Wednesday, June 7, 2023

What are the major visa changes announced by the UK for GCC countries?

 The UK has announced major visa changes for citizens of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and Jordan. The changes include the elimination of visa requirements for citizens of GCC countries and Jordan, and the introduction of a new Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) scheme for certain countries. Under the new ETA scheme, GCC citizens and Jordanians will only have to pay $12.44 (£10) to apply for an ETA granting them a two-year multiple entry visa. The ETA application process will open on 1 February 2024 only for nationals of Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, United Arab Emirates or Saudi Arabia who intend to travel to the UK on or after 22 February 2024. More countries will be added to the Electronic Travel Authorisation scheme in due course. The changes were announced in June 2023 and are aimed at making it easier for citizens of GCC countries and Jordan to travel to the UK. 


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