do i need a visa for qatar?

#1 Aug 27th, 2007, 09:20
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i am flying to delhi on november 3rd and have a visa for india but i change planes at qatar, i noticed you need a visa to enter and stay in the country, i would'nt have thought you would need a visa but i just wanted to check on anyone who has done this route

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#2 Aug 27th, 2007, 12:06
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I have flown to Doha on Qatar airways, but not taken a transit flight.

As far as I know, you do not need a visa if you are just transiting.
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Just to absolutely confirm this, you do not need any kind of visa for Doha when changing planes. You do need a good book however; Doha airport is very, very dull.
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If you in transit and have to stay at the airport more than 8 hours, ask your travel agent to issue you with a SMTP - is liek vouchers at a hotel and food vouchers as well as a visitor visa for 24 hours. If your transfer is less than 8 hours, I believe that you might not need a visa, but are not allowed to leave the airport building. Check with any local travel agency just to make sure.
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This is what the ministry says

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Qatar grants tourist visas at border points for the nationals of more than 33 countries including USA, Canada, Iceland, West European countries, some East European countries, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, South Korea, Brunei, Australia and New Zealand, besides the nationals of the GCC countries. Visit visas for the residents of the GCC countries and their companions are issued at border points, while entry visas for businessmen coming from places other than the countries mentioned above need to be arranged beforehand.
Visitors on tourist visas are required to use Qatar Airways to enter the country. The passport section at Doha international airport can issue renewable 14-day tourist visas in 24 hours for all visitors to Qatar with the exception of travel documents holders. Such visitors should have their next of kin living in Qatar, and they are not required to have residence permits in one of the GCC countries in order to get a tourist visa. This arrangement goes in line with the policy of openness currently prevailing in various fields in the State of Qatar.
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