DOHA, 15 July: Qatar has announced a tourist visa-on-arrival facility for Pakistani nationals, on Thursday.
Pakistani tourists travelling to Qatar will be granted visa-on-arrival for a fee of QAR 100 for a period of 30 days, which can be extended for another 30 days.
To avail the facility, they must have a passport valid for at least 6 months and a confirmed tourist return ticket.
Besides, they should be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and have a negative PCR test conducted 48 hours before arrival in Qatar.
The new immigration policy has been conveyed to airlines.
Luxury hotel brands in Qatar have failed to protect migrant workers, according to the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, a London-based NGO, saying its annual survey uncovered abuse that “points to forced labour”. Its report titled “Checked Out: Migrant worker abuse in Qatar’s World Cup luxury hotels” published on Wednesday found that migrant workers in the hotels suffer from “extortionate recruitment fees, discrimination and being trapped in a job through fear of reprisal and intimidation”.
The Qatari government said in a reaction that the Gulf country “takes a zero-tolerance approach against violating companies, issuing harsh penalties including prison sentences”.