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Find out if you need a visa to travel to Canada

Most people need a visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to travel to Canada - not both. Some people may only need their valid passport. Answer a few questions to see what's right for you.

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You can find the country code on your passport. Be careful when you select your country. Some countries have multiple options and codes are quite similar.

Answer yes if you’re a citizen of Canada and another country.

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Look on the front cover of your passport for the symbol of a rectangle with a circle in the middle. If you see this symbol, you have an electronic passport.

Answer: You need a visitor visa

For visits of up to 6 months for most purposes. Cost: CAN $100

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Answer: You need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

For visits of up to 6 months or to transit via a Canadian airport. Cost: CAN $7

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Answer: You need a valid Canadian passport

You need a  valid Canadian passport  to travel to Canada by air (board your flight).

Exception: If you’re an American-Canadian dual citizen with a valid U.S. passport, you don’t need a Canadian passport to fly to Canada. However, you still need to  carry proper identification Opens in a new tab  and meet the basic requirements to enter Canada Opens in a new tab .

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Answer: You need a valid passport or travel document to travel to Canada by car, train, bus or boat

If you decide to fly to a Canadian airport instead, you'll need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).

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Answer: You need official proof of status in the U.S.

Lawful permanent residents of the U.S. must present these documents for all methods of travel to Canada:

  • a valid passport from their country of nationality (or an equivalent acceptable travel document ) and
  • a valid green card (or equivalent valid proof of status in the United States)

Answer: You need a transit visa 

To connect between 2 international flights, in less than 48 hours. Cost: Free

Note: If you have more than 48 hours between international flights OR if you decide to visit Canada, you need to apply for a visitor visa.

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Answer: You can apply for a parent and grandparent super visa to visit for more than 6 months

  • The super visa is for visits of 5 years at a time .
  • a letter from your child or grandchild with a promise to financially support you for the duration of your visit in Canada.
  • More information on approved insurance providers outside of Canada will be available in the coming months.
  • be valid for at least 1 year from the date of entry to Canada
  • provide at least $100,000 in emergency coverage.
  • You must apply for a super visa from outside Canada.
  • Cost: CAN $100

Note : If you don't meet the criteria for a super visa, you need to apply for a visitor visa.

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Note : If you don’t meet the criteria for a super visa, you need to apply for an electronic travel authorization (eTA). An eTA allows for visits of up to 6 months.

Note : If you don’t meet the criteria for a super visa, you can visit Canada for up to 6 months with a valid identity document. Bring identification such as a valid passport. Or, if a member of an official program such as Nexus, you may present your valid membership card.

If you don’t meet the criteria for a super visa, you can visit Canada for up to 6 months with

  • a valid passport from your country of nationality (or an equivalent acceptable travel document Opens in a new tab ) and
  • official proof of lawful permanent resident status in the U.S., such as a green card

Answer: You need a valid identity document

Bring identification such as a valid passport. Or, if a member of an official program such as Nexus, you may present your valid membership card.

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Answer: If we approve your study permit application, we’ll issue a visitor visa

  • You don’t need to submit a separate application for a visitor visa.

When you travel to Canada, bring your

  • letter of introduction that says your study permit application is approved, if you received one
  • valid passport that has your visitor visa stuck to one of its pages

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Answer: You should already have a valid visitor visa

We automatically issued a  visitor visa to you when we approved your first study or work permit.

If you leave and return to Canada,  you must travel with:

  • your valid study or work permit
  • If you don’t have a valid visa when you check-in for a flight, it may result in travel delays (or a missed flight).
  • your valid passport

Exception : If you return directly from a visit only to the United States or St. Pierre and Miquelon, you don’t need a valid visitor visa if your study or work permit is still valid.

If your visa has expired or was only valid for a single entry to Canada

You need to  apply for a new visa Opens in a new tab .

  • A visa costs CAN$100.
  • It’s valid for up to 10 years.

If your study or work permit will expire soon, you must extend it before you can apply for a new visitor visa.

You need a visitor visa to leave and return to Canada.  Apply for your visa before you leave.

You can apply for a visitor visa from inside Canada if you meet all the conditions below:

  • you’re already in Canada
  • you hold a valid study or work permit
  • you want to  leave and return to Canada  in the near future
  • your existing  visitor visa Opens in a new tab  is expired or was valid for only one entry

Exception : If you return  directly  from a visit only to the United States or St. Pierre and Miquelon, you don’t need a valid visitor visa if your study or work permit is still valid.

Processing times vary by country.  You may need to  give fingerprints and photo (biometrics) Opens in a new tab  with your application. Processing times  don’t include  the time you need to give biometrics.

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You need a  visitor visa  to travel to Canada.

A visitor visa:

  • is a sticker we put in your passport
  • costs CAN$100

Processing times vary by country.  You may need to  give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) Opens in a new tab  with your application. Processing time  doesn’t include  the time you need to give biometrics.

Answer: Before you continue, find out if you need a study permit

You’ll need to answer some questions on another page to find out.

If you’re eligible to study without a study permit, you’ll need to come back to this page to find out what you need to travel to Canada.

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Answer: If we approve your work permit application, we’ll issue a visitor visa for you

  • letter of introduction that says your work permit application is approved, if you received one

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We automatically issued a  visitor visa to you when we approved your first work permit.

Processing times vary by country.  You may need to  give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics)  with your application. Processing time  doesn’t include  the time you need to give biometrics.

Apply for a visitor visa

Answer: Before you continue, find out if you need a work permit

If you’re eligible to work without a work permit, you’ll need to come back to this page to find out what you need to travel to Canada.

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Answer: If we approve your study permit application, we’ll issue an electronic travel authorization (eTA)

  • You don’t need to submit a separate application for an eTA.

If you get a new passport before you come to Canada, you’ll need to apply for a new eTA if you plan to fly to a Canadian airport.

Answer: You need an eTA to leave and return to Canada

Your study permit lets you study in Canada. If you plan to leave and return to Canada, you need to make sure you have what you need to re-enter the country.

What you need depends on your travel plans.

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If you re-enter by a Canadian airport (fly back to Canada)

You must have:

  • the passport that’s linked to a valid eTA and
  • your valid study permit
  • costs CAN $7
  • is electronically linked to your passport

If you received your current study permit on or after August 1, 2015, you may have a valid eTA.

If you don’t have an eTA or yours has expired, you’ll need to apply for a new eTA.

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If you re-enter Canada by car, boat, bus or train

  • a valid passport and

Answer: If you fly to a Canadian airport, you need an eTA

  • costs CAN$7

Most applicants get their eTA approval (via an email) within minutes. However, some requests  can take several days  to process if you’re asked to submit supporting documents.

If you drive or arrive by train, bus or boat

You just need a  valid passport or travel document Opens in a new tab  to get to Canada by car, train, bus or boat.

Answer: If we approve your work permit application, we’ll issue an electronic travel authorization (eTA) for you

  • valid passport that you used to apply for your work permit

If you get a new passport before you come to Canada, you’ll need to apply for a new eTA if you plan to fly to a Canadian airport.

Your work permit lets you work in Canada. If you plan to leave and return to Canada, you need to make sure you have what you need to re-enter the country.

  • your valid work permit

If you received your current work permit on or after August 1, 2015, you may have a valid eTA.

  • your valid work or study permit

Answer: You don’t need to apply for a visitor visa or eTA

  • valid passport or travel document that you used to apply for your work or study permit

When you travel to Canada, you must bring your:

  • letter of introduction that says your study permit application is approved

Answer: You don’t need an eTA or a visitor visa

If you’re driving or arriving by train, bus, or boat.

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If you fly to or transit through a Canadian airport

You just need to travel with your valid U.S. passport if you fly or transit through a Canadian airport.

  • valid passport or travel document that you used to apply for your work permit
  • valid work or study permit

Answer: Your permit is not an eTA or a visa

When you extend your study permit, you’ll also be issued an eTA if you don’t already have one. When you fly to a Canadian, you must have:

  • the passport that’s linked to your valid eTA  and
  • a valid visitor and

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When you extend your work permit, you’ll also be issued an eTA if you don’t already have one. When you fly to a Canadian, you must have:

  • a valid visitor visa and

Answer: You’re eligible to apply for an eTA

You can apply for an  eTA  if you travel to Canada  by air only .

  • is only valid when flying to or transiting through a Canadian airport

Most applicants get their eTA approval within minutes (via email). However, some requests  can take several days  to process if you’re asked to submit supporting documents.

If you already have a  valid Canadian visitor visa  you don’t need to apply for an eTA. You can travel with your visa until it expires.

If your travel plans change

You need a  visitor visa  (not an eTA) if you decide to  get to Canada by car, train, bus or boat  instead.

Answer: You don’t need to apply for a visitor visa or eTA

  • valid passport or travel document that you used to apply for your study permit and
  • official proof of U.S. lawful permanent resident status

Answer: You need valid proof of lawful permanent resident status of the U.S. to leave and return to Canada

  • valid study permit,
  • valid passport or travel document that you used to apply for your study permit, and

Answer: You don’t need an eTA or a visitor visa

  • valid passport or travel document and

You’ll need to answer some questions on another page to find out.

If you’re eligible to study without a study permit, you’ll need to come back to this page to find out what you need to travel to Canada.

  • valid passport or travel document that you used to apply for your work permit and
  • valid work permit
  • valid work permit,

If you’re eligible to work without a work permit, you’ll need to come back to this page to find out what you need to travel to Canada.

Answer: You’re eligible to apply for an eTA

If you already have a  valid Canadian visitor visa , you don’t need to apply for an eTA. You can travel with your visa until it expires.

If you transit through Canada to or from the United States

You  may  be able to  transit through Canada without a visa or eTA if you meet certain eligibility requirements.

You need an official proof of status as a lawful permanent resident of the U.S., such as one of the following:

  • valid permanent resident card (Form I-551)
  • foreign passport with an unexpired temporary I-551 stamp (also known as an Alien Documentation, Identification and Telecommunication [ADIT] stamp)
  • foreign passport with a temporary I-551 printed notation (“Upon endorsement serves as temporary I-551 evidencing permanent residence for 1 year”) on a machine-readable immigrant visa upon endorsement with a U.S. Customs and Border Protection admission stamp
  • expired permanent resident card (Form I-551) with Form I-797 (Notice of Action) for pending Form I-751 (Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence) or Form I-829 (Petition by Investor to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status)
  • expired permanent resident card (Form I-551) with Form I-797 (Notice of Action) for pending Form I-90 (Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card [Green Card])
  • valid re-entry permit (Form I-327)
  • Form I-94 with an unexpired temporary I-551 stamp (ADIT stamp) and a passport-style photo

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India has suspended visa service for Canadians. Here are your top questions answered

India's ministry of external affairs says it will review the situation on a regular basis'.

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India's visa processing centre in Canada suspended services Thursday as a rift widened between the countries after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said India may have been involved in the killing of a pro-Khalistan activist and president of Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara in British Columbia, Hardeep Singh Nijjar. 

So what does that mean for Canadians planning trips to India? Here's what we know so far:

Who does this affect? 

Canadian citizens who do not have a visa for India or were in the process of applying for one. 

What type of Indian visa can I apply for?

India's Ministry of External Affairs confirmed the decision to stop all categories of visas, including e-visas, for Canadian Citizens. If you're a Canadian national wondering whether you can apply for an Indian visa from a third country, like the U.S., you will be subjected to the same suspension of services.  

I've already got a plane ticket and I'm heading to the airport. Will my trip be affected?

If you have a valid visa or an Indian passport, you can travel. There is no travel restriction. The announcement is about suspension of visa services in Canada, which means Canadian nationals can't apply for visas or get them processed until the Government of India resumes visa services. 

NOTE: A visa does not guarantee you admission to a country. It permits one to present themselves at a port of entry to seek admission. 

Should I be worried for my Canadian family member in India right now? Can they return to Canada? 

If a Canadian national in India needs an extension of visa, they won't be able to receive one. But if they have a visa, they are allowed to stay in India or travel back and forth.

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India suspends visa services in Canada

Is traveling to india right now a safety risk for me.

Canada has regional travel advisories for Indian states of Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Gujrat, and Rajasthan.

India has a travel advisory for Indian nationals and international students in Canada. 

I'm planning to go back in November or December for a wedding. What does this mean for that trip?

A lot of people travel to India during those months, be it for holidays or for weddings. If you have a visa or an Indian passport you can travel.

The Ministry of External Affairs in India says it will "review the situation on a regular basis." You can find updates on India's visa processing platform, BLS International. CBC is also closely monitoring the situation. You can find updates on our website or CBC News app. 

Does this mean people in India won't be able to book trips to Canada?

Indian nationals with a valid visa to Canada are still allowed to travel to Canada. Canada is making staffing changes to its high commission and consulate in India, citing online threats to diplomats. It is too early to say what the situation will look like in the coming months, weeks or even days. 

Will this affect Indians applying for Canadian visas? What about incoming international students? 

So far, Canada has not suspended its visa services in India. 

The Indian government says it's asked for "parity" in staffing, pointing out that Canada has more diplomatic presence in India than India does in Canada. India has requested Canada's presence be reduced. 

The High Commission of Canada has said it is temporarily adjusting its staff presence at its commission and consulate locations in India, due to "some diplomats having received threats on various social media platforms."

In the coming days and weeks, this could mean delays in visa processing, or suspension of visa services. 

Can people who already possess visas still enter the country? 

Those in Canada who possess valid visas to India, or those who have overseas citizenship of India are free to travel to India. 

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The personal impact of India's suspension of visa processing

I am an indian citizen. can i travel to india .

Yes. If you are an Indian national (passport holder), you don't require any visa to enter India. 

What if I applied for a visa before this announcement? 

Your visa application will not be processed until further notice from the Indian government. 

Do Canadians need a transit visa? 

If you don't need to leave the airport, you do not need a transit visa in India. However, if your trip requires a stay in India, you require a transit visa. Canadian nationals are unable to obtain a transit visa until the suspension of visa services is lifted. 

How long will this last? 

That's the million-dollar question. This is an evolving situation. The Indian government has said they are reviewing the situation on a regular basis. 

What if I have tickets booked and don't have a visa? 

In a statement to CBC News, Air Canada said, "We continue to operate our normal service to India of 19 flights a week. For customers who may be affected by new visa requirements we have put in place a flexible rebooking policy so they can change their flights with no change fee if they need more time to prepare."

  • India suspends visa services in Canada as diplomatic fight grows

We have a cruise booked for December and have applied for, but not received, our travel visa for India. Will we have to remain on board when we are in port or can we even board the ship if we don't get our visa?

No. Regardless of how you enter any country, by air, land, or water, you require a visa unless you're exempt from visa requirements for that country. In this case, you need a one year tourist visa. At the moment you won't be able to get one due to the visa suspension. 

I understand your trip is in December, I hope things change before that. 

But if I were you, I would have a backup plan. If the suspension isn't lifted, can you rebook, can you get a refund? Can you ask the cruise for a different destination?

India's online visa website  has more information on cruise visas.

I have a valid multiple-entry Indian visa. I went to India in February and need to go again in November. My visa expires on Dec. 20, 2023. Can I still use the visa to go to India in November if I return by Dec. 20th?

Yes. According to the Consulate General of India's website, you can travel with a passport on which visa is applied, it must have at least two blank pages and must have a validity of more than 190 days.  Passengers holding valid visas may be denied entry into India if the validity of their passports is less than 180 days at the time of entry into India.

You have to just make sure you leave before your visa expires, in your case it seems like it is valid till Dec 20th. 

Did the Indian government state when or if they are going to refund e-visa applications that are currently in processing?

Application fees for an Indian visa are non-refundable if you get rejected, or if service is denied. 

I am an Indian student in the process of applying for a Canadian visa for my winter 2024 intake at a Canadian university, should I be concerned about India asking Canada to remove diplomats?

 If Canada removes 41 out of its 62 diplomats in India by Oct. 10, it will affect their functioning and services in India. That could mean delays or suspension of visa services for Indian people applying for a Canadian visa.

I have a student visa and my tickets are booked. Can I still enter? 

Yes, there are no travel restrictions if you have a valid student, work, or tourist visa. Please check the travel advisories before you travel. 

Have more questions about India's visa service suspension? Write to us at:  [email protected]  

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Travelling to Canada from India: Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated: March 28, 2022

Ongoing travel restrictions due to COVID-19 and flight suspensions from India to Canada forced many newcomers to put their plans of moving to Canada or visiting family on hold. With the India-Canada flight ban finally being lifted, here’s all the information you need to plan your travel from India to Canada.

In this article:

When is the Canada-India direct flight suspension being lifted?

Who can travel from india to canada at this time, what are the requirements for entering canada while travelling directly from india.

  • How do I book a COVID-19 test at Delhi airport?

Do I need a pre-arrival COVID-19 test if I have previously recovered from COVID-19?

Do i need to be fully vaccinated against covid-19 to enter canada, will i have to quarantine after arriving in canada from india, can i travel from india to canada indirectly via a third country, what are the requirements for passengers travelling from india to canada via a third country, can i travel to canada if my copr has expired.

After a five-month suspension, Transport Canada  allowed direct flights between India and Canada to resume on September 27, 2021.

You can travel from India to Canada if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • If you’re a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident (PR) of Canada, a person registered under the Indian Act of Canada , or a protected person (refugee status)
  • If you possess a valid Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR), or valid work permit (and proof of approval) and job offer
  • If you have a valid study permit, and have been accepted into an approved Designated Learning Institution (DLI),
  • If you’re a foreign national and are travelling for essential or discretionary purposes. The requirement of being fully-vaccinated has now been eased.
  • If you are reuniting with immediate family members who are Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or temporary foreign workers.

Passengers travelling on a direct flight from India to Canada will need to meet the following requirements if they are not fully vaccinated with a vaccine that’s approved in Canada:

  • Obtain a pre-departure negative COVID-19 molecular test, also known as an RT-PCR test, from Genestrings Laboratory at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. This COVID-19 test must be performed within 72 hours before your scheduled departure. Effective February 28, 2022, results from rapid antigen tests performed within 24 hours before your scheduled departure will also be accepted, provided they are performed by a healthcare practitioner or at a healthcare facility.
  • You’ll need to present the negative COVID-19 test report to the airline staff before boarding your flight.
  • Travellers will need to update their information, including vaccination details, quarantine plan , etc. on the ArriveCAN app.
  • All passengers will be required to wear face masks throughout their flight and at airports.

Airlines will refuse to allow travellers who don’t meet these requirements to board the aircraft. Exceptions exist for travellers who’ve previously tested positive and have recovered from COVID-19.

How do I book a COVID-19 molecular test at Delhi airport?

You can book a COVID-19 molecular test at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, online. You will be required to provide some basic personal information, proof of identity, and details about your flight. You will need to select “RT-PCR” test and book a suitable slot. A fee of INR 500 (approximately $8.50 CAD) will be applicable for each test. You will receive the COVID-19 test result within 8 to 10 hours, and the result delivery will be prioritized based on your departure time.

You can also opt for a faster COVID-19 molecular test, which costs INR 4,900 (approximately $82 CAD) and gives you a result within 60 to 90 minutes.

Effective October 2022, travellers entering Canada no longer need to take a pre-arrival test, regardless of vaccination status or prior recovery from COVID-19.

As of October 2022, travellers who are not fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine approved in Canada can enter the country. Previously, foreign nationals who weren’t fully vaccinated were only allowed to enter Canada under specific circumstances, such as if they were:

  • A Canadian citizen
  • A permanent resident, or have received a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR)
  • An authorized temporary foreign worker with a valid work permit and job offer (unless you’re in a profession where a work permit is not required) .

At present, travellers who are not fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved in Canada can even enter Canada for discretionary or optional purposes.

What to do if the vaccine I’ve received is not approved in Canada?

As of October 2022, even if you’ve received a vaccine that is not approved in Canada, you will be allowed to enter Canada.

Travellers coming into Canada are no longer required to quarantine, regardless of their vaccination status. In addition, both the pre-arrival and on-arrival testing requirements have been removed, so you will not be tested for COVID-19 when you reach Canada. However, in the interest of public health, you should still avoid travelling to Canada if you’re infected with, or suspect that you have, COVID-19.

You can choose to fly from India to Canada directly or via an indirect route. However, if you’re entering Canada via a third country, be sure to check the COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements that apply to your layover destination.

While planning an itinerary that involves an indirect route of travel to Canada, keep the following in mind:

  • Some countries may have restrictions on the entry or transit of passengers arriving from India.
  • You may require a COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination to enter or transit through your layover destination, even if these requirements no longer apply to entering Canada.
  • You may require a transit or travel visa for the third country. Be sure to check the visa requirements of your stop-over destination before making any flight bookings.
  • In case you test positive during transit, you may have to abide by quarantine regulations imposed by the third country.

Due to ongoing COVID-19 travel restrictions, many people have been unable to travel. If your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (CoPR) has expired while waiting for the travel restrictions and flight ban to be lifted, you will not be permitted to enter Canada on expired travel documents.

The IRCC is no longer reissuing CoPRs to individuals who were unable to travel during the quarantine. If your CoPR has expired, you will need to reapply for permanent residence and meet the current eligibility criteria.

Whether you’re an Indian newcomer looking forward to starting a new life in Canada as a permanent resident or an international student or foreign worker with plans of working in Canada, now that the pandemic is easing, you can plan your move to Canada. Be sure to check the Government of Canada travel website for up-to-date information on COVID-19 related travel restrictions.

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COVID-19: travel health notice for all travellers

India travel advice

Latest updates: The Health section was updated - travel health information (Public Health Agency of Canada)

Last updated: March 13, 2024 14:58 ET

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Safety and security, entry and exit requirements, laws and culture, natural disasters and climate, india - exercise a high degree of caution.

Exercise a high degree of caution in India due to the threat of terrorist attacks throughout the country.

In and around Bengaluru, Chandigarh and Mumbai - Exercise a high degree of caution

Exercise a high degree of caution in and around Bengaluru, Chandigarh and Mumbai. Consular services in-person are temporarily unavailable in those cities or surrounding areas. If you need consular services, contact the High Commission of Canada in India, located in New Delhi. At any time, you may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.

Parts of Northeastern India - Avoid non-essential travel

Union territory of jammu and kashmir - avoid all travel.

This advisory excludes travelling to or within the Union Territory of Ladakh.

Border areas with Pakistan - Avoid all travel

This advisory excludes the Wagah border crossing.

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Security situation

In the context of recent developments in Canada and in India, there are calls for protests and some negative sentiment towards Canada in traditional media and on social media. Demonstrations, including anti-Canada protests, could occur and Canadians may be subjected to intimidation or harassment. In Delhi and the National Capital Region, you should keep a low profile with strangers, and not share your personal information with them. Avoid crowded areas, including public transportation. You should always travel with someone and inform a friend or a family member of your travel plans.

Consular services in person are temporarily unavailable in and around Bengaluru, Chandigarh and Mumbai. Consular services in person at the High Commission of Canada in New Delhi will remain available.

Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir

The security situation in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir is tense. There are high risks of violent protests, civil unrest and acts of terrorism and militancy.

Violent clashes between militants and security forces occur regularly. Terrorist attacks against security forces have led to civilian casualties. Further attacks could take place at any time. You could find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The Indian army has enhanced powers in this territory. Authorities may impose curfews and security restrictions on short notice.

  • Avoid gatherings and demonstrations
  • Always carry ID
  • Expect a heightened security presence and security checks
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities

Border areas with Pakistan

The level of tension between India and Pakistan may change suddenly. You could experience difficulties when travelling between the two countries. You may be subject to scrutiny if officials from either country become aware that you have recently travelled to the other.

The security situation along the border with Pakistan, especially along the Line of Control (LoC), which separates the Union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh from Pakistan-administered Kashmir, remains volatile. Cross-border gunfire and shelling are occurring sporadically along the LoC. The presence of landmines and unexploded ordnance also constitute a risk.

Although international travellers regularly use the Wagah border crossing linking Amritsar, India, to Lahore, Pakistan, it remains vulnerable to attack. Security measures are in place. You may experience long delays.

Parts of Northeastern India

Several extremist and insurgent groups are active in the northeastern states of Assam and Manipur. They regularly target local government and security forces and may use various criminal activities to finance their activities.

Ethnic tensions in the State can also lead to conflict and civil unrest.

There is a threat of terrorism in India, particularly in:

  • the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir
  • the State of Manipur
  • the State of Assam
  • areas of East India where Naxalites groups are active

Maoist extremist insurgents, known as Naxalites, are responsible for the majority of terrorist attacks in India. These groups are usually based in rural and forested areas within zones of concerns, as defined by the Government of India, which include:

  • Andhra Pradesh
  • Chhattisgarh
  • Madhya Pradesh
  • Maharashtra
  • Uttar Pradesh
  • West Bengal

Extremist and insurgent groups usually target government and security forces, and sometimes, trains and railway tracks. While tourists are not usually specifically targeted, bystanders could be affected. Be particularly vigilant during election periods and in the lead-up to, and during, religious holidays and times of national significance, such as:

  • Republic Day (January 26)
  • Independence Day (August 15)

Targets of terrorist attacks could include:

  • government buildings, including schools
  • places of worship
  • airports and other transportation hubs and networks
  • public areas such as tourist attractions, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, shopping centres, markets, hotels and other sites frequented by foreigners

While in India:

  • always be aware of your surroundings when in public places
  • if you see a suspicious package, immediately leave the area and report it to authorities

Petty crime, such as pickpocketing and purse snatching, is common. Criminals may target foreigners, especially in major cities and tourist areas.

  • Be vigilant in all crowded locations
  • Don’t carry large sums of money
  • Ensure that your personal belongings, including your passport and other travel documents, are secure at all times

Petty crime frequently occurs on public transportation and overnight trains.

  • Ensure that the train compartment contains packages belonging only to you and other occupants
  • Store personal belongings in a safe place, and don’t leave the compartment unattended
  • Securely lock the doors

Serious crime against foreigners is less frequent, but incidents do occur.

Credit card and ATM fraud occurs. Be cautious when using debit or credit cards:

  • pay careful attention when your cards are being handled by others
  • use ATMs located in well-lit public areas or inside a bank or business
  • avoid using card readers with an irregular or unusual feature
  • cover the keypad with one hand when entering your PIN
  • check for any unauthorized transactions on your account statements

Exercise caution in tourist areas and airports where scammers particularly target foreigners.

Scams involving the exportation of jewels, gemstones, carpets, and other items have occurred. Taxi drivers may approach you, offering money to export such items.

  • Don’t accept any offer, no matter how convincing
  • Beware of offers for cheap transportation or accommodation, extended taxi rides and unsolicited guided tours

Romance scams

If you’re travelling to India to meet someone you’ve otherwise only met online, you may be the victim of a scam.

Be alert to attempts at fraud by persons who profess friendship or romantic interest over the internet.

Investment scams

Unsolicited emails offering attractive business or financial opportunities are most likely fraudulent.

Don’t travel to India to obtain restitution after losing money to a scam.

Overseas fraud

Spiked food and drinks

Never leave food or drinks unattended or in the care of strangers. Be wary of accepting snacks, beverages, gum or cigarettes from new acquaintances. These items may contain drugs that could put you at risk of sexual assault and robbery.

Women’s safety

Crimes committed against women frequently occur in India. Foreign women are often the target of unwanted attention.

Staring, verbal abuse, groping, and other forms of sexual harassment can occur anywhere, including in tourist sites and areas. Attackers sometimes act as a group.

Reports of rape and assault against foreign women have increased. You should be particularly vigilant:

  • on all forms of public transportation
  • at Yoga centres, ashrams and other places of spiritual retreats

Local authorities may not always respond adequately to reports of sexual violence and harassment.

  • Avoid travelling alone, particularly at night
  • Be extremely vigilant on public transportation, taxis and auto-rickshaws
  • Be careful when dealing with strangers or new acquaintances
  • Be wary of accepting snacks or beverages from new acquaintances
  • Avoid less populous and unlit areas
  • Respect local customs and dress codes
  • Reach police immediately if you feel threatened

If you are the victim of a sexual assault, you should report it immediately to local authorities and the nearest office of the Government of Canada.

Advice for women travellers

Forced marriages

Forced marriage affecting foreigners occurs, sometimes without the affected person’s prior knowledge or consent.

Some Canadians have been forced into marital arrangements and have been detained against their will. They have been subjected to threats, intimidation and violence by family members.

If you’re in Canada

If you’re in Canada and you believe that you’re being forced to travel overseas to marry, you should call your local police for assistance.

If you’re in India

If you’re in India and you believe that you’re being forced to marry, contact the nearest office of the Government of Canada. You may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre .

Family members may retain passports to prevent victims from returning to Canada. Keep digital or physical copies of your travel documents in a safe place.

General information and advice about forced marriage

Demonstrations and mass gatherings

Protests in manipur.

Violent demonstrations have been taking place in Manipur State since May 3, 2023, resulting in casualties. Protests have led to disruptions to traffic and public transportation. Curfews have been imposed in several districts and mobile and internet services may be limited.

If you are in Manipur:

  • monitor local media for the most recent information
  • follow the instructions of local authorities
  • be prepared to modify your plans in case of disturbances
  • expect enhanced security measures and an increased police presence

Demonstrations, mass gatherings, general strikes, “bandh” or “hartal,” take place frequently. Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. They can also lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation.

Stampedes have occurred during mass gatherings, including religious ceremonies, and resulted in deaths and injuries.

Local authorities may impose curfews and other restrictions on short notice.

  • Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities, including curfews
  • Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations

Mass gatherings (large-scale events)

Road safety

Road conditions and road safety are poor throughout the country. Most roads, including major highways, are poorly maintained. There is severe traffic congestion. Driving conditions may be hazardous during the rainy season, and some roads can become impassable.

Drivers don’t respect traffic laws. They are often aggressive or reckless. Driving can be hazardous due to the presence of livestock or wandering cows, including in urban areas.

Fatal road accidents are frequent. They can lead to mob anger and assault.

  • Avoid travelling outside urban centres after dark
  • Avoid driving or riding motorcycles in India, even if you are an experienced motorcyclist
  • Be very careful when crossing the street, even at pedestrian crossings
  • If involved in an accident, contact local authorities immediately

Public transportation

India has an extensive passenger train system. Rail accidents are common, mostly due to poor maintenance. Thefts are frequent on certain train lines.

If you use a taxi, get it from a reputable hotel, an official taxi stand, or a trusted ride-sharing app. At the airport, use officially marked taxis or pre-paid transport services.

  • Negotiate fares in advance, or insist that the driver use the meter, as you may be overcharged
  • Avoid travelling alone, especially at night
  • Don’t share taxis with strangers

Maritime transportation

Maritime accidents occur regularly due to the overloading and poor maintenance of some vessels.

  • Don’t board vessels that appear overloaded or unseaworthy
  • Always wear a life jacket

Pirate attacks and armed robbery against ships occur in coastal waters. Mariners should take appropriate precautions.

Live piracy report - International Maritime Bureau

Water activities

Coastal waters can be dangerous. Riptides are common. Several drownings occur each year.

Beaches are not usually supervised by lifeguards. Many beaches don’t display warnings of dangerous conditions.

  • Seek local advice before swimming
  • Avoid swimming if red flags are flown
  • Avoid swimming during Monsoon season
  • Always wear a life jacket if you use a boat or a small embarkation

Water safety abroad

No commercial mountain rescue services are operating above 3,000 metres.

If you intend on trekking:

  • never do so alone and always hire an experienced guide from a reputable company
  • buy travel insurance that includes helicopter rescue and medical evacuation
  • ensure that your physical condition is good enough to meet the challenges of your activity
  • ensure that you’re adequately equipped and well informed about weather and other conditions that may pose a hazard
  • inform a family member or friend of your itinerary, including when you expect to be back to camp
  • know the symptoms of acute altitude sickness, which can be fatal
  • obtain detailed information on trekking routes or ski slopes before setting out and do not venture off marked trails or slopes

Wildlife viewing

Wildlife viewing may pose risks, particularly on foot or at close range. If you plan on visiting a wildlife area such as a tiger reserve:

  • always maintain a safe distance when observing wildlife
  • only exit a vehicle when a professional guide or warden says it’s safe to do so
  • only use reputable and professional guides or tour operators
  • closely follow park regulations and wardens’ advice

Large groups of monkeys are present in several parts of India, including some urban regions. Monkeys can get aggressive and rapidly overwhelm travellers in their search for food. They can also steal your belongings.

Be vigilant when in the presence of monkeys.

We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.

Information about foreign domestic airlines

Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements.

We have obtained the information on this page from the Indian authorities. It can, however, change at any time.

Verify this information with the  Foreign Representatives in Canada .

Entry requirements vary depending on the type of passport you use for travel.

Before you travel, check with your transportation company about passport requirements. Its rules on passport validity may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.

Regular Canadian passport

Your passport must be valid for 6 months from your date of entry into India and must contain at least two blank pages for use by immigration officials.

Passport for official travel

Different entry rules may apply.

Official travel

Passport with “X” gender identifier

While the Government of Canada issues passports with an “X” gender identifier, it cannot guarantee your entry or transit through other countries. You might face entry restrictions in countries that do not recognize the “X” gender identifier. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.

Other travel documents

Different entry rules may apply when travelling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.

Useful links

  • Foreign Representatives in Canada
  • Canadian passports

Certain types of Indian visa services for Canadians have resumed. For additional information, please contact the visa service provider directly.

Latest information – Indian Visa Application Center in Canada

Ensure you apply for the proper type of visa for the specific purpose of your trip. If you are denied entry by immigration officials, you will be returned to your point of departure.

Canadian-Pakistani citizens are subject to different visa application and registration procedures.

You can only stay in India for up to 180 consecutive days on a tourist visa, even when its validity exceeds 180 days.

Residency registration

If you stay in India for more than 180 days, you must register within 14 days of arrival with the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO).

  • e-FRRO online portal (for Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru) – India's Bureau of Immigration
  • FRRO Contact List – India's Bureau of Immigration

Penalties for overstaying

Strict penalties are enforced for overstaying. If you overstay, you could be subject to fines, detention and a future travel ban.

If you have overstayed your visa, you must request an exit visa from the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO). This process can be lengthy.

Other entry requirements

Customs officials may ask you to show them a return or onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds to cover your stay.

Dual citizenship

If you hold an Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) card, you must present it upon entry and exit.

You must present a boarding pass and a photo identification to access airport departure terminals and public areas.

Lost or stolen passport

If your passport is lost or stolen, an exit visa is required to leave India.

To obtain an exit visa, you must present the FRRO with:

  • a police report
  • two current passport-size photographs
  • a letter providing details of the loss or theft from the High Commission of Canada to India in New Delhi or Consulate General of Canada in either Chandigarh or Mumbai

The FRRO will verify the entry details before issuing an exit visa. This process can take several days.

Restricted and Protected Areas

Special permits are required to visit certain parts of India designated as restricted or protected areas.

Restricted or protected areas – India's Bureau of Immigration

  • Poliomyelitis

You may need to produce proof of polio vaccination if you are arriving in India from:

  • Afghanistan
  • the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Confirm this requirement with the nearest Indian diplomatic office before travelling.

  • Foreign Representatives in Canada

Children and travel

Learn more about travelling with children .

Yellow fever

Learn about potential entry requirements related to yellow fever (vaccines section).

Relevant Travel Health Notices

  • Global Measles Notice - 13 March, 2024
  • Zika virus: Advice for travellers - 31 August, 2023
  • COVID-19 and International Travel - 13 March, 2024

This section contains information on possible health risks and restrictions regularly found or ongoing in the destination. Follow this advice to lower your risk of becoming ill while travelling. Not all risks are listed below.

Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic preferably 6 weeks before you travel to get personalized health advice and recommendations.

Routine vaccines

Be sure that your  routine vaccinations , as per your province or territory , are up-to-date before travelling, regardless of your destination.

Some of these vaccinations include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella (chickenpox), influenza and others.

Pre-travel vaccines and medications

You may be at risk for preventable diseases while travelling in this destination. Talk to a travel health professional about which medications or vaccines may be right for you, based on your destination and itinerary. 

Yellow fever   is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito.

Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.

  • There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.

Country Entry Requirement*

  • Proof of vaccination is required if you are coming from or have transited through an airport of a country   where yellow fever occurs.

Recommendation

  • Vaccination is not recommended.
  • Discuss travel plans, activities, and destinations with a health care professional.
  • Contact a designated  Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre  well in advance of your trip to arrange for vaccination.

About Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres in Canada * It is important to note that  country entry requirements  may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest  diplomatic or consular office  of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.

There is a risk of hepatitis A in this destination. It is a disease of the liver. People can get hepatitis A if they ingest contaminated food or water, eat foods prepared by an infectious person, or if they have close physical contact (such as oral-anal sex) with an infectious person, although casual contact among people does not spread the virus.

Practise  safe food and water precautions and wash your hands often. Vaccination is recommended for all travellers to areas where hepatitis A is present.

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. It can spread quickly from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of being infected with it when travelling internationally.

Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are fully protected against measles.

Japanese encephalitis is a viral infection that can cause swelling of the brain.  It is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Risk is very low for most travellers. Travellers at relatively higher risk may want to consider vaccination for JE prior to travelling.

Travellers are at higher risk if they will be:

  • travelling long term (e.g. more than 30 days)
  • making multiple trips to endemic areas
  • staying for extended periods in rural areas
  • visiting an area suffering a JE outbreak
  • engaging in activities involving high contact with mosquitos (e.g., entomologists)

  Hepatitis B is a risk in every destination. It is a viral liver disease that is easily transmitted from one person to another through exposure to blood and body fluids containing the hepatitis B virus.  Travellers who may be exposed to blood or other bodily fluids (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) are at higher risk of getting hepatitis B.

Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for all travellers. Prevent hepatitis B infection by practicing safe sex, only using new and sterile drug equipment, and only getting tattoos and piercings in settings that follow public health regulations and standards.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious viral disease. It can spread from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

It is recommended that all eligible travellers complete a COVID-19 vaccine series along with any additional recommended doses in Canada before travelling. Evidence shows that vaccines are very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. While vaccination provides better protection against serious illness, you may still be at risk of infection from the virus that causes COVID-19. Anyone who has not completed a vaccine series is at increased risk of being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 and is at greater risk for severe disease when travelling internationally.

Before travelling, verify your destination’s COVID-19 vaccination entry/exit requirements. Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are adequately protected against COVID-19.

 The best way to protect yourself from seasonal influenza (flu) is to get vaccinated every year. Get the flu shot at least 2 weeks before travelling.  

 The flu occurs worldwide. 

  •  In the Northern Hemisphere, the flu season usually runs from November to   April.
  •  In the Southern Hemisphere, the flu season usually runs between April and   October.
  •  In the tropics, there is flu activity year round. 

The flu vaccine available in one hemisphere may only offer partial protection against the flu in the other hemisphere.

The flu virus spreads from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Clean your hands often and wear a mask if you have a fever or respiratory symptoms.

Typhoid is a bacterial infection spread by contaminated food or water. Travellers going to countries in South Asia should speak to a health care professional about getting vaccinated.

Malaria  is a serious and sometimes fatal disease that is caused by parasites spread through the bites of mosquitoes.   There is a risk of malaria in certain areas and/or during a certain time of year in this destination. 

Antimalarial medication may be recommended depending on your itinerary and the time of year you are travelling. Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic before travelling to discuss your options. It is recommended to do this 6 weeks before travel, however, it is still a good idea any time before leaving.    Protect yourself from mosquito bites at all times:  • Cover your skin and use an approved insect repellent on uncovered skin.  • Exclude mosquitoes from your living area with screening and/or closed, well-sealed doors and windows. • Use insecticide-treated bed nets if mosquitoes cannot be excluded from your living area.  • Wear permethrin-treated clothing.    If you develop symptoms similar to malaria when you are travelling or up to a year after you return home, see a health care professional immediately. Tell them where you have been travelling or living. 

In this destination, rabies is carried by dogs and some wildlife, including bats. Rabies is a deadly disease that spreads to humans primarily through bites or scratches from an infected animal. While travelling, take precautions , including keeping your distance from animals (including free-roaming dogs), and closely supervising children.

If you are bitten or scratched by an animal while travelling, immediately wash the wound with soap and clean water and see a health care professional. Rabies treatment is often available in this destination. 

Before travel, discuss rabies vaccination with a health care professional. It may be recommended for travellers who are at high risk of exposure (e.g., occupational risk such as veterinarians and wildlife workers, children, adventure travellers and spelunkers, and others in close contact with animals). 

Safe food and water precautions

Many illnesses can be caused by eating food or drinking beverages contaminated by bacteria, parasites, toxins, or viruses, or by swimming or bathing in contaminated water.

  • Learn more about food and water precautions to take to avoid getting sick by visiting our eat and drink safely abroad page. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
  • Avoid getting water into your eyes, mouth or nose when swimming or participating in activities in freshwater (streams, canals, lakes), particularly after flooding or heavy rain. Water may look clean but could still be polluted or contaminated.
  • Avoid inhaling or swallowing water while bathing, showering, or swimming in pools or hot tubs. 

Cholera is a risk in parts of this country. Most travellers are at very low risk.

To protect against cholera, all travellers should practise safe food and water precautions .

Travellers at higher risk of getting cholera include those:

  • visiting, working or living in areas with limited access to safe food, water and proper sanitation
  • visiting areas where outbreaks are occurring

Vaccination may be recommended for high-risk travellers, and should be discussed with a health care professional.

Travellers' diarrhea is the most common illness affecting travellers. It is spread from eating or drinking contaminated food or water.

Risk of developing travellers' diarrhea increases when travelling in regions with poor standards of hygiene and sanitation. Practise safe food and water precautions.

The most important treatment for travellers' diarrhea is rehydration (drinking lots of fluids). Carry oral rehydration salts when travelling.

Typhoid   is a bacterial infection spread by contaminated food or water. Risk is higher among children, travellers going to rural areas, travellers visiting friends and relatives or those travelling for a long period of time.

Travellers visiting regions with a risk of typhoid, especially those exposed to places with poor sanitation, should speak to a health care professional about vaccination.  

Insect bite prevention

Many diseases are spread by the bites of infected insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, fleas or flies. When travelling to areas where infected insects may be present:

  • Use insect repellent (bug spray) on exposed skin
  • Cover up with light-coloured, loose clothes made of tightly woven materials such as nylon or polyester
  • Minimize exposure to insects
  • Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in buildings that are not fully enclosed

To learn more about how you can reduce your risk of infection and disease caused by bites, both at home and abroad, visit our insect bite prevention page.

Find out what types of insects are present where you’re travelling, when they’re most active, and the symptoms of the diseases they spread.

There is a risk of chikungunya in this country.  The risk may vary between regions of a country.  Chikungunya is a virus spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. Chikungunya can cause a viral disease that typically causes fever and pain in the joints. In some cases, the joint pain can be severe and last for months or years.

Protect yourself from mosquito bites at all times. There is no vaccine available for chikungunya.

Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever is a viral disease that can cause fever, pain and bleeding under the skin.  In some cases, it can be fatal.  It spreads to humans through contact with infected animal blood or tissues, or from the bite of an infected tick.  Risk is generally low for most travellers.  Protect yourself from tick bites and avoid animals, particularly livestock.  There is no vaccine available for Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever.

Visceral  leishmaniasis   (or kala azar) affects the bone marrow and internal organs. It is caused by a parasite spread through the bite of a female sandfly. It can also be transmitted by blood transfusion or sharing contaminated needles. If left untreated it can cause death. Risk is generally low for most travellers. Protect yourself from sandfly bites, which typically occur after sunset in rural and forested areas and in some urban centres. There is no vaccine or medication to protect against leishmaniasis.

Lymphatic filariasis , also known as elephantiasis, is caused by filariae (tiny worms) spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. It can cause a range of illnesses. Risk is generally low for most travellers. Protect yourself from mosquito bites. There is no vaccine available for lymphatic filariasis although drug treatments exist.

  • In this country,   dengue  is a risk to travellers. It is a viral disease spread to humans by mosquito bites.
  • Dengue can cause flu-like symptoms. In some cases, it can lead to severe dengue, which can be fatal.
  • The level of risk of dengue changes seasonally, and varies from year to year. The level of risk also varies between regions in a country and can depend on the elevation in the region.
  • Mosquitoes carrying dengue typically bite during the daytime, particularly around sunrise and sunset.
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites . There is no vaccine or medication that protects against dengue.

Zika virus is a risk in this country. 

Zika virus is primarily spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. It can also be sexually transmitted. Zika virus can cause serious birth defects.

During your trip:

  • Prevent mosquito bites at all times.
  • Use condoms correctly or avoid sexual contact, particularly if you are pregnant.

If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, you should discuss the potential risks of travelling to this destination with your health care provider. You may choose to avoid or postpone travel. 

For more information, see Zika virus: Pregnant or planning a pregnancy.

Animal precautions

Some infections, such as rabies and influenza, can be shared between humans and animals. Certain types of activities may increase your chance of contact with animals, such as travelling in rural or forested areas, camping, hiking, and visiting wet markets (places where live animals are slaughtered and sold) or caves.

Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, livestock (pigs, cows), monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats, and to avoid eating undercooked wild game.

Closely supervise children, as they are more likely to come in contact with animals.

There is a risk of Nipah virus infection in this country. Nipah virus infections can range from asymptomatic (no symptoms) to severe illness and death.

Nipah virus is spread to people from animals (such as fruit bats) but it can also be spread through contaminated food or close contact with someone who is ill.

Travellers to areas where Nipah virus is found should:

  • avoid consuming date palm sap products, including raw date palm juice
  • thoroughly wash and peel fruit before consumption
  • wash hands regularly with soap and water
  • discard fruit with signs of bites or fruit that has been found on the ground
  • avoid contact with fruit bats and areas where they are known to roost

For more information on preventing Nipah virus infection, visit Nipah virus: Prevention and risks .

There is no vaccine or medication that protects against Nipah virus infection.

Person-to-person infections

Stay home if you’re sick and practise proper cough and sneeze etiquette , which includes coughing or sneezing into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand. Reduce your risk of colds, the flu and other illnesses by:

  •   washing your hands often
  • avoiding or limiting the amount of time spent in closed spaces, crowded places, or at large-scale events (concerts, sporting events, rallies)
  • avoiding close physical contact with people who may be showing symptoms of illness 

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) , HIV , and mpox are spread through blood and bodily fluids; use condoms, practise safe sex, and limit your number of sexual partners. Check with your local public health authority pre-travel to determine your eligibility for mpox vaccine.  

Tuberculosis is an infection caused by bacteria and usually affects the lungs.

For most travellers the risk of tuberculosis is low.

Travellers who may be at high risk while travelling in regions with risk of tuberculosis should discuss pre- and post-travel options with a health care professional.

High-risk travellers include those visiting or working in prisons, refugee camps, homeless shelters, or hospitals, or travellers visiting friends and relatives.

Medical services and facilities

The quality of health care varies significantly throughout the country.

Medical care in major cities may be good, but it’s usually very limited or unavailable in rural areas.

Government hospitals provide free services or at a minimal cost. Private facilities often offer a higher level of care but can be expensive. Most hospitals require up-front payment or confirmation of insurance coverage before commencing treatment.

Specialised treatment for psychiatric illness may not be available outside major cities.

Make sure you get travel insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation and hospital stays.

Travel health and safety

Ambulances are often equipped with basic and old medical equipment.

Response times can be very slow. Traffic doesn’t yield to emergency vehicles.

In case of serious illness or injury, you may consider taking a taxi or private vehicle to go to the hospital rather than wait for an ambulance.

Medical tourism

Some Canadian citizens have had severe health complications following cosmetic or other elective surgeries abroad.

Before leaving for medical travel:

  • make sure you have done your research
  • use competent health-care providers only

Receiving Medical Care in Other Countries

Keep in Mind...

The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.

Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a   travel health kit , especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.

You must abide by local laws.

Learn about what you should do and how we can help if you are arrested or detained abroad .

Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe. Convicted offenders can expect heavy fines and jail sentences. Detention during the investigation is common and can be lengthy.

Laws regarding the purchase and consumption of alcohol, including the legal drinking age, differ from state to state. Authorities often call for dry periods during:

  • religious festivals
  • national holidays

Drugs, alcohol and travel

It is prohibited to import, possess or use e-cigarettes, vaporisers and their refills.

Beef consumption

Cows are protected and venerated by several groups of faith in India.

Several states impose prohibitions on beef slaughter and consumption. In some rural areas, cow protection vigilantes have attacked people suspected of selling, consuming, or possessing beef or items made with cowhide.

Avoid consuming beef or its derived products while in India.

Religious proselytism

In certain states, it’s illegal to engage in religious proselytism, such as preaching, possessing, or distributing religious literature or material with the intent of converting. Indian authorities require foreign missionaries to obtain a missionary visa.

If you plan to conduct religious activities in India, ensure that:

  • the activities are legal
  • you possess the proper visa for the activities you plan to perform

Satellite devices

It’s illegal to carry or use a satellite device in India.

Photography

It is prohibited to take pictures of military installations, airports and dams.

Ask permission before photographing places of worship such as temples or mosques.

Imports and exports

There are strict regulations on the importation or exportation of items such as:

  • antiquities
  • electronic equipment
  • local currency
  • ivory and gold objects
  • protected animals
  • pornographic material

Among others, you must register antique items for export with local police, with a photograph of each item.

Customs Guide for Travellers - India’s Central Board of Excise and Customs

Dress and behaviour

India is a traditional, conservative and multi-faith society. To avoid offending local sensitivities:

  • Dress conservatively
  • Behave discreetly
  • Respect religious and social traditions
  • Avoid displays of affection in public
  • Avoid using footwear in places of worship

Indian family law is very different from Canadian law.

In case of dispute, consult a local lawyer to be fully aware of local laws regarding marital fraud, dowry abuse or extortion, custody, guardianship and visitation rights. Individuals facing charges may be forced to remain in India until their cases have been settled or charges dismissed.

Commercial surrogacy

If you’re planning to visit India to commission surrogacy arrangements, you should consider the potential challenges involved in pursuing international surrogacy. Seek specialist legal advice on Indian and Canadian laws before making any arrangements.

A proposed Indian government ban on foreign commercial surrogacy could affect Canadians travelling to India to enter into a surrogacy agreement.

You should also consult with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on current policies regarding citizenship through descent and the issuance of Canadian travel documents.

Land and property disputes

If you plan on buying property or are involved in a land dispute in India, you should seek legal advice. Do so before making commitments. Related disputes could take time and be costly to resolve.

The offices of the Government of Canada in India can’t provide assistance or legal advice related to private legal matters.

2SLGBTQI+ travellers

Indian law doesn’t criminalize sexual acts or relationships between persons of the same sex.

However, 2SLGBTQI+ travellers could be discriminated against based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or sex characteristics.

Travel and your sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics

Dual citizenship is not legally recognized in India.

If local authorities consider you a citizen of India, they may refuse to grant you access to Canadian consular services. This will prevent us from providing you with those services.

Travellers with dual citizenship

International Child Abduction

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is an international treaty. It can help parents with the return of children who have been removed to or retained in certain countries in violation of custody rights. It does not apply between Canada and India.

If your child was wrongfully taken to, or is being held in India by an abducting parent:

  • act as quickly as you can
  • consult a lawyer in Canada and in India to explore all the legal options for the return of your child
  • report the situation to the nearest Canadian government office abroad or to the Vulnerable Children’s Consular Unit at Global Affairs Canada by calling the Emergency Watch and Response Centre.

If your child was removed from a country other than Canada, consult a lawyer to determine if The Hague Convention applies.

Be aware that Canadian consular officials cannot interfere in private legal matters or in another country’s judicial affairs.

  • International Child Abduction: A Guidebook for Left-Behind Parents
  • Travelling with children
  • Canadian embassies and consulates by destination
  • Emergency Watch and Response Centre

Identification

You must carry your passport and Indian visa at all times.

Traffic drives on the left.

You must carry an international driving permit.

International Driving Permit

The currency in India is the Indian Rupee (INR).

Non-residents are prohibited from importing or exporting the Indian rupee. A limit of 25,000 rupees is imposed on residents.

Upon entering or leaving India, you must make a declaration to customs if you have USD 5,000 or more, or the equivalent in other currencies.

India is prone to extreme weather events such as:

  • dust storms
  • earthquakes

Extreme temperatures can occur in both spring and summer.

The rainy (or monsoon) season extends from June to September.

Heavy rain can cause flooding throughout the country, resulting in significant loss of life and extensive damage to infrastructure. Seasonal flooding and landslides can hamper overland travel and reduce the provision of essential services. Roads may become impassable and bridges damaged.

India’s coastline is subject to cyclones, particularly between April and December. These severe storms can put you at risk and hamper the provision of essential services.

If you decide to travel to a coastal area:

  • know that you may expose yourself to serious safety risks
  • be prepared to change your travel plans on short notice, including cutting short or cancelling your trip
  • stay informed of the latest regional weather forecasts
  • carry emergency contact information for your airline or tour operator
  • follow the advice and instructions of local authorities
  • Tornadoes, cyclones, hurricanes, typhoons and monsoons
  • Large-scale emergencies abroad
  • Weather forecasts and warnings - Indian Meteorological Department
  • Current cyclone activity - Tropical storm risk

Seismic activity

Parts of India are located in active seismic zones. Earthquakes occur.

In the event of an earthquake, follow the instructions of local authorities.

What to do during an earthquake

Air pollution

Smoke haze and other types of air pollution can be extremely hazardous in urban areas and cities such as Delhi. It’s typically at its worst in winter. In rural areas, air quality can be affected by agricultural burning.

Dust storms also occur across northern India.

Monitor air pollution levels, which change quickly, especially if you suffer from respiratory ailments or have pre-existing medical conditions.

During periods of high pollution:

  • limit your activities outdoors
  • monitor local media
  • System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research - Ministry of Earth Science of India
  • Real time ambient air quality data - Delhi Pollution Control Committee
  • Air pollution in India - World Air Quality Index

In mountainous regions, avalanches present a risk and have resulted in fatalities.

  • Monitor local media and weather forecasts
  • Follow the advice of local authorities

Local services

In case of emergency, dial:

  • police: 100/112 from cellular telephones
  • firefighters: 101
  • medical assistance: 102
  • victims of sexual harassment: 1091

General services

The Indian Ministry of Tourism offers 24-hour general advice for tourists.

Dial: 1-800 111-363.

Consular assistance

The Consulates General of Canada in Bengaluru, Chandigarh and Mumbai are temporarily suspending in-person operations. You can obtain consular assistance and further consular information from the High Commission of Canada in New Delhi.

Consular services in person remain available at the High Commission of Canada in New Delhi.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Ladakh, Lakshadweep, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Pondicherry, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand.

For emergency consular assistance, call the High Commission of Canada in India, in New Delhi and follow the instructions. At any time, you may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.

The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. We take the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provide credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad.

The content on this page is provided for information only. While we make every effort to give you correct information, it is provided on an "as is" basis without warranty of any kind, expressed or implied. The Government of Canada does not assume responsibility and will not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided.

If you need consular assistance while abroad, we will make every effort to help you. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.

Learn more about consular services .

Risk Levels

  take normal security precautions.

Take similar precautions to those you would take in Canada.

  Exercise a high degree of caution

There are certain safety and security concerns or the situation could change quickly. Be very cautious at all times, monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities.

IMPORTANT: The two levels below are official Government of Canada Travel Advisories and are issued when the safety and security of Canadians travelling or living in the country or region may be at risk.

  Avoid non-essential travel

Your safety and security could be at risk. You should think about your need to travel to this country, territory or region based on family or business requirements, knowledge of or familiarity with the region, and other factors. If you are already there, think about whether you really need to be there. If you do not need to be there, you should think about leaving.

  Avoid all travel

You should not travel to this country, territory or region. Your personal safety and security are at great risk. If you are already there, you should think about leaving if it is safe to do so.

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Canadians can 'pack their suitcases' as India reopens online travel visa processing

Nazir Karnai woke up on Wednesday to the news he's been waiting two months to hear: Canadians can apply online for tourist visas to India once again.

"It was such a relief," the president of Explore India Journeys said on his way to what he anticipated would be a busy day at the Vancouver-based travel agency.

"Every day people were checking, 'Did you hear anything? Did you hear anything?"'

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India's high commission in Ottawa confirmed on social media that the decision took effect as of Wednesday.

The reversal comes two months after India stopped processing visas at its Canadian missions, and for Canadian citizens abroad.

In September, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced in the House of Commons that Canada's intelligence services had what he called credible information about "a potential link" between India's government and the killing of Canadian Sikh activist Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

The 45-year-old was shot by masked gunmen outside a Surrey, B.C., gurdwara in June in what police said was a targeted killing.

The Indian government had accused Nijjar of being linked to terrorism, but it has also denied involvement in his death, calling the allegations absurd.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who visited India earlier this month, urged New Delhi to work with Canadian officials investigating Nijjar's death. Trudeau has publicly made the same request.

Immigration Minister Marc Miller told reporters in Ottawa on Wednesday that he was happy to hear the ban had ended.

"It shouldn't have happened in the first place," he said. "It's encouraging news for people (who) are looking to travel."

Miller declined to speculate about why India had stopped processing Canadians' visas on Sept. 21, saying he knows only what New Delhi has said publicly. It had argued that diplomats in Canada could not safely get to work.

India's worries about Sikh separatist groups in Canada have long strained the relationship between the two countries, despite maintaining strong defence and trade ties. India had previously accused Canada of harboring separatists and terrorists.

Last month, Canada recalled 41 of its 62 diplomats in India after New Delhi warned it would strip their diplomatic immunity -- something Canadian officials said was a violation of the Geneva Convention.

In late October, India began easing the visa restrictions, resuming business, medical and conference visas as well as entry for people with family ties in India.

That entry visa was restricted to "persons of Indian origin" or their spouses or children. There had been uproar online from Canadians who were unable to visit relatives during the country's wedding season, which began in November.

Restrictions remained in place for tourists, students, journalists and missionaries until Wednesday.

Karnai said about 70 per cent of his clients did not have a visa for their upcoming trips.

"I'm also happy for both countries, Canada and India, you know it's a great start," he said, adding that during a recent visit to India he got the impression that "nobody knows about this visa thing."

Karnai said many of his clients are planning to attend weddings this winter.

"We'll be calling people and we'll be letting them know that now they can pack their suitcases," he said.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 22, 2023.

With files from The Associated Press.

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Canada Visa from India – Complete Guide To Canada Visitor Visa Application And Requirements

Canada seems to have it all! Stunning mountain ranges in Banff, perfect for hiking, exciting cities like Montreal great for exploring and offshore islands like Cape Breton full of culture and history! What are you waiting for? In this article, learn more about how to apply for a Canada Visitor Visa from India – online and in person, processing time at the Canadian visa application center, and Canada visitor visa application process.

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Applying for a Canada Visitor Visa from India

If you are planning on visiting Canada, you must obtain a temporary resident visa. This will allow you to stay in Canada for up to 6 months. There are 2 ways you can do this from India:

  • Apply online at www.canada.ca
  • Apply through www.vfsglobal.ca . VFS Global has offices in New Delhi, Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Pune, and Kolkata

Types of visas for Canada

There are 5 types of temporary resident visas, however, if you are going to Canada for tourism purposes, then you would apply for number 1 – a visitor visa:

  • Temporary foreign workers (TFWs)
  • Temporary resident permit workers (TRP)
  • Transit visa – only required if you are traveling through Canada for less than 48 hours on your way to another country

Visitor visas are issued as:

  • Single entry – you will be permitted to enter Canada once during the visa dates
  • Multiple entry – you will be permitted to enter Canada as many times as you wish before the visa expires

The Canada Visitor Visa Application Process

Processing times vary depending on where you are applying from. If you are applying from India, the processing time is 94 days. However, this timescale is not absolute. It may take longer due to the type of application submitted and whether it is complete. Also, if the visa office cannot verify your information easily, they may ask you for further documentation which may also affect the time it takes to process your application.

Please note, the processing time doesn’t include the time it takes for your application to be sent to the government of Canada from VFS in India or the time you need to provide bio-metric data.

You should bear these points in mind when applying for your Canadian visitor visa to ensure there is enough time for your application to be processed before your travel date.

How to apply for a Canada visitor visa

Before you decide whether to apply online or in person, you should consider the benefits of applying online:

  • No courier fees or mail delivery time
  • Online applications may be processed more quickly
  • Avoid processing delays
  • If we need to ask for more documents, you can submit them online
  • No need to submit your passport immediately
  • Get updates on the status of your application

Whether you apply online or in person, there are 4 steps which you must follow:

  • Gather documents
  • Complete the application
  • Pay the fees
  • Submit the application

The only difference will be step 4. If you are applying online, you may submit your application electronically. If you are applying in person through the visa application center, you will hand over your application to the visa office.

How to apply for a Canada visitor visa online

Go to the official website – www.canada.ca and click on “Apply online”:

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You will be directed to a new page which gives information about the process. Read the information and once you are happy to proceed, click on “Apply”:

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Scroll down to “How do you want to apply” and choose “Online” and click on “Get Instructions”:

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Please note, in order to apply online, you will need a scanner or camera so you can submit the requested documents and a credit or debit card to pay the fees. Once you have read the instructions, which can be accessed from this page, click on “Apply for a Visitor Visa”:

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In order to apply online, you’ll need to register as a new user:

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Once you have registered, you can sign in and get started:

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The instruction guide will give you information about what you need to key into the application if you get stuck. Once you have completed the application, you will pay the visa and biometric fees. You will also need to upload your documents before submitting the application electronically.

How to apply for a Canada visitor visa in person

Go to VFS Global’s website and click on “How to apply”:

If you scroll down that page, you will see that there are 6 steps to make a paper application:

  • Read complete information on the visa/permit requirements on the government of Canada’s website and download the application form and checklist for the visa you are applying for
  • Fill out the application form to be completed electronically and printed along with the barcode
  • Get your documents ready. You can find the checklist here
  • Pay the fees (see below)
  • If you are NOT REQUIRED to submit biometrics, visit VFS during their business hours with your passport, photographs, completed forms, the visa fee and all the supporting documents required. If you are REQUIRED to submit biometrics, prior appointment is mandatory for biometric enrollment.
  • On your appointment date (if applicable), please arrive at VFS with the appointment letter 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time. Please bring your completed and printed application forms, supporting documents, fee payment receipt, original passport and two copies of the passport bio data page. Your application and biometrics will be collected. You will pay the fees and be given a receipt which contains your unique tracking number. You can use this to track your application.

Making appointments with the visa application center is generally free and can be done yourself. However, If you are running short of time or not sure where to apply to or have no idea on how to get this done yourself then not to worry, we will make the appointment for you for a small service fee!

Booking a visa appointment using our services is pretty simple! All you have to do is follow the 3 simple steps below:

  • Visit the link to schedule the visa appointment
  • Submit the appointment details, visa you are applying for, visa office you need the appointment for, the country you need the appointment IN and make the payment
  • Receive appointment confirmation in email

Book Visa Appointment

You can also make an appointment on your own by following the steps below:

  • Go to VFS Global’s website
  • Click on “Schedule an appointment”. If you have provided biometrics in the past, you may not need to provide them again if they are still valid. Further information regarding this can be found here .

There are several ways to make an appointment:

  • Online – click on the link for scheduling an appointment
  • By telephone – 18002668858
  • By email – [email protected]
  • Webchat – Use the “Chat now” function
  • In-person – at your local VFS office during business hours

Required documents

Whether you are applying online or in person, there is a list of required documents that you will need to submit with your visa application. There is a document checklist you can refer to, but documents include:

  • Visa application form
  • Family information form
  • Valid passport with 1 blank page
  • 2 photos with your name and date of birth written on the back. Please refer to the checklist for full specifications
  • Proof of financial support
  • Travel Itinerary
  • Marriage certificate
  • Reason for traveling to Canada
  • Proof of legal residency status in India
  • Hotel Reservation
  • Travel authorization letter (if the applicant is a minor) including parent (s) passport

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If you’re planning to obtain your flight reservation for visa without paying for the ticket, all you have to do is follow the 3 simple steps below:

  • Visit the Visa Reservation website to choose the right package
  •  Submit the travel details and make the payment online
  • Receive flight itinerary in email

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It is important to note that further documents may be required depending on your nationality and where you are applying from. You can find the specific documents for your country here .

Click on “Read the instruction guide”:

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On the next page, scroll down to “Gather your documents” and click on the link for “Application for a visitor visa”:

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On the next page,

  • Scroll down to “Apply on paper”
  • Select the country you are applying from. In this case, India
  • Click on “Get documents”

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Please note, you MUST select the country/territory from which you will be applying to get your local visa office instructions. If you do not, you might submit an incomplete application which will result in a rejected or delayed application.

On the next page, click on “Visa office instructions – Visit (IMM 5881)”:

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You will then be directed to the visa office instruction document:

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Please remember, this document must be used in conjunction with the document checklist IMM 5484 (see above):

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As you get your documents together, use the visa office instructions as a checklist to ensure you have everything you need for your application. Applicants from India must also provide the following documents depending on the purpose of their trip:

Visiting family or friends

  • Income Tax Returns for the past two years
  • Copies of bank statements or bank book covering the past 6 months
  • Any additional relevant documentation (employment letter, pay slips, proof of pension, business registration, investments, etc.)
  • If you are employed – letter to prove leave of absence along with your name, position, salary, start date, employer’s name, address and telephone number
  • If you are retired – retirement certificate showing the amount of your pension
  • If you are a student – letter confirming that you are enrolled and in good standing and that the school has approved your absence
  • Information on the inviter in Canada – Letter of invitation stating the purpose and duration of the visit, confirmation of the number of people in the inviter’s household, inviter’s immigration status/citizenship documents, proof of inviter’s income/financial situation, and letter of acceptance or good standing from the school (if inviter is a student)
  • Proof of relationship with the inviter in Canada – birth certificate, copy of marriage certificate, etc

If you are not paying for your own trip

  • Letter signed by the person paying and a photocopy of their passport or bank certificate proving that they have sufficient funds (documents must not be older than 3 months)
  • Describe how this person is related to you
  • Detailed itinerary including proof of air ticket and hotel booking
  • Copies of bank statements for past six months
  • Any additional relevant documentation – employment letter, pay slips, proof of pension, business registration, investments, etc
  • Proof of previous travel – provide previous passports
  • Letter signed by the person paying and a photocopy of their passport or bank certificate proving that they have sufficient funds

Super Visa (if you are visiting children or grandchildren who are citizens/permanent residents of Canada for an extended stay of up to 2 years)

  • Evidence of private medical insurance – this must be from a Canadian insurance company; Valid for a minimum of 1 year from the date of entry with a minimum cover of $100,000
  • Proof of having undergone a medical examination from one of the panel physicians for India, Nepal or Bhutan

Business including international business activities, trade shows, attending conferences etc

  • Invitation letter (from Canada) to include company name, inviter details, business address, email, website address, telephone and fax numbers, a brief summary of the invitation to include details of activities, duration of trip and confirmation of who will be responsible for expenses
  • Letter from your employer – it must confirm your employment and title, purpose of your trip, name of the company, company contact, address, telephone and fax number.
  • If you are attending a trade show or other business conference – letter from the conference organizer confirming your registration. Also a letter from your employer, confirming your employment and title, the purpose of your trip and who is covering the expenses, the full name of the company, company contact, address, telephone and email
  • Bank documents showing financial history
  • Evidence of employment such as income tax returns and pay stubs

Returning student holding a valid study permit

  • Proof of good standing at the school where you are studying
  • Tuition receipts
  • Letter of good standing and date of return

Returning worker holding a valid work permit

  • Signed letter from your employer in Canada confirming employment
  • Supporting evidence of this employment such as pay stubs and bank statements
  • Seamen’s book
  • Employment contract
  • Invitation letter from the Canadian shipping agent
  • Reference letter from the local Indian shipping agent

Religious workers

  • Invitation letter from host organization in Canada
  • Letters of reference from organizations in India
  • Supporting evidence of religious worker training
  • Income tax returns for the past two years
  • Bank documents for the past 6months.

Short-term studies (6 months or less)

  • Letter of Acceptance from the Admissions or Registrar’s Office of a Canadian school showing exact fees, start and end dates and the latest date you may register
  • Tuition receipts (if paid)
  • Evidence of the highest diploma you have obtained
  • For organized study groups – an invitation letter with details of the program, list of participants and who will be paying the expenses
  • Signed original parental employment letters confirming position, salary and date of hire
  • Bank documents showing financial history, for example, bank books, etc

Transiting through Canada

  • Air ticket and travel itinerary to confirm the number of times you will be entering Canada, and the dates and times for each entry and exit
  • A valid visa for country of final destination, if applicable
  • A letter of invitation from the inviter in Canada or a letter of intent stating the purpose of your trip
  • If you are employed, a letter from your employer on company letterhead granting your leave of absence and including your name, position, current salary and start date

Not all of the above scenarios will apply to you, so you should read these requirements carefully. Make sure you include all the necessary documents before you submit your application.

All documents should be in English or French. If not, you should provide the English or French translation and an affidavit from the person who completed the translation and a certified copy of the original document.

Make sure you have all the required documents for your visa to prevent your application from being delayed or rejected.

Paying the fee

There are 2 types of fee:

  • Application processing fee
  • Biometric fee

As mentioned above, the fees must be paid before you submit your application online or when you attend your appointment at the visa application center. The fee required may be paid in your local currency.

Biometric Fee:

Fees are subject to change at any time and will not be refunded even if your application is rejected.

VFS Global has additional fees that may be charged. For example:

  • Applicants who submit their passport or documents at a different visa application center from the one where they initially provided biometrics, a Package Transmission fee will apply
  • All applicants who are submitting paper applications (with or without biometrics) will need to pay the Assisted Service – Paper Application fee
  • If you do not need to provide biometrics and you are submitting your passport, documents, or both at the VAC, the Package Transmission fee will apply

For the full list of VFS’ additional services and relevant fees, click here .

How to pay the fees for your application

To pay your fees for your application you’ll need:

  • An email address
  • Access to a printer
  • A credit card

Click on the link which you’ll find on the visa website and follow the instructions:

Remember to print off the receipt (2 copies) because you will need to submit one copy along with your visa application. The other copy is your proof of payment.

If you are unable to make online payments, you can pay cash at the visa application center and they will make the online payment for you.

After you submit your documents

Once you have submitted your application, the Canadian visa application office will check that it is complete, you have paid the fee and all the required documents are there. Please note, if they have not received everything, your application will be returned and it will not be processed.

At this stage, the visa officer may ask you to attend an interview or send more information such as additional documents.

You can track the progress of your application if you have applied through VFS Global. Go to their website and click on “Track your application”:

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Scroll down and click on the link:

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Key in your tracking ID number and your date of birth:

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You can also track your application by sending an email to [email protected] or by Webchat or by calling VFS on 18002668858.

The outcome of your application will be either:

  • Approved – your visa will be attached to your passport which will be returned to you via courier or you can collect it from the VFS office
  • Rejected – you will receive an explanation as to why your application was refused

The following reasons may result in a rejected application:

  • The visa officer has reason to believe you will stay in Canada longer than your visa allows – ensure you provide sufficient information to prove that you will leave Canada before your visa expires
  • You are inadmissible to Canada for a number of reasons – further information on how to overcome this can be found of the government of Canada’s website

1. How can I apply for a Canada visitor visa from India?

You can apply online at www.canada.ca or in person at www.vfsglobal.ca in India (see above)

2. Can I apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter Canada?

You can only apply for a eTA if you are a citizen of certain countries. You can check on the Canadian government’s website to check whether you can apply for an eTA

3. Do I need to make an appointment at VFS Global?

You only need to make an appointment if you have to provide biometric data. If you have done this in the past, you may not have to provide it again. You don’t need an appointment if you are simply submitting your visa application documents

4. What is VFS Global?

VFS Global is a company which has been authorized by the government of Canada to receive and submit visa applications

5. How early should I submit my application?

You should take note of the processing times issued by the government of Canada and apply in plenty of time. Applications from India take at least 94 days to be processed, but it may take longer

6. Which VFS office should I submit my application?

There are 10 VFS offices located across India, so you should submit your application to the office which is most convenient to you

7. Is it quicker to apply online?

Applying online could avoid processing delays, such as incomplete applications. If you apply online, you can make sure your application is complete before submitting it. However, there is no guarantee that it would be any quicker

8. Can I send my application by mail?

No, you cannot. You must submit your application online or in-person

9. How do I get my passport back?

Once a decision has been reached, your passport will be returned to you via courier or you can collect it from VFS Global

10. Why do I need to attend an interview?

It’s usually because the visa office cannot verify the information you have given. You will be asked questions about your application which you should answer honestly

Contact details for VFS Global in India

Helpline number: 18002668858/ 022-67866002 (8:00 hrs – 17:00 hrs Monday to Friday)

Helpline email : [email protected]

Hours of Operation (All offices)

  • Application Submission with Biometrics (By appointment only): Mon-Fri- 09:00 to 17:00
  • Only Biometric collection (By appointment only): Mon-Fri- 09:00 to 17:00
  • Only Passport Submission (walk-in Service): Mon-Fri- 09:00 to 17:00
  • Passport Collection: Mon-Fri- 09:00 to 17:00

Address: Canada Visa Application Centre, VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd., Shivaji Stadium Metro Station, Mezzanine Level, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi 110001

Address: Canada Visa Application Centre, VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd., C-313, B-3rd Floor, Elante, Industrial Area Phase 1, Chandigarh 160002

Address : Canada Visa Application Centre, Aman Plaza, 1st Floor, 310 Lajpat Nagar, Mahavir Marg, Nakodar Chowk Opposite to Lovely Autos, Jalandhar 144001

Address: Canada Visa Application Centre, VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd., 5th Floor, Fagun Mansion, Ethiraj Salai, Egmore, Chennai 600008

Address: Canada Visa Application Centre, VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd., Sobha Pearl, Commissariat Road, Ashok Nagar, Sivanchetti Gardens, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560025

Address: Canada Visa Application Centre, VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd., Zonah Crescent, 3rd Floor, Banjara Hills, Road No 12, Hyderabad, Telangana 500034

Address: Canada Visa Application Centre, VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd., 4th floor, Urmi Axis Building, Behind Famous Studio, Opp. E Moses Road, Mahalaxmi (West), Mumbai 400011

Address: Canada Visa Application Centre, VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd., Unit No 1 and 2, Bhikubhai Chambers, Near Bharat petroleum Ashram Road, Paldi Ahmedabad 380007

Address: Canada Visa Application Centre, VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd., 93 + 94, 40 401, Lalwani Icon Sakore Nagar, Viman Nagar, Near Hotel Fidalgo, Pune 411014

Address: Canada Visa Application Centre, VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd., 4th Floor, Rene Tower, Plot No. AA-I, 1842, Rajdanga Main Road, Kasba, Kolkata 700107

To apply for your Canada Visitor Visa online:

  • Create an account
  • Complete your application online
  • Submit your application

If you are applying in person:

  • Gather your documents
  • Complete your application form
  • Make an appointment (if biometrics are required)
  • Pay the fee

Then, you’ll receive your visa for your fabulous trip to Canada!

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A Tourist Visa is granted to a foreigner whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation, sightseeing, causal visit to meet friends or relatives. Tourist visa is non-extendable and non-convertible. Change of purpose is not allowed.

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A Canadian tourist visa from India, or Temporary Resident Visa (TRV), is your ticket to explore Canada’s beauty. Indian travellers can opt for Single Entry or Multiple Entry Visas, valid for ten years. To be eligible, applicants need to show their travel purpose, financial stability, home country ties, a clean record, a valid passport, and a well-documented travel plan, including an invitation letter if applicable.

With its breathtaking landscapes, diverse culture, and numerous attractions, Canada has become a popular destination for tourists worldwide. Whether you’re looking to explore the wilderness while battling the cold or travel across Canadian cities, there’s something for everyone in Canada. Indian travellers, in particular, are drawn to Canada’s beauty and opportunities. 

However, before embarking on their journey, Indian citizens must understand the process and requirements for obtaining a Canada tourist visa from India. This comprehensive guide will provide an overview of the application process, eligibility criteria, and the documents required for a Canada tourist visa. We will also offer valuable tips to increase the chances of a successful visa application.

What are the Canada Visa Types?

When you are travelling to Canada, it is essential to understand various tourist visa types and their unique purposes. Let’s check out the types of Canadian visas , particularly emphasising the tourist visa category and its relevance to Indian travellers. 

Understanding the different types of Canadian visas empowers Indian travellers to choose the most appropriate category based on their purpose of travel. It is crucial to thoroughly review the eligibility criteria, document requirements, and Canada tourist visa application process specific to each visa category to ensure a successful application.

Canada Tourist Visa Eligibility Criteria

To meet the Canada tourist visa eligibility for a Canada tourist visa from India, Indian citizens must fulfil specific requirements. Here are the eligibility criteria you need to fulfil:

  • Valid Travel Document: You must possess a valid travel document, such as a passport, with an expiration date well beyond your intended stay in Canada.
  • Good Health: Applicants must be in good health. Sometimes, a medical exam may be required to assess your health condition.
  • Clean Record: You should have no criminal or immigration-related convictions. A clear criminal record is essential for visa approval.
  • Ties to Home Country: You must demonstrate ties to your home country, such as employment, home ownership, financial assets, or family relationships. These ties indicate that you have reasons to return to your home country after you visit Canada.
  • Intent to Leave Canada: You need to convince the immigration officer that you genuinely intend to leave Canada at the end of your visit. This could be based on your ties to your home country, return flight tickets or other compelling reasons.
  • Sufficient Funds: You must have enough money to cover your stay in Canada. The required amount depends on the duration of your stay and whether you will be staying in a hotel, with friends, or relatives. Proof of financial sufficiency is crucial.
  • Medical Exam: In some cases, a medical examination may be necessary to ensure you are in good health, especially if you plan to stay for an extended period.
  • Letter of Invitation: You might need a letter of invitation from a Canadian resident if you are visiting friends or family. This letter is a supporting document for your application, indicating that you have a genuine purpose for your visit.

Documents Required for Canada Tourist Visa

Original indian passport.

  • Must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your intended date of leaving Canada.
  • Include a copy of the passport page with all your information, including passport number, date of issue and expiry, and personal details.

Learn about the documents required for a passport application.

Visa Application Forms

  • Complete and submit the required application forms provided in the Canada Visa application package. Assistance from a travel agency can be sought for form filling, but it is fairly straightforward to do it yourself on the official website.

Colour Photographs

  • Submit 3 colour photographs adhering to Canada Visa Photograph Specifications .

Covering Letter

  • Provide a cover letter detailing your personal information and the purpose of your travel to Canada.

Paid Canada Visa Fees

  • Pay the applicable Canada Visa fees and attach the payment receipt to your application.

Financial Proof

  • Provide evidence of your financial stability, including:
  • Original personal bank statements for the last 6 months
  • Salary slips from the last 6 months (if employed)
  • Shop Act / MOA / Deed (if self-employed)
  • Income Tax returns / Form 16 for the last 3 years
  • Other financial documents like Fixed Deposits (FD), National Savings Certificates (NSC), Public Provident Fund (PPF), Shares, Property papers, etc.

Original Leave Letter

  • Submit an original letter from your school, college, or employer confirming approved leave for your intended travel period.

Proof of Clean Criminal Record

  • Provide a police clearance certificate from your home country proving you have no criminal record.

Proof of Good Health

  • Undergo a medical examination and submit a medical certificate indicating good health and eligibility to enter Canada.

Proof of Intent to Return

  • Submit proof of your intent to return to your home country, including documents related to employment, property, and family ties.

Identity and Civil Status Documents

  • Include photocopies of documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, divorce/annulment certificates, etc.

Invitation Letter from Host Company (if applicable)

  • If visiting Canada on a Business Visa, provide a letter of invitation from the host company or business in Canada to support your application.

Note: We would like to emphasise the critical importance of submitting truthful and genuine documents when applying for a visa. False or fraudulent documentation can lead to severe consequences, including future permanent disqualification or bans from entering a particular country.

What is the Canada Tourist Visa Process?

Applying for a Canada tourist visa from India involves a step-by-step process that must be followed meticulously.

Step 1: Gather Documents

  • Begin by gathering all the necessary documents, including your passport, photographs, financial statements, employment letters, travel itinerary, and any other supporting documents required for your application.

Step 2: Complete the Application

  • Fill out the application forms accurately and completely. Ensure that all the information provided is correct and matches the documents you are submitting. The application forms are available through the official website or the Visa Application Center (VAC).

Step 3: Pay the Fees

There are two types of fees associated with the Canada Tourist Visa application

  • Application Processing Fee: This fee covers the processing of your visa application.
  • Biometric Fee: In some cases, you may need to provide biometric information (fingerprints and a photo), which requires an additional fee.

Step 4: Submit the Application

Visa Application Center (VAC):

You can submit your application in person at a  Visa Application Center that serves your area. VAC staff will check your documents, collect your biometrics if required, and send your application to the appropriate visa office for processing.

After submitting your documents, it’s time to play the waiting game. The processing time for a Canada tourist visa from India varies and can take up to 30 days. Planning the application well in advance allows for sufficient processing time. Accuracy and completeness of the application documentation for the visitor visa Canada from India are paramount, as any missing information or inconsistencies may result in delays or even a visa refusal.

CAN+ Visa Application Process

The CAN+ Visa Program streamlines the application process for Canadian temporary resident visitor visas, providing expedited services for eligible applicants with a history of travelling to Canada or holding a valid US visa. Here’s a simplified overview of the CAN+ Visa Application Process:

Step 1: Eligibility Check: Determine if you qualify for CAN+ by travelling to Canada within the last 10 years or holding a valid US visa. Eligible applicants benefit from expedited processing.

Step 2: Prepare Documents: Gather the necessary documents, including your passport, proof of travel history, or valid US visa. Ensure all documents are accurate and up-to-date.

Step 3: Complete the Application: Fill out the standard Temporary Resident Visitor Visa application form. There is no specific CAN+ application form; use the regular application form provided for visitor visas.

Step 4: Submit Online or at VAC: Online Submission: Apply online through the official website. Answer questions accurately, and the system will identify your application as CAN+ if you meet the criteria.

Step 5: Visa Application Center (VAC) Submission: Visit any VAC and inform the staff that you wish to apply under CAN+. Provide proof of your travel history to Canada or your valid US visa.

Step 6: Biometrics (if required): Some applicants may need to provide biometric information (fingerprints and photos). If required, visit a designated biometrics collection point.

  • Wait for Processing: Wait for the processing of your application. CAN+ applications typically receive expedited processing, reducing the waiting time significantly.
  • Application Outcome: You will be notified of the application outcome. If approved, follow the instructions provided to obtain your visa and plan your trip to Canada.

Tips and Recommendations

To increase the chances of a successful Canada tourist visa from India, Indian travellers should consider several practical tips and recommendations.

  • Plan Ahead: Initiate the application process well in advance of your intended travel date.
  • Accurate Documentation: Ensure all required documents are accurate, complete, and up-to-date to avoid discrepancies.
  • Financial Proof: Demonstrate strong financial stability, providing evidence of funds to cover your trip expenses.
  • Travel Insurance: Consider purchasing travel insurance to show responsibility and provide coverage during your trip.
  • Professional Assistance (if needed): Seek help from immigration consultants or professionals if you find the application process complex.
  • Follow Official Guidelines: Adhere meticulously to instructions provided by the official visa website or application centre.
  • Patience : Be patient during the processing period, as visa processing times vary.

Learn more travel tips and hacks for your upcoming visit to Canada.

Key Takeaways

  • There are two types of  Canada Visitor visas from India are Single-entry and Multiple-entry.
  • The CAN+ program offers faster processing for applicants with a history of travelling to Canada or holding a valid US visa.
  • The processing period can typically take up to 30 days.
  • Plan well in advance, provide detailed itineraries, maintain honesty in your application, and consider professional help if needed. Also, having travel insurance is advisable for financial security.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, individuals with no international travel history can apply for a Canada Tourist Visa. However, it’s essential to provide strong ties to your home country and a genuine purpose for your visit.

If your Canada tourist visa application is denied, you can reapply, addressing the issues that led to the rejection. It is crucial to carefully review the refusal letter to understand the reasons and rectify any deficiencies in your new application.

No, a Canada Tourist Visa does not permit you to work or study. If you plan to work or study, you need to apply for the appropriate work permit or study permit respectively.

There is no specific age limit for applying; however, all applicants, regardless of age, must meet the same requirements to obtain a Canada Tourist Visa.

Yes, you can include your family members (spouse, children) in your application. Each family member must submit individual applications and provide the necessary documents.

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Q: Do I need a visa to go to India?

Ans : Yes, all foreigners need a visa to enter India.

Q: Can I get a visa on arrival to enter India? 

Ans : No, you must obtain a visa before taking a flight to India. You cannot obtain a visa on arrival in India.

Q: I want to visit India for tourism/to attend a friend's marriage/ to meet my friends. Which visa should I apply for?

Ans : You apply for a Tourist visa.

Q: I hold a 10 year Tourist visa. Is this valid for travel to India at present?

Ans : 10 year Tourist visas issued to Canadian passport holders are currently not valid for travel to India. They would need to obtain a fresh visa for their travel.

Q: Can I study in India? If so, what type of visa should I apply for?

Ans : Yes. With a valid Student visa for a recognized university/educational institution.

Q: Can I work in India? If so, what type of visa should I apply for?

Ans : Yes. With a valid Employment visa.

Q: I travel to India frequently for business meetings/to explore opportunities for partnerships with Indian companies. Which visa should I apply for?

Ans : You may apply for a business visa valid for multiple entries along with the requisite documents as per the checklist. Kindly note that a Business Visa does not permit you to work in India. In case you wish to work in India, you should apply for an Employment Visa.

Q: I am a Canadian national and I go for one or two months every year for tourism. Which visa should I apply for?

Ans : You can apply for a Tourist visa. This visa is not extendable in India.

Q: I will be changing flights/airports in India to travel to my final destination (say Nepal, Thailand etc.) Do I need a visa to change flights/airport terminals?

Ans : You need to apply for a transit visa if you are going to change from an international terminal to a domestic terminal of any Indian airport or if you are going to stay in an airport hotel even for a few hours. You don't need a transit visa if you stay in the waiting area reserved for international transit passengers in an Indian airport. Note that you can stay for a maximum period of 72 hours in India on a transit visa. You should have a confirmed air ticket for the onward journey.

Q: I have to participate in a Conference/Seminar/Workshop in India. Which visa should I apply for?

Ans : You should apply for a Conference Visa to enable you to participate in the Conference/Seminar/ Workshop along with invitation letter, details of the Conference etc. Clearance from the competent authority in India is required.

Q: I will travel at a much later date. Can my visa be issued to coincide with the date of travel?

Ans : No. Post - dated visas are not issued. The validity of the visa begins from the date of issue.

Q: I have to go for internship/training in a university/institute/company in India for a short period. Which visa should I apply for?

Ans : You should apply for Student visa along with a copy of the offer letter stating the terms of internship. You may also be required to submit a copy of the inter-university student exchange agreement if the proposed internship is a component of such an agreement. You would be required to submit proof of financial standing to support your stay in India.

Q: I will be going to India for work/employment along with my family. Which visa should I apply for? Would my children be able to study in India?

Ans : You must apply for an employment visa along with the requisite documents. Once your visa application is approved, your spouse and children may apply for dependent employment visas in case they are accompanying you during your stay in India. Their visas will be co-terminus with your visa. Your children will be able to secure admission in schools/colleges in India once they have been granted appropriate visas, however, your spouse will not be entitled to take up an employment in India. Kindly note that you have to undergo mandatory registration formalities at the nearest office of the FRRO/FRO within 14 days of your arrival in India if you are planning to stay in the country for a period longer than 180 days.

Q: I will be studying in India for one semester/trimester in an IIT/IIM/IISc/Indian university. Which visa should I apply for?

Ans : You should apply for a student visa along with a copy of the letter from the institute/university confirming your acceptance as a student. You would also be required to submit proof of financial standing to support your stay in India.

Q: I have to travel to India on an emergency. Is there any extra charge for the same?

Ans : Emergency Visa is granted ONLY in case of humanitarian emergencies involving death of a near relative which is subject to verification and at the discretion of the Consulate.  Emergency visa is a Single Entry visa normally valid for 3 Months. This Limited validity visa is issued at a cost of C$ 104 on all working days and $159 on weekends and holidays. Applicants may be required to appear for an interview. It may be borne in mind that a copy of the death certificate of the deceased issued by the concerned hospital or doctor is required to be presented for an emergency visa. Valid documentary proof such copy of passport or birth certificate showing relation of the applicant to the deceased is also essential to apply for an emergency visa.

Q: I had applied for a visa for India but I have changed my mind about visiting the country. Can I claim a refund of the visa fee?

Ans : Visa fees are non-refundable. Once the visa application is accepted, visa fee cannot be refunded even if the visa is refused/not granted.

Q: Do I need a visa for my pet who is accompanying me on my visit to India?

Visa is not required for taking a pet to India but certain customs and vaccination-related regulations have to be complied with. Kindly consult your airline/travel agent for details of these regulations and necessary documentation to facilitate the visit.

Q: How do I know when my passport is ready for collection from BLS?

Ans : Please track your passport on BLS Services website  https://www.blsindia-canada.com/trackapp.php or by calling BLS Helpline numbers (between 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Saturday except closed Holidays).

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Q: Do all the applicants need to be present at the time of submitting an application?

Ans : No. An application can be sent either by mail or in person by an immediate family member. Applications are NOT received through agents or representatives

Q: Will the visa and service fee courier service fees be refunded?

Ans : No refunds. Fees once received would not be refunded, even if the application is withdrawn or service denied.

Q: I wish to visit certain areas in India like Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Nagaland etc. Can I obtain a visa to visit these areas?

Ans : A visa is not sufficient to visit these areas because all of these regions in India are restricted/protected areas for which it is necessary to obtain a Restricted/Protected Area Permit (RAP/PAP). This permit can be obtained on application to the Consulate after the visa is obtained. You can visit certain open areas in Sikkim for a maximum period of 15 days in case you request a 'special endorsement for Sikkim' at the time of applying for your tourist visa.

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Due to COVID-19 there are various travel restrictions for entry of foreign nationals in India, Foreign nationals are allowed to visit India only for Emergency cases. There have been several changes from time to time with regard to issue of visa. Since, October 2020 all tourist visas are under suspension. No fresh tourist visa is being issued as of now. Applicants can submit visa application for Entry Visa (for Indian origin applicants) / X-misc. Visa.

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Due to COVID-19 there are various travel restrictions for entry of foreign nationals in India, Foreign nationals are allowed to visit India only for Emergency cases. There have been several changes from time to time with regard to issue of visa. Since, October 2020 all tourist visas are remain under suspension. No fresh tourist visa is being issued as of now foreign nationals can submit application for Entry Visa (for Indian origin applicants) / X-misc Visa.

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  • In 2022, India was Canada’s top source country for permanent residents, accounting for 27% of admissions. It was also the top source country for temporary foreign workers (22%) and international students (45%).
  • According to the 2021 Census, 1.35M people of Indian origin live in Canada.
  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) offices in India, during normal operations, finalized more than 12,000 applications every week to clients in India (students, businesses, visitors, etc.). Many of these visa applications required interviews and other vetting by Canadian officers to guard against fraud and inadmissibility as well as oversight of visa printing.

Key Messages

  • Following India's decision to unilaterally remove immunities for all but 21 Canadian diplomats and dependents in Delhi, the IRCC footprint in India was reduced from 27 to five Canada-based employees. IRCC will continue to accept and process applications from India, but this reduction impacts our services and clients.
  • It is important to note that the vast majority of applications from India are processed outside of the country, with 89% of India’s applications processed through IRCC’s global network.
  • The five Canada-based IRCC staff who remain in India will focus on work that requires an in-country presence such as urgent processing, visa printing, risk assessment and overseeing locally-engaged staff and key partners.
  • Despite our efforts to redistribute work, there may be potential delays in processing applications, response times and returning documents to applicants.
  • Canada has a strong connection with Indian citizens and will continue to welcome them, whether they wish to come here to visit, work, study, be reunited with loved ones or hopefully look to call Canada home.

Supplementary Information

  • At current projections, we anticipate that the initial reduction in IRCC staff will lead to 17.5K fewer final decisions for the India caseload by the end of 2023 (globally for all applications). We will attempt to recover those in the future.
  • Thus far, the IRCC inventory of visa applications for temporary residents from India has, in fact, been reduced since September 25, 2023, down from about 98K applications to about 96K applications as of November 2, 2023.
  • The inventory of visa applications for permanent residents from India has been similarly reduced in recent months, down from about 71K applications as of September 25 to 67K applications as of November 2.
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Canada set to raise permanent residency fees by 12%

Canada is raising its fees for permanent residency applications by 12% to keep up with inflation. as india remains the top source of canadian immigrants, the fee increase may affect some aspiring applicants..

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  • Permanent residency in Canada is akin to US green card
  • The increase in permanent residence fees exempts dependent children
  • There were 118,000 Indian-origin permanent resident in Canada in 2022

India has always been a significant source of permanent residents in Canada. However, aspiring immigrants seeking Canadian permanent residency now face higher costs as the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced an approximately 12% fee hike across key immigration programmes starting at the end of this month.

“The permanent residency (PR) fees will increase at 9:00:00 a.m. Eastern daylight time on April 30, 2024, by the cumulative percentage increase to the Consumer Price Index for Canada, published by Statistics Canada, for the two previous years, rounded to the nearest five dollars,” said the Department of Citizenship and Immigration in a notice.

Recently, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged the challenges posed by the increase in temporary immigrants entering the North American country, and stated that it had surpassed Canada's capacity to absorb them and the situation needed to be brought "under control" .

Permanent residency in Canada is similar to obtaining a US green card and serves as a pathway to Canadian citizenship.

Effective April 30, the 'right of permanent residence fee' will increase from Canadian dollar (CAD) 515 to CAD 575, aligning with inflation rates.

This fee, payable upon application, exempts dependent children.

Fees for various permanent residency immigration programmes, including the Federal Skilled Worker Program and Provincial Nominee Program, will also rise from CAD 850 to CAD 950.

INDIAN DOMINANCE IN IMMIGRATION

India continues to dominate as the primary source of immigration to Canada, with over 118,000 Indians obtaining 'permanent resident' (PR) status in 2022, constituting 27% of the total PRs granted, according to the Indian government website.

On the other hand, China, as the second-biggest source of immigrants, had fewer admissions. Only 31,841 Chinese (7%) became new permanent residents,

Fees under the family reunification program will also increase, with sponsorship fees rising from CAD 75 to CAD 85.

Application fees for principal applicants will increase to CAD 545 from CAD 490.

Over the next three years, the goal is to reduce the number of temporary residents to 5% of Canada's population.

Regarding permanent residents, Canada aims to welcome 485,000 new immigrants , with plans to increase to 500,000 in both 2025 and 2026.

Immigration Minister Marc Miller announced plans to expand the immigration levels to include both temporary and permanent resident arrivals, starting this fall.

In January, Canada announced an immediate two-year cap on international student permits and a freeze on certain postgraduate work visas, drawing a line on record newcomer arrivals amid a burgeoning housing crisis.

The move, expected to reduce study permit approvals by 35% to roughly 360,000 in 2024, comes as the federal government faces mounting pressure over concerns that its ambitious immigration targets are exacerbating a national housing shortage. Published By: Girish Kumar Anshul Published On: Apr 4, 2024

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You might think that you can just hop on a plane with an in-date passport and travel the world. In fact, many countries demand that visitors have months left on their passport before it expires.

Some – including Australia , Canada and the US – only require your travel document to be in date for the duration of your trip.

But others give a more restrictive time frame, with no real pattern from region to region – while most of Asia requires six months on your passport, for example, different Caribbean islands demand different time frames.

In some destinations, you can also be caught out for not having enough space left in your passport for new immigration stamps.

Here are the key passport validity rules for British passports for the world’s top holiday destinations.

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These countries only ask that your passport is valid until the day you leave the country.

*While this is technically the rule for Canada, if you have six months or less on your passport, it may take longer for you to get through immigration.

Valid for one day

Costa Rica requires Britons to have one day’s validity from the day of their departure.

Valid for three months

All EU countries, plus those in the Schengen Area (excluding Ireland) require you to have three months left on your passport from the day you plan to leave. Your passport must also be less than 10 years old on the day you enter the country. This is true for the following countries:

  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Liechtenstein
  • Netherlands
  • Switzerland
  • Vatican City

These non-European countries also require three months’ validity on your day of departure:

  • British Virgin Islands
  • French Polynesia
  • New Zealand
  • South Korea

Valid for six months

In most cases, this means valid for six months from the date you arrive in the country, but it’s worth checking the Foreign Office’s individual entry requirements for the country you’re visiting to make sure.

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • The Bahamas
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador (& Galapagos Islands)
  • Madagascar*
  • Philippines
  • South Africa*
  • United Arab Emirates

*South Africa, Madagascar, Kenya also require you to have two blank pages left in your passport; Namibia requires one blank page.

Valid for 180 days

India requires a more specific 180 days of validity from the date you arrive. It also asks visitors to have two blank pages available for their visa.

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