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Philippines signs visa-free agreement with this Muslim country: Details inside

07:58 PM | 22 Apr, 2024
Philippines signs visa-free agreement with this Muslim country: Details inside

MANILA - The Philippines and Qatar signed an agreement on the visa exemption for some of the citizens to cement ties and facilitate travel.

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. signed a visa exemption agreement on Monday that would help citizens from both countries. 

An official press release issued by the President's office of the Philippines states that through the agreement, the two nations seek to facilitate the travel of the parties’ nationals who are on official missions for their respective governments, respectful of the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961, and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations of 1963.

The agreement covers valid diplomatic and official passports for the Philippines, while those covered for Qatar will be valid diplomatic and special passports.

“Nationals of either party who are holders of valid passport types mentioned in Article 1 of this Agreement are exempted from the obligation to obtain visas for entry and stay in the territory of the other party, for a stay of 30 days,” the agreement read.

The discussions took place at the Malacanang Palace in Manila and the visa-free agreement is sure to benefit thousands of citizens who otherwise had to go through routine procedures.

Nestled on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, Qatar is a small yet vibrant country known for its modern skyline dotted with traditional souqs and cultural attractions. With a population of around 2.8 million, Qatar offers a diverse tapestry of experiences, from exploring the bustling markets of Souq Waqif to marveling at the futuristic architecture of the iconic Museum of Islamic Art.

On the other hand, the Philippines, an archipelago comprising over 7,000 islands in Southeast Asia, offers a rich tapestry of culture and natural beauty. With a population exceeding 110 million, it's a vibrant mosaic of diverse traditions and landscapes. From the bustling capital of Manila to the stunning beaches of Boracay and Palawan, the Philippines offers numerous attractions as visitors can explore historic sites like Intramuros, dive into vibrant marine ecosystems, or trek through lush rice terraces in Banaue.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 22 May 2024

 Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 22, 2024 (Wednesday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.15 for buying and 280.05 for selling.

Euro moved down to 297 for buying and 300 for selling while British Pound rate is 349 for buying, and 352.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.15 277.15
Euro EUR 297 300
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349 352.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.45 74.2
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.34 748.34
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.51 38.91
Danish Krone DKK 40.52 40.92
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.34 3.45
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.3 912.3
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.34 59.94
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.11 172.11
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.92 26.22
Omani Riyal OMR 723.13 731.13
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.98 26.28
Swiss Franc CHF 305.97 308.47
Thai Bhat THB 7.67 7.82

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