What to know about travelling to Canada from the United Kingdom during COVID-19

The latest on quarantine status, COVID-19 vaccine and test requirements and local restrictions for Brits travelling to Canada.

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Canada has its borders closed for tourists at this time. That being said you can still travel to Canada from United Kingdom – if you have an exemption.

We answer your niggling question on whether Brits can travel to Canada right now, and if we've missed any, feel free to ask us in the comments box below.

Can I travel from United Kingdom to Canada?

Leisure travel between United Kingdom and Canada is not permitted right now and only people with certain circumstances may enter Canada.

Specifically, these are as follows:

  • Canadian residents and citizens
  • A person registered under the Indian Act
  • To reunite with a family member who is a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, person registered under the Indian act or temporary resident of Canada
  • A person seeking refuge
  • A foreign national with a non-discretionary (non-optional) reason to travel to Canada and who is not displaying symptoms of COVID-19
  • Certain family members and loved ones on compassionate grounds
  • Trade and commerce reasons
  • Some international students
  • Some approved permanent residents
  • Diplomats and their immediate families
  • Air and maritime crew members
  • French citizens living in Saint-Pierre and Miquelon and have only been to Canada, the US or  Saint-Pierre and Miquelon in the past 14 days
  • Essential service workers
  • Authorised international single sport event personnel

Latest information for Canada

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When can I travel to Canada? When will the Canada borders open?

Borders are closed to foreign nationals for tourism until further notice, including travellers from United Kingdom, with no set date to re-open.

For Brits looking to travel south, as of 22 February, the US-Canada border is also closed until further notice.

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Are there any exemptions for travelling to Canada?

Yes, cross-border travel is permitted for Britons who are also Canadian citizens, permanent residents and persons registered under the Indian Act as well as their direct family members.

Foreign nationals from United Kingdom with non-optional reasons to enter the country, family members with compassionate reasons, trade and commerce professionals, essential service workers can also apply for an exemption to enter Canada.

Can I travel to Canada if I'm a permanent resident or citizen?

Yes, Canadian citizens and permanent residents may repatriate back into Canada from United Kingdom, even if you are presenting symptoms of COVID-19.

Any British with a Confirmation of Permanent Residency (COPR) letter who is still waiting for residency may also be allowed to enter.

What are the entry requirements for Canada coming from United Kingdom?

Do I need a permit to enter Canada?

All travellers from United Kingdom must complete a federal ArriveCAN application to enter Canada.

Do I need proof I've had a vaccine to travel?

No, you do not need to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination to enter Canada from United Kingdom.

Do I need proof I've had a negative test before departing for Canada?

When entering Canada from United Kingdom, you'll need proof of a negative molecular COVID-19 test result (PCR-LAMP) prior to boarding, and taken 72 hours of your scheduled flight departure to Canada.

Britons who present symptoms of COVID-19 or are COVID-19 positive will not be allowed into the country.

Only citizens, permanent residents, those registered under the Indian Act and protected persons can enter from United Kingdom with COVID-19 symptoms. When you do, you must:

  • Isolate immediately for 14 days.
  • Organise this yourself and meet the government's requirements.
  • If you are unable to organise a suitable location you will be sent to a government-approved hotel accommodation.
Even with proof of a negative test, all arrivals from United Kingdom will be retested for COVID-19 and must go into quarantine until they receive a negative result.

Frequently asked questions about travelling from United Kingdom to Canada:

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