Qatar-Switzerland Relations

Diplomatic relations between Qatar and Switzerland were first established in 1973, two years after the Independence of the State of Qatar, and the culmination of which was the opening in late 2012  of  Qatar  embassy in Bern and months later, in early 2013, the opening of the Swiss embassy in Doha.

Key aspects of diplomatic relations

  • Relations between the State of Qatar and Switzerland has developed over the years to cover various areas  such as diplomacy, trade, research, education, tourism and supply of Swiss services and hi-tech know-how.
  • The Emirate of Qatar is of interest to Switzerland in terms of its diplomatic and in particular peacebuilding activities around the world as well as for hosting many international conferences and summits.
  • A number of agreements have been signed between the two countries  beginning with the Bilateral agreement on air transport concluded in 1995. The following agreements were concluded later on:
    • The Protection of Investment agreement came into force in 2004.
    • Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in science and education, was signed 2004.
    • Convention for the Avoidance of Double Taxation with Respect to Taxes on Income, came into force in 2010.
    • Agreement Related to the Exemption of the Citizens of the Two Countries Holding Diplomatic Passports, Special Passports and Service Passports from the Condition of Having an Entry, Stay and Leave Visa, came into force in 2014.