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Citizens from 80 countries, including Romania, can travel to Qatar without visas

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Citizens from 80 countries can travel to Qatar without visa, the emirate’s authorities have announced on Wednesday, digi24.ro informs, quoting Reuters.

Among these countries are the UK, the US, Canada, India, South Africa, Seychelles, Australia, New Zeeland as well as Romania. The citizens of these countries can enter the country free of charge, only with passport valid for another six months and a plane ticket confirming return to their own countries or the continuation of the journey.

Depending on citizenship, the visitors can spend in Qatar either 90 days or 180 days with multiple entries, or 30 days with multiple entries, with the possibility to extend the stay by another 30 days.

Romania is included in the first category, along with other 32 countries.

Hassan Al Ibrahim, acting President of the Qatar Tourism Authority, stressed that Qatar is the most open country in the region by allowing citizens to enter the country without visas. We are pleased to invite visitors to discover our hospitality, cultural heritage and national treasures, he added.

In November 2016, Qatar introduced a free transit visa whereby passengers from any country in transit through the emirate for at least five hours can stay for up to 96 hours (five days), and in May 2017 the Tourism Authority and Qatar Airways have launched +Qatar, a package that also includes a free night in a 5 or 4-star hotel in Doha, along with a transit visa.

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The minister for foreign affairs Teodor Melescanu had on Wednesday in Bucharest a meeting with the state minister for foreign affairs from Qatar, Sultan bin Saad AlMuraikhi in the context of the visit which the Qatar official is going to pay to Romania.

According to a press release sent on this occasion, the head of the Romanian diplomacy from Qatar approached the recent evolutions in the Golf region. The Qatar minister presented the position of his country with regards to the tensed situation in the region with accent on the humanitarian and economic consequences. Melescanu expressed concern with regards to the extension of the present situation in the region and reiterated the support of Romania for the international measures to  calm down the crisis. In this context, he underlined the importance of the relaunch of the political dialogue, at the level of the Council for Cooperation in the Golf.

The two officials had an exchange of opinions regarding the impact of the present political and security context on some regional topical files,,  such as Syria, Lybia, Yemen, Iraq, the peace process in the Middle East, the quoted source says.

The state minister for  foreign affairs, Sultan bin Saad Al-MUraikhi  expressed  the willingness of the Qatar party for the consolidation of the bilateral political and diplomatic dialogue,as well as economic and sectorial with Romania. According to the  MFA the two officials referred to the bilateral judicial framework in negotiation,  and in context, they agreed on the opportunity of signing a Memorandum for the agreement between the two ministers of foreign affairs.

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