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Canada ETA for British citizens

by Pancho Barranco | Thu 22 Jul 2021
Canada ETA for British citizens

Is an eTA required to travel to Canada from the UK?

Yes, since November 2016, UK citizens need to have an approved eTA before visiting Canada. The eTA is mandatory for all visa-exempt countries (except for the United States).

The eTA is directly linked to your passport, so there is no need to present any kind of proof at the airport, as the authorities will check on the computer that you have all the documents in order. However, we will provide you with a document with additional information and your reference number to avoid any inconvenience when entering Canada.

The eTA is valid for 5 years, during which time you can enter and leave the country as many times as you want, as long as you stay for a maximum of 6 months per visit, regardless of whether your reasons for travelling are tourism or business.

For more information, you can read our article "How to obtain a visa to Canada".

How much does the Canada eTA cost for UK citizens?

The eTA can only be applied for online, and it costs GBP 36, which includes processing fees and government fees.

One of the advantages of applying for the eTA is that you will save unnecessary queuing at the embassy or consulate and you will not need to attach any documentation.

To be eligible to apply, a passport with an expiry date of at least six months from the moment of entry is required.

Where is the Canadian Embassy in the United Kingdom?

High Commission of Canada in London

Address: Canada House, Trafalgar Square, London SW1Y 5BJ
Phone: +44 20 7004 6000
Fax: +44 20 7004 6053
Email: [email protected]

Canada Consulate in Cardiff

Address: St John Cymru Wales, Beignon Close, Ocean Way, CF24 5PB, Cardiff
Phone: +44 292 044 9635
Fax: +44 292 044 9645
Email: [email protected]

Where is the British Embassy in Canada?

United Kingdom High Commission in Ottawa

Address: 80 Elgin Street, K1P 5K7, Ottawa
Phone: +1 613 2371530
Fax: +1 613 2377980
Email: [email protected]

United Kingdom Consulate in Ontario

Address: 777 Bay Street, Suite 2800, M5G 2G2, Toronto, Ontario
Phone: +1 416 5931290
Fax: +1 416 5931229
Email: [email protected]

United Kingdom Consulate in Alberta

Address: 3000-150 6 Ave SW, T2P 3Y7, Calgary, Alberta
Phone: +1 403 705 1755
Fax: +1 403 538 0121
Email: [email protected] / [email protected]

United Kingdom Consulate in Quebec

Address: 2000 McGill College Avenue, Suite 1940, H3A 3H3, Montreal, Quebec
Phone: +1 514 8665863
Fax: +1 514 8660202
Email: [email protected] / [email protected]

United Kingdom Consulate in British Columbia

Address: Suite 800, 1111 Melville Street, V6E 3V6, Vancouver, British Columbia
Phone: +1 604 6834421
Fax: +1-604-6810693
Email: [email protected]

Are vaccinations required to travel to Canada from the United Kingdom?

No vaccinations are required for travel to Canada; however, it is recommended you are vaccinated against diphtheria, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies and tetanus.

Malaria is not a problem as it does not normally occur in the country unless you have had direct contact with someone who is infected .

Additionally, Canada has either area with high or/and very high altitude. Travellers who may go into areas of high altitude should take care to avoid the ill effects of being at altitude including Acute Mountain Sickness, a potentially life-threatening condition.

What is the time difference between the United Kingdom and Canada?

Canada is the second-largest country in the world, and as such it has several time zones across its territory, here are some of its major cities as an example:

Ottawa/Toronto (GMT -4)
Winnipeg (GMT -5)
Calgary (GMT -6)
Vancouver (GMT -7)London's time zone is GMT +1, so the time difference between the capital of Canada and the United Kingdom is 5 hours.

What is the currency of Canada and the exchange rate in pound sterling?

The official currency of Canada is the Canadian dollar (CAD) and is equivalent to approximately 0.60 pounds sterling (GBP).

Are there direct flights from the United Kingdom to Canada?

The UK currently has several airlines (such as Air Canada, British Airways and WestJet) flying directly to Canadian cities such as Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa.

In addition, Air Transat operates direct flights from Manchester and Glasgow to Toronto. A direct flight in this category can take approximately 8 hours, and there are usually at least two daily flights available.

Additionally, airlines such as KLM or Air France operate one-stop flights to Europe and onward to Canada. These flights take approximately 12 hours, depending on the length of the stopover. 

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Pancho Barranco

Pancho Barranco
My name is Pancho, I am passionate about sports and an adventure lover. I love discovering the world and flying from one place to another. I am an expert in surfing the internet and when time permits I like to run between the lines of a good book. I am a restless person and I always want to learn new things. I have great adaptability and I always try to do my best in any project. I like my work team and share with them my knowledge and motivation to create a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

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