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Published on : Thursday, August 10, 2017
In order to encourage air transport and tourism Qatar announced on Wednesday a programme that allows visa –free entry for citizens of 80 countries as it gears up to host the World Cup in 2022.
The energy rich Qatar’s economy faced a two-month boycott imposed by the neighbouring Gulf state- Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain.
The new policy announced by the Qatar Airways and authorities allows citizens of around 33 European countries to enter without a visa for a period of 90 days in a single or multiple trips for a duration of 180 days.
For citizens of America, Brition, Canada and 44 other countries can enter without a visa for 30 days on single or multiple trips that can further be extended to 30 days.
Qatar was isolated two months before over allegations of supporting extremists.The four Arab countries are irked by Qatar’s ties with Iran and its support of Islamist opposition groups.
However, Qatar denies that it doesn’t support any terror groups and the allegations against Doha are politically coloured.
Earlier diplomatic and transport links were cut with Qatar and it was barred from using the airspace and shipping lanes.
UAE and Bahrain sought to clarify a statement made by the International Civil Aviation Organisation that mentioned that both the countries agreed to open some of their airspace with new “temporary or contingency” routes, for Qatar Airways.
The state-run news agencies revealed that they had not agreed to open up their airspace completely to Qatari flights but it can use the airspace located above the international waters.