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.