The United Kingdom has introduced an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA), which will soon become a mandatory requirement for individuals exempt from obtaining visas when travelling to the UK.
This ETA is solely designed to grant access or permission to enter the UK and will be digitally linked to your passport.
The UK Visas & Immigration agency officially announced this development through their verified X channel, notifying the public with the following statement, “The scheme will eventually open to all those who do not usually require a UK visa or who do not hold a valid UK immigration status. “We will provide further details in due course. Visitors who usually apply for a visa should continue to do so”.
As per the official Gov.UK website, individuals requiring an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) encompass those visiting for purposes such as tourism, meeting family and friends, engaging in business activities, or pursuing studies for a duration of up to six months.
Moreover, individuals planning to come to the UK for a period of up to three months under the Creative Worker Visa concession, as well as those in transit through the UK without going through UK border control, will also need an ETA.
Among the eligible countries, nationals of Qatar must obtain an ETA if they plan to travel on or after November 15, 2023, and they can start applying for it from October 25, 2023.
However, nationals from Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates will have the opportunity to travel to the UK with an ETA starting from February 22, 2024, and they can commence the application process from February 1, 2024.
The official Gov.UK website will keep its information up-to-date as it includes additional nationalities in the requirement to obtain the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA).