Published On: Fri, Aug 11th, 2017

Visa Free Entry in Qatar for 80 Nationalities


Visa Free Entry in QatarUnder the diplomatic crisis and isolation by the neighboring countries – a program of visa free entry in Qatar for 80 nationalities has been announced to surge air transport and tourism.

According to the tourism department official Hassan al-Ibrahim Qatar would become the most open country in the region with the visa exemption.

Mohamed Rashed al-Mazroui, the interior ministry official said that the nationals of the 80 countries would only have to present their passports for free entry to the energy rich Gulf state which will also be hosting football’s 2022 World Cup.

The assumptions are that the 80 countries for visa free entry in Qatar would mainly include Western countries, however thee has not been any announcement about the list as of now.

However, a few papers have revealed the list of the 80 nationals of different countries.

Nationals of 33 countries will be authorised to stay for 180 days and the other 47 for up to 30 days, periods which are renewable a single time.

The countries were selected on the basis of security and their economic situation or the buying-power of the people. Qatar Airways chief Akbar al-Baker said his carrier would be a primary beneficiary since they have been planning to expand their operations to 62 new destinations.

Regional kingpin Saudi Arabia as well as Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt have since June 5 imposed a boycott on Qatar, accusing the emirate of fostering Islamist extremist groups and of close ties to Iran. Doha has denied the allegations.

The four Gulf nations have closed their land and sea borders to Qatar and imposed economic and air traffic restrictions.

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”.

Those deemed eligible for the new status will be afforded the same access as Qataris to free public services, such as health and education.

Qatar has a population of 2.4 million people, 90 percent of whom are foreigners, including many from south Asia working in construction.

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