Qatar Most Open Country in Mideast, 8th Worldwide

Qatar has become the “most open country” in the Middle East and the 8th most open in the world in terms of visa facilitation, according to the World Tourism Organisation’s (UNWTO) recently updated visa openness rankings.

The high ranking reflects a string of visa facilitation measures introduced by Qatar, including allowing nationals of some 88 countries to enter Qatar visa-free and free-of-charge. As a result, Qatar’s openness score has leapt by 71.3 points since 2014, when it ranked 177th, Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) said.

Already, Qatar’s increased openness is showing in the growing number of visitors from markets which can now access the country visa-free. Notable increases in arrival volumes in the first half of 2018 compared to the first half of 2017 came from India (18%), China (43%) and Russia, which grew most significantly with a 366% increase, QTA clarified.

Hassan al-Ibrahim, QTA Acting Chairman said, Openness and ease of access are crucial elements of the visitor experience. That is why, in addition to the accelerated development of our tourism offering, we have committed to providing a seamless experience to our visitors even as they are planning for their journey.

We will continue to work with our partners on further facilitating entry to Qatar through additional streamlining of the immigration process at Qatar’s ports of entry, as well as ensuring that all visitor visas and visa procedures are electronic, he affirmed.

Source: Government of Qatar

Qatar Most Open Country in Mideast, 8th Worldwide

Qatar has become the “most open country” in the Middle East and the 8th most open in the world in terms of visa facilitation, according to the World Tourism Organisation’s (UNWTO) recently updated visa openness rankings.

The high ranking reflects a string of visa facilitation measures introduced by Qatar, including allowing nationals of some 88 countries to enter Qatar visa-free and free-of-charge. As a result, Qatar’s openness score has leapt by 71.3 points since 2014, when it ranked 177th, Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) said.

Already, Qatar’s increased openness is showing in the growing number of visitors from markets which can now access the country visa-free. Notable increases in arrival volumes in the first half of 2018 compared to the first half of 2017 came from India (18%), China (43%) and Russia, which grew most significantly with a 366% increase, QTA clarified.

Hassan al-Ibrahim, QTA Acting Chairman said, Openness and ease of access are crucial elements of the visitor experience. That is why, in addition to the accelerated development of our tourism offering, we have committed to providing a seamless experience to our visitors even as they are planning for their journey.

We will continue to work with our partners on further facilitating entry to Qatar through additional streamlining of the immigration process at Qatar’s ports of entry, as well as ensuring that all visitor visas and visa procedures are electronic, he affirmed.

Source: Government of Qatar