,601 arrivals.