Qatar Announced Visa-on-arrival program for 80 countries
Qatar is soon planning to start the world famous visa-on-arrival program for 80 countries including India. The news was first reported by a British news agency, who said that visas will be given for 30 days, 60 days, and 90 days and are renewable. Hassan-al-Ibrahim, acting Chairman of Tourism Authority of Qatar, said that the visa-on-arrival program has made Qatar the most friendly country to travel to and encouraged citizens of the 80 countries to come visit soon.
For Indians, the visa-on-arrival is valid for a period of 30 days and can extend the visa for another 30 days. The US, Canada, the UK, and Australia enjoy the same kind of benefits. It also means that they don’t have to pay for the visa upon arrival because it is given free of charge. The same is applicable for multiple entry visas as well. All the visa-on-arrival applicants have to show is their passport that has a minimum validity of six months and a confirmed return ticket.
Akbar Al Baker, chief executive, Qatar Airways group, welcomed the move and said that it makes Qatar the most open country in the Gulf region. It is a monumental moment for the state and Qatar Airways is very proud of being a part of it. He said that the national airlines are extremely honored to bring millions of tourists into his beautiful country and are continually looking for opportunities to increase their contribution.
Visa waiver program for Gulf countries
In the near future, Qatar is planning to waive off visa requirements for residents of Gulf countries, which include the UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Kuwait and also for western nations including the United States, Canada, and the UK. Residents and citizens of these countries will have to fill a simple online application minimum 48 hours before boarding the flight to inform the ministry that they will be coming.
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