India, the land of Gods and Goddesses, has been one of the most sought after
destinations in the world. It has charmed people, not only with its untouched
landscapes, the aesthetic and the scenic beauty, the confluence of various cultures,
the Mughal architecture, the diversity in the food culture, but has also attracted
people from around the globe who search for spirituality. One of the countries, from
where maximum tourists come to visit India, is Canada, apart from America,
Australia, Britain, Germany, France and China. Around 14 percent of the tourists are
from America, 10 percent from Britain and 4.5 percent from Canada.
Though the interaction between the South Asians and the Canadians, dates back to the sixteenth century, the Indian-Canadian relations took off between the 1940s and the 1960s, because of the strong personal relations between Jawaharlal Nehru, the then Prime Minister of India; and Louis St. Laurent and Lester B. Pearson, who served as Prime Ministers of Canada, during that time. Canada started an Aid Programme to India in 1951, which consisted of food aid, technical aid and project financing and it gradually grew under the Colombo Plan. India has remained one of the biggest recipients of the Canadian Bilateral Aid, which amounts to nearly four billion Canadian dollars. Though there have been ups and downs in the Indian- Canadian relationship, Canada and India have maintained cordial ties. 2011 was declared as ‘The Year of India in Canada’, an initiative by the two Governments to bring the business, medical, scientific, and philanthropic sectors of the two countries closer. However, the trade relations between the two countries need to be worked upon.
Owing to the increasing tourist visits to India from Canada and for bettering the socio-economic and political relations, India started providing e-visas to the nationals of Canada. The citizens of Canada can apply for a visa for a period of thirty days, twice a year, trough this provision. Under this policy, the nationals of Canada can apply for an online visa, to visit India, for the purposes of recreation, sightseeing, visiting friends and family members, medical treatment and for business trips. This policy therefore provides e tourist visas, e medical visas and e business visas to the Canadians. The application for e visas needs to be submitted within 4 to 120 days of the applicant’s date of arrival to India. The applicants who have missed this deadline can contact Indian Visa for emergency e visa approvals within 12 business hours of the submission of documents and fee payment. Through this policy of the Indian Government, the process to visit ‘The Incredible India, has been made more convenient for the nationals of Canada