From the 22nd February 2024, nationals of Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, UAE and Jordan who are travelling to the UK, will need to have an ETA (Electronic Travel Authorisation) organised before their visit. Applications will be open from 1st February 2024.
An Electronic Travel Authorisation is digitally linked to a national’s passport, is valid for two years and costs £10 per person. The first country to be incorporated into the scheme was Qatar, which entered in November 2023.
The UK Home Office is still to confirm when the ETA scheme will be expanded to other nationalities, such as US and EU nationals.
You will not need an ETA if you are or have either: a British or Irish passport, permission to live, work or study in the UK, or a visa to enter the UK. You also will not need an ETA if you legally reside in Ireland, you do not need a visa to visit the UK, or you are entering the UK from Ireland, Guernsey, Jersey, or The Isle of Man.