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Saudi citizens to stay longer in the UK under fresh visa regime

07:11 PM | 1 Feb, 2024
Saudi citizens to stay longer in the UK under fresh visa regime

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom unveiled on Wednesday the updated procedures for the electronic visa waiver system, granting Saudi citizens an extended duration for their travels to Britain.

The newly introduced Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) replaces the Electronic Visa Waiver (ETV) and offers a validity period of up to two years, allowing multiple entries within this timeframe.

The nominal visa fee has been set at £10, and the system will become effective from February 22, 2024.

The joint announcement in this regard took place during a meeting between Saudi Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Eng. Walid Al-Kheraiji and Lord Tariq Ahmed, Minister of State for MENA, South Asia, and in Riyadh.

Al-Kheraiji and Tariq Ahmed emphasized that the new visa arrangement underscores the strong Saudi-British relations and ongoing collaboration between the foreign ministries of both nations to fulfill the aspirations of their respective leaderships and citizens, Saudi Gazette reported.

 The dignitaries also addressed avenues to enhance and diversify bilateral ties across various sectors, covering the latest regional and international developments of shared interest. British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Neil Crompton was also present during the discussions.

As far as the timeline is concerned, starting from February 1st this year, online applications for the new ETA visa will be open, catering to tourism, business, short study programs, and medical treatments.

Citizens from the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan, and Oman will also benefit from this updated ETA scheme, an expansion initiated after its launch on November 15, 2023, for Qatari nationals.

UK sources indicate that citizens from these nations can apply for an ETA from February 1, with the requirement for any travel or transit through the UK for tourism, business, or short studies effective from February 22, 2024. The ETA remains valid for two years unless the passport expires earlier, facilitating multiple journeys to the United Kingdom.

This progressive system is anticipated to roll out to additional nationalities in subsequent phases throughout 2024. The Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW) serves as a visa exemption for the UK, permitting visa-free entry for short stays.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 April 2024

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US Dollar and other currencies on April 21, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro stands at 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound hovers at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.20 and Saudi Riyal's new rate was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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