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Updated 12 May 2022

The UK electronic visa waiver is a fast and digital alternative to a regular visit visa which allows eligible visitors from Gulf nations, including Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to visit the UK without the need for a visa, provided they are visiting for purposes of tourism, business, study or medical treatment. Moreover, the nationals of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain will also be eligible to apply for the electronic waiver starting on 1 June 2022.

Keep reading to find out more about the UK Electronic Visa Waiver, its application process, price, requirements and more.

What is the UK electronic visa waiver?

The United Kingdom Electronic Visa Waiver is a fast, digital alternative to the regular visit visa which allows eligible visitors to visit the UK without the need for a visa, provided they are visiting for purposes of tourism, business, study or medical treatment. It ensures that all necessary security checks are carried out in advance of travel.

An Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW) lets the eligible visitors visit the UK for up to six (6) months, and it cannot be used to work, get married or enter into a civil partnership in the UK. 

Please note that the Electronic Visa Waiver is for a single entry, so visitors will need a new one every time they visit the UK. Additionally, visitors will have to make a separate online EVW application for each person travelling, including children.

Countries eligible for the UK electronic visa waiver

Nationals of the Gulf countries, including Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are eligible to get an electronic visa waiver (EVW) instead of a visa. Moreover, from 1 June 2022, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain will also be eligible to get the UK electronic visa waiver.

The electronic visa waiver will allow eligible nationals, including Saudis and Bahrainis later, to travel to the UK without obtaining a prior visa provided they complete an online waiver form and pay the fees.

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How to apply for UK electronic visa waiver?

To start the UK visa waiver online application form, the following documents will be required by eligible visitors:

  • the current passport
  • an address in the UK where the visitor will be staying
  • details of the visitor’s journey to and from the UK (including departure and arrival dates and times)

Please note that you will need to bring your EVW with you when you travel.

The UK electronic visa waiver can be applied online, without the need of visiting an Embassy by simply filling out the UK visa waiver online application form. Please note that you need to provide accurate information on your EVW application form as you risk not being able to travel to the UK if the details on your EVW are incorrect.

To apply for the UK electronic visa waiver, follow the steps given below:

  • Open the UK visa waiver online application form.
  • Fill in all the required details including your nationality, passport details, address, and journey details in the form.
  • Pay a non-refundable fee of £30 ($36.63) for the electronic visa waiver, payable by debit or credit card.

You will get an email within 24 hours with a link to download your UK electronic visa waiver. Make sure to show your EVW when you travel to the UK. You can print it or show it on an electronic device, such as a phone or tablet.

Please note that you can also save your UK visa waiver application form and fill it up later.

When to apply for the UK electronic visa waiver?

All travellers from eligible countries will need to apply for the UK electronic visa waiver between 3 months and 48 hours before they travel.

Please note that the electronic visa waiver should not be applied later than 48 hours before travelling to the United Kingdom.

How to update details on the UK electronic visa waiver?

You can update your UK electronic visa waiver. after you have received it by following the steps given below:

  • Click on the find your application link from here.
  • Log in with your EVW number and date of birth.
  • Change and update your details accordingly.

Please note that you must change your travel details on your EVW if you:

  • decide to travel at a different time
  • leave from or arrive at a different airport, port or train station than planned
  • arrive in the UK more than 8 hours later than planned.

UK electronic visa waiver 2022 fee

A non-refundable fee of £30 ($36.63) has to be paid for the UK electronic visa waiver.

 

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