UK Grants Visa-Free Entry to GCC and Jordanian Nationals Through eTA

The United Kingdom is making a significant change in its visa policy, paving the way for visa-free travel for nationals from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states and Jordan. This groundbreaking move brings their visa requirements in line with countries such as the US and Australia, significantly simplifying international travel and strengthening diplomatic relationships.

Major Visa Overhaul and its Benefits:

In a strategic move geared towards boosting international tourism and reinforcing business connections, the UK Government has decided to waive the visa requirements for GCC nations – encompassing the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, and Bahrain, along with Jordan. 

Replacing the previous requirement for a £30 per visit document, the new policy enables these individuals to procure a two-year Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) for just £10 ($12). This is not just a cost-saving measure; it’s a significant step towards a more effortless and efficient travel experience.

eTA Features and Implementation

The ETA is essentially a digital travel permit for those visiting or transiting through the UK for short stays without requiring a separate visa. This affordable and efficient system is part of the UK Government’s ambitious vision to enhance the country’s border security by 2025 through digitisation. 

The implementation plan is already set in motion, with the streamlined process commencing for Qatari nationals in October 2023, followed by the rest of the GCC states and Jordanians in February 2024. By the end of 2024, the scheme is projected to expand globally, simplifying travel for countless international visitors.

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