In the midst of a heated diplomatic row between Canada and India over the recent killing of a Khalistani terrorist on Canadian soil, Canada has issued an updated travel advisory for its citizens in India, urging them to “exercise a high degree of caution.” The travel advisory comes hours after Canada withdrew 41 diplomats and significantly reduced its diplomatic presence in India.
- High Degree of Caution: The revised travel advisory for Canadians in India advises them to “exercise a high degree of caution” due to the ongoing threat of terrorist attacks across the country.
- Demonstrations and Negative Sentiment: The advisory highlights recent developments and calls for protests, as well as a growing negative sentiment toward Canada in traditional media and on social platforms. It warns that demonstrations, including anti-Canada protests, may occur, potentially leading to Canadians being subjected to intimidation or harassment.
- Delhi and National Capital Region: In the capital city of Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR), the advisory advises Canadians to maintain a low profile with strangers and avoid sharing personal information with them.
- Suspension of Consular Services: Canada has temporarily suspended all in-person consular services in the cities of Mumbai, Chandigarh, and Bengaluru. Canadians in these cities have been urged to exercise caution.
- Petty Crimes: The advisory also notes that petty crimes such as pickpocketing and purse snatching are common in India. It cautions foreigners, especially in major cities and tourist areas, to be vigilant in crowded locations and avoid carrying large sums of money.
The diplomatic dispute between India and Canada began when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau publicly linked Indian intelligence to the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Khalistani terrorist. India has dismissed these allegations as “absurd” and “motivated.” The row has led to the expulsion of senior diplomats, travel advisories, and a deterioration in bilateral relations.
In response to these developments, India previously advised its citizens in Canada to exercise “utmost caution” due to growing anti-India activities and “politically-condoned” hate crimes in the North American country.