The Home Office has announced that it will add Bahrain and Saudi Arabia to its electronic visa waiver program.

Key Points:

  • Beginning June 1, Bahraini and Saudi Arabian nationals will be able to apply to travel to the U.K. for up to six months with an electronic visa waiver.
  • Individuals entering the U.K. through the electronic visa waiver program will be able to perform business activities, study, or receive medical treatment.
  • Travelers must apply through this website between three months and 48 hours before departure.

Additional Information: Nationals of Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates continue to be able to apply for an electronic visa waiver. More information regarding the electronic visa waiver program is available here.

BAL Analysis: The Home Office added Bahrain and Saudi Arabia to the electronic visa waiver program to enhance diplomatic and economic ties. The electronic visa waiver allows travelers to enter the U.K. without obtaining a visa provided they complete an online waiver each time they travel to the country.

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