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The UK is one of the most popular tourist destinations for Emiratis.

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UAE citizens to get visa-free access to UK from 2023

Starting in 2023, UAE nationals will no longer require a visa to visit the UK, the UK Home Office has announced.

This came after the UAE on Monday (June 27) was added to the UK’s list of countries eligible for its new Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) system, removing visa restrictions for UAE passport holders to the UK from 2023.

The landmark decision is expected to further cement the UK as one of the most popular tourist destinations for Emiratis.

The UAE is one of the UK’s most important trading partners in the region and one of the fastest-growing markets for UK exports.

Mansoor Abulhoul, UAE Ambassador to the UK, commented, “Achieving greater ease of travel for Emiratis seeking to visit the UK has been one of our top priorities. Their travel to the UK for leisure or business will be hugely simplified.”

Visa-free access to the UK from 2023 also extends to other countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Prior to the ETA system, which is set to be rolled out in 2023, UAE nationals visiting the UK can continue to use Electronic Visa Waivers, which allow individuals to complete an online waiver for each visit to the UK. ICA/Expat Media


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