Media reports of Qatar’s visa on arrival for Pakistanis, as you could imagine, are untrue, we have officially checked with Qatar Airline.
News went viral in Pakistan earlier this evening when a misstatement printed on Qatar Airline’s official website was quoted by media houses in Pakistan.
The statement on Qatar Airline’s official website reads:
Pakistani nationals can obtain visa on arrival for up to 30 days — was quoted by media houses
However, as a matter of fact, Pakistan is not included in the list of 80 countries that are offered visa-on-arrival by Qatar.
Qatar Airline official confirmed that visa on arrival service is not valid for Pakistani nationals.
Pakistanis, instead, can obtain a free visa for 30 days if they meet following requirements:
- Buy tickets from Qatar Airline’s official website
- Make hotel reservations from list of hotels listed on Qatar Airline’s official website
- Passengers should have $1500 in cash or a credit card with same credit limit
- Apply for Visa from Qatar’s website
An official of Qatar Airline confirmed ProPakistani that Pakistanis can get free visa (while they are in Pakistan) if and only if they meet above requirements.
In such cases, Qatar Airline will arrange free visa for Pakistani nationals, said the statement.