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Chinese embassy issues travel advisory over visit to Andaman & Nicobar Islands

On July 7, the Chinese Embassy in India issued its first warning, asking Chinese nationals to reduce unnecessary travel to India Photograph: (DNA)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 06, 2017, 02.31 AM (IST)

The Chinese embassy in India has issued a travel advisory to Chinese tourists entering India over visits to Andaman and Nicobar Islands, China's state-run Global Times reported.

The advisory said: "Some Chinese citizens visited Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which are restricted areas for foreigners, without gaining permits from India. Some tourists were asked to return upon arrival; some were even arrested or investigated."

This is the third time in four months the Chinese embassy has issued an advisory warning its citizens even as India-China relations cooled post-Doklam.

“[Visitors should] not photograph India’s border and military facilities and vehicles. While travelling on India’s border neighbouring Nepal, avoid visiting border markets, and do not enter the territory of other countries by mistake,” the advisory added.

On July 7, the Chinese embassy in India had issued its first warning, asking Chinese nationals to reduce unnecessary travel to India, keep a low profile when there, and respect the local laws and law-enforcement personnel. It re-issued the warning on August 24.

China is becoming one of the most popular destinations for Indian tourists, according to a report by Xinhua News Agency on Monday. 

It’s estimated that the number of outbound tourists from India will reach 50 million overall by 2020, up from 21.87 million in 2016, said the report. 

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