UAE citizens will no longer require a visa prior to travel to the United Kingdom from next year, said Mansoor Abulhoul, UAE’s ambassador to the UK.
The Emirates will be one of the first countries to enjoy this facility under the UK’s Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) scheme, which will be rolled out in 2023.
“It’s important that I follow up a very exciting announcement that we have had by the UK government on visas, particularly on the Electronic Travel Authorisation system which is coming into place early next year whereby UAE will be granted access in the system, making it easier to travel for Emirati nationals to the United Kingdom,” Abulhoul said in a video message on Twitter.
“Reducing travel restrictions for Emiratis has been a top priority for me. I’m proud our efforts now mean Emiratis seeking to visit the UK can now achieve greater ease of travel,” Abulhoul said in a tweet on Monday.
In addition to the UAE, other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are reported to be part of the ETA scheme as well.