Qatar has agreed to grant visa-free travel for citizens of 80 countries, including Greece, with immediate effect, Qatari officials announced on Wednesday.
The countries include the UK, the USA, Canada, India, South Africa, Seychelles, Australia and New Zealand.
Qatar’s Ministry of Interior, Qatar Tourism Authority and Qatar Airways have announced that citizens of the 80 countries wishing to visit Qatar will no longer need to apply or pay for a visa; instead, a multi-entry waiver will be issued free-of-charge at the port of entry, upon presentation of a valid passport with a minimum validity of six months and a confirmed onward or return ticket.
Depending on the nationality of the visitor, the waiver will either be valid for 180 days, from the date of issue, and allow the visitor to spend a total of 90 days in Qatar (multiple-entry waiver); or it will be valid for 30 days from the date of issue and entitle the visitor to spend up to 30 days in Qatar with the possibility of applying for an extension of the waiver for an additional 30 days (multiple- entry waiver).
“Today’s announcement places the State of Qatar as the most open country in the region,” Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said. “This is a momentous occasion for Qatar, making the number of nationalities eligible to enter our country without a visa the highest in region, which is something that we are very proud of.”
According to Hassan Al Ibrahim, Chief Tourism Development officer at QTA, easing entry to Qatar is a key enabler for the growth of Qatar’s tourism industry. “With this announcement we are already turning the pages of the Next Chapter of Qatar’s journey towards 2030,” Ibrahim said.