RIYADH: The UK’s Visa Waiver e-Helpline was now available for travelers to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, it has been announced.
VFS Global, a specialist in outsourcing and technology services for governments and diplomatic missions, revealed that it has recently extended the service to both countries.
“Nationals of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain can now apply for an EVW when traveling to the UK. Travelers can apply in advance from the comfort of their home, between three months and 48 hours before the scheduled date of their trip, for purposes of tourism, business, study or medical treatment,” VFS Global told Arab News.
The latest country additions mean the company is now helping in all six Gulf Cooperation Council member states, which also include Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.
With the new scheme, travelers visiting the UK for up to six months no longer need to apply for a visit visa, enroll biometrics at the Visa Application Center or hand in their passport in advance for treatment.
Customers can provide their information, upload their travel documents and make fee payments online, and VFS Global can provide assistance in completing the electronic visa waiver application.
Atul Marwah, VFS Global Head of Middle East and North Africa, said, “VFS Global is delighted to be rolling out the EVW service to two more countries in the Middle East, and we thank UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration ) for his continued commitment. faith in us.
“Bahrain and Saudi Arabia remain key source markets for the UK, and this service is ideal for travelers wishing to visit the country on short notice, while offering them a simpler, more cost-effective visa application journey. and more practical.
On June 2, British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Neil Crompton told Arab News that Britain’s e-visa waiver system had been made available to Saudi citizens and stressed that the move would help deepen relations. economic and diplomatic relations between the two countries.
“Saudi nationals can now apply to travel to the UK (for tourism, business, study or medical treatment) for up to six months using the system. It is a wonderful moment that will strengthen the ties between the two countries,” the envoy said.
He noted that the online process was “quick, very simple and inexpensive”.
Crompton added: “This is a great improvement to our service, which is in line with the desire of our two governments to improve bilateral relations, and in particular to increase the people-to-people links between our two countries. This is very exciting news, and we look forward to seeing more Saudis in the UK.