MOI Qatar launches online visitor authorisation – Free on arrival visa from 04Jun to 16Aug 2019

MOI Qatar launches online visitor authorisation during Summer in Qatar – Free on arrival visa from 04Jun to 16Aug 2019

Ministry of Interior Qatar (MOI Qatar) in partnership with Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) has launched an electronic authorization system via http://www.qatarvisaservices.com. This has been launched for all those who wish to travel to Qatar as a part of the ‘Summer in Qatar’ program.

‘Summer in Qatar’ program started from today the 4th of June and runs until 16th of August 2019.

  • During ‘Summer in Qatar’ program residents and citizens of Qatar can bring their families and friends on arrival visa to Qatar.
  • Expats who which to bring friends and relatives receive an electronic notification allowing them to enter the country on a visa upon arrival.
  • This visa can be availed for free upon arrival
  • Anyone who wishes to visit Qatar during this period can avail visa upon arrival (on arrival visa) after applying through qatarvisaservices.com

Requirements for “Summer in Qatar” program visa depends on the purpose and type of visitor:

If the visitor is your relative or a friend:
  • Return ticket
  • Host’s valid residence permit
  • Proof of kinship
If the visitor is a former expat:
  • Return ticket
  • Proof of the previous residence in Qatar
  • Hotel reservation for the duration of the visit
If the visitor is your immediate family member:
  • Return ticket. All tickets must have the same reservation code.
  • Proof of kinship
  • Booked hotel stay for the duration of the visit

Summer in Qatar Program:

This year, QNTC has brought one of the biggest summer festivals ever in Qatar with a lot of family-fun activities and events. Also, it includes retail discounts, indoor theme parks, live entertainment acts, Qatar Museum’s culture pass, movie premieres, hospitality offers and many more.

Commenting on the announcement, Major Abdullah Khalifa al-Mohannadi , Director of Visa Support Services Department at the General Directorate of Passports, MOI stated that. “the UN World Tourism Organization recently ranked Qatar as the most open destination in the Middle East and the eighth worldwide in terms of visa facilitation. The new facilitation for expat families and former expats during the Summer in Qatar program will further enhance Qatar’s openness, and enrich traveler experiences.

Khalid Al Jumaily, QNTC official, stressed that providing visitor experiences that reflect Qatar’s modernity and vision while celebrating Qatari heritage and tradition of hospitality is at the core of the tourism development strategy. Also added “This experience begins even before a traveler arrives in Qatar, during their planning process. This latest development is part of QNTC efforts to introduce the biggest summer season in Qatar.”

The online authorization service is open for all nationalities. The concerned immigration department will process applications and respond to them within 24 hours. This speedy response will make it easier for travelers to choose Qatar as their destination during the summer season.

Qatar embarked on a journey to enhance visa facilitation and ensure Qatar is ready to welcome the world in 2016 when an agreement was signed between QNTC, Qatar Airways, Qatar’s Ministry of Interior and VFS Global to create an online platform for processing visa applications and issuing e-visas. The new service, launched in 2017, has significantly eased visitor access to Qatar, offering a more efficient and transparent visa application system, with standardised fees.

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Visa free entry to Qatar during the ‘Summer in Qatar’ festival – June 4 to August 16

Summer in Qatar’ program starts from June 4 and will happen until August 16. During ‘Summer in Qatar’ program families and friends of residents and citizens of Qatar can make Visa free entry to Qatar.

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Visa free entry to Qatar during the ‘Summer in Qatar’ festival – June 4 to August 16

Visa free entry to Qatar during the ‘Summer in Qatar’ festival – June 4 to August 16

Summer in Qatar’ program starts from June 4 and will happen until August 16. During ‘Summer in Qatar’ program families and friends of residents and citizens of Qatar can make Visa free entry to Qatar.

During a press conference held at Sharq Village and Spa on Saturday, Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) secretary-general and Qatar Airways GCEO HE Akbar al-Baker said: “Families, relatives, and friends of Qatar residents will have the opportunity to visit the country visa-free during the ‘Summer in Qatar’ festival,” reported Gulf Times

Besides a wide range of exciting indoor activities and thrilling outdoor experiences along with a lot of entertainment programs, Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) made this announcement on visa free entry to Qatar offer as an exciting summer experience. This will be one of Qatar’s biggest summer program organized by QNTC in collaboration with more than 35 public and private partners.

Summer in Qatar’ program will feature a lot of activities and entertainment programs by local, regional and international artists to perform in Qatar among other activities focused on edutainment, summer, and sports, travel promotions, and hospitality and shopping discounts.

Qatar Airways offers a discount of 25% on all flights to Doha from 160 destinations across the globe. This offers starts from 15th of May onwards for booking tickets between 30th of May to the 16th of August 2019.

We will even attract families and friends of people living in Qatar and make for them visa-free arrival at the Hamad International Airport,” Al Baker told reporters at the press conference. Also, he added “Aviation and tourism go hand in hand, and this year, we are leveraging the collaboration between these two sectors to offer travelers airfare discounts, promotional travel packages, and exceptional airport experiences throughout the summer,

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Qatar Visa Centers in India (QVCs) – Five more added and now 7 centers in India

Qatar Visa Centers in India (QVCs) – Five more added and now 7 centers in India

Qatar Visa Centers in India (QVCs) were launched at New Delhi and also in Mumbai on 27th March & 29th March 2019 respectively. Likewise, MoI Qatar has opened five more centers now in India. With the new addition, now QVC’s are in 7 locations in India. Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Chennai as well as Kochi are the QVC Centers in India. Qatar has opened five new visa centers in India as part of its project, launched last year, targeting eight labour-exporting countries.

The QVCs project has been successful in providing distinct services which streamline procedures for expatriates to work in the country and also facilitating all kinds of visa procedures in India itself. QVC’s provides Biometric Enrollment and also Medical Screening Services.

Qatar Visa Center in India – Location, Address and also Working Hours

Mumbai (Bandra East): 201/2, Hallmark Business Plaza, Sant Dyaneshwar Marg, Near Gurunanak Hospital, Bandra East, Mumbai – 400051
Chennai (Saligrammam): Shyamala Towers,1st Floor, East wing, 136 Arcot Road, Saligrammam, Chennai – 600 093
Delhi (Akshardham): Unit no 2, Lower ground floor, Parsvnath Mall, Akshardham Metro Station, Akshardham, New Delhi. 110092
Hyderabad (Telangana): Ground Floor, South Wing (Krishe Block), Krishe Sapphire Building, Hitech City Road, Madhapur, Hyderabad, Telangana, 500081.
Cochin (Edappally): Door No 38/4111/D, Ground Floor, National Pearl Star building, Near Changampuzha Park Metro Station, Edappally Cochin-682024, Kerala
Kolkata: Bengal Intelligent Park, Building Gamma, 1st Floor, Block-EP & GP, Sector-V, Salt Lake Electronics Complex, Kolkata – 700 091
Lucknow (Gomti Nagar): BBD Viraj Towers, 2nd Floor, TC G/1A – V/3 Vibhuti Khand, Shaheed Path, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow Pincode – 226010, Uttar Pradesh.

Qatar Visa Centers in India – Working Hours:

Biometric Enrollment: 08:30 HRS – 16:30 HRS
Medical Screening: 09:00 HRS – 17:00 HRS
Email: [email protected]

Telephone: +91 44 6133 1333
(Phone assistance is available from Monday to Friday between 08:30 HRS – 17:00 HRS)

Major Abdullah Khalifa Al Mohannadi, Director of the Visa Support Services Department at the General Directorate of Passports said that “QVCs project targets the opening of 20 service centers in eight countries. Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Philippines, Indonesia, Tunisia”. He also pointed out that QVCs are characterized by rapid completion of procedures for the residency of expatriates. As well as follow-up by the relevant authorities in Qatar. Reported thepeninsulaqatar.com

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Qatar Visa Centre (QVC) now in Delhi and Mumbai – Five more centres will be opened in India

Qatar Visa Centre (QVC) now in Delhi and Mumbai – Five more centers will be opened in India

The State of Qatar launched its first Qatar Visa Centre (QVC) at the capital city of New Delhi in India on Wednesday (March 27, 2019). QVC in New Delhi launched in the presence of officials from both Qatar and India.

The Ministry of Interior posted on its official Twitter account on 27-March 2019, “Six more centres will be opened in #India in coming days in the cities of #Mumbai, #Kolkata, #Lucknow, #Hyderabad, #Chennai, and #Kochi”

On Friday 29th of March, Qatar launched its second Qatar Visa Centre (QVC) in Mumbai, India, in the presence of officials from both countries.

The center in Mumbai is the second one in India after New Delhi, which was opened a few days back, reported thepeninsulaqatar.com

Qatar Visa Centre (QVC) will enable Indians who are moving to Qatar on employment to complete fingerprint, biometric data processing and also employment contract signing in India itself through. Also, work visa procedures will speed up as expats complete procedures before they leave.

Earlier, Qatar Visa Centre’s were opened in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and also in Pakistan. There is no change in terms of recruitment procedures, expect that home countries now facilitate the procedures which simplies the process and also reduce the time. The Ministry of Interior website and Metrash 2 service provides all the necessary steps to apply for recruitment through the QVCs. All the fees necessary for the recruitment are to be paid by employers in Qatar and allow the expatriate to complete the procedures in QVC’s.

QatarIndians.com team on behalf of all the Indians thank everyone, who is behind this initiative.

About Qatar Visa Centers (Source Credit: QatarVisaCenter)

Qatar Visa Centers are managed by a team of professionals who are dedicated to the ideal of building an organization on the principals of trust, transparency and transformation. Together, a culture is being built that is able to serve the visa applicants with highest commitments to quality, comfort and care. Visit QVC Website for more information.

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A new update from MoI on visa-free entry for Indians – Traveller can carry a valid debit or credit card

A new update from MoI on visa-free entry for Indians – Traveller can carry a valid debit or credit card

During the first week of November, Ministry of Interior on its website updated the rules to obtain on arrival visa for Indians. The new update said, from 11th of November 2018 visa can be obtained only for 30 days and cannot be extended.  Also, it was made mandatory for the visitor to hold a valid credit card (in visitors name or the male head of a family)

In a recent announcement on the MoI website, Ministry of Interior has made a further update on the rules to obtain on arrival visa for Indians. As per the new update, a traveler can carry a valid debit or credit card. When traveling as a family, the family head should have a card in his name.

“Applicant must be in possession of a valid credit or debit card (Mandatory to present a valid credit or debit card in the name of the traveller; in case of travelling with family, the family head should have a card in his name),” said the announcement on the MoI website.

 

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No extension beyond 30 days on visa free entry to Indians, Starting 11 Nov 2018

No extension beyond 30 days on visa-free entry to Indians, Starting 11 Nov 2018

India is one of the countries whose citizens are offered visa-free entry to Qatar. Ministry of Interior has updated rules for visa-free entry to Indians by putting an end to the extension of visa starting 11th of November, 2018.

Ministry of Interior on its website has updated that starting from 11th of November 2018, the on-arrival tourist visa facility for Indians can be obtained for 30 days and cannot be extended further. Also, another important update is that it is now mandatory for the applicant to possess a valid credit card. (in the name of the traveler or the male head of a family).

Brief of new update by MoI:

  • Free entry visa for Indians cannot be extended beyond 30 days starting from 11th November 2018 (earlier it can be extended for 30 days with a maximum period of stay up to 60 days)
  • It is mandatory that applicant must hold a valid credit card in his / her name or in the name of the head of the family (male head)

Other rules to obtain a visa-free entry for Indians remains the same which includes,

  • Passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of entry to Qatar
  • Confirmed return ticket

Indians were among the six major nationalities who visit Qatar, according to statistics released in April 2018 from the Ministry.

Qatar was ranked as the most open country in the Middle East and 8th most open country in the world following a string of visa facilitation measures introduced by the country, including allowing nationals of 88 countries to enter Qatar visa-free and free-of-charge. As a result, Qatar’s openness score had leaped by 71.3 points since 2014, when it ranked 177th, posted thepeninsulaqatar.com

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MoI urged employers to prepare for new entry and exit rules for expats

MoI urged employers to prepare for new entry and exit rules for expats

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) and the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA) have called on all private companies and employers to prepare for the implementation of the amendment of the law regulating entry, exit and residency of the expatriates. “The Ministry has completed all the procedures related to the implementation of the law. The law allowed the employees of private companies to leave without exit permit except the proportion of five percent of their workers, which is a percentage determined by the employer due to the nature of their work like those who work in money exchange companies and gold shops and so on,” said Director of Labour Inspection Department at the MADLSA, Mohammed Ali Al Meer, Reported thepeninsulaqatar.com

Qatar MoI has recently brought a major policy change to put an end to exit permits through which expat workers can exit the country without obtaining an exit permit from the employer.

Also, MoI has brought an initiative which allows expat workers to complete certain procedures including fingerprinting and biometric data processing, medical examination and the signing of work contracts at their home countries.

The project will be implemented in eight countries as a first stage, namely: Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Philippines, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Tunisia. The project will be implemented in Sri Lanka next month and later in the rest of the eight countries and be followed in all the countries from where the recruitment is made.

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Now expats can apply for family visit visa online

Now you can apply for family visit visa online through MoI’s website and Metrash2.

Great news for all the Indians and Expats living in Qatar. As a part of e-services initiatives, MoI has launched online family visit visa application through MoI’s website and Metrash2.

This came within the framework to develop services to the public. Brigadier Mohammed Ahmed Al Ateeq, Director General of the Department of Passport and Expatriates Affairs at MoI, said the new service has been added to the various e-services already provided by MoI by the use of modern technology in providing high quality of services to residents and their families – Reported thepeninsulaqatar.com

He added that this service is easy and in case of some missing documents or any other issue, the applicant will get required alert. Al Ateeq said that this e-service is for the purpose of providing family visit visa to expatriates in the country. He pointed out that the Department has evaluated this electronic service over two months and proved a great success by 100% – Reported thepeninsulaqatar.com

In 2017 June, The Ministry of Interior (MoI), Qatar Airways and Qatar Tourism Authority, have launched an e-visa platform through which visitors to Qatar can directly apply for tourist visas

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Qatar to open ‘authorised medical centres’ for residency procedures in eight countries this year

Qatar to open ‘authorised medical centres’ for residency procedures in eight countries this year

Completing medical procedures for a work visa to Qatar will become a lot more simpler by the end of the year.

This is because the country is keen to start centres for medical check-ups in the country of a worker’s origin before they even board the plane to Qatar.

People from eight countries will be able to make use of this facility by the end of the year, according to Abdulrahim Mohammed Al Mushiri, who is the Supervisor of the Medical Commission in Doha.

“The work in this regard is currently ongoing in eight source countries at the moment including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, The Philippines, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Tunisia. Under this arrangement, foreign workers can go for medical tests at selected hospitals or medical centres approved by Qatar in their home countries,” Al Mushiri told Qatar Tribune.

In its efforts to protect rights of expatriate workers, Qatar has made residency procedures easier for foreigners heading for jobs in the country.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) had signed an agreement with a Singapore-based Company in this regard in 2017.

Under the new system, those coming for work in Qatar can complete their medical checkup, record bio-metric data and fingerprint and sign work contracts in their home countries itself before coming to Qatar.

The move will help bring down the cases of rejection of expat workers on the grounds of being medically unfit. Currently, such cases stand at 3% of the total number of workers.

“The authorities concerned will take necessary actions against agencies which violate the instructions about the medical tests specified by Qatar,” Al Mushiri said.

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Over 1,000 people to fly in for an Indian destination wedding in Qatar

Over 1,000 people to fly in for an Indian destination wedding in Qatar

Visa-free entry for Indians into Qatar has opened doors for some unique opportunities in the tourism sector as an Indian couple has chosen Doha as the venue for their destination wedding.

To be held at The Ritz-Carlton Doha, the wedding will see more than 1,000 guests flown in from all over the world. The wedding party has booked the entire hotel, all 374 rooms, for the event and the celebration will continue for three days including a musical evening by renowned Indian pop band Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy.

According to the general manager of the hotel, the negotiations to finalise the venue have been going on for almost a year. The family was looking at a few other options also including a few in other GCC countries. But, finally they chose Doha and The Ritz-Carlton.

Erden Kendigelen, general manager, The Ritz-Carlton

Erden Kendigelen, general manager, The Ritz-Carlton

“The fact that we have a wonderful and newly renovated property went in our favour, but what really clinched the deal is the announcement by Qatar government in August 2017 allowing citizens of 80 countries visa-free entry to the country. We were also able to anticipate and cater to every need of the family and this created an emotional engagement with them,” Erden Kendigelen, general manager, The Ritz-Carlton, said.

The hotel has roped in prominent names from the world of Indian traditional weddings to orchestrate the three-day affair. The luxury wedding planners Divinity Weddings, famed decor designer Heena Patel of Amaahyaaj in Vadodara and Mumbai’s prominent gourmet vegetarian catering company Popular Caterers will work closely with The Ritz-Carlton Doha teams. Some of them are already here getting the preparation going. To get the authentic feeling right the hotel is procuring a great many things straight from India. They had shipped in two containers full of kitchen equipment to prepare the traditional food for the guests.

The Ritz-Carlton Doha - Indian VIP Wedding

The Ritz-Carlton Doha

The Ritz-Carlton Doha wants the event to be a showpiece event and the first in many. They are not new to hosting weddings as they host around 200 local weddings a year including 5-6 VIP weddings. But what makes this different is the fact that a huge number of people are flying in to attend a traditional Indian wedding infused with Arabic elegance. This also puts Qatar in the tourism map for destination weddings, which is very popular among Indian elites.

“We have put in a lot of effort into planning the nitty-gritties along with the family and the professionals from India. We even attended a traditional marriage ceremony in India to understand the requirements better. There is a lot of excitement among the ladies and gentlemen of the hotel as this is a great opportunity to showcase our property and also Qatar as a destination for such huge events,” Kendigelen added.
The hotel with the help of various government bodies like QTA and Qatar Airways have arranged for a smooth arrival and custom procedures at the airport. Around 100 families will stay back after the wedding for a tour of Qatar. During the ceremonial days, Ritz is planning short trips for guests to Museum of Islamic Art, Souq Waqif and shopping centres.

The Ritz-Carlton Doha Qatar- Indian VIP Wedding

The Ritz-Carlton, Doha, Qatar.

“Our ultimate goal is to promote our destination and showcase the proud Qatari heritage while our guests experience a memorable, unique and unforgettable comfort that will stay with them forever,” a hotel spokesperson said.

A special team has been formed to take care of the guests, right from the arrival at the airport to their departure, and assist them throughout the 3-day event.

Source Credit: https://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/

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