Qatar Airways in collaboration with the Qatari Ministry of Interior has announced a new visa package that will increase the number of visitors to the State of Qatar as well as increase the sales of Qatar Airways. The New Tourist visa which is actually a Transit visa is issued for 4 days only, that means, you can stay for up to 96 hours in Qatar. But that’s enough time to explore the beautiful Doha city or any other part of Qatar.
How to Get This Visa?
As I mentioned, in theory it’s a Transit Visa, but in practical reality it’s a tourist visa valid for 4 days. I was probably the first person to get benefit of this new visa and I applied for this visa online using the Qatar Airways website, I simply submitted the application by giving all the required details including passport no and name.
First of all, you have to book a ticket with Qatar Airways in order to apply for this visa, if you don’t book your ticket with Qatar Airways then you can’t apply for this visa. And you must book a ticket with Qatar Airways that’s either return or onward. For instance, you have to come to Qatar and also go back, you can take a stopover up to 4 days in Qatar in order to apply and get this new visa free of cost.
I booked my flight with Qatar Airways from Karachi to Doha and then from Doha to Bahrain. After confirming the booking, I then applied for Qatari visa on this website: Qatar Transit Visa
I got a visa application approval three days later, the visa was sent to me via email in a PDF file which I then printed and took with me when I traveled to Qatar.
I showed the visa to the officer in charge at Hamad International Airport in Doha, he asked me about Polio Card which I fortunately had, and after that he stamped my passport with the 4 days visa.
Requirements for this visa
Anyone from any country can apply for this visa, and you can always find the current and updated information on Qatar Airways website, on this page: Qatar Transit Visa
However, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months and you an onward ticket with Qatar Airways, these two are the basic requirements for the visa. And as I said, you can find updated info on the page above.
Qatar Tourist Attractions
Qatar is a beautiful and developed country with rapid economic growth. Qatar is considered the richest country in the world as per majority of financial institutions around the world. Qatar will host FIFA world cup 2022 and has already preparing facilities. And I think this new visa is also a part of the promotion of World Cup and other future events happening in Qatar.
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