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As of 1st January 2014, Emiratis will be able to travel to UK with Electronic Visa Waiver, says British Embassy

posted on 10/12/2013: 1629 views


As of 1st January 2014, Emiratis will be able to travel to the United Kingdom with an Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW) document, which allows them to visit the country for up to six months without a visa, according to the British Embassy in Abu Dhabi.

The introduction of the service allows Emiratis to apply for an EVW online and free of charge without having to go to a visa application centre or hand in passports prior to travel.

All they have to do is complete their EVW online at least 48 hours before departure and present a printed copy on departure and again on arrival in the UK, noted the British Embassy in a press release.

The EVW is only valid for a single entry to the UK on the date and time specified. The biographical details on the EVW document must match exactly with the holder's passport, it added.

Emiratis who travel frequently, at short notice or may need to re-enter the UK as part of the same trip, were advised by the British Embassy to apply for a multi-entry visitor visa or longer-term visa, which offers more flexibility and can last up to 10 years.

UAE passport holders wishing to work, study or visit the UK for longer than six months must obtain a visa and cannot travel on an EVW document. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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