Qatar arrival visas for visitors from China, India and Russia soon

Visitors to Qatar from India, China and Russia will be able to get tourist visas on arrival in the “coming weeks,” the head of Qatar Airways has announced.

A new visa system will be introduced which should make it easier and quicker for tourists from these countries to visit Qatar, as the country continues its push to attract more visitors.

The announcement follows a sluggish first six months of 2016 for tourism, with visitor numbers down 6 percent compared to the same period last year.

However, Qatar has ambitious plans to attract up to 7 million visitors to the country by 2030.

Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar’s national flag carrier, announced the new arrangements in Doha today while launching an overhaul of the tourist visa system for visitors who need to buy their visas in advance of arrival.

By early-to-mid next year, they will be able to apply online for their visa, track it and receive it within 48 hours, Al Baker said.

 

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