No pre-entry visa required for UAE citizens traveling to the UK

UAE nationals planning to travel to the UK will no longer need a pre-entry visa from 1 February. They are now eligible for ‘Electronic Travel Authorization’ (ETA) plan, as the UAE Embassy in London announced on Wednesday.

Emiratis who want to travel to the United Kingdom can apply through ‘UK ETA’ app or in UK GOVERNMENT from February 1 to obtain an entry permit, which allows you to travel an unlimited number of times for two years for £10 (approx. Dh47).

“This important milestone is the result of four years of collaborative effort and a symbol of our commitment to strengthening our deep ties.”

said the statement UAE Embassy in the United Kingdom.

“February 1, 2024 marks a new chapter in the relationship between the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. Emiratis wishing to visit the United Kingdom will now be eligible for the new ‘Electronic Travel Authorization’ (ETA) scheme” .

UAE, Bahraini, Jordanian, Kuwaiti, Omani and Saudi nationals visiting the UK from 22 February will only need a new ETA. You can apply for this starting Thursday, February 1.

Visitors will benefit from smooth and efficient travel by requesting an ETA in advance. The application process will be quick, easy and completely digital; Most visitors will apply through a mobile app and receive a quick decision on their application.

An ETA is not a visa; does not allow entry to the UK, but authorizes a person to travel to the UK. Upon arrival, a person will still need to obtain permission to enter, under the current process, by visiting a Border Force officer or using an electronic gate if they are eligible to do so.

The plan is in line with the approach many of the UK’s international partners have taken to border security, including the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, they added.

As part of the application process, individuals must provide biometric details and answer a series of suitability questions. This will ensure that UK officials have information about those seeking to come to the UK, helping to prevent dangerous people, such as criminals, from entering the UK.

News Source: Khaleej Times

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