UAE citizens can now travel to UK without pre-entry visa

by Staff Reporter
UK visa for UAE citizens

Starting February 1, 2024, UAE citizens planning a trip to the UK can now skip the pre-entry visa process. The UAE Embassy in London shared the news about the new ‘Electronic Travel Authorisation’ (ETA) scheme.

For Emiratis wanting to explore the UK, getting an entry permit is straightforward. Just use the ‘UK ETA’ app or visit GOV.UK from February 1, and for £10 (around Dh47), you’ll be good to travel as much as you want for two years.

UK visa for UAE citizens

The UAE Embassy sees this as a significant milestone, a result of four years of collaboration, strengthening the deep ties between the UAE and the UK.

This significant milestone is the result of four years of collaborative effort and a symbol of our commitment to strengthening our deep ties,” said the statement from UAE Embassy in Britain.

“February 1, 2024 marks a new chapter in the relationship between the UAE & UK. Emiratis wanting to visit the UK will now be eligible for the new ‘Electronic Travel Authorisation’ (ETA) scheme.”

Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) scheme

Starting February 22, 2024, visitors from Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, and Saudi Arabia heading to the UK will also only need the new ETA. Applying is easy, starting February 1.

The good news? The ETA application process is smooth and digital. It’s mostly app-based, ensuring a quick decision on your travel permit.


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Just to be clear, an ETA is not a visa – it won’t get you into the UK, but it gives the green light for travel. On arrival, follow the usual procedures; meet a Border Force Officer or use an eGate if eligible.

This move aligns with how the USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand handle border security. As an extra step, applicants provide biometric details and answer questions, ensuring the safety of the UK.

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