UK Announces New Visa Policy, Eliminating Visit Visas
The United Kingdom has introduced substantial updates to its visa policies, aiming to enhance entry accessibility for individuals from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations and Jordan.
As per an official announcement from the British government, these countries are set to transition to an electronic travel permit system in February of this year.
Under this upcoming system, citizens of Gulf nations, including Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Jordan, will no longer require visit visas for entry into the UK.
The move towards an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) system is designed to simplify the entry process by eliminating the need for obtaining a visit visa.
According to the official statement, the visa exemption policy is scheduled to be implemented after February 22, 2024.
In this new framework, individuals of all age groups planning to travel to the UK will be mandated to electronically apply for a travel permit, which will be priced at £10 and subsequently issued for their travel purposes.
This strategic adjustment in visa regulations aims to streamline entry procedures, creating a more seamless and easily accessible travel experience for citizens of these nations intending to visit the United Kingdom.