Gulf region and Jordanian visitors can now travel to the UK at a lower cost

23 Feb 2024, 18 mins ago

Effective from 22 February 2024, the United Kingdom’s electronic travel authorisation (ETA) scheme has expanded its reach to include travellers from the Gulf region and Jordan. This significant stride aims to enhance the ease and affordability of travel for visitors from these countries.

Previously, navigating visa requirements could be considered costly and time consuming. However, with the introduction of ETAs, the process has become remarkably streamlined. Now, for a nominal fee of just £10, individuals hailing from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain and Jordan can enjoy visits to the UK without an advance visa in their passport over a two-year period, or until passport expiration, whichever comes first.

This initiative not only simplifies travel logistics, but also underscores the UK government’s commitment to fostering stronger ties with these countries.

Home Secretary James Cleverly articulates the sentiment, stating, “The ETA will improve the experience of travelling to the UK for the thousands of visitors from the Gulf and Jordan, who represent our second-largest tourism market and contribute billions to the UK economy.”

The application process for an ETA is rather effortless and efficient, with applicants being able to complete the process digitally via a mobile application. Decisions are typically rendered within a matter of hours, ensuring minimal wait times for eager travellers.

We are excited to witness the positive impact this development will have on fostering tourism, trade and cultural exchange between our nations.

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