Tighter Rules For Oman, Qatar, UAE Visitors To The UK
Visitors arriving in the UK from Oman and Qatar have to upload a copy of their passport biographic page and pay an additional fee, under new rules introduced by the Home Office.
The new regulations, which also apply to visitors from the United Arab Emirates, mean visitors can no longer rely on entering their personal information to gain an Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW). They are now required to upload a copy of their passport data page so details can be checked against application details.
According to the Home Office this rule, which requires an administrative fee of £15, has already been introduced for Kuwait passport holders.
The EVW form was introduced for Oman, Qatar and United Arab Emirates passengers in 2014, which grants a visit time of up to six months, removed the need to attend a visa application centre or hand in passports ahead of travel.
The EVW form also requires visitors to answer a series of questions and the form needs to be completed at least 48 hours before they travel.
Immigration Minister James Brokenshire said: “Since the introduction of the scheme in 2014, tens of thousands of travellers have benefited from using an electronic visa waiver to come to the UK, which reflects the growing importance of our relationship with the region.
“The new EVW is quicker and easier to complete, while remaining secure.”