In a move that spells good news for travel lovers, the United Kingdom has lifted the pre-entry visa requirement for citizens of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Effective from February 1st, UAE citizens can now avail themselves of the ‘Electronic Travel Authorisation’ (ETA) scheme, making their journeys to the UK smoother and more efficient.

The process is simple and entirely digital. Emiratis can apply for the ETA through the ‘UK ETA’ app or GOV.UK for a nominal fee of £10 (approximately AED 47). This entry permit allows unlimited travel for two years, offering the flexibility to explore the UK’s diverse landscapes and vibrant cities.

Upon arrival, visitors can obtain the leave to enter from the Border Force Office or through an eGate if eligible. The ETA is a key to streamlined travel, ensuring a hassle-free journey for UAE citizens exploring the rich tapestry of the UK.

Explore the UK: Top Attractions to Book in Advance

Now that the doors to the UK are wide open for UAE citizens, why not plan an unforgettable adventure? To make the most of your visit, consider booking tickets in advance for some of the top attractions in London and nearby areas.

London Eye

Rising 135 meters above the city, the London Eye offers unparalleled panoramic views of London’s skyline. Each of the 32 glass capsules provides a unique perspective during the gentle 30-minute rotation. Take advantage of the touch screens in each capsule, offering multi-lingual information on iconic landmarks. Book your tickets in advance to not only skip the queues but also enjoy the immersive London Eye 4D Experience, an engaging journey through London’s senses.

Thames Cruise

Embark on a Thames River cruise that unveils the beauty of London from the water. Departing from Westminster Pier, the cruise takes you on a journey to Tower Bridge, offering unique views of Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, and the London Dungeon. Make the most of your adventure by hopping on and off at various stops, including Embankment Pier, Festival Pier, Bankside Pier, and St Katharine’s Dock. Engage with the live guide’s commentary, providing intriguing details and surprising facts about London’s iconic skyline. Experience the allure of the city from its heart—the river—on this boat journey from Westminster to Tower Bridge.

London Hop-on Hop-off Bus

Hop on and off the bright red, open-top iconic buses with the City Sightseeing London tour. Let the bus guide you around Europe’s most visited city, from Big Ben to the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace to St Paul’s Cathedral. With many key stops to explore, you’ll see the best this striking capital has to offer. Take advantage of the flexibility to explore attractions at your own pace, making it an ideal choice for first-time visitors.

London Eye River Cruise

Leave behind solid ground and embark on a memorable journey aboard The London Eye River Cruise. Expert guides share intriguing tidbits, from the fascinating history of the Millennium Bridge and its ties to Harry Potter to the rich heritage of the Houses of Parliament and other notable landmarks. The commentary is designed to provide guests with both informative insights and moments of laughter, ensuring an unparalleled experience on the Thames River Sightseeing Cruise.

Westminster Abbey

Explore the rich tapestry of British history with a self-guided tour of London’s renowned Westminster Abbey. Beyond being a staple in Royal Weddings, this historic religious marvel unveils the stories behind coronations, kings, queens, statesmen, soldiers, poets, heroes, and villains. Enjoy the narrative with a self-guided audio tour, exploring the interior of Westminster Abbey at your own pace. For an enhanced experience, this tour provides a captivating blend of history and audio guidance, offering insights into its rich past. Whether you’re visiting for a Westminster Abbey wedding or seeking the best-guided tour, this experience invites you to step into the heart of London’s heritage.

Madame Tussauds London

Step into the glamorous world of Madame Tussauds in London, where over 250 lifelike waxwork replicas of celebrities and historical icons await. Mingle with Hollywood stars, challenge your favorite sports legends, and even enjoy an audience with British royalty. By pre-purchasing entrance tickets and joining the dedicated queue, you’ll have a shorter wait compared to walk-up guests. This allows more time to snap selfies with iconic figures like Her Majesty the Queen, Eddie Redmayne, and the ever-glamorous Kim Kardashian. Explore the Spirit of London taxi ride and meet beloved Star Wars characters like Yoda, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia during your visit. For a complete list of wax figures, refer to their official website or on-site displays.

Chelsea Stadium Tour and Museum

For football enthusiasts, the Chelsea Stadium Tour is a gateway to the heart of one of England’s most successful football clubs. Led by expert guides, this 60-minute tour takes you behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge. Walk through the Dressing Rooms where legendary players prepare for matches, explore the Press Room where managers face the media, and experience the thrill of entering the Player’s Tunnel. The tour also includes access to the Chelsea FC Museum, home to an extensive collection of the club’s silverware. Don’t forget to grab your complimentary Chelsea FC lanyard and capture the moment with an official photograph alongside UEFA Champions League trophies.

The LFC Stadium Tour

The LFC Stadium Tour offers an exclusive insight into Liverpool Football Club’s history. Visit key areas, including the Press Conference Room, the iconic This Is Anfield sign, the Player’s Tunnel, the Managerial Dugout, and the hallowed Home Team Dressing Room. The tour extends to The LFC Story Museum, featuring the exhibition “The Boom Room: The Epic Story of Jurgen Klopp’s Dream Team.” This tribute to players and contributors who transformed dreams into reality provides a formal and enlightening perspective on the club’s heritage.

ZSL London Zoo

Nestled in the leafy embrace of Regent’s Park, ZSL London Zoo is a captivating oasis at the heart of London. Home to nearly 15,000 remarkable animals, this conservation zoo offers an immersive connection with nature. From the regal Asiatic lions in Land of the Lions to gravity-defying colobus monkeys in Monkey Valley, ZSL London Zoo promises an unforgettable journey into the natural world. With indoor and outdoor attractions, including Humboldt penguins and the elegant giraffes of Gorilla Kingdom, explore the wonders of the animal kingdom within the vibrant capital city.

The London Dungeon

Travel through 1000 years of history at the London Dungeon, an immersive visitor’s attraction beneath the iconic London Bridge. Explore thrilling live shows, a 5D laser ride, and a drop ride, delving into the macabre history of London. Uncover Jack the Ripper’s Whitechapel, meet Sweeney Todd, and brave The Torturer’s chilling chamber. Experience ghost adventures, Victorian séances, and more at London Dungeon’s terrifying attractions.

The London Bridge Experience

Explore the acclaimed London Bridge Experience, an award-winning visitor’s attraction nestled in the historic vaults beneath the iconic London Bridge. Embark on captivating tours, including immersive and sometimes spine-chilling experiences, as you delve into the depths of London Bridge’s rich and eerie history.

With the visa hurdle out of the way, UAE citizens can now embark on a seamless exploration of the United Kingdom. So, pack your bags, book your tickets in advance, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure across the picturesque landscapes and cultural wonders of the UK.