With the launch of a new electronic visa process, Qatar opens its borders to international visitors to attend sporting and cultural events.
This was announced during a press conference held at the Visa Support Services Department (VSSD) today morning. Maj. Abdullah Khalifa Al Mohannadi, Director of VSSD at the Ministry of Interior, Lt. Col. Jassim Abdur Raheem Al Sayed, Director of Security Systems Department at the Ministry of Interior, Lt. Col. Dr. Jabr Hamoud Al Noaimi, Spokesperson of Security Committee of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy and Maj. Mubarak Salim Al Bouainain, Asst. Director of Public Relations Department of MOI attended the press conference.
Maj. Abdullah Khalifa Al Mohannadi said that the launching of this new visa portal was in addition to the list of leading visa projects, which comes under the Ministry of Interior's efforts to develop e-services to the public and to contribute to the strengthening of the state's growing economic growth in line with Qatar's national vision of 2030.
He added that the movement of entry and exit in Qatar witnesses a rapid growth thanks to the many different programs the country has been adopting, as more than 90 countries get on arrival visas when they enter Hamad International Airport, which made the State of Qatar one of the most open country in the world.
He pointed out that Qatar hosts many different cultural, scientific, sports and tourist events all year round, as these events attract a lot of people from inside and outside the country, which required the establishment of a unified platform that receives applications for visas to enter the country. The newly launched Qatar Visa Portal not only covers visas of events, but also business visas, investment and visas for other various activities.
The launching of Qatar Visa Portal is designed to facilitate the application process for visitors, through simple and smooth application form that does not exceed one page. Any user can fill it electronically from anywhere in the world within a very short time, and the issuance of a visa does not exceed 48 hours from the date of receipt of the application, if it meets the required conditions.
The Visa Portal was opened in collaboration with a number of other entities in the country, including a special body on events, which contains all the details of events in the country, allowing the public from inside and outside Qatar to familiarize with all events in the country.
He pointed out that the portal provides the electronic visa service and follow-up facility to citizens of all countries in the world, as through entering the platform there is the visa application, which allows the applicants to get the visa to visit the State of Qatar and attend the events hosted by the State.
The applicant has to register to login with email first. He explained that the application steps include entry of required data and the attachment of all required documents, including a copy of the passport, and his/her photo, a copy of the flight ticket and a copy of the hotel reservation or the applicant's residence in Qatar.
The applicant would then choose the events he wants to participate inside the country, where he can witness multiple events during the 30-day visa validity period, which can be extended for another 30 days. The applicant can track the status of application on the portal as well.
He said that the applicant can submit for visa within 90 days - 4 days before travel and the passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry into Qatar. This service cannot be used to obtain a visa for children registered with their parents' passports, he added.
Lt. Col. Jassim Abdul Raheem, head of the Technical Affairs Committee of Security Committee at SCDL said that the launching of the Qatar Visa Portal was an important achievement of the Ministry of Interior in full coordination between the competent authorities, such as the VSSD under the General Directorate of Passports, the Security Committee of SCDL, as well as the Qatari Olympic Committee.
He pointed out that the portal was specialized in providing tourist visa services to enter the State of Qatar; for attending major events such as the important sport events hosted by Qatar, such as the Arab Gulf Cup and the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup and the most awaited World Cup 2022.
The Qatar Visa Portal can be accessed at http://www.qatarportal.gov.qa/
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