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Qatar Simplifies Visa Rules for Russian Nationals

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Qatar Simplifies Visa Rules for Russian Nationals

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The Qatari authorities have introduced a visa-on-arrival system for nationals of 37 countries, including Russia.

The Russian Foreign Ministry released a statement on the issue:

As of June 22, 2017, the General Directorate of Nationality, Borders and Expatriates Affairs of Qatar’s Ministry of Interior has added the Russian Federation to the list of countries whose citizens can have a one-month tourist visa issued at Hamad International Airport in Doha. Russian citizens arriving in Doha can receive an entry visa at the airport, provided they have an international passport valid for at least six months starting on the day of the arrival, a return air ticket, a confirmation of hotel booking in Qatar, and an amount of money equivalent to $1,500 (in cash or on a credit card). The price of a visa is 100 Qatari riyals ($27.5). Qatar’s border services, the security service at Hamad International Airport and the Qatar Airways offices have already been notified of the new entry rules for Russian nationals.

The move clearly shows how the recent events have changed the structure of Qatari relations with othe governments as well as an importance of relations with powers involved in the geopolitical standoff in the Middle East. Qatar boosts ties Russia, Iran and Turkey and stays in an opposition to the Saudi-led block. (More about the recently issued ultimate to Qatar)

At the same time, some experts believe that the simplification of the visa regime between Russia and Qatar may allow some Qatari radicals to simplify communication with their counteparts in the southern regions of Russia

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