Qatar has announced the relaxation of visa requirements for visitors from 80 countries including the UK.
Effective immediately, nationals from 47 countries including the UK can now obtain a visa waiver upon arrival in Qatar. This will be valid for 30 days for either single or multiple trips, and can be extended for an additional 30 days.
Nationals from further 33 countries including France, Germany and Italy can obtain multi-entry visa waivers valid for up to 180 days, allowing the visitor to spend a total of 90 days in Qatar.
Travellers must have a minimum of 6 months validity on their passport, and have confirmed onward or return tickets to take advantage of the visa waiver.
The gulf state said that it was also considering “further enhancements” to the policy, including a waiver for holders or visa / resident permits for GCC and Schengen countries, as well as the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
The move follows Qatar’s introduction of a free transit visa last year, allowing passengers of all nationalities to stay in the state for up to four days.