qatar-airways-logoQatar Airways introduced this month a new online system for applying for tourist visas to Qatar. The service is available for passengers flying with Qatar Airways.

“The new system eases the process of applying for a tourist visa to Qatar for eligible passengers,” said a Qatar Airways spokesperson.  “It also provides passengers with the convenience of tracking their visa application status online.”

Only 1-month single-entry tourist visas are available and the visa must be used within 60 days from the date of issue. The validity of the visa and the visa period cannot be extended.

A few simple steps are all that’s needed for passengers to apply online.  It takes approximately 10 days to process the visa and the cost is USD 55 per person.  The option to fast-track the application is available at a cost of USD 120 per person and takes approximately 7 days to process. The visa application fees are non-refundable.

The following is required to apply for a Qatar tourist visa with Qatar Airways. Applicants need to have a confirmed ticket in and out of Doha on a Qatar Airways flight. They also need a hotel booking through Discover Qatar, the airline’s inbound holiday division, and the visa will be issued for the duration of their hotel stay only. Lastly, the stay in Qatar must not exceed 30 days, and must be for tourism purposes only.

Qatar offers to travelers an exciting mix of Western and Arabic influences. One of the world’s fastest growing cities, Doha seamlessly blends the traditional with the modern. The stunning Museum of Islamic Art is an icon for art, culture and heritage, housing precious works from more than 200 years of Islamic civilization. Souq Waqif offers the bustle and vitality of old traditional souq with perfectly replicated buildings featuring traditional architecture and where the traveler will find handicrafts on display as well as traditional foods and spices, perfumes, fabrics and art. Katara Cultural Village is the focal point for arts and culture in Doha and has art galleries, an amphitheater for opera, drama and concerts performance as well as restaurants and a beach and water sports facilities. Doha is also a leading business travel destination, and a wide selection of five star luxury hotels cater to the taste of the international traveler while offering the best of Qatari hospitality.

More details on the application process and eligibility criteria for tourist visas to Qatar are available at www.qatarairways.com