GCC, Jordanian nationals to pay only £10 as UK entry fees in 2024

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AMMAN — According to United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, nationals from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Jordan will soon only be required to pay £10 for an Electronic Travel Authorization scheme (ETA). اضافة اعلان

The new system will make travel to Britain cheaper and easier for visitors from the Gulf and Jordan.

The ETA will allow visitors to visit the UK multiple times over a two-year period.

This is compared to Gulf nationals currently paying £30 per visit to the UK under the current Electronic Visa Wavier (EVW) scheme and Jordanian nationals £100 for a visit visa.

ETA to launch for GCC, Jordanian nationals in 2024
The scheme is set to launch for Qatari nationals in October 2023, and for the rest of the GCC states and Jordan in February 2024 ahead of a worldwide expansion throughout 2024.

Earlier this year, the UK government announced plans to introduce a new ETA scheme as part of a digitization of the UK border by 2025 to further enhance border security and the customer experience.

An ETA is a digital permission to travel for those visiting or transiting through the UK who do not need a visa for short stays, or who do not currently hold another UK visa.

Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick said “Visitors from the Gulf states and Jordan make a huge contribution to the UK’s tourism industry and the new ETA scheme will make it easier and cheaper for them to travel to the UK.”

Meanwhile, Minister of State for the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia Lord Ahmad said “I’m delighted that our partners across the Gulf and Jordan will be the first to benefit from the UK’s new Electronic Travel Authorization scheme. This scheme is further proof of the strong partnership between the UK and countries across the region.”

Gulf visitors are highly valuable to the UK economy, with over 790,000 Gulf visitors spending £2 billion during their stays in the UK last year.

The move to the ETA scheme means that the visa requirement will be removed for nationals from GCC states and Jordan, bringing the requirements for them to visit the UK in line with other visitors, such as those from the US and Australia.

The application process for an ETA will be simple and fast to complete, with the process being entirely digital via a mobile phone app.

To apply, individuals will need to provide biographic and biometric details such as a digital photograph and answer a set of suitability questions.

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