UK announces Visa-free travel for Emiratis

So, come 1st January, 2014 and Emiratis wanting to travel to the UK will not be required to get a UK visa.

New year brings UK visa-free travel for Emiratis—UK’s electronic visa waiver process will enable Emiratis a visa-free travel to the UK. As per the details, visa-free travel will be available for a period of six months. Giving further information about this process, British Ambassador to the UAE, Dominic Jermey, said that it is for the first time ever that the UK is launching such a scheme.

And it clearly highlights the significance of the relationship between the UAE and the UK.

The UK has announced visa-free travel for the UAE, Qatar and Oman nationals with effect from next year.

EVW document must for UAE, Qatar, Oman nationals--The only requirement will be having an EVW (Electronic Visa Waiver) document allowing the Emiratis to travel the nation for a period of up to six months without any UK visa.

For this, the UAE, Qatar and Oman nationals need to file an application online(free online form) at least 48 hours before getting on their journey to the UK. The UK is planning to offer visa-free travel to nationals of Kuwait in the next year(later next year).

EVW-- EVW is an online, fast, free and simple substitute to the UK visitor visa, stated the UKBA (UK Border Agency). It further needs to be noted that the validity duration of the EVW is only for single entry to be made to the UK (on the time and date stated on the document).

Moreover, all the biometrics information given on the EVW document should be exactly similar to those mentioned in the passport of the concerned person.

It may be worth notable in this regard that foreigners wanting to go to the UK for study or for work purposes for longer than six months period must make an application for UK visa in the usual manner since the facility of EVW is only for Emiratis wishing to visit the UK for a period of six months only(and not those who want to study or work in the UK for more than six months).

The facility of EVW will give a big boost to the number of visitors from Gulf states wanting to visit the UK since they will not have to wait for getting a UK visa. And this will lead to increased spending by foreign tourists in the UK.

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