Get an electronic visa waiver to enter the UK
You can get an electronic visa waiver (EVW) instead of a visa if you are a national of:
United Arab Emirates
If you’re a national of Qatar and you’re travelling to the UK on or after 15 November 2023, you’ll need to apply for an electronic travel authorisation (ETA) instead of an EVW. You’ll be able to apply for the ETA from 25 October 2023.
You must pay £100 for an EVW (this includes our fee and the EVW Fee)
An EVW lets you visit the UK for up to 6 months for tourism, business, study or medical treatment. If you’re visiting for another reason, check if you need a visa instead.
You must apply between 3 months and 48 hours before you travel.
To apply you need:
- your current passport
- an address in the UK where you will stay
- details of your journey, including departure and arrival dates and times
Before you apply
You must enter your personal details so they match your passport exactly. This includes any punctuation, for example spaces, hyphens, apostrophes or full stops.
Your travel details must also be exactly right.
You will not be allowed to travel if your personal or travel details are wrong.
Each person travelling needs their own EVW, including children.
If someone applies on your behalf, they must enter their own contact details as well as yours.
After you apply
You’ll get an email within 24 hours with a link to download your EVW.
Show your EVW when you travel to the UK. You can print it or show it on an electronic device, such as a phone or tablet.
You cannot use your EVW to:
- work in the UK
- get married or register a civil partnership
Your EVW will only let you enter the UK once. You must get another EVW or a visa if you want to enter the UK again.
Changes to your travel plans
You must change your travel details on your EVW if you:
- decide to travel at a different time
- leave from or arrive at a different airport, port or train station than planned
- arrive in the UK more than 8 hours later than planned
- You’ll need your EVW number and your date of birth to change your details.