Did you know EU citizens belonging to the 27 European Union Member States visiting the UK will be required to apply for an electronic travel authorization (ETA) from next year? They will be charged €12 for an ETA to travel to the United Kingdom.
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What’s interesting to note here is that Everyone has been unaware of the price for a UK ETA. But the UK Visas and Immigration Department of the Home Office claimed on 7 June that the cost for an ETA would be €10. Moreover, The ETA will have a validity of two years.
If your passport expires during those two years, you’ll have to apply for a new one.
The authorities have also revealed the dates from when citizens of different countries around the world will be required to apply for travel authorization to visit the UK. However, we still don’t know when EU nationals will be asked to obtain ETAs to travel to the UK.
On the other hand, the UK Visas and Immigration department has clearly stated that Qatari nationals will be the first ones to be asked for an ETA while entering the UK. They will need to start applying from 15 November 2023.
Nationals belonging to other Arab states of the Persian Gulf, including Jordan, Bahrain, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Oman, will be added to the scheme from 22 February 2024.
EU nationals and travellers from the United States, New Zealand, Australia, and other remaining countries who are allowed to visit the UK without a visa for business and tourism purposes will be obliged to apply for an ETA next year. The dates will be announced soon, so keep following us to stay updated.
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It is important to note that Ireland is the only country that will be excluded from this scheme.
Meanwhile, nationals coming from visa-free countries who are allowed to live, work, or study in the UK will not have to obtain an electronic travel authorization (ETA). Those who come from countries that are not exempt from obtaining a UK visa will still be required to apply for a business or tourist visa to enter the country.
The UK decided to launch a travel authorization scheme after exiting the EU. Plus, EU authorities also introduced a similar scheme known as the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS). Interestingly, ETIAS will also become effective next year.
It should be noted that UK citizens will also need to go through ETIAS. This is because the EU plans to make this system mandatory for citizens of all visa-free countries. Applicants will be charged €7 for the EU travel authorization, and it will be valid for three years.
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