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Qatar’s travel facilitation improvements coincide with progress made in visa facilitation worldwide Qatar’s travel facilitation improvements coincide with progress made in visa facilitation worldwide

UNWTO: Qatar Among 10 Most Open Visa Countries in the World

Qatar has become the most open country in the Middle East and the eighth most open in the world in terms of visa facilitation, according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

The organisation recently updated its visa openness rankings, confirming Qatar’s recent visa facilitation improvements including allowing nationals of 88 countries to enter Qatar visa-free and free-of-charge.

Actions Qatar has taken to improve visa facilitation include introducing an online platform for efficient and transparent visa processing and e-visas, as well as a free 96-hour transit visa doubling the time stopover passengers can remain in the country.

Since the introduction of these changes, year-on-year arrivals from India have grown 18 percent, from China 43 percent and from Russia a huge 366 percent. None of these markets now need a visa to visit Qatar. UNWTO measures the mobility of citizens based on their ability to travel seamlessly to other countries