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Updated March 2024

The UK Electronic Visa Waiver, formerly a swift and digital alternative for eligible visitors from Gulf nations such as Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is no longer in effect. Travelers from these countries are now required to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) to visit the UK, replacing the previous electronic visa waiver system.

*The EVW system has now been replaced by the ETA system, with GCC countries and Jordan starting ETA applications from 1 February, 2024.

Keep reading as Wego helps you find out more about the UK Electronic Visa Waiver.

UK visa waiver latest news

As of the latest news, the UK visa waiver has undergone a significant change. The electronic visa waiver (EVW) option is no longer available for entry into the UK. Instead, individuals from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates are required to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) before their journey.

The ETA, or Electronic Travel Authorisation UK, is now a mandatory requirement for travelers who do not need a visa to enter the UK. This electronic authorization is linked to their passports and grants visitors permission to travel to the United Kingdom. It is essential for nationals of the aforementioned countries to complete the ETA application process to ensure a smooth and compliant entry into the UK.

ETA UK: How to Apply for the New UK Entry Permit Document?


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