UAE, Qatari and Omani passport holders can travel to the UK with an Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW) document from January 1, allowing them to visit the country for up to six months without a visa.
An Electronic Visa Waiver is free and quicker than applying for a traditional visa – there is no need to provide biometrics, attend a visa application centre or hand in passports prior to travel.
The document is issued immediately via a secure website and can be obtained online from anywhere in the world for travel to the UK.
Travellers must complete their Electronic Visa Waiver online at least 48 hours before departure and present a printed copy on departure and again on arrival in the UK.
Note it is only valid for a single entry to the UK on the date and time specified. The biographic details on the Electronic Visa Waiver document must match exactly with the holder’s passport.
Those who travel frequently at short notice, or may need to re-enter the UK as part of the same trip, are advised to apply for a multi-entry visitor visa or longer term visa, valid for up to 10 years.
Click on www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk for more details.