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Message to Canadians in the UK – January 12, 2021

Following the identification of a new variant of the virus, international travel from certain areas in the UK may be increasingly restricted because of domestic regulations. For instance, those in Tier 4 areas in England will not be permitted to travel abroad apart from limited exceptions, such as work or education purposes.

Local authorities may impose additional requirements without notice and your travel plans could be severely disrupted. You should not depend on the Government of Canada for assistance related to changes to your travel plans.

  • Follow the advice of local authorities;
  • Monitor the media for the latest information.

If your travel plans back to Canada have been affected by these measures, we recommend contacting your airline and your travel insurance to discuss alternatives and/or compensation.

NEW entry measures to protect the health of Canadians: All travelers aged 5+ must present a negative PCR or LAMP test within 72 hours of departure (with temporary exceptions for select locations) before boarding their flight to Canada. Failure to do so will result in a denial of boarding. Read the full statement:

A certificate indicating a negative COVID-19 test result is required to board a flight to Canada. Canadian citizens should seek testing at private clinics, at their own expense. You may find some suppliers of these tests here and a list of private providers of coronavirus testing is available here. Please be aware that test results from the National Health Service (NHS) do not specify the testing methodology, so they cannot be used as proof of a negative test result.

For emergency consular services, please contact Please note that we strongly recommend that you contact us by email. If you do not have access to email, please call the 24-hour Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa, either directly at 1-613-996-8885, or via (+44) 0 20 7004 6000 (international call from a Canadian number) outside of office hours. For more details, please consult our FAQ page.

Please note that the High Commission is currently operating with very reduced on-site presence in line with UK and Canadian government guidance. We are facing high demands for support. We advise against coming to Canada House in person.

Please share this important information with other Canadian citizens in your area.

Thank you. Take care and stay safe.

High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom


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