Registered hotels and tourism establishments can now apply fully online
Passengers flying on all airlines can now apply for e-visas
In a bid to further facilitate visitors’ access to the country, Qatar has made its e-visa services available to tourism-related businesses as well as individuals arriving to Qatar aboard any airline.
Hospitality establishments and tourism offices holding a valid license with Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) can now fully complete their guests’ tourist visa applications online via a newly activated feature on www.qatarvisaservice.com. The link has special features dedicated for tourism businesses such as the ‘add to cart’ option allowing businesses to complete multiple applications at once making it easier to handle large groups through bulk payments. It also eliminates the need for hard copy applications to be submitted in person at the Immigration Offices as was previously required.
And, as part of the service expansion, individuals who are travelling to Qatar on any airlines can now apply directly for tourist visas on the same portal. This added convenience is possible as the e-visa platform is now linked to all airline booking platforms including that of the national airline, Qatar Airways.
Hassan Al Ibrahim, Chief Tourism Development Officer at QTA said that easing visitors’ access to the country is critical for achieving growth in the tourism industry.
The rollout of these new services are intended to further enhance our visitors’ overall experience and we look forward to welcoming more visitors, thanks to the increasingly convenient online visa service.’
Qatar launched its e-visa platform last month allowing travellers to the country apply directly for tourist and visitor visas. The service, created in partnership between QTA, Qatar Airways, and the Ministry of Interior, is set to ease visitor access to Qatar, as it offers a more efficient and transparent visa application system, with standardised fees for each visa type. The average timeframe for response is 48 hours from the time all of the applicant’s documents have been received.
In November 2016, Qatar introduced a new free-of-charge transit visa, which allows passengers with a minimum transit time of five hours in Hamad International Airport, to stay in Qatar for up to 96 hours (four days). The move has resulted in a 40% increase in stopover visitors to Qatar in the period between January and May 2017 compared to the same period in 2016.
Check this link for more information about the new visa services.