Qatar Tourism Authority and Qatar Airways have signed an agreement with VFS Global – leading provider of visa processing services – paving the way for an efficient and transparent tourist visa application system that will cater to travellers from around the world looking to visit Qatar.
The agreement comes as Qatar steps up efforts to attract and welcome more visitors in line with the Qatar National Tourism Sector Strategy 2030 (QNTSS).
The agreement will enable Qatar to identify and implement the ideal visa solutions for its visitors, while capitalizing on VFS Global’s expertise in developing multi-platform visa services, and Qatar Airways’ extensive international footprint.
Hassan Al Ibrahim, chief tourism development officer at Qatar Tourism Authority, commented on the development that Qatar’s tourism sector has witnessed in recent years.
“It is a great source of pride for all of us at QTA to be making this announcement only two and half years after the launch of QNTSS. Facilitating the visa application process is an important step in our drive to increase the number of visitor arrivals to Qatar, and in raising inbound tourism spending. This agreement is also testament to the public-private-partnerships that are employed in the development of the sector, creating positive impacts across the tourism value chain and the broader economy.”
QTA and Qatar Airways will be working with VFS Global over the next few months to establish the new tourist visa application process, after which full details of the new system will be announced.