21 Sep 2009

No specific NZ travel warning for Mumbai

4:51 pm on 21 September 2009

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is not issuing a specific terrorist warning to New Zealanders visiting Mumbai, despite Australian travellers being told there is "credible information" indicating further attacks there.

Intelligence services in Israel report there is concrete information of plans by the same group that carried out attacks last November, against Western and Israeli targets in India.

Some 106 New Zealanders are registered with the ministry as visiting Mumbai.

MFAT says it has reviewed its advice for travellers and the threat remains the same across India, without a specific warning on the latest threat. It says the advice is in line with that issued by Australia.

However, Australians are being warned specifically about plans of attacks on tourist hot spots in Mumbai during September or October this year.

Victorian state premier John Brumby has cancelled a diplomatic trip to the city because of the threat.