July 22, 2024

There’s a new low in Canada–India relations after India slot allegedly was concerned within the killing of a Sikh Canadian on Canadian soil.

India halted visa issuance for Canadians on Thursday, however Canada continues to subject visas to Indians. Present visas that India has issued are legitimate.

The suspension of visa issuance to Canadians applies to visas issued worldwide, together with e-visas which you could apply on the federal government web site with out visiting an Indian embassy or consulate.

Air Canada has issued the next Journey Waiver:

Versatile change payment waiver attributable to suspension of India visa companies

September 21, 2023

Due to the suspension of India’s visa companies, we perceive that you could be wish to make alternate journey preparations. For those who at the moment have a reservation, Air Canada has carried out a coverage that makes it potential so that you can make voluntary adjustments to your itinerary with out penalty if:

You bought an Air Canada ticket no later than September 21, 2023, for journey between now and October 15, 2023.

Your itinerary features a flight from wherever in Canada to India as a closing vacation spot.

In case you are scheduled to journey throughout the affected interval, you may retrieve your reserving to alter your flight one time, with out penalty as much as 2 hours earlier than your departure. Please notice that any distinction in fare would nonetheless apply.

For those who bought your ticket with Air Canada Holidays, please attain out to them straight.

And when you require help, you may contact us at 1-888-247-2262 (or 1 800 361-5373 if yours is an Aeroplan flight reward).

Conclusion

It’s fairly unprecedented if the Indian authorities or its diplomats have been concerned within the killing of a naturalized Canadian citizen on Canadian soil.

India has unilaterally stopped visa issuance to Canadians, which probably received’t assist their trigger. It’s not like India is probably the most thrilling vacationer vacation spot for these with none connections to the nation.

I utilized for the e-visa the opposite week, which was issued inside 24 hours, as I’m heading to New Delhi for just a few days this coming week.

India’s authorities ought to rent one of many outsourcing consultancies within the nation to redo the e-visa web site, which jogs my memory of the Nineties.