Whether you want to work in Qatar or simply visit the country, there’re several visa options available that can fit your plans. Unless you are a citizen of a visa-exempt country, you need to obtain a visa prior to visiting Qatar and the process is quite straightforward that provides flexibility for short and long-term options. And if you are planning to live and work in Qatar, your company will handle much of the application process. Scroll all the way down to know about different visas and their grace period.
Family Visit Visa: Up to 6 months
You’ll need a friend or relative residing in Qatar to sponsor your visit visa. The visa is valid for one month, however, if you desire to apply for an extension, you have to go through some physical examinations.
Upon passing the medical tests you can apply for an extension which is another five months ( some exceptional cases 6 months) for first and second degree relatives and in-laws (Father, Mother, Sister, and Children. For other relatives, the visa can be extended for only two months. To know how to apply for a family visa, click here.
Overstay fine: QR 200 for per day.
GCC Resident Visit Visa: Up to 3 months
GCC residents of approved professions and those accompanying them can obtain a one-month GCC Resident Visit Visa on arrival or through a Qatari embassy. The visa is renewable for an additional three months. Note that you have to carry proper documentation proving your profession.
Residents of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries who hold positions in approved professions and those accompanying them may obtain a GCC Resident Visit Visa on arrival in Qatar.
This single-entry visa, which can be obtained for a fee of QAR 100, payable by Visa or Mastercard, is valid for 30 days and may be renewed for an additional three months. Visitors wishing to avail of this visa scheme may be asked to present official documentation stating their profession upon entry to Qatar.
Tourist Visa (Upon and Before Arrival)
Citizens of the 80 approved countries can obtain a Tourist Visa upon arrival. This visa can also be issued online prior to travel.
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
Length of stay – 90 days
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.
Length of stay – 30 days
For nationals of the countries/regions 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.
Tourist Visa through Employer: This visa allows hotels, embassies and other authorized employers to arrange visas for citizens of the 33 approved countries before they arrive in Qatar.
Tourist Visa through Qatar Airways or Hotels: This visa is granted to visitors of the 33 approved countries through authorized hotels operating in Qatar, or sponsoring residents with relationship to applicants through Qatar Airways. It is valid for one month and non-extendable.
Online Tourist Visa – 30 days
Individuals not eligible for visa-free entry or ETA can apply for a Tourist Visa online. Visitors to Qatar traveling onboard any airline may apply for a Tourist Visa through the Qatar Visa Service. The cost of the Qatar Tourist Visa is QAR 100. Tourist Visa holders are allowed to stay in Qatar for up to 30 days on a single trip.
Transit Visa: Up to 96 hours
If you plan to stop over in Qatar temporarily (up to 24 hours) on your way to a destination, you can apply for a transit visa before you travel. The visa is valid for 24 hours and allows you to leave the airport transfer area to stay in Qatar.
The Transit Visa is also handy for workers whose job requires a short stay in Qatar, for example, seamen and truck drivers passing through Qatar. However, a Transit Visa is not acceptable for general business visits.
Transit Visas can be arranged through your local Qatari embassy prior to travel. Embassy workers and other authorized persons can apply online for transit visas on behalf of travelers.
Qatar Airways passengers transiting in Qatar for a minimum of 5 hours are eligible to apply for the Qatar Transit Visa. It is free of charge, valid for up to 96 hours (four days). For more information about the Qatar Transit Visa, click here.
Qatar’s work visas have a validity of one to three months. They are normally organized by your employer in Qatar. Before applying for a work visa you will need to get a certificate of good conduct. After having arrived in Qatar, your company has to get you a work visa and a resident permit to enable you to work and live there.
Overstay fine: If your visa is expired you have to pay QR 20 fine for per day until you receive your resident permit.
Good to know:
- If your employer cancels the resident permit, you will have only 7 days to leave the country.
- If you get a job during your stay on a visit or any other visa, you have to go back to your home country and come back on a work visa.
- It is possible for women to be employed under their husband’s sponsorship.
Business Visas: 72-hour to 3-month
Business Visas allow non-Qataris to conduct business and work in the country on a temporary basis. There are two types of business visas:
72-hour Business Visa – The visa is suited to those who wish to visit the country on short-term business trips. Applicants are required to carry proper documentation proving the purpose of their trip. This visa is issued on arrival and is extendible for a further 72 hours
3-month Business Visa – This visa is available for new expatriate workers and persons conducting short-term contractual work in Qatar. The visa is valid for a maximum of three months and must be arranged in advance by an approved company or institution operating in Qatar.The visa is valid for a maximum of three months.
Overstay fine: QAR 200 fine for every day
Family Residence Visa
Expatriate employees, who earn QR10,000 or more a month, have completed six months of employment with their company, and wish to bring their immediate dependents to Qatar to live with them, can apply for a Family Residence Visa.
Effectively, the visa is granted under your employer ship (assuming you have a valid Qatar ID and Residence Visa from your employer or private employer.
Other types of visas
Newborn babies who are less than three months old need a Newborn Visa when entering the country with his or her mother. The child should have either a passport or be included on the father or mother’s passport. Both parents should have a valid Residence Permit. A certificate of birth is also required. The visa is free.
Education Residence Visa
If you have a place at an approved educational institution and wish to stay in Qatar during your course, you can apply for an Education Residence Visa. This type of visa is granted by the Committee Reviewing Recruitment Applications and is available from Expatriates Affairs & Unified Services Centres of the MoI. This visa is issued free of charge.
Real Estate Visa
This is a residence visa for real estate owners and it is issued through the General Directorate of Borders Passports and Expatriates Affairs at the MoI. Required documentation includes a valid passport, letter from a relevant agency outlining the property investment, a good conduct certificate and a medical check-up.
Fee: The visa costs QR200.
If you, a member of your family, or a member of your household staff, have stayed out of the country for more than 6 months and your residency is still valid and you have prior approval of entry, you can purchase a Return Visa. There are different document requirements depending on who your employer is, details of which can be found at the MoI website here.
Fee: The fee varies from QR200 to QR500 again depending on employer type.
Return Visa (in case of Passport loss)
This visa is issued when an expatriate loses his or her passport while being outside the country. A copy of a Lost Passport Certificate, along with copies of the old and new passport are required.
Fee: The visa costs QR200.
Government ministries and approved establishments can request this visa online. The visa is free, valid for one month and can be extended for five months (total 6 months) following medical tests and fingerprints.
Fee: The visa is free
Period: Valid for one month and can be extended for five months (total 6 months)
Expatriates who invest in selected business ventures in the country are eligible to residency without employer ship. Applicants must obtain property ownership documents, a certificate of good behavior and have a medical check-up to qualify. Authorized government personnel may complete the Investor Visa procedure online. More details can be found at the Ministry of Economy and Commerce and the Ministry of Interior.
Immigration Department Location
While many visas can be issued online, all travel documents can be processed at the Ministry of Interior’s Department of Passports and Expatriates Affairs. The head immigration department is located on Luqta Street (road to Qatar Foundation), just west of D-Ring Road. For more information on entry visas, please visit The Ministry of Interior’s website.