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Qatar approves visa-free entries to the citizens of 80 countries

Qatar has approved visa-free entries to the citizens from 80 countries with immediate effect, Qatari officials announced.

The list of countries includes the likes of UK, the USA, Canada, South Africa, Seychelles, Australia and New Zealand among many others. Citizens from the selected countries need not apply or pay for the visa from now on.

A multi-entry waiver will be issued, which will be free of cost at the port of entry, after presenting a valid passport with a minimum validity of six months and a confirmed onward or a return ticket.

However, the validity of the waiver will be dependent on the nationality of the visitor. It can either be valid for 180 days, and allow the visitor to spend a total of 90 days in Qatar (multiple-entry); or it will be valid for 30 days and entitle the visitor to spend up to 30 days.

Hassan Al Ibrahim, Acting Chairman of Qatar Tourism Authority said, “With 80 nationalities eligible for a free visa waiver upon arrival, Qatar is now the most open country in the region and we are delighted to invite visitors to discover our renowned hospitality, cultural heritage and natural treasures.”

Qatar introduced a free transit visa in November last year, which allows citizens of all nationalities transiting in Qatar for a minimum of five hours to stay in Qatar for up to 96 hours. QTA (Qatar Tourism Authority) and Qatar Airways launched +Qatar in May 2017, a package which includes a free night’s stay in a 5- or 4- star hotel in Doha, alongside a complimentary transit visa.

*Entry to Qatar is approved at the sole discretion of Qatar’s Ministry of Interior.

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