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Qatar scraps visa requirement for UK travellers

Qatar1UK tourists will now be able to visit Qatar without the need for a visa following a change to the country’s policy.

As a result, UK travellers will now be able to secure a visa waiver on arrival, allowing them to spend up to 30 days in Qatar, with the possibility of a 30-day extension.

Those arriving will need to be able to present a valid passport as well as a confirmed onward or return ticket in order to be approved for a visa waiver.

Travellers from the UK are not the only ones that will be able to get 30-days free access, those from 46 other countries will also be eligible, whilst some will even be given 90 days visa-free access.

The change in approach is part of a series of measures from the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) and Qatar Airways to try and ensure greater access to the country for travellers.

Last month saw Qatar launch an e-visa platform, which allows travellers of all nationalities to apply for visas with much less hassle.

Qatar Airways Group chief executive, His Excellency 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.”

It is hoped that by dropping visa requirements, Qatar will be able to welcome even more visitors from a vast array of countries.

QTA chief tourism development officer Hassan Al Ibrahim said: “There is no doubt that facilitating and streamlining access at all ports of entry are key factors in creating a positive first and lasting impression of Qatar.”

During the first six months of 2017, Qatar has seen a 39% increase in the number of stopover visitors when compared with the same period last year.

If you’re thinking of travelling abroad this year, be sure to organise your long-haul Travel Insurance in advance 

Date Created: 11 August 2017

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