UAE-UK travel: No visa required for citizens from 2023 – News

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The Emirates will be one of the first countries to benefit from this facility under the ETA program



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Published: Mon 27 Jun 2022, 16:52

Last update: Mon Jun 27 2022, 10:37 PM

UAE citizens will no longer need visas before traveling to the UK from next year, said Mansoor Abulhoul, UAE Ambassador to the UK.

The Emirates will be one of the first countries to benefit from this facility under the UK’s Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) scheme, which will be rolled out in 2023.

“It is important that I follow up on a very exciting announcement we have had from the UK government on visas, in particular on the electronic travel authorization system which will come into place early next year, whereby UAE will have access to the system, which will make it easier for Emirati nationals to travel to the UK,” Abulhoul said in a video message on Twitter.

“It’s a country that is so loved and that so much time has been spent in, so much money invested in. I think it’s a wonderful development and I just wanted to express my thanks to the UK government and the tireless work of our Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the UAE Embassy in London,” he said, adding that this development will bring many more opportunities in the relationship.

“Reducing travel restrictions for Emiratis has been a top priority for me. I am proud that our efforts now mean that Emiratis wishing to visit the UK can now travel more easily,” Abulhoul said in a tweet on Monday.

In addition to the UAE, other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries would also be part of the ETA program.

The UAE passport has been ranked among the strongest in the world, ranked 15th in the Henley Passport Index earlier this year worldwide and first in the Arab world. This allows citizens of the United Arab Emirates to travel easily to different countries and a visa on arrival score of 175.

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