‘Exercise utmost caution’, India warns its citizens in Canada

New Delhi: The Indian government has issued an advisory for the Indian nationals and the students residing in Canada saying that in view of growing anti-India activities and politically-condoned hate crimes and criminal violence in Canada, all there and those contemplating travel are urged “to exercise utmost caution”.

The advisory from the Indian government came a day after Canada issued a travel advisory to its citizens. It urged its citizens to exercise “high degree of caution” while travelling to India citing terrorism threat.

In a post on X (formerly Twitter), Arindam Bagchi, spokesperson for the External Affairs Ministry, said, “Advisory for Indian Nationals and Indian Students in Canada.” In the advisory, the MEA said, “In view of growing anti-India activities and politically-condoned hate crimes and criminal violence in Canada, all Indian nationals there and those contemplating travel are urged to exercise utmost caution.”

It said that “recently, threats have particularly targeted Indian diplomats and sections of the Indian community who oppose the anti-India agenda”. “Indian nationals are therefore advised to avoid travelling to regions and potential venues in Canada that have seen such incidents,” it said.

It further said that our High Commission or Consulates General will continue to be in contact with the Canadian authorities to ensure the safety and well being of the Indian community in Canada. “Given the deteriorating security environment in Canada, Indian students in particular are advised to exercise extreme caution and remain vigilant,” it said.

Indian nationals and students in Canada must also register with the High Commission of India in Ottawa or Consulates General of India in Toronto and Vancouver through their respective websites, or the MADAD portal madad.gov.in.

Diplomatic relations between India and Canada nosedived this week over the killing of a Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. New Delhi expelled a senior Canadian diplomat based here in a tit for tat move giving similar reply to Canada.

India suspends visa services for Canadians

New Delhi: India has suspended visa services for Canadians “till further notice” amid a massive international row over Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s claim.

A notice by BLS International – an online visa application centre said, “Important notice from Indian Mission: Due to operational reasons, with effect from 21 September 2023, Indian visa services have been suspended till further notice. Please keep checking the BLS website for further updates: BLS India Visa Application Centre.”

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