Qatari authorities have relaxed transit via regulations, extending free transit visa stays in Qatar from 48 hours to 96 hours.
This means travellers with a minimum transit time of five hours at Hamad International Airport can now stay in Qatar for up to four days without the requirement to apply ahead of time for an entry visa.
This is a significant increase from the previous transit visa scheme, which allowed travellers with a minimum layover of eight hours to spend a maximum of two days in Qatar.
The Qatar transit visa is free and available on arrival at Hamad International Airport to passengers of all nationalities, upon confirmation of onward journey and completion of passport control procedures.
The development is the third in a series of enhancements that Qatar has made to facilitate more convenient entry into the country for visitors.
Last week, officials announced a new process to quicken the entry of tourists arriving on board cruise ships, and earlier, representatives signed an agreement with VFS Global, which will see the development of a new, faster and more transparent tourist visa application mechanism.