L’India temporarily suspended the visa services (including online e-visas) for Canadian citizensa spokesperson for the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday, citing security threats for Indian consular staff in Canada.
“The security situation, due to inaction by the Canadian government, has led to disruption and we have suspended visa applications“, declared Arindam Bagchi to the press in New Delhi. This announcement came hours after the Canadian High Commission in India said it would temporarily “adjust” the presence of its staff in the country after some diplomats received threats on social networks.
Both states have issued travel warnings, with India calling on its nationals studying in Canada to be “the greatest caution“. These measures on both sides mark a new escalation of tensions between the two countries since the Ottawa government announced that it was actively investigating accusations deemed credible which link Indian government agents to the murder of a leader of the Sikh community in Canada in June.