Qatar has just made it easier for the nationals of 80 world countries to visit and experience the peninsular Arab country, becoming the most open country in the Middle East. Thanks to the newest visa facilitation the nationals of 80 countries will be able to spend either 90 or 30 days in Qatar, depending on their nationality.

The nationals of 34 countries can visit Qatar by obtaining a visa-on-arrival upon their entrance in Qatar, and spend up to 90 days within a 180 day period in Qatar, during a single or multiple trips. Whereas, the nationals of 46 other countries are eligible to apply for a visa upon their arrival in Qatar, which will enable them to spend up to 30 days in Qatar, during a single or multiple trips, the opportunity to apply for a 30 day extension.

This visa is free of charge, and can be obtained by showing a valid passport and a confirmed return ticket at the border authorities.

As stated by the Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, these measures place Qatar as the most open country in the region.

“This is a momentous occasion for Qatar, making the number of nationalities eligible to enter our country without a visa the highest in the region, which is something that we are very proud of,” he said.

The nationals of the following countries can apply for a 90 days visa waiver:

  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Seychelles
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey

Whereas the nationals of the following countries are eligible to obtain a visa waiver with a 30 day validity:

  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Belarus
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Panama
  • Costa Rica
  • Georgia
  • Guyana
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Lebanon
  • Azerbaijan
  • Macedonia
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • New Zealand
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Russia
  • San Marino
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Suriname
  • Cuba
  • Thailand
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela

The measures have been taken in an attempt of the government to attract more tourists to the country. Further enhancements may be undertaken to the current visa policy, as allowing visa-free entry entry (or with an Electronic Travel Authorization instead) to the holders of a residence permit or valid visa from:

  • the Gulf Cooperation Council (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates),
  • United Kingdom,
  • United States of America,
  • Canada,
  • Australia,
  • New Zealand, or
  • the Schengen countries.