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    Qatar Allows Visa-Free Entry to 80 Countries

    Effective immediately, citizens from 80 countries can visit Qatar without applying for an entry visa.  Instead of a visa, visitors will be issued a multi-entry waiver upon entry to Qatar. This waiver is free of charge. They must present a valid passport, which should be valid for a minimum of 6 months, and a confirmed return ticket.

    Officials from Qatar’s Ministry of Interior, Qatar Tourism Authority and Qatar Airways announced this latest development. Depending on the country of origin, the visitor may be given a waiver for 180 or 30 days to stay in Qatar. There is also a possibility of applying for waiver extension for another 30 days.

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    Waived Visa for Selected Countries to Visit Qatar

    As part of the recent measures to encourage more visitors to the country, the Qatar government is allowing visitors from 80 countries a visa-free entry. Upon presenting a valid passport and return ticket, the visitor will be given a multi-entry waiver. The waiver may be valid for 180 or 30 days upon the date of issue.

    Countries with FREE VISA to QATAR

    Nationals from the countries listed below will not be required prior visa arrangements, but instead given a visa waiver upon arrival. The waiver will be valid for 180 days from the date of issuance. It can be spent up to 90 days in Qatar either as a single trip or multiple trips:

    1. Austria
    2. Bahamas
    3. Belgium
    4. Bulgaria
    5. Croatia
    6. Cyprus
    7. Czech Republic
    8. Denmark
    9. Estonia
    10. Finland
    11. France
    12. Germany
    13. Greece
    14. Hungary
    15. Iceland
    16. Italy
    17. Latvia
    18. Liechtenstein
    19. Lithuania
    20. Luxembourg
    21. Malta
    22. Netherlands
    23. Norway
    24. Poland
    25. Portugal
    26. Romania
    27. Seychelles
    28. Slovakia
    29. Slovenia
    30. Spain
    31. Sweden
    32. Switzerland
    33. Turkey

    Countries with VISA-ON-ARRIVAL in Qatar

    Nationals from the countries listed below will not be required prior visa arrangements, but instead given a visa waiver upon arrival. The waiver will be valid for 30 days from the date of issuance. It can be spent up to 30 days in Qatar either as a single trip or multiple trips, and may be extended for another 30 days:

    1. Andorra
    2. Argentina
    3. Australia
    4. Belarus
    5. Bolivia
    6. Brazil
    7. Brunei
    8. Canada
    9. Chile
    10. China
    11. Colombia
    12. Ecuador
    13. Panama
    14. Costa Rica
    15. Georgia
    16. Guyana
    17. Hong Kong
    18. India
    19. Indonesia
    20. Ireland
    21. Japan
    22. Kazakhstan
    23. Lebanon
    24. Azerbaijan
    25. Macedonia
    26. Malaysia
    27. Maldives
    28. Mexico
    29. Moldova
    30. Monaco
    31. New Zealand
    32. Paraguay
    33. Peru
    34. Russia
    35. San Marino
    36. Singapore
    37. South Africa
    38. South Korea
    39. Suriname
    40. Cuba
    41. Thailand
    42. Ukraine
    43. United Kingdom
    44. United States
    45. Uruguay
    46. Vatican City
    47. Venezuela

    Aside from that, Qatar is also studying further enhancements to the current visa policy. This could be allowing visa-free entry to holders of resident permit or a valid visa from the Gulf Cooperation Council (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates), United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or the Schengen countries. In lieu of a visa, visitors from these countries can apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization which can be accomplished online.

    According to Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, “Today’s announcement places the State of Qatar as the most open country in the region. This is a momentous occasion for Qatar, making the number of nationalities eligible to enter our country without a visa the highest in the region, which is something that we are very proud of.”