What is the ETA? Everything we know so far about the UK's new digital border scheme

Visitors from Europe, Australia, the US and Canada will soon be required to apply for permission to enter the UK. 

Known as Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA), the Home Office intends to introduce the scheme by the end of 2023. The system is part of the UK’s plan to fully digitise its borders by 2025. 

Here’s everything we know so far. 

How do I apply for an ETA to enter the UK?

Visitors will need to fill in an online application form that will grant them permission to enter the UK. Most will be able to apply using a mobile app with a swift decision on their application, according to the government.

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