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Russia, Qatar plan to simplify visa regime — ambassador

February 20, 8:03 UTC+3 MOSCOW
All Russian tourists flying to other countries via Doha will be able to obtain 72-hour valid visas to Qatar
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MOSCOW, February 20. /TASS/. After scrapping visas for holders of diplomatic passports, Russia and Qatar plan to ease further visa travel requirements for citizens of both countries, Russian Ambassador to Qatar Nurmakhmad Kholov told TASS on Monday.

An agreement to abolish visas for holders of diplomatic passports was reached during the visit of Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to Russia in January last year.

"This agreement was preceded by a long and work since the migration policy in the country (in Qatar) had been very strict until the recent times," Kholov said in an interview with TASS. "Today, when the diplomatic missions of our countries managed to establish clear-cut cooperation on this issue, relevant departments plan in perspective easing visa regime for ordinary citizens."

The diplomat said that starting this year all Russian tourists flying to other countries via Doha will be able to obtain 72-hour valid visas to Qatar.

"It became possible thanks to our partners from Qatar Airways, who are interested in the increase of tourists from Russia and an increase in the passenger air traffic," Kholov added.

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