July 26, 2020

Welcoming With Open Arms

Qatar is one of the most open countries in the world.

In 2018, according to the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Qatar was considered the most open country in the Middle East and one of the most open countries in the world (in terms of visa openness rankings).

Since 2016, the Qatari Government have made great strides in making Qatar more accessible to international visitors. To facilitate access to Qatar, 96-hour transit visas were introduced in 2016 and visa-waivers for over 80 nationalities were introduced in 2017. Online visa processing and e-visas have also been introduced to ease the traditional visa application process. The efforts made have definitely paid off. Qatar’s visa openness ranking leapt from 177th back in 2014 to 8th in the world in 2018.

Published: February 19, 2020
Last updated: July 26, 2020