Qatar can­cels visa re­quire­ment for na­tion­als of 80 coun­tries, Latvia in­cluded

On Wed­nes­day, 9 Au­gust, Qatar can­celled visa re­quire­ment for na­tion­als of 80 coun­tries, in­clud­ing Latvia. Ac­cord­ing to the new scheme for cit­i­zens of 33 coun­tries, mainly from the Schen­gen Area, there is no need for them to buy a visa. Those res­i­dents are

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Only a valid pass­port in needed to en­ter Qatar. Cit­i­zens of other 47 coun­tries, in­clud­ing USA, UK and Ja­pan, are al­lowed to stay in Qatar for up to 30 days, with an op­tion to ex­tend the term to 30 days. «Qatar is cur­rently the most open coun­try in the re­gion,» said man­ager of Qatar Tourism Agency Has­san al Ibrahim. «We are happy to in­vite guests to dis­cover our fa­mous hos­pi­tal­ity, cul­tural her­itage and rich na­ture.»

In June, Qatar’s neigh­bours Egypt, Saudi Ara­bia, Bahrain and United Arab Emi­rates broke diplo­matic ties and trans­port con­nec­tions with the coun­try, ac­cus­ing it of sup­port­ing ter­ror­ists and hav­ing too close ties with Iran.Qatar de­nies th­ese ac­cu­sa­tions and views the ul­ti­ma­tum im­posed by Arab coun­tries as breach of its sovereignty.

Edijs Pālens/LETA

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