On 9 March a post from the Home Office was concerned with the Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) scheme – an ETA being a digital permission to travel to the UK. It is broadly for visitors who do not need a visa for short stays to the UK, or who do not already have a UK immigration status prior to travelling. It will launch for Qatari nationals from 25 October. From 1 February 2024, the scheme will be extended to nationals of Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, UAE and Saudi Arabia; and will replace Electronic Visa Waivers (EVW) for nationals of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, UAE and Saudi Arabia. By the end of 2024, the scheme will be extended worldwide for visitors who do not need a visa for short stays, including those visiting from Europe. It will be valid for multiple journeys over a 2-year period or until the passport the individual used to apply with expires – whichever is sooner.