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10 August 2017 12:00 am

BREAKING: Qatar announces visa-free entry for 80 countries

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Qatar’s Ministry of Interior (MoI), Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) and Qatar Airways today announced that Qatar will allow visa-free entry for citizens of 80 countries, effective immediately. 

Citizens of those countries* wishing to visit Qatar will no longer need to apply or pay for a visa; instead, a multi-entry waiver will be issued free-of-charge at the port of entry, upon presentation of a valid passport with a minimum validity of six months and a confirmed onward or return ticket. 

Depending on the nationality of the visitor, the waiver will either be valid for 180 days, from the date of issue, and allow the visitor to spend a total of 90 days in Qatar (multiple-entry waiver); or it will be valid for 30 days from the date of issue and entitle the visitor to spend up to 30 days in Qatar with the possibility of applying for an extension of the waiver for an additional 30 days (multiple-entry waiver).

The below section details the new visa waiver eligibility for citizens of the 80 countries. 

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

A) Nationals of the following 33 countries will not require prior visa arrangements and can obtain a visa waiver upon arrival in Qatar. The waiver will be valid for 180 days from the date of issuance and entitle its holder to spend up to 90 days in Qatar, during either a single trip or on multiple trips.

Austria 

Bahamas 

Belgium  

Bulgaria 

Croatia 

Cyprus 

Czech Republic 

Denmark  

Estonia 

Finland  

France  

Germany  

Greece  

Hungary 

Iceland  

Italy  

Latvia 

Liechtenstein  

Lithuania 

Luxembourg  

Malta 

Netherlands  

Norway  

Poland 

Portugal  

Romania 

Seychelles 

Slovakia 

Slovenia 

Spain  

Sweden  

Switzerland 

Turkey

B) Nationals of the following 47 countries will not require prior visa arrangements and can obtain a visa waiver upon arrival in Qatar. The waiver will be valid for 30 days from the date of issuance and entitle its holder to spend up to 30 days in Qatar, during either a single trip or on multiple trips. This waiver may be extended for a further 30 days.

Andorra  

Argentina 

Australia  

Belarus 

Bolivia 

Brazil 

Brunei  

Canada  

Chile 

China 

Colombia 

Ecuador 

Panama  

Costa Rica 

Georgia 

Guyana 

Hong Kong  

India 

Indonesia  

Ireland  

Japan 

Kazakhstan 

Lebanon  

Azerbaijan   

Macedonia  

Malaysia  

Maldives 

Mexico 

Moldova 

Monaco  

ew Zealand  

Paraguay  

Peru 

Russia 

San Marino  

Singapore  

South Africa 

South Korea  

Suriname 

Cuba 

Thailand 

Ukraine 

United Kingdom  

United States  

Uruguay 

Vatican City 

Venezuela    

Source: Qatar Airways Press Release