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UK’s ETA Scheme Extends to Jordan and Gulf Countries Starting February 2024

“UK now allows Jordanian and Gulf Cooperation Council nationals to use the electronic travel authorization (ETA) scheme from February 22, 2024,” according to a British Embassy statement. This follows the successful use by Qataris since October 2023, mostly through the UK ETA mobile app.

ETAs have replaced electronic visa waivers, removing the need for short-stay visas for these nationals.

Citizens of Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Oman, Kuwait, and Bahrain can visit the UK multiple times for two years or until their passport expires for £10. This is cheaper than the previous £30 for Gulf nationals and £115 for Jordanians.

“The ETA is part of the UK’s digital transformation of its border and immigration system, aiming for a better visitor experience,” the statement said.

The statement also mentioned that thorough security checks on visitors before travel help keep UK borders secure and communities safe.

The US Home Secretary celebrated the scheme’s expansion with Gulf and Jordanian ambassadors and travel and tourism representatives.

Cleverly stated in the statement, “The ETA improves the UK travel experience for many Gulf and Jordanian visitors, a key tourism market contributing greatly to the UK economy.”

The ETA is part of the UK’s digital transformation of its border and immigration system, aiming for a better visitor experience

Lord Ahmad, Minister of State, said, “ETAs make it easier for Gulf and Jordanian friends to visit the UK.”

The statement noted that ETAs strengthen trade, education, and tourism ties.

“The ETA application is quick and entirely digital, linked to the applicant’s passport, with most decisions made within hours,” it said.

“The ETA improves the UK travel experience for many Gulf and Jordanian visitors, a key tourism market contributing greatly to the UK economy.”

The ETA is part of the UK’s digital transformation of its border and immigration system, aiming for a better visitor experience

Patricia Yates, CEO of Visit Britain, said, “The ETA scheme’s expansion to more Gulf nationals and Jordanians makes UK travel easier, cheaper, and more accessible, boosting tourism.”

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