India visa requirements for Canadians

Travel and visa requirements

Indian Visa is not required for Canadians

Stay Duration: 90 days

Entry Requirements

  • For a duration of 90 days, Canada passport holders can visit India by applying for an electronic visa(e-visa). The e-visa costs about US$80.
  • Tourists from Canada are to note that it is advisable to apply for the e-visa, at least four days before departure.
  • All visitors are to show a passport valid for a period of 6 months beyond the date of arrival into India. The passport should have at least two blank pages for visa stamping.
  • The import and export of foreign currencies are unlimited, however, amounts exceeding $ 5,000 or its equivalent would be declared.
  • Also, the importation and exportation of the local currency of India are set at a maximum of INR 25,000.
  • Canadians with firearms will need an Import Permit from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation in India.
  • Minors visiting India alone are required to have a consent letter signed by both parents or guardian.
  • Canada nationals need to show evidence that they have enough money to spend while in India.
  • Tourists with pets (dogs and cats) must be accompanied by a veterinarian health certificate issued in Canada.
  • Although Canadians will not be required to present a certificate of yellow fever vaccination on entry into India. They are advised to be vaccinated against common illnesses before their travel.
  • Intending visitors can get to India from any international airport in Canada. There are international airports in Calgary and Enfield.
  • Air Canada, Delta, KLM, China Southern and Multiple Airlines are some of the airlines that fly from Canada to India.
  • The estimated flight duration from Calgary to New Delhi, India is 19 hours, 20 and from Enfield, it is 14 hours, 25 minutes.
  • The official currency used in India is the Indian Rupee. Visitors can visit various banks and exchange outlets in the country to exchange their foreign currencies.
  • India has a temperate and tropical climate. It has four major seasons which are summer which is from March to May, winter from December to February, monsoon from June to September and post-monsoon also known as northeast monsoon which is from October to November. 
  • India is a country with hundreds of languages spoken in the country. It has no national language.  Hindi and English are however the official languages.
  • Hinduism, Christianity and Islam are the major religions in India. Other religions like Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism are also present in the country, although as a minority.
  • Tourists are advised to budget about $43 to spend on daily expenses while in India.
  • The Taj Mahal, The Holy City of Varanasi, Harmandir Sahib and The Golden City are some of the places tourists can visit while in India.
  • The power and socket plug used in Singapore are of Type  C, D and M. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
  • Special delicacies tourists can try while in India are butter chicken, alu gobi, rogan josh and samosas.
  • Transportation in India can be done with buses, train, taxis and small boats. 
  • India uses India Standard Time (GMT+5:30). India is 10 hours 30 minutes ahead of Canada.
  • Tourists are expected to be courteous and conscious of existing rules and customs as they go about their tourism-related activities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is English an official language in India?

Yes. English is an official language of India along with Hindi. The Constitution of India designates the official language of the Government of India as Hindi written in the Devanagari script, as well as English. There is no national language as declared by the Constitution of India.

What foods are produced in India?

India is the world's largest producer of milk, pulses, and jute, and ranks as the second-largest producer of rice, wheat, sugarcane, groundnut, vegetables, fruit, and cotton. It is also one of the leading producers of spices, fish, poultry, livestock and plantation crops.

What kind of culture do Indians practice?

India is home to some of the most ancient civilizations, including four major world religions. Indians practice Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. A combination of these factors has resulted in an exclusive culture, Indian culture. Indian culture is a composite mixture of varying styles and influences.

Can I drink tap water in India?

No, because most of India's tap water is unfit for consumption. Restaurants will offer treated drinking water, but it's advisable for visitors to always drink bottled water.