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Key Points

  • Citizens of the United Arab Emirates will be permitted to apply for six-month visa-free travel to the UK beginning in 2023


The government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced that its citizens would be permitted access to visa-free travel to the United Kingdom (UK) through the UK’s Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) system. This will remove visa restrictions on UAE passport holders who seek to enter the UK beginning in 2023.

What are the Changes?

Currently, UAE nationals are permitted to complete an Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW) application when visiting the UK. An EVW allows foreign nationals to enter the UK with an online waiver rather than requiring a physical visa. Beginning in 2023, UAE citizens can apply for visa-free travel approval through the ETA system. Under the ETA system, approved applicants are granted single-entry travel authorization to enter the UK for a maximum stay of six months.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the government of the UAE’s website and the UK’s website for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: The United Arab Emirates Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation

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