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UK mission to introduce new electronic visa waiver scheme for Qataris

imagesDOHA: The British Embassy will introduce a new version of the electronic visa waiver scheme (EVW II) today, making travel easier for Qatari passport holders.

The new EVW form asks passengers to upload a copy of their passport biographic data page so that details can be checked for accuracy prior to travel. This means that input errors can be picked up, significantly reducing the risk of issues when boarding or entering the UK. However, passengers will still need to apply online for an EVW at least 48 hours in advance, providing specific travel details.

In early 2014, the UK introduced the EVW scheme, allowing passport holders from Qatar to travel to the UK for a visit of up to six months by filling in an online form at least 48 hours before departure. High number of travellers have since benefitted from the scheme, which removed the need to give biometrics, attend a visa application centre or hand in passports in advance of travel.

EVW II also features a, simpler set of questions in both English and Arabic, making it easier for users in Qatar. To cover the costs of developing and running the new system, an administrative fee of £15 is being introduced, which is significantly lower than the cost of a UK visit visa.

Ajay Sharma, British Ambassador to Qatar, said, “I am delighted that we have been able to take on board feedback from Qatari travellers to the UK and launch this improved version of the electronic visa waiver system.

“The new system will significantly reduce the number of problems faced by travellers, and the UK looks forward to welcoming an ever increasing number of our Qatari friends to the UK.”

Travellers who visit the UK regularly, or whose plans are likely to change at the last minute may wish to apply for visit visas. The UK offers a range of multi-entry visas, valid for six months, two years, five years or ten years. Anyone wishing to travel to the UK for more than six months, for example to study, settle or work, must still apply for a visa. The UK offers a range of additional services, which allow visitors to obtain their visas more quickly, to keep their passport while they apply, or to receive assistance with the application process. Details on the EVW, are available here (https://www.gov.uk/get-electronic-visa-waiver).

Source: The Peninsula Qatar

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