The Home Office has provided additional guidance for travelers required to apply for Electronic Travel Authorization.

Key Points:

  • Beginning Oct. 25, Qatari nationals will be able to apply for ETA through the “UK ETA app” or through this website. Qatari nationals must have ETA by Nov. 15.
  • ETA will cost £10 (about US$12.50) per application.
  • Beginning Feb. 22, 2024, nationals of Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will need to apply for ETA.
  • By the end of 2024, ETA will be required for visitors who do not need a visa for short stays, including those visiting from Europe and other countries, including Australia and the United States.
  • Those who hold ETA will be allowed to enter the United Kingdom:
    • For up to six months for tourism, certain study, visiting family or business purposes.
    • For up to three months on the Creative Worker visa concession.
    • To transit through the country.
  • Travelers will be exempt from ETA if they have a British or Irish passport; permission to live, work or study in the United Kingdom; or a visa to enter the United Kingdom.

Additional Information: ETA will be valid for two years (or to the expiration date of the applicant’s passport, if sooner) for multiple entry into the country. Individuals who are denied ETA must apply for a Standard Visitor visa, Temporary Work – Creative Worker visa or transit visa. More information regarding ETA is available here.

BAL Analysis: The Home Office is introducing ETA to increase border security and improve travel for those who do not need a visa to enter the country. ETA is set to replace the current Electronic Visa Waiver Scheme, which requires visitors to the United Kingdom from Gulf Cooperation Council countries to pay a higher cost for a single-use visit.

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