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Learn More: ETA

Apply for your UK ETA online today with us!

Last updated: November 2023

From the lively city life in London to the stunning natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands, the United Kingdom offers an abundance of fascinating cities, charming villages, and gorgeous landscapes to discover. With the UK ETA it’s closer than ever!

With this document, visitors can explore centuries of history, immerse themselves in iconic landmarks, and engage with welcoming locals, creating unforgettable memories in the UK.

You can get the UK ETA 100% online with us on our user-friendly platform or the convenient iVisa app. Keep reading to learn more about this electronic travel authorization and how to apply.

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What is the UK ETA?

The UK ETA is an electronic travel authorisation (ETA) that allows you to travel to the United Kingdom without a visa.

To make use of the entire validity, make sure your passport is valid for more than 2 years. If your passport expires in less than 2 years, you will need to apply for another visa.

Visa-exempt travelers to the UK can use this permit instead of a visa. It’s easier and quicker to apply for than a regular visa and helps the UK government strengthen border security. You can compare the UK ETA to similar international schemes like the United States ESTA.

The best part? You can get it quickly online from the comfort of your own home!

What can you do with the UK ETA?

This document allows you to visit England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland for tourism, business, short-term studies, transit, and visiting friends and family.

The ETA also allows coming to the UK for up to 3 months on the Creative Worker visa concession (extra requirements apply).

What can you not do with the UK ETA?

You can’t use the UK electronic travel authorisation to live and/or work in the country (unless otherwise specified), or study for longer than 6 months.

Who is eligible to apply for the UK ETA?

You must meet the following eligibility criteria to apply for the UK ETA:

  • You’re traveling with a passport from a UK visa-exempt country.

  • The UK border is expected to become fully digital by 2025. This means that passengers arriving in the country will have to be able to scan the passport they used to apply for the ETA.

  • Travelers with dual nationality or multiple passports must enter the UK with the same document used during the registration process for the ETA.

Who must apply for the UK ETA?

The UK ETA is being implemented for different international visitors over time.

Eventually, all non-visa nationals must have an ETA, including those from the European Union. Use our Visa Checker Tool to find out if you need this travel document to visit the country.

Currently, the following nationalities can apply:

  • Qatari citizens need this authorization if they travel to the UK on or after the 15th of November, 2023.

  • Nationals from Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (GCC countries) can apply for the UK ETA for trips from February 2024.

Who doesn’t need to apply for the UK ETA?

Those who need to have a visa for the United Kingdom, British and Irish citizens, or those with permission to study, work, or live in the UK, don’t need the UK ETA to enter the country.

Traveling to the UK with children and minors

Kids from eligible countries need their own UK ETA with a matching passport to enter the United Kingdom.

Parents or legal guardians can apply on their behalf. Simply apply as a family by clicking ‘add another person’ during the online process on our platform.

Keep in mind that you may need to show parental consent and other documentation for minors traveling alone or with someone else other than their legal guardians, upon arrival in the United Kingdom.

How long is the UK ETA valid?

Once you've got your ETA, you're all set for multiple trips for up to two years. This also covers trips across the Ireland-Northern Ireland border, helping maintain the integrity of the Common Travel Area.

Each stay can last up to 186 days Per Entry.

UK ETA: Required documents to apply

You only need the following few documents to apply with us:

  • Copy of your valid passport. Make sure it's valid for 6 months from the date of arrival in the United Kingdom.

  • Recent passport photo: Get a perfect application photo online here.

How to apply for the UK ETA online

To get your UK ETA online with us, you just need to follow the three simple steps below:

  • Step 1. Complete our simplified application form with your travel and passport details. Review all your application information carefully before continuing.

  • Step 2. Then, choose your preferred processing time and pay the processing fees. You pay securely online with a credit/debit card, Venmo, or PayPal.

  • Step 3. Receive your UK ETA via email within the chosen timeframe, and get ready to travel!

The ETA will be electronically linked to your passport. However, we recommend keeping an electronic and printed copy of the ETA confirmation on hand just in case.

We will contact you if we need any more information about your application.

UK ETA costs and processing times

The government fee of the United Kingdom ETA is £10 (about USD $13.00).

When applying through us, you can choose from three different processing times:

  • Standard - 5 days: Price per applicant USD $112.99.

  • Rush - 3 days: Price per applicant USD $177.99.

  • Super rush - 2 days: Price per applicant USD $269.99.

These prices include the government fee for your convenience.

Do I need the UK ETA to transit through the country?

Yes, you also need to register for the UK ETA if you’re just transiting in the country, even when you’re not leaving the transit area at the airport.

Where can I learn more about the UK ETA?

In case you have any questions about the UK ETA or any other travel document, you can reach out to our outstanding customer support team online or by email at [email protected].

Required Documents to Apply

  • Passport Scan.
  • Applicant’s Photo.

Important Instructions

  • The United Kingdom ETA is a multiple-entry travel document that allows you to visit the country for tourism, business, studies, working, and visiting friends and family.

  • The UK ETA allows you to stay in the country for 6 months and is valid for 2 years.

  • You can enter the UK by air, land, or sea with this travel document.

  • With iVisa you can apply 100% online in less than 20 minutes.

  • Your passport must be at least 6 months valid.

  • Ensure your passport is valid for at least 2 years to maximize its entire validity period. If your passport is set to expire in less than 2 years, you will be required to apply for a new visa.

  • Use our Visa Checker Tool if you want to know if you need this travel document to visit the UK.

  • Children also need this visa to enter the country.

  • We advise you to apply at least 7 days in advance.

  • iVisa is a legitimate company, accredited and recognized by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). For more information, see the FAQs below.

Questions?

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Remember that the customer service team at iVisa is here 24/7 to answer any questions you may have about our service.

It will only take around 15 minutes to fill out our simplified form online.

Start your application here!

We advise you to apply at least 7 days in advance to avoid any delays.
The UK ETA is a multiple-entry travel document that allows you to stay in the country for a maximum of 6 months.

Please don’t hesitate to contact our customer service agents if you have further questions, they’re available for you 24/7.

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Disclaimer
  • iVisa is NOT affiliated with any government agency. This app does not provide legal advice and we are not a law firm. None of our customer service representatives are lawyers and they also do not provide legal advice. We are a private, internet-based travel and immigration consultancy provider dedicated to helping individuals travel around the world. You may apply by yourself directly on the various government websites. The source of information: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration

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