Are you planning to travel through the UK (in transit) or visit it without requiring a visa?
If so, you might want to know about the new Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) that the UK is introducing. This is a pre-authorisation that applies to those nationalities who do not require a ‘visa’ to enter & will include those in transit. However, it’s like a visa, and means that most arrivals will need pre-approval! Meaning that even before you check-in for your flight you must have applied.
What does this mean for you – if you are not British.
Well, it means that all foreign visitors, including those from ‘visa-exempt’ countries, will need permission to enter the UK – before they set off on their journey.
From 15 November 2023, Qatari Nationals will need to apply for an ETA.
And if you’re a national from other GCC states, you’ll need an ETA from 22 February 2024 (others nationalities will be added later – the UK government says).
It’s easy to apply! All you need is a valid national biometric passport from an eligible country, your travel details, a valid email address and a credit or debit card – yes you need to pay. An approval is normally given within 48-72 hours.
Once you have your ETA, you’ll be able to spend up to 180 days (6 months) in the UK and visit any part of the country.
The cost of an ETA is GBP10 for two years.