Qatar to allow visitors to stay without extending visas
As countries around the world have imposed flight restrictions and closed airports, among other precautionary measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), many people are unable to travel back to their home countries or as planned earlier.
For those visitors stuck in Qatar due to the same reason, the Ministry of Interior (MOI) today announced that they can stay in the country "without extending the visa or paying any fee."
The announcement applies to visitors who are in Qatar on an on-arrival or in-advance tourist visa.
Visitors in the country on tourist visas (on-arrival and priorly issued visas) can stay in the country without extending their visas or paying any fee, taking into account their inability to return to their home countries due to closure of airports. #MoIQatar #Qatar #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/jdA1QyTEy2— Ministry of Interior (@MOI_QatarEn) April 20, 2020
"In accordance with the Law No. 21 of 2010 regarding the regulation of entry and exit of expatriates and their residence, it was decided to allow visitors in the country on tourist visas (on-arrival and in-advance) to stay in the country, until the flight services resumed," the MOI tweet states.
Furthermore, MOI confirmed that when the flights resume operations as normal to the visitors' home countries, they "will be granted a grace period to leave the country."
Earlier, under preventive and precautionary measures to limit the spread of the infection and protect its population, Qatar also announced the cancellation of all incoming flights to the country, except for air cargo and transit flights, in addition to receiving any of the Qatari citizens coming from any destination.
Meanwhile, health authorities in Qatar continue to implement the highest level of monitoring, detection, and management procedures to deal with the virus, the public has been advised to follow certain measures to safeguard their health.
For any queries, or concerns related to COVID-19 in Qatar, the public can contact a 24/7 hotline set up by the Ministry. The hotline number is 16000 and is toll-free.
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That is so nice.
is business visa also included of free extension of stay?
@ Nawazish Ali,
Use Metrash 2 to renew your family RP's and approach MOI.
Our heart is open, we welcome all ..... will remain so ....... Insha Allah ........ !!!
Tue 21.04.2020, 10;08 hrs
I have a my family RP and now my family gone in India in February 28 only for 15 day now in stuck in India due to covid19 and also expired my family RP on 18 April
so plz let me know What can I do regarding this and how to renew my family RP