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Phased roll out of the new Electronic Travel Authorisation

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Phased roll out of the new Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) in October 2023 for Qatari nationals

What is an ETA?

An ETA is an application for digital permission to travel to the UK.  This is a new requirement for people who do not need a visa to come to the UK. This will be electronically linked to your passport.

Who will this apply to?

It will be required by all non-visa nationals meaning those who do not require a visa to visit the UK, (except British and Irish citizens).  To come to the UK for up to six months as a visitor, including transit visitors and some creative workers.

This applies to Adults and Children. Separate applications will need to be made.

How will eligible migrants benefit from this?

Those eligible will benefit from smooth and efficient travel. The application process will be quick, light touch and entirely digital with most visitors applying via a mobile app and receiving a swift

decision on their application within 3 working days.

How much will an ETA cost?

£10 per applicant.

How long will an ETA be valid for?

ETAs will last for two years and can be used to make multiple visits to the UK.

Key Dates:

From 15 November 2023 Qatari nationals will need an ETA when travelling to the UK and Qatari national will be able to apply for this from 25th October 2023.

From 22 February 2024, non-visa nationals (except British and Irish nationals) will need an ETA if travelling to the UK and are a national of:

  • Bahrain
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Oman
  • Saudi Arabia
  • United Arab Emirates

The above nationals will be able to apply for an ETA from 1 February 2024.

Who else will this apply to?

By the end of 2024, ETA’s 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.

For further advice, please get in touch with our Immigration Team today on 02392660261 or via our website