As part of the UK government's universal "permission to travel" requirement, an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) scheme will be introduced for individuals (except British and Irish citizens) visiting the UK who do not currently need a visa for short stays or do not have an immigration status prior to travelling. The scheme will be rolled out in stages starting from January 2023 with the aim to be fully operational by the end of 2024. The ETA scheme is being implemented to strengthen security checks at an earlier stage and to block those deemed a possible threat from entering the UK.
The ETA scheme is expected to be rolled out in the following stages:
Further details regarding these changes can be obtained by reaching out to your usual contact in our Global Immigration & Mobility team.
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