The UK is going to start charging entry fees for all foreign tourists to enter, because who doesn’t love paying extra to experience unpredictable weather? Ugh!
The United Kingdom has unveiled the full plan for its long-anticipated Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) visa waiver, detailing the costs and timeline as part of its plan to digitize its borders completely by 2025.
Starting this fall, travelers will be charged $12.59 per applicant as the ETA program is gradually introduced. Once fully operational, all non-visa-holding foreign visitors, including US travelers, will have to apply for the ETA online ahead of their intended travel dates.
What’s the timeline?
With the rollout of the ETA happening in stages, Qatar citizens will be up first in November. Then in February, travelers from Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates will need to apply and cough up the fee. The rest of the world, including US travelers, will have until the end of 2024 to submit their applications.
How do I apply?
To apply, travelers must use the UK ETA app or apply online at gov.uk. Every traveler, including children, must have their own ETA. The response time for applications is usually a minimum of three business days, and once approved, the ETA will be electronically connected to your passport.