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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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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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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New links on MoI website for entry visa queries

The Public Relations Department at the Ministry of Interior said yesterday that it has recently launched two new links on its website (www.moi.gov.qa) for queries on entry visas for Qatar.

The links are

https://portal.moi.gov.qa/qatarvisas/ in English and

https://portal.moi.gov.qa/qatarvisasar/ in Arabic.

The page that opens by clicking on/typing the link contains fields such as ‘nationality’ and ‘residence country’ of the applicant.

 

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Visitors should extend on-arrival visa online, says MoI

Visitors should extend on-arrival visa online, says MoI

Visitors entering Qatar on a tourist visa on arrival should extend the same electronically through the website of the Ministry of Interior (MoI), it was announced on Monday.

The Airport Passports Department has urged the visitors to use this electronic channel to extend the on-arrival visa free of charge and not to visit the Airport Passports Department for the service.

Colonel Mohamed Rashid al-Mazrouei, director of Airport Passports Department, said their office had provided the visa extension service earlier, but now it has to be done online through the MoI website.

The official also noted if the visitor has failed to complete the extension procedures before the expiry date he would have to pay a fine of QR200 for each day of his overstay.

Earlier the authorities had announced that the nationals of 47 countries listed below do not require prior visa arrangements and can obtain a visa waiver upon their arrival in Qatar.

The countries include Azerbaijan, Australia, Argentina, Ecuador, Uruguay, Brazil, Vatican, Mexico, India, United States of America, Japan, Andorra, Indonesia, Ukraine, Paraguay, Pakistan, Brunei, Britain, Panama, Bolivia, Belarus, Thailand, Chile, China, Comoros, South Africa, Georgia, Russia, San Marino, Singapore, Suriname, Guyana, Venezuela, Kazakhstan, Canada, Cuba, South Korea, Costa Rica, Colombia, Lebanon, Macedonia, Moldova, Monaco, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Ireland and Peru.

Source Credit: http://www.gulf-times.com

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Visa extension

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has informed, through its social media accounts, that visitors entering Qatar through the 30-day on-arrival visa system can extend their stay online for another 30 days via the following link on the MoI website: https://portal.moi.gov.qa/wps/portal/MOIInternet/services/inquiries/visaservices/visitvisaextension

Qatar had recently introduced different types of visas, including on-arrival visas, e-authorisation and e-visas. While the 90-day on-arrival tourist visa (for citizens of 34 countries) has a validity of 180 days with a multi-entry option and is not extendable, the 30-day visa (for nationals of 47 countries) can be extended for another 30 days.

Source Credit: http://www.gulf-times.com

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On-arrival visas: Hotel reservations not compulsory

On-arrival visas: Hotel reservations not compulsory

Hotel reservations or other conditions are not compulsory for obtaining different types of on-arrival tourist visas in Qatar, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said. However, visitors may be asked to provide the address of their place of stay in Qatar, the MoI explained in a post on social media, adding that general conditions for getting on-arrival tourist visas are six months’ passport validity and a confirmed return or onward ticket.

Qatar recently introduced different types of visas, including on-arrival visas, e-authorisation and e-visas. The 90-day on-arrival tourist visa (for citizens of 34 countries) has a validity of 180 days with a multi-entry option and is not extendable, while the 30-day visa (for nationals of 47 countries) can be extended for another 30 days, which can be done online through the MoI website, the ministry said.

To explore the visa options available for different nationalities, one can visit the MoI visa portal at https://portal.moi.gov.qa/qatarvisas/

Source Credit: http://www.gulf-times.com

For Indians residing in India,

Free toursit visas with multiple entries (30 days)

The citizens of India can enter and stay in Qatar for 30 days with this visa. It is valid for multiple entries and extendable for another 30 days. The visa is stamped on the passports along with entry stamp and date of entry and expiry of duration of stay.

The only requirements for this visa is six month passport validity and a return / onward ticket.

Source Credit: https://portal.moi.gov.qa

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India among 80 countries offered visa free entry to Qatar

India among 80 countries offered visa free entry to Qatar

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The Ministry of Interior (MOI), Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) and Qatar Airways jointly announced yesterday that citizens of 80 countries can now enjoy visa free entry to Qatar.

The unprecedented move makes Qatar the first country in the region to offer this facility making it the most open country in the GCC.

Citizens of these eighty countries need not apply for a visa to Qatar and those who want to visit will be given a free multiple-entry waiver at the port of entry ‘with no paperwork, no payment, and no visas.”

Speaking at a press conference Akbar al-Baker, Chief Executive Qatar Airways said: “This historic announcement comes at a time of historic significance. While some countries in the region have taken to closing their skies and their borders, Qatar has instead opened its borders to more freely welcoming visitors from all corners of the world.”

“Many of these visitors who otherwise may not have considered a stay in our beautiful country will no doubt go on to share their experience with others. These new ambassadors will be vital to achieving our target of over 7mn tourists by the year 2030,” he added.

Citizens of 33 countries (first batch) will be eligible for a multiple-entry waiver valid for 180 days, allowing them to stay for up to 90 days in Qatar.

Meanwhile, citizens of 47 countries (second batch) can obtain a 30-day visa waiver upon arrival in Qatar. It allows the holder to spend up to 30 days in the country but can be extended for another 30 days.

However, entry to Qatar is approved at the sole discretion of the MoI.

The revised tourism strategy based on a renewed focus by the country’s leadership on diversifying the national economy is scheduled to be launched on September 27, when Qatar hosts celebrations of the World Tourism Day.

According to QTA’s chief tourism development officer, Hassan al-Ibrahim easing entry to Qatar is a key enabler for the growth of Qatar’s tourism industry. With this announcement, the country is already turning the pages of the next chapter of Qatar’s journey towards 2030.

The 80 countries have been carefully selected based on the quality of the tourists and their spending ability, in addition to security considerations. The current list will undergo periodic review to update it in the future if needed.

“With 80 countries eligible for a visa waiver, Qatar is now the most open country in the region and we are delighted to invite visitors to discover our renowned hospitality, cultural heritage and natural treasures,” he added.

Qatar is also considering further enhancements to its visa policy such as waiving visa requirements for holders of a residence permit or a valid visa from GCC citizens (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and also the UAE), the UK, the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or the Schengen countries.

This waiver would allow eligible visitors to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorisation by completing a simple online application at least 48 hours prior to travel.

The full list of nationalities who can enjoy visa free entry to Qatar are:

Nationals of the 33 countries listed below do not require prior visa arrangements and can obtain a visa waiver upon arrival (visa free entry) in Qatar. The waiver will be valid for 180 days from the date of issuance and entitle its holder to spend up to 90 days in Qatar, during either a single trip or on multiple trips.

1. Austria
2. Bahamas
3. Belgium
4. Bulgaria
5. Croatia
6. Cyprus
7. Czech Republic
8. Denmark
9. Estonia
10. Finland
11. France
12. Germany
13. Greece
14. Hungary
15. Iceland
16. Italy
17. Latvia
18. Liechtenstein
19. Lithuania
20. Luxembourg
21. Malta
22. Netherlands
23. Norway
24. Poland
25. Portugal
26. Romania
27. Seychelles
28. Slovakia
29. Slovenia
30. Spain
31. Sweden
32. Switzerland
33. Turkey

Nationals of the 47 countries listed below do not require prior visa arrangements and can obtain a visa waiver upon arrival (visa free entry) in Qatar. The waiver will be valid for 30 days from the date of issuance and entitle its holder to spend up to 30 days in Qatar, during either a single trip or on multiple trips. This waiver may be extended for a further 30 days.

1. Andorra
2. Argentina
3. Australia
4. Azerbaijan
5. Belarus
6. Bolivia
7. Brazil
8. Brunei
9. Canada
10. Chile
11. China
12. Colombia
13. Costa Rica
14. Cuba
15. Ecuador
16. Georgia
17. Guyana
18. Hong Kong
19. India
20. Indonesia
21. Ireland
22. Japan
23. Kazakhstan
24. Lebanon
25. Macedonia
26. Malaysia
27. Maldives
28. Mexico
29. Moldova
30. Monaco
31. New Zealand
32. Panama
33. Paraguay
34. Peru
35. Russia
36. San Marino
37. Singapore
38. South Africa
39. South Korea
40. Suriname
41. Thailand
42. Ukraine
43. United Kingdom
44. United States
45. Uruguay
46. Vatican City
47. Venezuela

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