Qatar now has visa free entry for many countries around the world, including the United States. Check the Qatar Airways website to see if your country is one of these visa-free or visa-on-arrival nations.
If you’re flying in business class or first class and you have a long layover in Doha, Qatar Airways will organize and pay for a hotel room for you. As soon as you book your flight, call Qatar Airways to try to arrange your transit accommodations for free! The Qatar Airways team will then send a request to the headquarters in Doha. You’ll receive a written confirmation of your hotel within 72 hours. You can request the Oryx Transit Hotel inside of the airport, but it’s not guaranteed.
If the Qatar Airways team cannot guarantee the hotel inside of the terminal, they will organize a four or five star hotel with free transportation to and from the airport that is also close to the airport. The Qatar Airways team will also organize a transit visa available on arrival. This will be sent to your email within 72 hours of the phone conversation. If you’re going to leave the airport to stay at a hotel in Doha, ask to be taken to the transfer desk at Hamad International Airport and present them the Qatar Airways document. They will issue you a free transit visa.
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