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India Suspends Visa Services in Canada Amid Diplomatic Tensions

India has suspended visa services for Canadian nationals indefinitely due to heightened diplomatic tensions between the two countries. The decision was made “due to operational reasons,” and it affects Canadian citizens living in Canada as well as those applying from other countries. This marks the first time India has suspended visas since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reasons for Suspension

The suspension of visa services follows security threats faced by Indian officials at the High Commission and consulates in Canada, which have disrupted their functioning. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) confirmed that this suspension applies to all Canadian citizens, regardless of their location.

Growing Tensions

Tensions between India and Canada escalated after Canada stated it was actively investigating credible allegations linking Indian government agents to the murder of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in British Columbia in June. India has vehemently denied these allegations. India also issued an advisory to its citizens in Canada, urging them to exercise caution due to increasing anti-India activities and politically-condoned hate crimes.


The suspension of visa services between India and Canada reflects the strain in diplomatic relations between the two nations. This move will impact travel and visa applications for Canadian citizens seeking to visit India and highlights the need for resolution and dialogue between the two countries to ease tensions.


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