Qatar has successfully launched an online visa issuance system for conferences and sporting events which is the first such initiative in the world.
The system was launched for the ongoing World Cup Handball 2015 and in one hour some 5,000 visas were issued to participants by a single official of the immigration department.
This was disclosed by Mohamed Hassan Al Haidoos, head of the visa issuance team for the World Cup Handball, in remarks to local Arabic daily Al Watan published yesterday.
This is a smart online system and will soon be launched to issue other visas as well since the immigration department has plans to go paperless over time, said Al Haidoos.
Participants arriving in Qatar to attend conferences, other events, including sporting fixtures, need not visit the embassy of Qatar in their respective countries to obtain visit visas for Qatar. They can merely go online, apply and get the visa, the official said. He said earlier, visa issuance procedures for conferences and sporting events used to begin at least three months in advance. That has changed.
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