New Delhi, September 20, 2023: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) of the Government of India has issued an advisory to all Indian nationals currently residing in or contemplating travel to Canada due to a concerning rise in anti-India activities, politically-condoned hate crimes, and criminal violence in the country.
Recent threats have taken a particularly worrisome turn, targeting Indian diplomats and sections of the Indian community who have openly opposed the anti-India agenda. In response to these developments, Indian nationals are strongly advised to exercise utmost caution and avoid traveling to regions and potential venues in Canada that have witnessed such incidents.
The MEA has assured that the High Commission of India in Ottawa and Consulates General of India in Toronto and Vancouver will maintain close contact with Canadian authorities to ensure the safety and well-being of the Indian community residing in Canada. This includes diplomatic efforts to address the security concerns faced by Indian citizens.
In light of the deteriorating security environment in Canada, Indian students, in particular, are being urged to exercise extreme caution and remain vigilant during their stay in the country. The advisory emphasizes the need for Indian nationals and students from India in Canada to register with the High Commission of India in Ottawa or Consulates General of India in Toronto and Vancouver. Registration can be done through their respective websites or the MADAD portal (madad.gov.in).
By registering, Indian citizens will enable the High Commission and the Consulates General to establish a more effective and efficient channel of communication in the event of any emergency or untoward incident. This step is seen as essential to ensuring the safety and security of Indian nationals and students living in Canada.