Relaxed transit visa scheme and qatar airways receive praise from visitors


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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).

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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.

 The transit visa is available to citizens of all nationalities. A clear passport copy for each passenger is required (including infants) and the passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months at the time of entry into Qatar. The issuance of the transit visa is at the sole discretion of the Ministry of Interior of Qatar. You must have applied for the visa at least 7 days or at max 90 prior to your entry into Qatar. There is no application fee for the transit visa. You must also be in possession of ticket for an onward journey from Qatar on a Qatar Airways flight.  You can apply for the transit visa free of cost online. A copy of the pre-approved transit visa must be produced at the time of boarding in the country of origin and also upon entry into Qatar.