Home Office Immigration Minister James Brokenshire added: The pilot electronic visa waiver scheme
is an important step before the full system is rolled out officially early next year.
In November 2013, the UK Home Office said it would launch a new visa waiver scheme
in 2014 to make it cheaper and easier for business travellers and tourists from Qatar, Oman, the UAE and Kuwait to visit the UK.
A new check-list guides travellers through theUK's Electronic Visa Waiver Scheme
(EVW) to ensure hassle free entrance into the UK.
We have an Irish visa waiver scheme
, which enables visitors who have a UK visa to visit Ireland freely.
Giorgio Starace, speaking at a conference on Italian-UAE relations on Tuesday, referred to a visa waiver scheme
that was approved by the European Parliament last year and is in the final stage of implementation.
The electronic visa waiver scheme
was introduced for passport holders of Oman, Qatar, and the UAE following an increase in the demand for visas from their nationals over a number of years," she said.
I am therefore very pleased to say that the new Electronic Visa Waiver Scheme
, which will allow quick and simple access to the UK, will be available for Omani passport holders from January 1st, 2014.
It is the first ever UK electronic visa waiver scheme
to be launched for nationals of these four Gulf countries.
The visa waiver scheme
is an excellent idea and I hope they add more nationalities to the list.
The initiative is part of the Irish Government's visa waiver scheme
British Airways' customers planning to visit the United States under the visa waiver scheme
from next week must ensure they comply with new US Customs regulations in advance of travel.
What most people who have been the subject of such a search under terror related legislation fail to realise is that not only has their search been recorded by the police but as a result, they are no longer eligible to enter the USA under the Visa Waiver Scheme
and that they will henceforth have to apply for a visa if they wish to visit that country.