"I have no borders"

900-275 Slater Street
Ottawa, ON K1P 5H9
Phone: (613) 231-7054


United Kingdom
England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland


TELEPHONE THE U.K. VISA OFFICE phone 011 44 203 481 1736

Please contact the U.K. Border Agency or VFS GLOBAL for all U.K. visa questions.

You must apply for a U.K. visa IN PERSON only.

Do I Need a Visa to Visit the United Kingdom?

Canadian citizens using Canadian passports do not require a visa to enter the United Kingdom for short tourism stays or short business trips under ninety (90) days.

Foreigners holding a "travel document" (refugees, or convention refugees, 1951 documents) are required to have regular U.K. visas, or to hold a U.K. Direct Airside Transit Visa (DATV), in order to board an aircraft, ship or train to the U.K., even if only in transit. This is true even if you have a valid Canadian Permanent Resident card. You need a visa. Visa processing can take two months or more.

Nationals of Canada, the EU, USA, and OECD countries (developed world) do not need visitor visas for short tourism or business stays in the U.K.

CONTACT the U.K. visa office in Canada through these links and numbers

Consult VFS GLOBAL for all U.K. visa questions. VFS Global is the only office authorized to deal with UK visas.

Call VFS GLOBAL at phone number 011 44 203 481 1736. All calls to the U.K. visa office are toll calls costing about Pound Sterling 1.37 per minute.

Call the U.K. Consulate Switchboard 1-416-593-1290.

Send a Fax to the U.K. Consulate at 1-416-593-1229.

EMAIL the UK visa office at: """" or at """" Please mark your email to the attention of the duty manager.

All applications and payments are made on-line through VFS Global, an office of the U.K. Border Agency.

CLICK HERE for U.K. visa processing at VFS Global

On-Line UK visa applications are made here. YOU MUST APPLY ON YOUR OWN through the following U.K. government agency web site.

CLICK HERE for an on-line U.K. Visa Application

The U.K. requires visa applicants to have their fingerprints scanned and digital photographs made of their face. Applicants will have to personally attend one of five locations in Canada for the biometric scanning. These offices are in Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton (and a monthly office in Halifax and St. John's). When you apply you must state which location is most convenient for you, as you will be REQUIRED to attend in person for visa processing.

CLICK HERE to schedule a biometrics appointment at a VFS Global office in Canada

There are six U.K. Visa Acceptance Centre offices in Canada. You must attend one IN PERSON. You can call at any time. Calls to the U.K. visa offices are toll calls costing at least Pound Sterling 1.37 per minute. Call 011 44 203 481 1736 to speak to an application specialist. Locations in Canada are as follows:

TELEPHONE 011 44 203 481 1736

U.K. Visa Office - Ottawa
2211 Riverside Drive, Unit 403
Ottawa Ontario, K1H 7X5

U.K. Visa Office - Toronto
601, 208 Bloor Street West
Toronto ON M5S 3B4.

U.K. Visa Office - Vancouver
Vancouver Oceanic Plaza
1066 West Hastings Street, Suite 2000
Vancouver BC V6E 3X2.

U.K. Visa Office - Edmonton
Manulife Place, 10180-101 St, Suite 3400
Edmonton AB T5J 3S4.

U.K. Visa Office - Halifax
Four Points by Sheraton
1496 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3Z1.

U.K. Visa Office - St. John's
Smallwood Centre, Room UC-4000
Memorial University of Newfoundland
1 Arctic Avenue
St. John's, NL A1C 5S7.

Due to severe budget cuts in the U.K., the High Commission in Ottawa closed their visa processing office in October 2011. All visas for people in Canada are now processed in LONDON U.K. After biometrics processing in Canada, you must ship the sealed package to the UK visa office in London U.K. There is no longer a visa processing office in Canada. Please allow several weeks to three months for processing due to shipping times, backlog and staffing issues.

For more information about travel conditions, please visit the Foreign Affairs Web site.