Qatar Removes Visa Requirements for Citizens of 80 Countries

The middle-east country Qatar considering further enhancements to it’s visa policy, including waiver for visa/resident permit requirement for GCC and Schengen countries, as well as UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Qatar’s Ministry of Interior (MoI), Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) and Qatar Airways announced on 09 August 2017 that Qatar will allow visa-free entry for citizens of 80 countries, effective immediately.

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Citizens of those countries* wishing to visit Qatar will no longer need to apply or pay for a visa; instead, a multi-entry waiver will be issued free-of-charge at the port of entry, upon presentation of a valid passport with a minimum validity of six months and a confirmed onward or return ticket.

Entry to Qatar is approved at the sole discretion of Qatar’s Ministry of Interior.

A) Nationals of the following 33 countries will not require prior visa arrangements and can obtain a visa waiver upon arrival in Qatar. The waiver will be valid for 180 days from the date of issuance and entitle its holder to spend up to 90 days in Qatar, during either a single trip or on multiple trips.

  1. Austria
  2. Bahamas
  3. Belgium
  4. Bulgaria
  5. Croatia
  6. Cyprus
  7. Czech Republic
  8. Denmark
  9. Estonia
  10. Finland
  11. France
  12. Germany
  13. Greece
  14. Hungary
  15. Iceland
  16. Italy
  17. Latvia
  18. Liechtenstein
  19. Lithuania
  20. Luxembourg
  21. Malta
  22. Netherlands
  23. Norway
  24. Poland
  25. Portugal
  26. Romania
  27. Seychelles
  28. Slovakia
  29. Slovenia
  30. Spain
  31. Sweden
  32. Switzerland
  33. Turkey

B) Nationals of the following 47 countries will not require prior visa arrangements and can obtain a visa waiver upon arrival in Qatar. The waiver will be valid for 30 days from the date of issuance and entitle its holder to spend up to 30 days in Qatar, during either a single trip or on multiple trips. This waiver may be extended for a further 30 days.

  1. Andorra
  2. Argentina
  3. Australia
  4. Azerbaijan
  5. Belarus
  6. Bolivia
  7. Brazil
  8. Brunei
  9. Canada
  10. Chile
  11. China
  12. Colombia
  13. Costa Rica
  14. Cuba
  15. Ecuador
  16. Georgia
  17. Guyana
  18. Hong Kong
  19. India
  20. Indonesia
  21. Ireland
  22. Japan
  23. Kazakhstan
  24. Lebanon
  25. Macedonia
  26. Malaysia
  27. Maldives
  28. Mexico
  29. Moldova
  30. Monaco
  31. New Zealand
  32. Panama
  33. Paraguay
  34. Peru
  35. Russia
  36. San Marino
  37. Singapore
  38. South Africa
  39. South Korea
  40. Suriname
  41. Thailand
  42. Ukraine
  43. United Kingdom
  44. United States
  45. Uruguay
  46. Vatican City
  47. Venezuela

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Visa policy for Bangladeshi citizens

Visa requirements for Bangladeshi citizens are administrative entry restrictions imposed on citizens of Bangladesh by the authorities of other states. Bangladesh do not allow for his citizens to visit Israel.

Visa Free Access
Visa on Arrival and eVisa
Visa Required

According to the Visa Restrictions Index, holders of a Bangladeshi passport can visit 39 countries visa-free or with visa on arrival.

Visa Free Access

List of countries which do not require visa for Bangladeshi citizens.

 Country Remarks
 Bahamas 4 weeks
 Barbados 6 months
 Dominica 6 months
 Fiji 4 months
 Gambia 90 days
 Grenada 3 months
 Haiti 3 months
 Indonesia 30 days. No visa required for Diplomatic & Official Passport holders
 Jamaica
 Lesotho 90 days
 Micronesia 30 days
 Saint Kitts and Nevis
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1 month
 Trinidad and Tobago
 Vanuatu 30 days

 

Visa on Arrival

List of countries provide on arrival visa for Bangladeshi citizens.

 Country Remarks
Bhutan
Bolivia 90 days
Cape Verde
Comoros
Djibouti
Guinea-Bissau 90 days
Madagascar 90 days
Maldives 30 days
Mauritania Available at Nouakchott–Oumtounsy International Airport.
Mozambique 30 days
Nepal 30 days
Nicaragua 90 days
Samoa 60 days
Seychelles 3 months
Timor-Leste 30 days
Togo 7 days
Tuvalu 1 month
Uganda May apply online.
eVisa Required – May apply online earlier to get eVisa
 Antigua and Barbuda
 Australia May apply online.
 Gabon Electronic visa holders must arrive via Libreville International Airport.
 Kenya 3 months
 Myanmar 28 days. eVisa holders must arrive via Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw or Mandalay airports.
 Zambia
 Zimbabwe

Visa Required

Visa required for Bangladeshi citizens to visit following list of countries. Special permissions are shown in remarks column.

 Country Remarks
 Afghanistan
 Albania
 Algeria
 Andorra
 Angola
 Argentina
 Armenia
 Austria Visa not required if holding Schengen Visa
 Azerbaijan
 Bahrain
 Belarus
 Belgium
 Belize
 Benin
 Bosnia and Herzegovina
 Botswana
 Brazil
 Brunei
 Bulgaria
 Burkina Faso
 Burundi
 Cambodia
 Cameroon
 Canada
 Central African Republic
 Chad
 Chile
 China
 Colombia
 Costa Rica
 Côte d’Ivoire
 Croatia
 Cuba Tourist Cards (Tarjeta de Turista) must be obtained prior to arrival in Cuba for a maximum stay of 30 days.
 Cyprus
 Czech Republic
 Democratic Republic of the Congo
 Denmark
 Dominican Republic
 Ecuador
 Egypt
 El Salvador
 Equatorial Guinea
 Eritrea
 Estonia
 Ethiopia
 Finland
 France
 Georgia eVisa available for holders of a valid Schengen visa or a valid visa from any of the OECD member countries; or a valid residence permit of a Schengen or OECD country.
 Germany
 Ghana
 Greece
 Guatemala
 Guinea
 Guyana
 Honduras
 Hungary
 Iceland
 India No visa required for Diplomatic & Official Passport holders
 Iran
 Iraq
 Ireland
 Italy
 Japan
 Jordan
 Kazakhstan
 Kiribati
 Kuwait Visa on arrival for Diplomatic & Official passport holders
 Kyrgyzstan
 Laos Unless travelling on an official visit and holding an official letter of guarantee issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Laos
 Latvia
 Lebanon In addition to a visa, an approval should be obtained from the Immigration department of the General Directorate for General Secutiy (La Surete Generale).
 Liberia
 Libya
 Liechtenstein
 Lithuania
 Luxembourg
 Macedonia Approval from the Ministry of Interior required
 Malawi From 1 October 2015 visitors should generally obtain a visa in advance.
 Malaysia
 Mali
 Malta
 Marshall Islands
 Mauritius
 Mexico
 Moldova
 Monaco
 Mongolia
 Montenegro
 Morocco
 Namibia
 Nauru
 Netherlands
 New Zealand
 Niger
 Nigeria
 North Korea
 Norway
 Oman Bangadeshi holding GCC Visa of certain categories (managers, sales executives etc.) are granted a visit Visa on Arrival if they are coming directly from a GCC Country Bangadeshi holding GCC Visa of certain categories (managers, sales executives etc.) are granted a visit Visa on Arrival if they are coming directly from a GCC Country
 Pakistan
 Palau
 Panama
 Papua New Guinea
 Paraguay
 Peru
 Philippines
 Poland
 Portugal
 Qatar
 Republic of the Congo
 Romania
 Russia
 Rwanda Visa can be obtained online.
 Saint Lucia
 San Marino
 São Tomé and Príncipe Visa can be obtained online.
 Saudi Arabia
 Senegal
 Serbia Visa free for a maximum stay of 90 days for valid visa holders or residents of the European Union member states and the United States.
 Sierra Leone
 Singapore May obtain online. No visa required for Diplomatic & Official passport holders
 Slovakia
 Slovenia
 Solomon Islands
 Somalia Visa on arrival for 30 days, provided an invitation letter issued by the sponsor has been submitted  to the Airport Immigration Department at least 2 days before arrival.
 South Africa
 South Korea
 South Sudan
 Spain
 Sri Lanka
 Suriname
 Swaziland
 Sweden
 Switzerland
 Syria
 Tajikistan
 Tanzania
 Thailand
 Tonga
 Tunisia
 Turkey No visa required for Diplomatic & Official passport holders
 Turkmenistan
 Ukraine
 United Arab Emirates
 United Kingdom
 United States
 Uruguay
 Uzbekistan
 Vatican City
 Venezuela
 Vietnam
 Yemen

reference: wikipedia

Visa policy of Bangladesh for foreigners

Peoples Republic of Bangladesh requires all foreigners to obtain permission to enter its own territory. All the Visas are issued by Bangladesh missions located throughout the world or on arrival to Bangladesh. Extensions are available at the Department of Immigrations and Passport of Bangladesh, and fees vary  country by country. Most foreigners require a Bangladeshi visa to enter Bangladesh.

Visa exemption for Bangladesh

According to data provided by IATA, citizens of the following 23 countries are exempt from visa requirement to enter Bangladesh:

  1. Barbados
  2. Bhutan
  3. Botswana
  4. Burkina Faso
  5. Fiji
  6. Gabon
  7. Gambia
  8. Ghana
  9. Grenada
  10. Guinea
  11. Guinea-Bissau
  12. Jamaica
  13. Lesotho
  14. Malawi
  15. Maldives
  16. Papua New Guinea
  17. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  18. Samoa
  19. Seychelles
  20. Sierra Leone
  21. Tanzania
  22. Tonga
  23. Zambia

Visa on arrival

According to data provided by IATA, the following countries are specifically enumerated as countries whose citizens can obtain visa on arrival for the purpose of official duty, business, investment and tourism regardless of the Bangladeshi mission status:

  • EU / EFTA
  • Australia
  • Bahrain
  • Canada
  • China
  • Japan
  • Kuwait
  • Malaysia
  • New Zealand
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • United States
  • United Arab Emirates

Visa on arrival for Non-ordinary passports

Additionally, only holders of diplomatic and official passports of the following countries do not require visas for Bangladesh:

  • Belarus
  • China (on duty)
  • Estonia
  • India (diplomatic only)
  • Indonesia (on duty)
  • Japan (diplomatic only)
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • North Korea
  • Philippines (on duty)
  • Russia (on duty)
  • South Korea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Swaziland
  • Turkey (diplomatic only)
  • Ukraine (on duty)
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Vietnam

According to data provided by IATA, citizens of all other countries without a Bangladeshi mission or arriving from such countries may obtain a visa on arrival for the maximum stay of 30 days, except the following 24 (unless they are residing in a country without a Bangladeshi representation):

  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Egypt
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Libya
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Morocco
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam

 

No Visa Required seal

Bangladesh missions provide a No Visa Required (NVR) seal for Bangladeshis holding foreign passport and nationality as well as to non-Bangladeshis who are descendants/relation of Bangladeshis. This seal allows the passenger to travel to Bangladesh on multiple occasions without restrictions on duration within the validity of the visa.

The No Visa Required facility is valid until the validity of the passport and can be transferred to the new passport of the same person as required.

Alternative visa policy information

Visa policy of Bangladesh according to the Eligibility Test for Landing Permit (LP) of the Bangladesh Police The Eligibility Test for Landing Permit (LP) provided by the Special Branch gives slightly different visa policy information.

reference: wikipedia