Electronic Travel Authorization or ETA for the UK, the US, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Schengen or GCC nations has been announced by the Ministry of Interior and Tourism Authority of Qatar. This has been announced to promote arrivals of travelers to Qatar. It will be applicable to the travelers of all these nationalities who possess valid visa or residence permits effective from 27 September 2017.
The latest system will permit qualified visitors to obtain ETA by completing a simple application online prior to their travel, as quoted b the Gulf Times. Qatar Tourism Authority’s Chief Tourism Development Officer Hassan al-Ibrahim said that the latest addition to the visa policy demonstrates Qatar’s commitment to being a forthcoming nation.
It also is proof of being in line with the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism of United Nations World Tourism Organization for promoting tourism rights of all people. He was speaking at the General Assembly session of the United Nations World Tourism Organization at China’s Chengdu. In order to increase openness and acceptance between cultures freedom of movement and openness must be adopted, added Hassan al-Ibrahim.
The applicants of the ETA will be required to submit their itinerary that includes flight tickets, hotel bookings, and 6-month validity passport copy. They must also submit visa or residence permit copy that has a validity of at least 30 days for the above nations. Upon approval, travelers will be offered the visa on arrival to Qatar and stay for 30 days. They can also extend their stay in Qatar by applying to the visa authorities.
The visa policy of Qatar is constantly reviewed to harmonize with the social and economic aspirations of the nation, said Director General of the Department of Passport and Expatriates Mr. Ateeq.
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