US citizens will need to apply for a permit before traveling to the UK and pay a small fee as part of the country’s upcoming electronic travel authorization scheme.
A British official at the British Consulate General said the ETA scheme aims to secure Britain’s borders by providing more accurate data on transit. The move is part of the UK’s plan to fully digitize its borders by 2025.
“The scheme will give the UK more control over its borders and help block threats from entering the UK, while giving individuals and carriers more assurances about their ability to travel to the UK sooner. We can provide it.” UK government website.
The scheme is expected to be fully implemented by the end of 2023. “Authorized to Travel” Requirements Applies to travelers visiting or transiting the UK without a visa or special immigration status. This includes visa-free nationalities like the United States. However, being granted permission to go through an ETA is not a regular visa.
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Other countries already have ETA processes in place. By 2022, the United States will requirement It costs $21 for certain visitors. The European Union is also considering creating an ETA for her.
Here’s what we know so far about the UK’s upcoming ETA scheme.
How does the ETA process work?
The new scheme won’t add a lot of burden to your travel plans. Officials said the application process is expected to be quick and easy.
of application process ETA can be completed online in minutes. Travelers must complete the process “few days before departure to the UK”. To apply, you will need a valid passport, travel details, a valid email address, and a credit or debit card for online payment.
Typical processing time for approval is 48-72 hours. Errors in your application can cause delays in processing time or rejection.
Once approved, you can stay in the UK for up to 6 months for business or tourism purposes. Short-term study abroad and medical treatment are also valid purposes for ETA.
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Who does the ETA apply to?
non-visa nationals You must apply for an ETA. A list of confirmed countries will be announced later, but is expected to include:
- European Union
- Other European countries such as Norway, Iceland, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Vatican City, Monaco
- Visa-free countries such as Australia, Canada, and the United States
How much does the ETA cost?
Officials say the fee is small, but the exact cost is not announced yet.
How long is my ETA valid? Do I need to apply for each trip?
ETA is probably Valid for 2 years Allow multiple trips to the UK
What happens if I don’t apply for an ETA?
Permits are verified before travel and carriers check people’s forms on printed documents or digitally. If you travel without permission, you may be charged a penalty.
Under the Nationality and Borders Bill, it is also a crime if someone uses deception to try to obtain an ETA.