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How British Expats in the UAE Can Vote for UK General Elections

British expats living in the UAE can vote for UK General Elections regardless of how long they've been staying abroad

Posted on

18 January 2024

Last updated on 22 January 2024
British Expats Living in UAE For More than 15 Years Can Now Vote in UK General Elections

Here's a guide on how!

Previously, Brits living abroad for long periods may lose their right to vote, but new regulations have come into effect on 16th January 2024, legally allowing UK citizens living outside of the country for more than 15 years to vote in the general elections.

This comes as great news for long-term British expats in the UAE.

In addition to being eligible to vote, UK nationals living abroad can also donate to political campaigns and parties, etc.

As the next general election is expected to be held later in 2024, we've got just the guide for you if you're interested in registering.

How UK Citizens Can Register to Vote While Living in the UAE

Here is a quick guide on how you can make sure your vote also counts even when you're far from home.

Brits living outside of the UK can register in the last constituency they were signed up in before they travelled to the UAE.

You can also register at and only takes about 5 minutes to to complete.

How about British kids who were born and raised abroad?

British citizens who were born and raised outside of the country, or left the UK before they turned 16/18, are also eligible to have a say on who governs them.

Those who are now of voting age can use their parent or guardian's address to add themselves to the electoral register.

What if I don't have a National Insurance number?

Although you'll be asked for your National Insurance number, you can still register to vote even if you do not have one.