"I have no borders"

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


United Kingdom
England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland


CALL 1-613-699-2693

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 tourism or business stays under ninety (90) days.

Foreigners holding a valid Canadian Permanent Resident Card issued on or after 28 June 2002 do not need a Direct Airside Transit Visa (DATV) when transiting the UK for less than 24 hours provided they stay in the departure lounge secure area. This does not apply to people using a "travel document" who do need visas.

All others must have a UK visa prior to attempting to board a flight to the UK. A visa is mandatory. Visa processing can take two months or more.

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 in Canada at 1-613-699-2693. All calls to the U.K. visa office are toll calls costing about $2.25 per minute.

Call the UK Consulate Switchboard 1-416-593-1290.

Send a Fax to the UK 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 a 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 UK 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 four 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 $2.25 per minute. Call 1-613-699-2693 to speak to an application specialist. All locations in Canada are as follows:

CALL 1-613-699-2693

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

UK Visa Office - Ottawa
343 Preston Street, 11th Floor
Ottawa ON K1S 1N4.

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

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

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

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