The new rules are applicable to Qatar Airways passengers who have a minimum of 5 hour layover in Doha. The system was implemented on November 1st 2016.
The announcement was made in a bid to increase the flow of tourists and at the same time make it cost effective and easier for people to enter the country, authorities announced this new transit visa scheme by the country’s national carrier Qatar Airways and the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA).
Under the new scheme passengers are allowed to stay in Qatar for up to 96 hours (4 days) provided they have a minimum transit time of 5 hours at the Hamad International Airport (HIA). The Qatar transit visa is free of cost and would be available for passengers of all nationalities at the Hamad International Airport (HIA) on arrival upon completion of the necessary formalities.