Qatar has announced a list of 80 countries, whose citizens are allowed to enter the country without a visa. “Qatar is now visa-free for over 80 countries around the world,” says Group Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker of state-owned Qatar Airways.
People from the selected countries can enter the nation without any paperwork, payment and visas.
It is further divided into two categories as one list provides opportunity for people to stay up to ninety days, while the remaining can enjoy a stay up to 30 days.
Officials from Qatar’s tourism and interior ministries who announced the loosening of immigration rules on Wednesday said the move makes Qatar “the most open country in the region.”
Saying that the change reflects Qatar’s outlook at “a historic time,” Baker added, “While some countries in the region have taken to closing their skies and their borders, Qatar has instead opened its borders to more freely welcoming visitors from all corners of the world.”
The move could help Qatar reach its target of hosting 7 million tourists annually by 2030.
It should be noted that in spite of blockade the GCC countries have been included in the list.