Abu Dhabi – Mubasher: Citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, including the United Arab Emirates, will have access to the UK’s electronic travel authorization system starting next year, which is designed for travelers passing through or traveling through the United Kingdom. A visa from a short period of time, according to officials in London.
The British National News website stated that Emirati travelers must now apply for a basic visitor visa or obtain an electronic exemption, and that the UK will ensure that citizens of Gulf Cooperation Council countries have access to the system by early 2023; Which makes the journey of merchants and tourists easier.
It is noteworthy that Emirati citizens can now access 172 countries without a visa; The United Arab Emirates Passport ranks high in the Global Mobility Rankings.
The United Arab Emirates and the European Union signed the Schengen Regional Visa Exemption Agreement in 2015, which allowed UAE citizens to travel to Schengen countries and 8 countries without applying for visas..
When the new Digital Border project is launched, British officials expect the system to handle 30 million inputs and exits each year; Providing for the first time in the country a comprehensive surveillance system for immigrants from the UK.
Officials expect bilateral travel links between the UAE and the UK to reach more than 400 flights a week again; About 3,000 Emirati students are enrolled in educational institutions in the UK.
Saudi Arabia and Bahrain joined the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries earlier this month to access the electronic visa exemption for travel to the United Kingdom..
The British government has been trying to amend the laws to ensure that passenger notices are checked and verified by airlines before leaving for the UK.
And Sheikh Abdullah bin Saeed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates, met with Alok Sharma, Minister of State in October 2021 and Chairman of the Twenty-Sixth Conference. “Cop 26” In the UK.
During the meeting, they also discussed relations between the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom and ways to enhance cooperation between the two countries on environmental, climate change and clean energy issues.
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