From 1st January, business visitors from Oman, Qatar and UAE, will be able to use a new provision to enable travel to the UK visa free utilizing the new electronic visa waiver programme. Applications are to be made at least 48 hours in advance of proposed travel. No fee is payable and there is no requirement for attendance at the visa application centres or biometric interviews. It provides a far easier route of entry for short term business visitors although there remains the option for longer term multi entry visit visa applications. Applications are to be found on the Visa application section of the visas4uk - EVW. The programme will be extended later in the year to Kuwait.