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UK announces start of electronic travel authorisation scheme but for this Muslim country

03:51 PM | 15 Nov, 2023
UK announces start of electronic travel authorisation scheme but for this Muslim country

LONDON - The government of the United Kingdom has announced the start of an electronic travel authorisation (ETA) scheme for Qatari nationals.

Citizens from Qatar now need the authorization to travel to the kingdom, a move aimed at enhancing digitalization in traveling and border controls.

In an official statement, the government of UK explained that Qataris have been able to apply for their authorisation since October 25th this year with most doing so using the mobile app. 

'I am delighted to announce the official opening of the electronic travel authorisation scheme for Qatari nationals, who will be the first in the world to benefit from the scheme,' Ambassador to State of Qatar, Jon Wilks CMG said.

'This initiative not only simplifies the travel process for Qataris visiting the UK but also reflects the strength of our bilateral relationship. We look forward to welcoming more visitors from Qatar, further building the human bridge between our two countries,' he added.

As far as other countries are concerned, nationals of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Jordan will need the travel authorisation if they’re visiting the UK from 22 February 2024; they can apply for their ETA from February 1st, next year.

What is ETA 

ETAs will replace the current Electronic Visa Waivers (EVW) used by most Gulf nationals. An ETA, priced at £10, offers greater benefits than the EVW, allowing unlimited visits to the UK over two years or until the passport expires, whichever comes first. This change to the ETA system removes the visa requirement for short visits to the UK for citizens from the Gulf region and Jordan.

To apply for an ETA, individuals must provide personal and biometric details and respond to inquiries regarding suitability and criminal background. This process ensures that criminals are not permitted entry into the UK. Once approved, the ETA is digitally linked to the applicant's passport.

Although the standard processing time for applications is 3 working days, the majority of applicants have received decisions within hours.

As per the official statistics, the UK welcomed almost 800,000 visitors from the Gulf last year, 45,000 of whom came from Qatar.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 20 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains marginally same against US Dollar and other currencies on April 20, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

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

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 20 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
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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