Effective September 27, 2017, Qatar will introduce a single-entry electronic travel authorization, valid for 30 days and renewable once, for holders of valid visas or residence permits from the UK, the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Schengen countries or the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Nationals of eligible countries can apply online through VFS Global with proof of a valid visa or residence status from one of the countries listed above, proof of accommodation and onward travel, and payment of a fee of USD 14.

On August 2, the Qatari cabinet approved a new law that would allow the Ministry of Interior to grant permanent residency to some foreign nationals already living in the country, continuing Qatar’s recent increasing openness to globalization, in the face of the ongoing hostility towards the country from some neighboring nations.

On August 9, 2017 Qatar announced that, nationals of 80 countries can enter the country visa-free for stays of up to 30 days or 90 days.

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