Qatar nationals visiting the UK over the next two years may need an Electronic Travel Authorisation prior to arrival.

30 Oct 2023, 45 mins ago

From 25 October 2023, Qatari nationals can apply for an ‘Electronic Travel Authorisation’ (ETA), giving pre-arrival permission to travel to the UK.

Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates will follow suit on 22 February 2024, with the application window opening on 1 February 2024.

Navigating the ETA process

Understanding the legal implications of the ETA is paramount for smooth travel. Gherson can guide you through the intricacies of the application process, ensuring full compliance with UK immigration laws. Each traveller must secure their own ETA, including children and infants.

ETA Benefits and Usage

The ETA is not only convenient but also versatile. It grants permission for various purposes, including tourism, business trips, visiting friends and family, short-term study, and transit. It is valid for up to two years, allowing for multiple visits within that timeframe. Keep in mind that holding an ETA does not guarantee entry into the UK; border control officers will make the final decision.

Who Doesn’t Need an ETA?

You will not need an ETA if you hold a British or Irish passport, have permission to live, work, or study in the UK, or already hold a valid visa to enter the country. Additionally, if you reside in Ireland and meet specific criteria, you can enter the UK without an ETA.

What’s Next?

As the UK government transitions to the ETA system, it is essential to stay informed about the latest updates and requirements. The ETA is part of a broader effort to enhance border control and gather more accurate migration data. It aims to provide a more secure and efficient entry process for legitimate travellers.

The UK’s introduction of the ETA represents a transformative step towards a streamlined and secure entry process for travellers. While navigating the legal nuances may seem daunting, Gherson stands ready to offer legal guidance, ensuring your future visits to the UK are compliant with all immigration laws. Planning a trip to the UK? Trust in our legal expertise to navigate the intricacies of the ETA system, ensuring a smooth and legally compliant journey.

How Gherson can assist

Gherson’s Immigration Team have the necessary experience to assist you with an electronic visa waiver application to enter the UK. If you have any questions arising from this blog, please do not hesitate to contact us for advice, send us an e-mail, or, alternatively, follow us on TwitterFacebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn to stay-up-to-date.

The information in this blog is for general information purposes only and does not purport to be comprehensive or to provide legal advice. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information and law is current as of the date of publication it should be stressed that, due to the passage of time, this does not necessarily reflect the present legal position. Gherson accepts no responsibility for loss which may arise from accessing or reliance on information contained in this blog. For formal advice on the current law please do not hesitate to contact Gherson. Legal advice is only provided pursuant to a written agreement, identified as such, and signed by the client and by or on behalf of Gherson.

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