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Efforts to exempt Qatar, Japan from visas

The exchange of official memoranda between Qatar and Japan, which will begin the process for reciprocal visa exemption for holders of regular passports in the two nations and take effect on April 2, was signed yesterday.

At the headquarters of the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo, the exchange of memoranda was signed by H E Nagaoka Kansuke, assistant foreign minister, and HE Hassan bin Mohammed Rafea Al Emadi, director-general of the Middle East and Africa Department, representing the State of Qatar. The move will make it possible for Qatari citizens with regular passports who want to visit Japan for no more than 30 days straight to do so without needing a visa. At any of the Japanese embassies or consulates, they must first register. Qatari nationals will receive free registration certificates that are good for three years in order to avoid the need for a visa.

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