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August 2017 - Qatar: Qatar waives visas for 80 nationalities.

Faced with the boycott of several other countries in the Gulf, Qatar, which will host the football World Cup in 2022, has just abolished the entry visa to Qatar for citizens of 80 countries for a stay of up to 180 days (33 countries including most countries of the European Union) or up to 30 days (47 other countries including the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Russia and China).

Visitors from those countries may now enter Qatar only on presentation of a passport valid for 6 months.

June 2017 -
Qatar: Launch of the e-visa system.

Following many other countries, Qatar has just put online an electronic visa system. This facility is available to citizens of 218 countries (virtually all countries of the world) at the price of $42. The citizens of 74 countries also have the possibility of obtaining the visa upon arrival in Doha provided that they meet the conditions. The visa on arrival is cheaper (about $28), but takes more time (queue) than the e-visa.

If you are simply stopping over in Qatar with a flight of Qatar Airways, this airline offers you a free transit visa which is valid up to 4 days.

May 2017: Qatar
 - Layover in Doha for passengers of Qatar Airways in transit.

Qatar Airways offers travelers calling at Doha the opportunity to discover the city at promotional conditions. These travelers may go out of the airport and stay in Qatar 5 to 96 hours, i.e. up to 4 days, with a free transit visa. You must apply for the visa at least 7 working days prior to your arrival.  In addition, a night in a 4 or 5 star hotel is temporarily available for free.

The airfare will not be increased when you use the multi-city booking option of the web site of Qatar Airways in order to include the layover in Doha. Except for travelers from a few countries in the Middle East, passengers are eligible for such a layover on either inbound or outbound journeys. Only passengers of Qatar Airways flights may take advantage of this offer that is not available to passengers traveling on code-share flights.

Approximately 30 million passengers annually call at Doha.


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