Canadian Travel Advisory: Tensions in India Raise Concerns for Citizens

Diplomatic Strain Prompts Caution as Canada Issues Travel Advisory Amid Protests and Harassment Warnings

Canada has issued a travel advisory for its citizens visiting India, cautioning about the possibility of “anti-Canada protests” and “intimidation or harassment” due to recent diplomatic tensions. This advisory follows the decision to withdraw 41 Canadian diplomats from India after allegations emerged linking Indian government agents to the murder of a Khalistani leader.

The travel advisory has also mentioned the temporary suspension of in-person operations at Canadian Consulates in Bengaluru, Chandigarh, and Mumbai. Canadian citizens needing consular assistance are encouraged to contact the High Commission of Canada in New Delhi.
Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly, who revealed that diplomats were being recalled due to New Delhi’s request to lose diplomatic immunity if they stayed in India beyond a specified deadline, has also noted that in-person consulate services will be paused until further notice.

The advisory, part of the Safety and Security section, cites “recent developments in Canada and India.” It further highlights that there have been calls for protests and some negative sentiment toward Canada in both traditional media and on social platforms. It warns of potential demonstrations, including anti-Canada protests, and the likelihood of Canadians encountering intimidation or harassment. The advisory was updated following Minister Joly’s press conference in Ottawa.

The advisory provides specific safety guidelines for Canadian citizens in Delhi and the National Capital Region, advising them to keep a low profile with strangers, refrain from sharing personal information, and avoid crowded areas and public transportation. It also suggests travelling with someone and informing a friend or family about travel plans.

The diplomatic tensions began after India halted the processing of visas for Canadians. This action was in response to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s statement on September 18, which mentioned “credible allegations” of potential links between Indian agents and the killing of Khalistani figure Hardeep Singh Nijjar on June 18. While India regarded Nijjar as a terrorist, no charges had been filed against him in Canada. He was tragically killed in the parking lot of the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara he led in Surrey, British Columbia.

Rohit Sharma

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