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.
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:
- Czech Republic
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:
- Costa Rica
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- San Marino
- South Africa
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
- United States
- Vatican City
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.”