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Qatar is an ideal country for traveling and exploring, besides tourist attractions Qatar has very open visa policies for tourists from abroad. Qatar is now the most open country in the Middle East. Visitors from all around the world can now enter Qatar either visa free, or by filling out simple online applications, depending on the passport they carry. Travellers to Qatar require a visa unless they are citizens of one of the GCC countries or they are citizens of one of the eligible countries for visa waiver.
Qatari visas can be obtained online for visitors requiring a visa, either from its official site, or Qatar Airways’ website when travelling with the airline.
Citizens of the following Gulf Cooperation Council countries enjoy freedom of movement in Qatar and do not require a visa to enter Qatar under any circumstances:
Nationals of more than 80 countries are eligible for visa-free entry into the State of Qatar, with varying allowable lengths of stay. Nationals of the eligible countries do not require any prior visa arrangements and can obtain a visa waiver upon arrival to Qatar, upon presentation of a valid passport with a minimum validity of six months and a confirmed onward or return ticket.
For nationals of the countries listed below, the waiver will be valid for 180 days from the date of issuance and entitle its holder to spend up to 90 days in Qatar, during either a single trip or on multiple trips.
1. Antigua and Barbuda
8. Czech Republic
10. Dominican Republic
For nationals of the countries listed below, the waiver will be valid for 30 days from the date of issuance and entitle its holder to spend up to 30 days in Qatar, during either a single trip or on multiple trips. This waiver may be extended for a further 30 days.
13. Costa Rica
18. Hong Kong
30. New Zealand
35. San Marino
37. South Africa
38. South Korea
42. United Kingdom
43. United States
45. Vatican City
Nationals of Pakistan can enter Qatar visa-free and spend up to 30 days in Qatar, during a single or multiple trips, with an option to extend for another 30 days with some additional requirements.
Tourist visa: you are advised to have a passport that is valid for at least six months after the date of your arrival in Qatar. You are also required to show your hotel confirmation and a credit or savings balance of at least around 5,100 QAR. Depending on passport control, it may also be necessary to show your return ticket.
Business Visas for Qatar
In order to receive this visa, you will need to submit application forms to the Ministry of Labour in Qatar for each family member, a letter from your employer, copies of your passport, proof of residence and if applicable, birth and marriage certificates.
Before you apply, please make sure you have the following mandatory documents.
Visas for Family Visits
Requirements for applying visa for wife:
– Copy of personal ID or passport of the resident husband
– Letter from husband’s employer citing profession and salary
– Copy of attested marriage contract
– Copy of wife’s valid passport
Requirements for applying visa for other relatives (Father, mother, sister, children and in-laws):
– Copy of personal ID or passport of the sponsor.
– Copy of sponsor’s wife’s passport with valid residence permit or residential tenancy contract.
– Letter from employer of the sponsor citing profession and salary.
– Valid passport copy of the visitor.
– Document to prove relationship.
– Undergo medial test within 72 hours entering the country in case you’re willing to extend for more than a month.
Companions of GCC National Visa
The expatriate should have valid resident in any GCC country .
Duration of the visa is one month extended to one month and the fees are collected as per similar treatment principle of each State .
GCC Resident Visit Visa
Applicants must provide passport and documents proving your profession. Applicants must be currently employed in one of the 201 authorized professions, and hold valid permit and passport for at least six months.
Work Visa requirements
Visa on arrival for GCC Residents
Require passport has at least six-month validity and a return ticket.
If you plant a visit to Doha, you should begin the visa application process at least a month in advance to your trip.
GCC Resident Visit Visa Fees: A fee of QR100 applies to each visa to be paid through credit card and QR50 for each companion. A penalty of QR200 per day applies to each expired visa.
Tourist Visa Fees: Tourist visa issuance fee is QR100 for a visa and QR50 for accompanying person. Overstay will be charged a penalty of QR200 per day.
Visit Visa Fee: A fee of QR200 is applicable for each visa, and QR50 is charged for each registered dependent or companion. The visa is valid for one month, and for extending the visa further, QR200 will have to be paid per month.
Newborn Visa: The visa is free.
Return Visa: The fee varies from QR200 to QR500 again depending on employer type.
Visa-on-arrival for GCC Residents: The visa can be obtained on paying QR100 as fee through credit card. A penalty of QR200 will be levied for each day after expiry.
Exit Visas: A single exit permit costs QR10, while the cost of multiple exit permit is QR500, with validity of one year.
Visas for Family Visits: A fee of QR200 applies for each visa, and QR50 for each registered dependent or companion. The visa is valid for one month and can be extended for QR200 per month (QR50 per month for the companion).
Family visit visa: the visa is initially valid only for one month but can be extended for QR200 per month
Business Visa: This type of visas’ validity is 2 week extendable to 2 other weeks
Tourist visa: valid for 14 days, could be extended by another 14 days.
Companions of GCC National Visa: valid for a period of one month and renewable for five months
GCC Residents Visit Visa: valid for 14 days, could be extended by another 14 days.
Multiple Entry Visa: validity of more than a year
Joint Tourist Visa : validity of 21 days , could be extended
Official Visa: valid for one month, extended for 5 months
Work Visa : more than a year
Return Permit : validity period of 14 days
Visa-on-arrival for GCC Residents: one month
All applicants should download and prepare a completed application form (should be clearly printed) before send it to embassy or consulate. The Qatar Visa Application Form can be download here.
You can apply for a visa a maximum of 90 days and a minimum of 4 working days before you travel.
We recommend that you apply as early in advance as possible.
No: you can apply for a visa any time up to 4 working days before you travel.
Provided all required documents are submitted correctly, visas are normally issued within 4 working days of your application.
Qatar requires all visitors to have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival. If your passport is valid for less than 6 months, you will need to renew it before you can apply for a visa.
All visas are sent by email, to the email address given at the time of the application process.
No, holders of travel documents cannot apply using this facility as currently we process visa with Normal passport only.