Qatar: Visitor Visa-on-Arrival Program Expanded

Qatari immigration authorities have expanded the list of nationalities eligible for a visitor visa-on-arrival for tourism, and have introduced new visa-on-arrival categories (short- and long-term). The visa-on-arrival does not allow foreign nationals to conduct business or work activities.

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Qatari immigration authorities have expanded the list of nationalities eligible for a visitor visa-on-arrival for tourism to 74 nationalities, and have introduced new visa-on-arrival categories (short- and long-term).  Previously, nationals of over 70 countries were eligible for a visa-on-arrival for tourism for up to 30 days, without the opportunity for an extension.

To be eligible for a visa-on-arrival, the foreign national must hold a passport valid for at least six months from the date of entry and a return or onward travel ticket. The visas are free of charge.

Short-Term Visa-on-Arrival
Nationals of the following countries may obtain a single- or multiple-entry visitor visa for tourism upon arrival, valid for up to 30 days from the date of entry, which can be extended once for an additional 30 days:
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Long-Term Visa-on-Arrival

Nationals of the following countries may obtain a single- or multiple-entry visitor visa for tourism upon arrival, valid for up to 90 days:
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What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals

Tourists from more countries now benefit from the visa-on-arrival process. Those traveling to Qatar for business or work purposes must obtain the appropriate business or work visas prior to arrival.

This alert is for informational purposes only. If you have any questions, please contact the global immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen or send an email to mideast@fragomen.com.

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