Travel to the U.K. will soon require an online permit and fee

New Electronic Travel Authorization system will launch by 2024 for all international travelers arriving in the UK

Feb 3, 2023

The U.K. is in the process of introducing a new Electronic Travel Authorization system that will require travelers, including those from visa-free countries such as the United States, to obtain permission to travel to the U.K. ahead of arrival.

Key takeaways

  • The system will be in place by the end of 2024 as part of a plan to fully digitize the borders by 2025;
  • Travelers will need to provide basic personal information, their travel details, passport data, a valid email address, and some security information via an online ETA application form;
  • There will be a fee associated with the application, though it isn't yet clear what the fee will be.

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