From 1 January 2014, passport holders of Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates will be able to travel to the UK visa free if they have obtained an electronic visa waiver ("EVW") document online at least 48 hours in advance of travel to the United Kingdom, and present the document to an Immigration Officer upon request on arrival. The EVW document will relate to a specific journey to the United Kingdom. This simple online form means there is no fee, there will be no requirement to give biometrics or attend a visa application centre. However, some visitors may still prefer a long-term multi-entry visit visa and the facility to obtain these visas will remain.
For more information, please contact Lynn McCloghry.