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Visa free entry to Qatar for Malaysians

Written by: Victor Charlie | 10 Aug 2017 17:52
Qatar Airways group chief executive Akbar Al Baker. - Pic from news.gtp.gr
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10 Aug 2017 17:52
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Malaysia is among 80 countries designated by Qatar to enjoy visa-free entry effectively immediately, announced its Interior Ministry and Qatar Tourism Authority.

The announcement is the latest effort by the Qatari government to boost tourism amidst its current standoff with its Gulf neighbours such as Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E).

Previously Malaysians would either apply for a business visa in advance or visa-on-arrival. 

The latest initiative will allow Malaysian citizens to not need to apply in advance or pay additional visa fee when they visit or stopover in Doha.

The privilege applies to citizens from the 80 countries including neighbouring Singapore and Indonesia.

Instead, a multi-entry waiver will be issued for free at the port of entry. 

A valid passport with a minimum validity of six months and a confirmed onward or return ticket must be presented.

Depending on the nationality of the visitor, the waiver will either be valid for 180 days or 30 days from date of issue. 

According to the Gulf Times, Qatar Airways group chief executive Akbar Al Baker said: “Today’s announcement places the State of Qatar as the most open country in the region. 

"This is a momentous occasion for Qatar, making the number of nationalities eligible to enter our country without a visa the highest in region, which is something that we are very proud of."

For full list of countries under the visa-waiver program, click here

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