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Summer football in Canada

Travel advice for fans travelling to Canada this summer to attend friendly matches.

Toronto, Canada
Toronto, Canada

Those visiting Canada should review the Foreign Office’s travel advice. It includes information on entry requirements, health care, and local laws and customs.

Scheduled Matches

English Premier League club Sunderland A.F.C. will visit Toronto for a friendly match against Toronto FC on Wednesday 22 July at 7pm. The match will take place at BMO Field which is located just west of downtown at Exhibition Place.

A number of football teams are also playing friendly matches in the United States. You should review guidance from the British Embassy in Washington if you plan to attend matches in the USA.

Visas

  • British citizens don’t usually need a visa to visit Canada for short periods
  • visitors with a different type of British nationality or those intending to travel for a longer period you should review the entry requirements for Canada
  • when you arrive you will need to be able to show that you have enough funds available to support yourself during your stay, even if you’re staying with family and friends.
  • your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is not valid in Canada and there is no special arrangements for British visitors
  • comprehensive travel insurance is essential, even if you are only going for one night. It could save you a lot of money should you get into difficulty.

Passports

  • know where your passport is at all times and keep it in a safe place
  • Canada has an ID culture, and you could be asked frequently to present your identification
  • value your passport and look after it carefully
  • never leave your passport in a rental car, even for a short period
  • your passport is not always safer on you. Lock your passport in a safe if you have access to one and take another form of ID, such as your driving licence, out with you.
  • make two photocopies of your passport – leave one with friends or family and take the second with you, or store it online using a secure data storage site

Match Tips

  • allow enough time to arrive at the venue, especially if it is your first time visiting
  • traffic in and around Toronto is expected to be heavier than normal as the city is hosting the Pan Am Games from 10 to 26 July
  • review the City of Toronto’s Getting Around guide for important transportation updates during the Pan Am Games
  • bring identification if you are collecting or purchasing tickets on the day
  • remember to look left when crossing the road and if driving keep to the right hand side
  • minimise the items you are bringing to the game; bags will be searched and you may be asked to dispose of items. For complete listings, visit your venue website.
Published 9 July 2015