The new Qatar Visa Portal will help the tourism sector flourish and draw international spectators to the events, the Visa Support Services (VSS) Department director Maj Abdullah Khalifa al-Mohannadi told Gulf Times Monday.
"The portal is dedicated to provide tourist visa services for attending major events including the Gulf Cup, the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup and 2022 FIFA World Cup," he explained on the sidelines of launch event.
“Qatar hosts many different cultural, scientific, sports and tourism events throughout the year. These events attract a lot of people from inside and outside the country. There is a need to establish an exclusive platform that receives applications for visas to enter the country. The portal will ease the proceedings and makes application simple and smooth,” he said.
The portal, according to Maj al-Mohannadi, has been launched as Ministry of Interior's (MoI) efforts to help the applicants easily access the services and contribute to the strengthening of the state's economic growth in line with Qatar National Vision 2030.
The recent reforms by the MoI to attract tourists, he said, have made Qatar one of the most open countries in the world.
“The number of visitors is remarkably going up, thanks to the programmes hosted by the country. Presently, passengers from more than 90 countries are eligible for on arrival visas when they arrive at Hamad International Airport,” he added.
MoI's Security Systems Department director Lt Col Jassim Abdur Raheem al-Sayed, Public Relations Department assistant director Maj Mubarak Salim al-Bouainain, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC)'s Security Committee's Technical Affairs Committee head Lt Col Jassim Abdul Raheem and Security Committee spokesperon Lt Col Dr Jabr Hamoud al-Noaimi were also present at the portal launch.