Qatar Extends Free Transit Visa to 4 Days

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Passengers passing through Doha can now stay for up to 96 hours (4 days), according to the revised tourism visa scheme announced on Monday by Qatar’s Ministry of Interior, Qatar Airways and Qatar Tourism Authority.

In a bid to improve Qatar’s status as a foremost stopover destination in the world, travelers with layover time not less than five hours in Hamad International Airport can now stay for up to 4 days without having to apply ahead of time for an entry visa.

This represents a promising change from the previous scheme not many people had been aware of. Passengers with minimum transit time of eight hours were previously allowed to spend a maximum of 48 hours (two days) between flights.

Like in the past, the new transit visa is expected to be part of a “Stopover Paid By Carrier” (STPC) package. It is eligible to all nationalities and issued upon confirmation of onward journey and completion of passport control procedures at the Hamad International Airport.

Qatar extends free transit visa to 4 days

Application for free transit visa can be done upon arrival at the Hamad International Airport. Image Credit: Nelo Hotsuma .

Whether travelling for business or leisure, we want to enrich the journey of all of our passengers and we are restructuring our fares to reflect this initiative and to promote stopovers to travelers. We are excited to offer our passengers the opportunity to taste the cultural highlights that the city of Doha and the State of Qatar have to offer. We are thankful to the Ministry of Interior and the Qatar Tourism Authority for helping us to create a journey that includes discovering Qatar, an experience that will stay in our visitors hearts and minds forever. … says Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker.

Reprieve for travelers

The move represents a game changer for many traveler whose friends live in Doha and have always wanted to visit in the day. But as with STPC packages, only competent travel agents can tell you when this service is available.

By offering an enhanced transit visa to passengers travelling through Hamad International Airport, Qatar is providing its visitors a welcoming experience from the moment their planes touch down in Doha until they begin their onward journeys to their final destinations. And, as we celebrate World Tourism Day’s Tourism for All theme, we are delighted to make Qatar more accessible to people from around the world and invite them to discover our country, our cultural heritage and our natural treasures … says Qatar Tourism Authority’s Chief Tourism Development Officer, Mr. Hassan Al Ibrahim.

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