Qatar opens its borders to 80 nationalities

Recently isolated by its neighbors and in the midst of a diplomatic crisis, Qatar is keen to boost tourism and air transport. For this reason, citizens of 80 countries benefit, with immediate effect, from a visa exemption to visit Qatar.

As a French national, you won’t need a visa to visit Qatar, for a maximum stay of 3 months. Think about your travel insurance.


Visiting Qatar without a visa

All you need to present on arrival in Qatar is a passport valid for at least 6 months, and a return ticket.
For Hassan Al Ibrahim, Director of Tourism Development, “facilitating entry to Qatar is a key factor in the growth of the tourism industry in Qatar. With this announcement, we are already writing the new chapter in Qatar’s tourism strategy for 2030. Together with our partners in the public and private sectors, we aim to create an optimal framework for attracting visitors from all over the world by offering them the best possible travel experience. There is no doubt that facilitating and speeding up the entry process is a key factor in giving tourists the best possible image of our country.”

This new visa simplification procedure is a key factor in the country’s tourism development. Qatar is determined to diversify the country’s economy, and details of a new strategy to involve tourism industry players even more will be announced at the World Tourism Day celebrations in Qatar on September 27, 2017.

How long can I stay in Qatar?

Depending on the nationality of the traveller, this exemption may be valid for 180 days from date of entry will allow the foreign visitor to spend 90 days in Qatar, renewable once, or will be valid for 30 days from the date of entry into the country, with the possibility of a further 30 days. The exemption applies to multiple entries.

Which of the 80 countries in Qatar are visa-free?

The exemption applies mainly to Western nationals, and the selection was made on the basis of safety as well as economic considerations or the purchasing power of their nationals.

For stays of up to 3 months 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 and Turkey.

For stays of up to 30 days Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Georgia, Guyana, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Macedonia, Malaysia, Maldives, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Russia, San Marino, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Suriname, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Health insurance remains compulsory

Visa simplification procedures do not call into question the importance of taking out international health insurance. Depending on your country of origin, you can therefore visit Qatar for between 30 and 180 days.

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