India has issued a travel advisory to its citizens, urging them to "exercise utmost caution" while traveling to Canada due to the "growing anti-India activities and politically condoned hate crimes and criminal violence."
The advisory, issued by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), comes amid a diplomatic row between the two countries over allegations that the Indian government may be linked to the extra-judicial killing of a Sikh separatist in Canada.
MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said that no specific information has been shared by Canada on the Nijjar killing case. But, from the Indian side, specific information regarding criminal activities by individuals based on Canadian soil was shared but no action has been taken yet.
The advisory specifically mentions threats against Indian diplomats and sections of the Indian community who oppose the "anti-India agenda." It also advises Indian nationals to avoid traveling to regions and potential venues in Canada that have seen such incidents.
The MEA advisory has been met with criticism from the Canadian government, which has called it "unfounded and unwarranted." The Canadian government has also issued its own travel advisory to its citizens, urging them to "exercise a high degree of caution" while traveling to various regions of India.
Indian visa services in Canada have been suspended until further notice for operational reasons, with immediate effect from 21 September 2023," read the letter sent to the Bombay Stock Exchange, the National Stock Exchange of India and the Metropolitan Stock Exchange
The diplomatic row between India and Canada is a major setback for relations between the two countries. India has a large diaspora in Canada, and the two countries have close economic and cultural ties.
Get updated on travel deals and trip ideas!
Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) has secured the top position as the world's most punctual airport, followed by Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad, India in the third spot.
In a significant move to boost tourism and strengthen bilateral ties, Malaysia has announced visa-free entry for Indian citizens.
A TikToker has revealed a Google Flights hack for finding affordable travel destinations. The hack, which has gone viral on the platform, is simple to use and can help travelers save money on their next trip.
All aboard the food express! Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has partnered with food delivery giant Zomato to offer passengers a wider range of food options during their train journeys.
Santiniketan, a town in West Bengal's Birbhum region where Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore spent much of his life, has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Pack your bags and join the quest for epic weekends! From roaring safaris to vibrant festivals, our guide unveils the perfect escapes for every extended break in 2024. 🌍
Delhi comes alive on New Year's Eve with a vibrant atmosphere and a host of events. Here's a guide to help you make the most of the transition from 2023 to 2024 in the spirited city.
Ditch the clichés and spice up your Christmas! 🌟 From snowy Shimla to beachy bliss in Goa, join us on a festive journey through the 12 Best Places to Spend Christmas in India.
Desi travelers, It's time to book your tickets and explore the new horizons of Sri Lanka, Thailand and Malaysia, as they become the Visa free destinations for Indians.
Immerse yourself in the magic of unexplored landscapes, vibrant cultures, and breathtaking adventures. Ready to redefine your wanderlust?