Reuters reports that Qatar will allow visa-free travel for the citizens of 80 countries including those from the United States, South Africa, and many European countries.
The country has been in the news quite a bit during the last couple of months after many Arab countries broke off diplomatic ties. As a result, travel was suspended between Qatar and Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, the Maldives, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Yemen.
This boycott has also forced Qatar Airways to cancel many flights in the region and change their air traffic patterns to avoid the air space of these countries. Bahrain and the UAE have just opened some of their air space to Qatar Airways in the last couple of days after the dispute was brought to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
This is good news for travelers who have wanted to fly with Qatar Airways, which was recently ranked the best airline in the world in Skytrax's annual rankings and just launched perhaps the best business class product in the world, the Qsuite.
Additionally, if you were planning to visit Qatar for the World Cup in 2022, visa-free travel is good news for you.
I doubt we've heard the last of this conflict between Qatar and its neighbors. I'll be interested to see how things play out in the coming months.