Qatar simplifies visa regime with 80 countries, including Ukraine

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 9, 2017

Citizens of 80 countries, including India, will no longer require a visa to enter Qatar, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

"With this decision, Qatar hopes to bring fresh diversity to the tourism sector", Hassan al-Ibrahimi, the QTA's chief development officer, said at a news conference in Doha.

In November 2016, Qatar introduced a free transit visa that allowed passengers of all nationalities transiting through the nation to stay there for a minimum of five hours up to maximum 96 hours (four days).

Oil giant Saudi Arabia along with Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates imposed a boycott on Qatar on 5 June and cut off all transport links with the country after accusing it of supporting terrorism and of close ties to Iran. India and 80 other nations are now able to travel towards Qatar without visa.

Mazroui said the countries were selected on the basis of security and economic considerations, or for the buying power of their nationals.

Qatari newspapers, however, have said it would apply mainly to Western and some other nationals. 47 countries are those whose nationals will be allowed to stay for 30 days. The periods are renewable a single time. The Russian Foreign Ministry later confirmed this information pointing out that every Russian citizen arriving in Qatar's capital of Doha must provide a passport valid for at least six month after the arrival date, a return ticket, a hotel booking confirmation and $1,500 in cash or on credit card.

This file photo taken on July 20, 2017 shows a Qatar Airways plane taking off from the Hamad International Airport in Doha.

On August 3, Qatar created a new permanent residents status for certain groups of foreigners, including those who have worked for the benefit of the emirate, a first for the Gulf.

Under the new rules, children with a Qatari mother and a foreign father can benefit from the new status, along with foreign residents who have "given service to Qatar" or have "skills that can benefit the country".

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