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ETA UK: How to Apply for a UK Travel Authorisation | iVisa
3 min read
Updated on May 14, 2024

Are you planning on traveling to the United Kingdom soon? Make sure to apply in time for the UK ETA, an electronic travel authorization that allows travelers from eligible countires to visit the country without having to apply for a UK visa.

This visa waiver is not available yet, but will be implemented in 2023. All visitors to the UK will be required to show that they have permission to enter the country in the near future.

Keep reading to learn more about this new travel document for the UK.

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What is the UK ETA?

The ETA for the United Kingdom has been designed to fully digitalize borders and strengthen security checks. It’s a digital travel authorisation similar to the United States ESTA.

Upon arrival at the border, travelers will just need to scan the passport they used to apply, and the entry permit will be verified electronically.

With the ETA, you can:

  • Visit the country for tourism, friends and family visits, holidays, and short-term study.
  • Stay in the United Kingdom for up to 90 days per entry. It’s a multiple-entry document, valid for 2 years.

The ETA is not a visa, but it works similarly. However, it is likely much easier to obtain than a UK Standard Visitor Visa with a simple and fully online application process.

Who will need a UK Electronic Travel Authorisation visa waiver?

It's not been confirmed which countries are eligible, but it's expected that non-visa nationals such as travelers from the European Union, Australia, the USA, New Zealand, Japan, Brazil, etc. must apply for the UK ETA before visiting the country.

Children are also required to have an ETA to visit the UK, and parents or legal guardians are responsible to apply on their behalf.

British and Irish citizens or those who already have a valid visa or immigration status to enter the UK, do not have to apply.

Those who currently need a visa for the UK, will probably not be able to apply for the UK ETA. Make sure to apply for the UK Standard Visitor Visa before you go.

When will the UK ETA be available?

The digital travel authorisation system will become effective in 2023. It is still under development. We will update this page as soon as it’s available, so make sure to bookmark this page and check back soon.

Alternatively, sign up for the iVisa newsletter below to get updates and news about travel requirements and inspiration for your next trip!

What are the requirements to apply for the UK ETA?

Applying for the UK ETA online is quick and easy. However, it’s important to gather the correct documents and information before starting your application.

You’ll need the following info to apply for the ETA to the United Kingdom:

  • Personal info, such as your full name, date of birth, nationality, and travel details.

  • Valid passport issued by one of the eligible countries.

  • Email address.

  • Credit or debit card to pay the application fees.

Make sure that all information is correct and matches your passport.

How do I apply for the UK ETA online?

The entire online application process should not take more than 10 minutes! Here are the steps:

  • Step 1: Complete the electronic form. When applying with iVisa, one of our experts will carefully double-check your application to avoid rejections and delays.

  • Step 2: Choose a preferred processing time. iVisa usually offers three options, depending on your budget and needs.

  • Step 3: Pay the fees securely online with a debit or credit card, or PayPal.

Once the application has been submitted and approved within the chosen timeframe, a confirmation will be sent to your email address.

Simply scan your passport upon arrival in the UK, there’s no need to print anything. Get ready to enjoy your trip!

Need more information about traveling to the United Kingdom?

More questions about the UK electronic travel authorization or another travel document to visit the country? Contact our expert customer service team via online chat or email at [email protected]. They are available 24/7 to assist.

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