UK Visa Online Application

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Foreign citizens and residents from around 60 nations around the world are able to enter the UK visa-free for a stay of up to 6 months (or 3 months if entering through the Republic of Ireland). All other nationalities need a visa for the United Kingdom  or another type of travel permit.

Some visa-required citizens need a visitor visa or other visa option, available by applying at a British embassy or consulate. Others can apply for an eVisa waiver available through an online application.

Passport holders from 6 Gulf Cooperation council (GCC) countries do not need a visa for the UK but they do need to obtain an approved EVW (Electronic Visa Waiver) or ETA (Electronic Travel Authorisation) in advance of travel.

Citizens of Qatar need to apply for a UK ETA, while all other GCC countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates) need to apply for a UK EVW. These countries will also change to the ETA policy in February 2024.

It is also expected that other visa-exempt nationalities will need to apply for the ETA to travel to the UK in the near future, including European citizens.

UK EVW (Electronic Visa Waiver)

United Kingdom ETA

Passport holders from 6 Gulf Cooperation council (GCC) countries do not need a visa for the UK but they do need to obtain an approved EVW (Electronic Visa Waiver) in advance of travel.

Citizens of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates can apply online for a UK EVW valid for a stay of up to 6 months. Beginning in late 2023, these same nationalities, and citizens of Jordan, will need an ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) to travel to the UK.

It is also expected that other visa-exempt nationalities will need to apply for the ETA to travel to the UK in the near future, including European citizens.

UK EVW (Electronic Visa Waiver)

The United Kingdom Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW) is a single entry online travel authorization that permits the holder to visit the UK for up to 6 months for the purpose of tourism, business, to study, or to seek medical treatment.

The UK EVW is obligatory for citizens of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Individuals from these countries do not need a visa for the UK, but they are required to obtain an approved UK electronic visa waiver.

All visitors from EVW-required countries traveling to the United Kingdom for up to 180 consecutive days are required to have an individual approved electronic visa waiver, including children.

UK EVW for transit

Travelers from UK EVW countries in transit who arrive at one UK airport and leave from another, and pass through British border control, are required to obtain an EVW transit visa waiver.

Those transiting through Britain through one airport only, and who will not pass through British immigration, do not require the online visa waiver.

EVW application process

Those eligible for the British online visa waiver are able to apply by completing an online application, which only takes a few minutes. Applicants are required to fill in information including the details of their valid biometric passport, the UK address where they intend to stay, and travel information including arrival and departure dates and times.

After answering some security-related questions, the applicant can submit the form, to receive an approved online tourist visa waiver for the UK via email.

Holders of an approved EVW for the UK can then print a copy to present alongside the passport to a British immigration official upon their arrival in the United Kingdom.

A UK online visa waiver enrollment is usually processed within 1 day, although applicants are advised to submit an online form at least 48 hours before the intended date of arrival, to ensure sufficient processing time.

Find below a list of all of the UK EVW-eligible nationalities.

UK EVW (Electronic Visa Waiver): Country list

  • Bahrain

United Kingdom ETA

The ETA for the United Kingdom is an electronic travel authorization program which is slowly being introduced to visa waiver countries.

IThe UK ETA is currently only a mandatory requirement for citizens of Qatar. It will be rolled out to other GCC nationals and Jordanian passport holders in February 2024.

Additionally, it is expected that other visa-exempt nationalities will also soon need to apply for a British ETA to visit the UK. This may include all European Union and European Economic Area (EEA) nationals as well as nationals of Australia and the US.

The United Kingdom Electronic Travel Authorization is being implemented to make British borders more secure, by pre-screening visa-exempt citizens before their arrival in the country.

The  UK ETA  is similar to other electronic travel authorizations around the world.  These include the ESTA for the United States, the Australian ETA, and the upcoming ETIAS online visa waiver to travel to the 26 member states in the European Schengen Area.

Apply for an ETA UK

Applicants need to complete a simple online form with basic personal and passport information. It’s also be necessary to answer some security questions to submit a UK ETA application.

All of the information provided on the registration form will then be checked against a range of security databases before the authorization can be issued, and applicants receive an approved ETA by email and linked to their passport.

An approved ETA travel authorization  is a multi-entry permit valid for a total of 2 years, or until the linked passport expires. It permits the holder to stay in the UK for up to 6 months per entry.

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