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UK visa requirements for Canadian citizens

Do Canadian citizens need a visa for United Kingdom?

Canadian citizens do not need a tourist visa when travelling to United Kingdom in 2024. Canadian passport holders can stay in United Kingdom for a short period of time (for 180 days). Please, read all the information below to make your trip easy and safe.

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Updated: 06/25/2024.

Entry requirements

visa free

Duration of stay

180 days

Purpose of travel


Passport validity for travel to United Kingdom

Passport must be valid on leaving destination.

Is it safe to travel to United Kingdom?

United Kingdom has a current risk level of 3.00 (out of 5). We advise to use some caution when travelling to UK. The safety index is based on travel advisories from independent 7 sources.

Safety index is provided by 06/24/2024.

UK customs rules

Duty-free allowance

Tobacco limit

Restricted to travellers 18 years and over. Passengers can bring in one from the following:

  • 200 cigarettes;
  • 100 cigarillos;
  • 50 cigars;
  • 250g tobacco;
  • or 200 sticks of tobacco for electronic heated tobacco devices.

Passengers can split this allowance - so passengers could bring in 100 cigarettes and 25 cigars (both half of their allowance).

Bringing alcohol

Restricted to travellers 18 years and over. Passengers can bring in:

  • Beer - 42 litres
  • Wine (still) - 18 litres

Passengers can also bring in either:

  • Spirits and other liquors over 22% alcohol - 4 litres
  • Sparkling wine, fortified wine (for example port, sherry) and other alcoholic drinks up to 22% alcohol (not including beer or still wine) - 9 litres

Passengers can split this last allowance, for example passengers could bring 4.5 litres of fortified wine and 2 litres of spirits (both half of their allowance).

Passengers can bring in other goods worth up to £390.

  • If passengers go over their allowance they pay tax and duty on the total value of the goods, not just the value above the allowance.
  • Passengers may have to pay import VAT and customs duty if they exceed their allowance.

When travelling from the EU

Passengers do not need to pay any tax or duties on personal goods they bring into Great Britain as long as they are within their personal allowances. If the goods are over their allowances they will need to declare them, pay any customs duty due, pay any excise duty due (for tobacco or alcohol) and pay any import VAT due. When passengers declare their goods they need to declare each item they bought. When they declare their items, they may not need to pay customs duty on items where all the following are true:

  • they were grown or made in the EU using only EU ingredients or materials;
  • they bought them in the EU; and
  • they are bringing them in from an EU country.

If these are true, passengers can claim a zero rate of customs duty for each item. If the total value of all the items passengers declare is less than £1,000 the evidence for each item can be:

  • A label or packaging showing it was grown or made in the EU; or
  • Evidence it was hand-made or grown in the EU (for example, a document or written note from the person or business passengers bought it from).

If the total value of all the items passengers declare is over £1,000, they can claim a zero rate of customs duty if they can prove each item was grown or made in the EU. A Border Force officer might ask to see this evidence. If passengers are unable to show this, they will have to pay any customs duty they owe.

Find more information on the customs regulations of UK page.

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