Travel op­er­a­tors in Oman wel­come Qatar’s visa ex­emp­tion de­ci­sion

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

The de­ci­sion by Qatar to scrap visa for cit­i­zens of 80 coun­tries, with im­me­di­ate ef­fect, has been wel­comed by travel agents and cit­i­zens in Oman.

The UK, US, Canada, In­dia, South Africa, Sey­chelles, Aus­tralia and New Zealand are among those coun­tries.

Cit­i­zens of those coun­tries wish­ing to visit Qatar will not need to ap­ply or pay for a visa; in­stead, a multi-en­try waiver will be is­sued free-of-charge at the port of en­try.

Riyaz Kut­tery, chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of Me­zoon Trav­els said, “It is in­deed a wel­come move and this will def­i­nitely boost vis­i­tors to Qatar from Oman as well. Peo­ple in Oman will have a new place to visit. There are peo­ple who have friends and fam­ily in Qatar. The move will en­cour­age them to join their loved ones for a quick break or week­end.”

As per the de­ci­sion, na­tion­als of 33 coun­tries can now visit Qatar for up to 90 days (mul­ti­ple-en­try) dur­ing a visa waiver pe­riod that is valid for 180 days and the other 47 states listed for up to 30 days (re­new­able for 30 days more).

An­other travel agent said, “The move is pos­i­tive and this will give peo­ple in Oman a chance to visit Qatar, where peo­ple will get a chance to ex­plore the cul­ture, devel­op­ment and her­itage. We ex­pect it to be a good choice when res­i­dents in Oman want to take a short break.”

Astrin D’Silva, mar­ket­ing and cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions direc­tor at Travel Point said, “The visa waiver an­nounce­ment by Qatar is a gate opener to many av­enues of tourism both for in­bound and out­bound mar­ket of Oman. For the res­i­dents of Oman, this will be a new des­ti­na­tion for week­end hol­i­days, ow­ing to the ar­ray of at­trac­tions that Qatar has to of­fer from lux­ury ho­tels to theme parks, wa­ter parks, fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment des­ti­na­tions, is­land escapades, in­ter­est­ing land­marks, antique souqs, re­tail shop­ping op­tions and more.

“For the in­bound sec­tor, glob­ally Oman and Qatar can now be seen as twin des­ti­na­tions for hol­i­days .Tour op­er­a­tors can look at cre­at­ing ex­ten­sion pack­ages which will fur­ther boost the tourism econ­omy of both coun­tries. With the 2022 FIFA World Cup in the pipe­line, I am sure this will serve as a great op­por­tu­nity.”

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