In today’s blog update, we will look at the recently revealed plans for immigration by the UK government.
UK authorities are determined to introduce an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) plan by 2024, like the U.S. ESTA system and the EU’s expected ETIAS system, requiring visa-exempt travellers to register online before travel. After registering successfully, visa-exempt travellers will be checked using facial recognition systems to enter the UK, allowing entry without border checks or electronic passport gates. Travellers are expected to pay registration fees, although the government has not yet published fee amounts.
According to news reports, the ETA registration may interact with the online electronic visa waiver application system (EVW II), presently available to visa-required citizens of Gulf states, but details on this interaction have not yet been published.
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