India on Wednesday resumed issuing electronic visas for Canadian nationals after suspending it following a diplomatic row over Ottawa’s accusation of possible Indian government involvement in the murder of a Canadian Sikh separatist leader.
The latest move is being seen as a step that could reduce tensions between the two countries.
India had started issuing Entry visa, Business visa, Medical visa, and Conference visa from October 26 after halting its visa services for Canadian nationals following Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s allegations of the “potential” involvement of Indian agents in the killing of Khalistani extremist Hardeep Singh Nijjar on June 18 in British Columbia.
On Wednesday, the Indian High Commission in Ottawa issued a notice on X, saying Indian eVisa facility has been restored with effect from 22 November 2023, for all eligible Canadian citizens holding Regular/Ordinary Canadian passports.
“Holder of any other category of Canadian passport will need to apply for regular paper visa, in accordance with the existing modalities – details may be found on the respective websites of High Commission of India, Ottawa; Consulate General of India, Toronto and Consulate General of India, Vancouver,” it said.
eVisa may be applied at https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html, the notice said.
In New Delhi, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that India had “temporarily suspended visa issuance because the situation in Canada made it difficult for our diplomats to go to office and do the necessary work for processing visas.”
“As the situation there has become more secure or relatively improved, I think we have found it possible for the visa services to progressively resume. The physical visas had started in many categories and at that time we had said we would look into e-visas. So, I think it was a logical consequence of that,” Jaishankar said in response to a question at a press briefing at the conclusion of the virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.