UK | Announces Travel Scheme for Qatari Travelers

From October 2023, visitors to the UK from Qatar will pilot the UK’s new Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) scheme ahead of a worldwide expansion of the scheme throughout 2024.
What to Expect
  • Travelers can apply entirely online, and the ETA will be valid for two years.
  • Travelers will need to provide biometric details and answer a set of questions.

After the initial launch for Qatar, visitors from the rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states and Jordan can apply for an ETA from February 2024. The new scheme will entirely replace the current Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW) Scheme, which requires visitors to the UK from GCC states to pay a higher cost for a single-use visit.

Erickson Insights

By the end of 2024, ETAs will be a requirement worldwide for visitors who do not need a visa for short stays, including those visiting from Europe. Visitors from Europe and other nations such as America and Australia do not currently need to make any form of application to visit the UK; however, this will be changing with the introduction of ETAs.

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