Information About The UK Electronic Visa Waiver

About the UK Electronic Visa Waiver

The UK EVW is a single entry Electronic Travel Authorization, launched in 2014, for eligible travellers who wish to visit the United Kingdom for a stay of up to 6 consecutive months.

Passport holders from Kuwait, Oman, Qatar or the United Arab Emirates can apply for an Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW) prior to travelling to the UK before any short stay up to a total of 6 months.

The UK Electronic Visa Waiver allows holders to travel anywhere in the UK to enjoy a holiday, take in the many tourist attractions, or visit family or friends. Holders of an EVW are also able to register for short courses relating to areas of general interest, self-improvement or to learn English, as well as explore educational opportunities to pursue further studies in the UK.

Finally, holders of a UK EVW are also able to conduct business meetings and negotiations while in the United Kingdom. Although it is not possible to undertake paid employment with an EVW, holders are able to meet with prospective employers or recruiters and seek out employment opportunities during their stay.

An approved UK Electronic Visa Waiver is a single entry travel authorization which permits a single entry to the United Kingdom and is valid for a 6-month stay in the country.

To obtain a UK Electronic Visa Waiver, applicants are able to complete a simple and straightforward online application form, eliminating the need to apply in person. Applicants must provide their personal details, travel information and passport data on the form, answer a few security questions, and pay the EVW fee to receive an approved travel authorization for the UK sent by email.

Countries Eligible for the UK Electronic Visa Waiver

Passport holders from the following countries in the Middle East are able to submit a UK Electronic Visa Waiver application online.

A citizen with a valid passport from one of the eligible countries listed above can apply online here

Documentation Requirements:

In order to submit an UK Electronic Visa Waiver application, it is necessary to provide the following:

  • A valid passport from an EVW-eligible country
  • A current email address at which to receive the approved UK Electronic Visa Waiver
  • A valid debit or credit card to pay the EVW fee
  • Details of the journey, including departure and arrival dates and times.
  • An address in the UK where you intend to stay.

Check Status of your UK Electronic Visa Waiver

Once the applicant has submitted the online application, all notifications and updates will be sent to the current email address provided on the form.

The processing time of an EVW is within 1 business days. However, some applications may take longer to process, up to 2 business days.

To check the status of your online application, please click here

Online Application for the UK Electronic Visa Waiver

To complete the online application for the EVW, it is necessary to enter basic personal information such as a name, place and date of birth, address, and country of citizenship, and passport information such as travel document number and issue and expiry date.

It is also necessary to provide details about travel plans to the UK on the form, including the intended date, time, and place of entry and exit to the United Kingdom, and the address where the applicant will stay during their trip.

All of the information provided on the application must be exactly as it appears on the applicant’s passport to avoid delays in receiving an approved EVW. It is essential to check that all the data is correct before submitting the form.

An approved EVW allows the holder to enter the UK once for a maximum 6-month stay. It is necessary to apply for a new EVW or a visa to return to the UK after departing.

After receiving approval, applicants are required to change the travel details of their EVW if they:

  • Will arrive in the UK more than 8 hours later than planned
  • decide to travel at a different time
  • leave from or arrive at a different airport, port or train station than planned.

All eligible applicants can click here to complete the UK Electronic Visa Waiver application online.

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