Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Malaysians visiting Qatar accorded Free visa-on-arrival

From The Star..

Honoured visitor: Dr Ahmad Zahid visiting the Souq Waqif market with Sheikh Abdullah. — Bernama

DOHA: Malaysians will no longer need to pay any visa fee to visit Qatar, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said.

The Deputy Prime Minister said Qatar’s Prime Minister and Home Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani informed him of this during their meeting here.

He said Malaysians would also be accorded the visa-on-arrival facility allowing them to stay in Qatar for 60 days and an additional 30 days on application.

“This is a new decision which was reached and agreed with the Qatari government,” he told Malaysian journalists here.

Dr Ahmad Zahid said the change would take effect after a follow-up meeting to be handled by Malaysia’s Ambassador to Qatar Datuk Ahmad Jazri Mohd Johar. — Bernama

Along the topic of visa, in another news article as reported by The Star, Indian nationals living outside their country can enjoy visa-free travel to Malaysia now, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

“We welcome them to visit Malaysia as tourists,” he said.

“This will help increase our foreign exchange earnings as tourist arrivals will go up.”

Dr Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, said this did not mean that the nation’s security would be compromised as they would have to undergo Airline Passenger Security Screening (APSS) before being allowed entry into Malaysia.

This flexibility, he added, would attract some 500,000 Indian nationals currently in Qatar as businessmen, professionals and technical experts.

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