Saudi Arabia and the UK Launch Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) Visa waiver

Saudi Arabia and the UK have recently convened for a significant meeting, unveiling a new "ETA visa" for Saudi citizens visiting the United Kingdom.

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Saudi Arabia and the UK have conducted a high-level meeting to announce the introduction of a new "ETA visa" for Saudi citizens traveling to the UK. The Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Waleed bin Abdulkarim El Khereiji, welcomed the British Minister of State for the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, and United Nations at the Foreign and Development Office, Tariq Ahmad, at the ministry's headquarters in Riyadh.

The UK's electronic travel authorization system (ETA) will be available to nationals of Saudi Arabia and other GCC nations from February 1. This change supersedes the old EVW visa requirement and removes the need for pre-entry visas for citizens of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Oman to visit the United Kingdom. For the low, low price of £10 ($12.7), you may get an ETA that is good for up to two years and allows for numerous submissions during that time. The new visa will be valid starting on February 22nd.

Tourists, businesspeople, students, and those seeking medical care are among the many eligible users of the ETA. This decision exemplifies the close relationship between the two countries, as it shows that the foreign ministries of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom work together to fulfill the goals set by their respective governments and citizens.

During the meeting, officials discussed bilateral relations and explored ways to enhance and develop cooperation across various fields. Additionally, they addressed regional and international developments of mutual interest. The British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Neil Crompton, was also present at the meeting, highlighting the significance of this collaborative effort between the two countries.

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