Visa waiver scheme for Qatar, Oman and the UAE
January 2014 heralded a new way of welcoming visitors to the UK from the UAE, Qatar and Oman. Before this, tourists from those countries faced (as most other nationalities still do) the cumbersome process of a visitor visa application.
It involves providing biometric details (fingerprints and facial image), physical attendance at a visa application centre and handing over one's passport until the application is complete. Needless to say, although it may not be unique to the UK, this is not an attractive option and it is widely thought that the process deters many people from visiting the UK.
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