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Qatar To Tighten Visit Visa Regulations For UK, US Nationals

Old 11th Apr 2010, 23:36
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Dullest place on earth

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Qatar Tourism | Not to miss - Yahoo! Travel Guide UK

too bad for those not getting visa on arrival anymore
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Old 12th Apr 2010, 11:34
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You go on the web site fill the blank and 1 minute after you have the visa number. How dificult or problematic can it be ???

You guys really need a break
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Old 12th Apr 2010, 12:06
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Wich site? I suppose is for UK only, because for Italy you should fill a form with photo and so...
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Old 12th Apr 2010, 12:16
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That's great for tourism!!
They don't depend on it do they?

I don't see what's the problem, if coming to Europe or to US requires Visas and entry clearances, some taking as long as 3 months...

so can't they?

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Old 12th Apr 2010, 14:25
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Just looked at the Qatar embassy website, I certainly would not go as a casual visitor, looks like too much hassle!

Qatar Embassy, London
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Old 12th Apr 2010, 20:29
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Expensive rise in Tourist Visas

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Old 13th Apr 2010, 01:05
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i feel sorry for lonely drivers , with no life , his life just a forum.
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Old 13th Apr 2010, 02:53
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Hmmm, last time I was in Doha, it reminded me of Jeddah...twenty five years, before.
IE: hardly worth the time to visit..
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Old 13th Apr 2010, 05:10
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I visit Doha quite often

However if I need a visa to transit, then they will loose my business, and I suspect many of the premium passengers who transit.

Qatar have built thier business model on Transit Passengers.....lets see how long this plan lasts.

Also when I arrive as crew, do I need a visa......

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Old 13th Apr 2010, 14:12
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Why are you so worried about tourism and bussiness being affected in Qatar because of the new entry visa requirements, do you know what the rest of the world go through when applying for visas to vist the US , UK and the EU. So have a taste of your own medicine.
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Old 13th Apr 2010, 16:20
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The visa regulation are enforced for a good reason in the US, UK and EU. But who wants to come to Doha?
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Old 13th Apr 2010, 16:35
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Having not been to the UAE, and debating wether i should leave a sound job in the UK i can't help feeling dismayed by the posts here. Maybe it is because it is not what i want to hear, but nonetheless i still have this itch to come and see for myself.

My reasons for any move be it Qatar/Etihad etc are not only financial, but with children to educate and a wife unable to find a job in the UK, i cannot find the stomach to wade through another year of just getting by without a pot to piss in and a shit old car.

I understand considering my position of having a secure job that i like, i am lucky compared to many still looking or having recently made redundant but is it really that mad to move to the region to better my position?

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Old 13th Apr 2010, 19:06
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It will be interesting to see how many people will have travel on april 30th at night and will be put back on the same flight may 1st. That will make them a very good publicity..
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Old 13th Apr 2010, 19:28
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Do you actually need to get a visa in your passport before travel or is it just a pay online thing to get a visa number you quote at the immigration desk on arrival.

If it is the latter it's no big deal. Should speed things up on arrival. I don't see the difference between paying online and paying at the counter. Nobody complains about checking in online for our flights as opposed to checking in at the airport??!!

What should be of hotter topic is having to get a membership card for every bar you want to visit before you are allowed in! I find that hallarious!

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Old 14th Apr 2010, 05:00
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Entering a Bar in Doha is like entering a military camp..

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Old 14th Apr 2010, 20:11
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Hear hear,
Support the move is only an initial, look 10 years from now I would
say. West is gonna meet East. Qatar is leading on this
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Old 15th Apr 2010, 05:55
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Dear All,
Visa on Arrival
We have received notification of a change to the Visa Rules for citizens of 33 countries who currently receive ‘visa on arrival’ to Qatar. Effective 1st May 2010, there will be no issuance of Tourist Visa to citizens of 33 countries (listed below) on arrival at the airport. The 33 countries are:
The United States, Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Portugal, Ireland, Greece , Finland, Spain, Monaco, the Vatican, Iceland, Andorra, San Marino, Lichtenstein, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, South Korea.
The new process for obtaining Tourist Visas requires passport holders of the above-listed 33 countries to apply online viahttp://portal.www.gov.qa/wps/portal/homeAR.The steps are detailed out in the attached document. According to the website, following completion of the online application form:
1. You will get an immediate result for your request as soon as you send your application (approved or rejected)
2. If your request is approved, you will be directed to another web page to pay fees, using your MasterCard or Visa Card.
3. When the payment is complete, a web page will appear that includes visa information that has been requested.
4. Print out this visa form and present it to the authorized department (upon arrival at the airport)
Nationals of countries other than the 33 mentioned above will continue to apply for Tourist Visas through Hotels or Qatar Airways as may be applicable.
There is no change in the process for obtaining Business Visit Visa and the Immigration Team will continue to handle this for all business cases.
We will keep you informed of any further update on this subject.

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Old 15th Apr 2010, 09:11
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lol ... telling QR pilots to stop bitching ... you'd have better chance if you tell the sun to stop shining
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Old 19th Apr 2010, 19:17
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From Qatari Embassy London

1st of May visa's regulations will remain unchanged until further notice.

An official source at the Consular Affairs Department of the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs explained in response to an inquiry
from Qatar News Agency about what was reported in the local
media of the intention of the State of Qatar to implement the
reciprocity principle in the granting of national of a number of
countries a visa to enter the country at the borders outlets. He
said that the ministry received notes from number of these
countries asking for more time to apply the reciprocity principle
and the ministry now is studying the content of such notes. The
official asserted that the system will remain unchanged.

The official added "Qatar will continue implementing the
content of the bilateral agreements concluded with other
countries with regards to the reciprocal exemption of entry
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Old 19th Apr 2010, 21:08
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I confirm, Visa on arrival is back to normal for the 33 countries.
Check the link from Qatari newspaper:

The Peninsula On-line: Qatar's leading English Daily

Visa on arrival rules for 33 countries stay
Web posted at: 4/19/2010 1:54:36

“It has, therefore, been decided that the existing visa-on-arrival scheme at the Doha International Airport for the citizens of the 33 countries will remain unchanged,” QNA quoted a senior Foreign Ministry official as saying.
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