Qatar Waives Visas For 80 Nationalities, Including Americans

Qatar announced today a new program to allow visa-free entry for citizens of 80 countries to encourage air transport and tourism amid a two-month boycott imposed on the Gulf state by its neighbors, Reuters reports.

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Nationals from United States, dozens of countries in Europe, India, Lebanon, New Zealand, South Africa, and more, only need present a valid passport to enter Qatar. Nationals of 33 countries will be allowed to stay for 180 days and the other 47 (including United States) for up to 30 days.

“The visa exemption scheme will make Qatar the most open country in the region,” Hassan al-Ibrahim, Chief Tourism Development officer at Qatar Tourism Authority told reporters at a press conference in Doha.

3 thoughts on “Qatar Waives Visas For 80 Nationalities, Including Americans

  1. Some other countries have issued warnings about traveling to the U.S. in the past with all those police shootings. And I’m sure if you list them all it sounds pretty bad and would scare anyone away. Same with them. Their country, their backwards ways of doing things. If you don’t like it don’t go.

  2. Flogging is employed as a punishment for alcohol consumption or illicit sexual relations.[101] Article 88 of Qatar’s criminal code declares that the penalty for adultery is 100 lashes,[102] and in 2006, a Filipino woman received that punishment.[102] In 2010, at least 18 people (mostly foreign nationals) were sentenced to receive between 40 and 100 lashes for offences involving “illicit sexual relations” or alcohol consumption.[103] In 2011, at least 21 people (mostly foreign nationals) were sentenced to between 30 and 100 lashes for the same reasons,[104] and in 2012, six expatriates were sentenced to either 40 or 100 lashes.[101] Only Muslims considered medically fit are liable to have such sentences carried out. It is unknown if the sentences were implemented.[105] In April 2013, a Muslim expatriate was sentenced to 40 lashes for alcohol consumption,[106][107][108] and in June 2014, a Muslim expatriate was sentenced to 40 lashes for consuming alcohol and driving under the influence.[109] Stoning is a legal punishment in Qatar,[110] and apostasy and homosexuality are crimes punishable by the death penalty.[111][112] Blasphemy can result in up to seven years in prison, while proselytising can incur a 10-year sentence.[111]

    But hey, no Visa right amiright?

    • I don’t want to get into political or religious debates but people should definitely get informed whenever they travel abroad. Especially for countries like Qatar and others where they have laws and rules unimaginable here.

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