The United Kingdom has allowed citizens of the United Arab Emirates and other Middle Eastern countries to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) from February 1. The ETA is your permission to enter the UK multiple times over two years without needing to apply for a visa to visit the country.
Scroll to see key information on how to apply for an ETA.
Who can apply for an ETA?
You must be a citizen of Bahrain. Other countries included in this special provision are Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
What can you do with an ETA?
With the ETA, you can:
- Visit the UK for up to 6 months for tourism, to be with family and friends, or for short-term business or study.
- Visit the UK for up to 3 months with the Creative Worker Visa Grant
- Visit the UK for up to 1 month for a paid engagement allowed
- Transit through the UK, even if you do not go through UK border control
- Traveling to the United Kingdom for another reason.
How much does an ETA cost?
It costs £10 (~BHD 4.7) to apply for an ETA. Babies and children traveling to the UK will also need an ETA to enter the country.
How to apply?
The quickest way to apply for an ETA is through the UK ETA application.
You will need to upload photographs of the passport and the person applying for the ETA.
Have your original passport, emails, and payment method (credit card, debit card, Apple Pay, or Google Pay) handy while applying for the ETA.
What happens after you have submitted the application?
Once you have completed the application process, you will receive an email confirmation with your ETA. This will also be linked to the passport you applied with.
The ETA lasts for 2 years. You can travel to the UK multiple times during the two years or until your passport expires (whichever comes first). If you get a new passport during the two years, you will need to apply for a new ETA.