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Following the introduction of the electronic visa waiver in 2014, UKVI have amended the procedure to enable nationals of certain countries to visit the UK for a period of up to six months without having obtained a visa in advance.
Currently, passport holders of Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are eligible for an electronic visa waiver if they are coming for the purposes of:
The new procedure, implemented on 23 May 2016, requires applicants to complete an online electronic visa waiver application form and pay a fee of £15 every time they wish to visit the UK using the electronic visa waiver. It is also important to note that each individual coming to the UK must obtain their own visa waiver, including children.
In order to complete the online application form, applicants will need to provide their passport details as well as the address in the UK where they will be staying and their travel details. Applicants will also be required to upload a copy of the biographic data page of their passport.
Provided the application is completed successfully, applicants will be sent an email within 24 hours which contains a link to download their electronic visa waiver. This must then be printed and presented at immigration control.
If you would like any advice or assistance with visiting the UK, please feel free to contact us.
Written by Shahjahan Ali
Please note that this article is for information only and should not be taken as legal and/or financial advice. Immigration law changes regularly and it may be the case that this page has not been updated to take into account the latest changes. If you would like advice on your personal circumstances, please feel free to contact us.
9 Sep 2016
Electronic visa waiver for nationals of Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates