EU Commission proposes Schengen Visa waiver for Qataris; Doha welcomes the decision.
29 April 2022, 12:00 AM
31 May 2022, 12:00 AM
The European Commission has proposed the removal of visa requirements for Qatar and Kuwait nationals, pointing out that these countries have already met the necessary criteria, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
According to a press release issued by the authority, the proposal follows a detailed assessment of irregular migration, public policy and security, economic benefits and the Union’s relations with Qatar and Kuwait.
Once the EU Council approves the proposal, Qatar and Kuwait nationals will be able to travel to all EU Member States for short stays of up to 90 days in any 180-day period for business, tourism and family purposes, exempted from visa application requirements.
Qatar has welcomed the announcement, terming it as the beginning of the final negotiations between Qatar and the European Union from exempting Qatari citizens from Schengen Visa, Qatar News Agency said on Wednesday.
Qatar's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Wednesday that facilitating procedures for citizens abroad is a top priority. The statement highlighted the ministry's efforts in facilitating Qataris to travel all over the world.