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More Emiratis visit UK through e-visa waiver system

DUBAI, July 28, 2016

The UK continues to remain a popular holiday destination for visitors from the UAE, with more than 63,000 applications received UK’s electronic visa waiver (EVW) scheme in the last year, said a report.

Official figures released showed that EVW applications jumped up 39 per cent in the year ending March 2016 compared to the previous year, said a report in WAM.

A total of 77,000 visitors from the UAE had visited the UK during the first three months of 2016 – the strongest first quarter on record, Visit Britain revealed.

The EVW scheme has grown in popularity since it was introduced in 2014. EVWs are completed online, 48 hours before departure and are valid for a single entry into the UK. UAE nationals can apply for a new EVW each time and there is no limit on the number of times the system can be used.

A new and improved version of the EVW system was introduced in the UAE in May 2016 wherein passengers are required to upload a copy of their passport biographic data page as opposed to entering their personal information exactly as it appears on their passport. This ensures that a vast majority of input errors are picked up, significantly reducing the risk of issues when boarding or entering the UK.

The revised system also features questions in both English and Arabic, making it easier for users in the UAE.

In a further improvement to the system which will offer greater flexibility, EVW holders can now amend their flight details should they need to change them after making their original application. Changes will need to be made at least 48hrs before both the original and new travel dates.

UK Ambassador to the UAE, Philip Parham said, "Record numbers of UAE nationals are visiting the UK and using our EVW system. We want everyone’s visit, from start to finish, to be as smooth and enjoyable as possible. The introduction of the EVW system and its recent improvements have benefited tens of thousands of UAE nationals. It is also still possible to apply for multiple entry UK visas, with validity up to 10 years. Using our super priority visa service, these can be obtained on the same day as an application is submitted."

"We look forward to welcoming more travellers from the UAE and beyond," he added.

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