Qatar adopts a visa-exemption policy with more than 30 countries, as well as the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members, to encourage tourism. The existing regulations apply to GCC residence permit holders. This system reinforces the policy of openness which has impacts on every aspect of life in the country. Business visas are issued to businessmen who have applied in advance. For a tourist to obtain a visa, he or she should fly to the country on Qatar Airways. Fourteen-day visas are usually given at the Immigration Department at Doha International Airport.
They are renewable for a further 3 months. A tourist can get a visa upon arrival at the country's entry points, or from Qatar embassies abroad. He or she can make use of the joint entry visa of Qatar and Oman which allows visits to either country. However, shall he / she go to a third country, then a new visa must be obtained at point of entry.
Countries whose citizens are eligible for such joint visa are 33, and they are: United States of America Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Finland, Spain, Monaco, Vatican, Iceland, Andorra, San Marino, Liechtenstein, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and South Korea.