Visitors who have a layover in Qatar for 5 hours or more can now get a free 4-day transit visa.
Transit passengers can get the visas at Hamad International Airport’s Arrivals immigration desk by showing proof of their onward journey.
This new scheme is open to all passengers, regardless of nationality.
The Ministry of Interior, Qatar Tourism Authority and Qatar Airways announced the initiative jointly on Monday to mark World Tourism Day on September 27.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker also indicated that the airline would look at reducing the current high costs of booking stopovers in Doha:
“Whether travelling for business or leisure, we want to enrich the journey of all of our passengers and are restructuring our fares to reflect this initiative and to promote stopovers to travelers.”
Under the revised guidelines, transit passengers will no longer need to apply for an entry visa ahead of time.