The new policy provides that nationals of 80 countries will now no longer need to apply or pay for a visa upon arrival into Qatar. Such nationals will be issued with a multi-entry waiver free of charge upon the presentation by the visiting national of a valid passport with a minimum validity of six months and a confirmed onward or return ticket.
The 80 countries are divided into two groups. The first group consists of 33 countries whose nationals are eligible for a visa waiver that is valid for 180 days from the date of issuance and entitles its holder to spend up to 90 days in Qatar during either a single trip or multiple trips. The second group consists of 47 countries whose nationals are eligible for a visa waiver that is valid for 30 days from the date of issuance and entitles its holder to spend up to 30 days in Qatar during either a single trip or on multiple trips. This visa waiver may be extended for a further 30 days.
The nationals from outside the 80 countries must continue to either arrange for a tourist visa through a Qatar based hotel where they must remain during their stay in Qatar, or their Qatar based family members may arrange for a visit visa through the Qatari Embassy responsible for their relevant jurisdiction. Individuals travelling for work or business must ensure that they have the correct visa before travelling to the country. For the avoidance of doubt, the on arrival visa waiver program does not entitle an individual to work in Qatar.