Eager explorers and travellers with loved ones in Doha will be happy to know that state-owned flag carrier of Qatar, Qatar Airways, has announced the addition of a free Transit Visa for passengers with lengthy layovers.
The free Transit Visa will be applicable to all Qatar Airways passengers with a transit or stopover between 5 and 96 hours – or four days – in Doha.
The scheme, which will allow transiting passengers of all nationalities to enter Qatar for up to 96 hours in between flights, will go into effect as of 1 November 2016.
All the visas are to be granted at the sole discretion of the Qatari Ministry of Interior.
The initiative to introduce a free transit visa is the result of a collaboration between Qatar Airways and QTA to position the country as a tourist-friendly destination and to attract more international visitors.
Passengers can apply for their free transit visa through any of Qatar Airways’ offices, or online. To be eligible for the transit visa, passengers must have a confirmed ticket for a journey into Qatar, with a confirmed onward journey out of Qatar on a Qatar Airways-operated flight.
To ensure passengers can make the most of the new transit visa, Qatar Airways has also restructured its fares for international flights transiting through Hamad International Airport.
This allows passengers to have a free stopover in Doha without any additional charges to their ticket, either on the outbound or inbound journey. However, passengers travelling from the GCC and the Middle East on return tickets will be able to take a stopover in Doha on their outbound journey only without additional charges.
This was originally published at Pakistan Today.