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Revealed: The most welcoming countries in the world in terms of visa facilitation, 2018

Interestingly, the State of Qatar has become the world’s 8th most welcoming country regarding visa facilitation, according to the World Tourism Organization’s visa openness rankings. The score was calculated based on visa regulations of all nations and territories in the world.

Cook Island is revealed as the most welcoming country in the world in terms of visa facilitation, followed by Micronesia and Niue.

Globally, Dominica ranks 4th most welcoming country, followed by Haiti (5th), Ecuador (6th), St. Kitts and Nevis (7th), Qatar (8th), Indonesia (9th), Mauritius (10th).

Qatar’s high ranking reflects a string of visa facilitation measures introduced by the government including allowing citizens of 88 nations to enter Qatar visa-free and free-of-charge. As a result of these measures, Qatar’s visa openness ranking has leaped to 8th in the world from 177th back in 2014.

“Openness and ease of access are crucial elements of the visitor experience. That is why, in addition to the accelerated development of our tourism offering, we have committed to providing a seamless experience to our visitors even as they are planning for their journey. We will continue to work with our partners on further facilitating entry to Qatar through additional streamlining of the immigration process at Qatar’s ports of entry, as well as ensuring that all visitor visas and visa procedures are electronic.” – Hassan Al Ibrahim, Qatar Tourism Authority’s A/Chairman, commented.

Most welcoming countries in the world in terms of visa facilitation, 2018

  1. Cook Islands
  2. Micronesia
  3. Niue
  4. Dominica
  5. Haiti
  6. Ecuador
  7. St. Kitts and Nevis
  8. Qatar
  9. Indonesia
  10. Mauritius
  11. Vanuatu
  12. Fiji
  13. Guyana
  14. St. Vincent & Grenadines
  15. Montserrat
  16. Bolivia
  17. Antigua & Barbuda
  18. Samoa
  19. Cambodia
  20. Timor-Leste
  21. Tuvalu
  22. Rwanda
  23. Cape Verde
  24. Guinea-Bissau
  25. Togo
  26. Uganda
  27. Palau
  28. Mauritania
  29. Jamaica
  30. Mozambique
  31. Hong Kong
  32. Comoros Islands
  33. Kenya
  34. Madagascar
  35. Seychelles
  36. Somalia
  37. Maldives

Emma London

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