Report: Nearly 26,000 people violated Qatar visas last year

Some 26,000 visitors to Qatar were living in the country illegally last year after overstaying their visa terms, a senior Ministry of Interior (MOI) official has reportedly said.

To tackle the issue, officials are considering imposing a GCC-wide ban on the entry of people recorded as overstaying, said Brig. Nasser Issa Al-Sayed, director of MOI’s Search and Follow Up department, as quoted by the Qatar Tribune.

The 25,487 recorded as overstaying were on a variety of visa types, Al-Sayed added.

In some cases, employers had failed to renew working visas for their staff, and immigration officials will demand that this be done, he said.