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DOHA, Qatar – Qatar 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 and can be accessed from www.qatarairways.com

“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

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Notes to Editors:

On October 30, 2013, Qatar Airways joined the oneworld Alliance, becoming the only major Gulf carrier to join a global airline alliance, enabling its customers to benefit from almost a thousand airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,000 daily departures.

Qatar Airways was presented with three honours at the annual Skytrax 2013 World Airline Awards held during the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget, France in June. The airline was awarded World’s Best Business Class, World’s Best Business Class Lounge and, for the second consecutive year, Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East.

The airline has also been named Best Airline in the Middle East for the seventh year in a row, and its Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport named Best Premium Service Airport for the third consecutive year in 2013. Qatar Airways has also twice been the recipient of the prestigious Skytrax Airline of the Year Award in 2011 and 2012. Skytrax is the only global independent passenger survey monitoring airline standards and is considered the ultimate benchmark for excellence in the airline industry.

Qatar Airways currently has orders worth over US$50 billion for more than 250 aircraft, including Boeing 787s, 777s, Airbus A350s, A380s and A320 family of aircraft. For more information, visit www.qatarairways.com.

For further information contact:
Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department
Tel: +974 44302072, Fax: +974 44302069
E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa
Website: www.qatarairways.com

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