Subscribe Free
in Route Planning & Tourism

New transit visa rules makes visiting Qatar easier

Posted 27 September 2016 · Add Comment

Qatar Airways, Qatar Tourism Authority and Qatar's Ministry of Interior has announced a revised tourism visa scheme available to passengers transiting through Doha in a move to promote Qatar as a world-class stopover destination.

The new transit visa structure now allows passengers with a minimum transit time of five hours in Hamad International Airport to stay in Qatar for up to 96 hours (four days), without the requirement to apply ahead of time for an entry visa.

This is a significant increase from the previous transit visa scheme, which allowed travellers with a minimum layover of eight hours to spend a maximum of 48 hours (two days) in Qatar. This increase is designed to make stopovers easier and more attractive to Qatar Airways’ global passengers, and aims to deliver additional value to the local economy while strengthening Qatar’s position as an attractive tourist destination.

The Qatar transit visa is free of charge and available on arrival at Hamad International Airport to passengers of all nationalities, upon confirmation of onward journey and completion of passport control procedures. All visas are approved and issued at the sole discretion of the Ministry of Interior.

Qatar Airways Group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “Qatar Airways serves millions of people from around the world as they journey across our network of more than 150 destinations. Whether travelling for business or leisure, we want to enrich the journey of all of our passengers and we are restructuring our fares to reflect this initiative and to promote stopovers to travellers. We are excited to offer our passengers the opportunity to taste the cultural highlights that the city of Doha and the State of Qatar have to offer. We are thankful to the Ministry of Interior and the Qatar Tourism Authority for helping us to create a journey that includes discovering Qatar, an experience that will stay in our visitors’ hearts and minds forever.”

The development is the third in a series of enhancements that Qatar has made to facilitate entry into the country for visitors. Last week, officials announced a new process to quicken the entry of tourists arriving on board cruise ships, and earlier, representatives signed an agreement with VFS Global, which will see the development of a new, faster and more transparent tourist visa application mechanism. 

UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai commended Qatar on its rapid advancement in this area. “Promoting visa facilitation is a priority for tourism development worldwide and a key element in the competitiveness of tourism destinations. We congratulate Qatar for announcing, very auspiciously on the occasion of the World Tourism Day, a new milestone change in the country’s transit visa scheme,” he said. “This is the third significant travel facilitation announcement from Qatar in the space of just one month. We are very pleased to see that the work conducted by UNWTO with Qatar on visa facilitation is yielding results and trust that these will certainly result in an increase of visitors to Qatar.”

Director general of the general directorate of nationality, borders and expatriates affairs in the Ministry of Interior, Brigadier Abdullah Salim Al-Ali, said: “The Ministry of Interior strives to support the country’s growth and development, while maintaining security for all visitors and residents. We are pleased to further facilitate the movement of the 30 million passengers who pass through Hamad International Airport every year. We welcome them to spend time in Doha and discover Qatari hospitality.”

 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

CCD to create control rooms for Abu Dhabi’s new Midfield Terminal

CCD Design and Ergonomics has been appointed to design and create four new control rooms at the new Midfield Terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Ras Al Khaimah wins Middle East’s Leading Adventure Destination 2018’ award

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) has celebrated two major wins at The World Travel Awards 2018.

Etihad Airways to host AI Robot Sophia at ATM

Etihad Airways will introduce Humanoid Robot Sophia to the UAE as a spokesperson for the future of innovation and technology in aviation at ATM.

İstanbul New Airport will house 451-room hotel to be operated by YOTEL

İGA, the constructer and operator of İstanbul New Airport (İNA) for 25 years,and YOTEL, the London based hotel group, have signed an exclusive hotel management contract.

Emirates wins four gongs at World Travel Awards Middle East 2018

Emirates has been recognised at the World Travel Awards Middle East 2018 with four awards - Middle East’s Leading Airline, Middle East’s Leading Airline Brand, Middle East’s Leading Business Class Airport Lounge and Middle East’s

Emirates Aviation University receives official visit from Dubai Police

Emirates Aviation University has welcomed Major-General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, commander-in-chief of Dubai Police at its main campus at Dubai Academic City.

SOFEX SK2018
See us at
ArabianTravelMkBT250418Istanbul Airshow BT22018AirportShow BT1502090518BIAS BT271017161118ASDubai BT1004091018SOFEX BT2018Cargo BT1004091018MEBAA BT1004121218Global Aerospace BT2018GATM BT1004061118