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Putin gives World Cup fans visa-free Russia entry all year

MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin has said that foreign visitors holding "fan ID" cards for the World Cup could have visa-free entry to Russia for the rest of 2018, news agencies reported. "Foreign supporters who currently have fan IDs will be able to benefit from multiple entries into the Russian Federation without a visa until the end of the year," agencies quoted him as saying after France's victory over Croatia in the World Cup final in Moscow. Fan IDs were previously set to be valid from June 4 to July 25.…

Qatar offers visa-free entry to 80 nationalities

DOHA: Qatar, isolated by its neighbours in a diplomatic crisis, on Wednesday introduced a visa-free entry programme for 80 nationalities to stimulate air transport and tourism. "The visa exemption scheme will make Qatar the most open country in the region," tourism department official Hassan al-Ibrahim told a news conference in Doha. Interior ministry official Mohamed Rashed al-Mazrouei said that nationals of 80 countries would only need to present a valid passport for entry to the energy-rich Gulf state which is to…