India and 79 other countries will be allowed visa-free entry for its citizens by Qatar, as part of a programme to encourage air transport and tourism amid two-month boycott imposed on the Gulf state by its neighbours.
Nationals from India, several countries in Europe, Lebanon, New Zealand, South Africa, United States and elsewhere only need tp present a valid passport to enter Qatar which is slated to host the soccer World Cup in 2022.
Under the newly announced programme, visa-free citizens from 33 countries can stay up to 180 days, some others up to 47 and the others up to 30 days.
Oil major Saudi Arabia along with Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates imposed a boycott on Qatar on June 5 and severed all transport links with the country, blaming the gas rich country of terrorism and closeness to Iran.
Doha however denied all allegations