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Qatar is located on the Persian Gulf of Arabian-peninsula. Doha is the capital city of the country. Qatar Visa Guide will provide you all the necessary information you will need on the country’s visa rules and regulations. You can learn about country-specific visa requirements along with the application documents depending on your nationality of origin. You can buy your “Qatar Flight Ticket” as the first step of your preparations.
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Nationals of most foreign countries are required to apply for an entry visa to visit Qatar. Some countries are part of the visa-free regime while citizens of certain countries can obtain visa on arrival. Residents of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates) are entitled to single-entry visas on arrival for periods up to one month. The countries whose citizens can obtain a visa on arrival as part of bilateral arrangements include the United States, France, Italy, Canada, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Finland, Spain, Switzerland, Monaco, the Vatican, Iceland, Andorra, San Marino, Lichtenstein, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and South Korea. Citizens from countries which are eligible to enter Qatar with visa waivers can stay for up to 90 days within a period of 180 days. Make sure to check out online whether you need an entry visa and how long you can stay in Qatar before processing your application.
Qatar visas are broadly categorized as tourist visas, business visas, Gulf Cooperation Council resident visit visas, family visit visa, family residence visa, transit visa and other types of visas including education visas. Single or multiple entry visas are issued in accordance with the existing visa regimes between countries.
Short-term visa is issued for predetermined periods in line with the applicant’s request for stays that are not exceeding 90 days.
Citizens of 80 countries can apply for a tourist visa on arrival through online application. Tourist visa application can be made through an employer, Qatar Airways and hotels. Qatar-Oman joint tourist visa is issued for citizens of eligible countries granting them free travel permit between two countries for stays up to one month.
Business visas are handled in two categories and allows for conducting business on a temporary term in Qatar. 72-hour business visa is issued for short term trips with the possibility of extending it for another 72-hours. On the other hand, business visa gives entry permit to expatriate workers or people who intend to engage in contractual work for short term. It is valid up to three months. Business visa can be issued following an approval by a company or institution in Qatar.
Family members of expatriate workers who would like to visit them for periods up to six months can ask for Family Visit Visa. Although the visa is issued for one month, the holder has the right to extend it for a maximum of six months period for close immediate relatives.
Travelers from third countries who would like to visit Qatar to participate cultural or sports related events can apply for tourist visitor visa as well.
Foreign nationals who would like to go to Qatar for short-term education or training purposes can also apply for tourist visa supported by the host institution. All visa procedures are governed by Ministry of Interior. However, the visitor shall obtain an education visa if he/she intends to stay for a longer term.
Long-term visa grants its holder the right to visit Qatar for periods extending over 90 days.
Expatriates who wish to make business investments in Qatar are entitled to residency rights without employment conditions. Foreigners seeking such intentions can apply for an investor visa upon submission of property ownership documents, certificate of good will and qualified medical check-ups.
Expatriate workers can apply for Family Residence Visa if they would like their bring their dependents under certain conditions. They must have the sufficient resources and demonstrate completion of six months of employment. Family Residence Visa is issued under the expatriate workers’ employership.
Foreign nationals who wish to study at an educational institution in Qatar shall obtain Education Residence Visa given that they will have secured their approved placements.
Qatar transit visa enables the holder to stop over in its airports on a temporary basis. The traveler can spend up to 24 hours during the transfer to the next destination.Qatar transit visa also allows the holder to go out of the airport and stay in Qatar. However, it cannot be issued for business or tourist visits.
Tourist visa requirements for travelling to Qatar are explained in detail below. Please be aware of the fact that the required documents may differ depending on the term and purpose of your stay, hence the category of your visa. The Consulate always reserves its right to ask for additional documents.
There are specific documents to enclose your application depending on your employment status.
Students or unemployed/retired people who are not in a position to cover their own travel expenses will need to demonstrate support from a sponsor who will borne the full costs. The sponsor is entitled to certain requirements. Hence, only first grade relatives can fulfill this position. You can check our website for all the relevant details.
In addition to above mentioned application documents, general requirements include:
Foreigners can schedule their trips to Qatar upon fulfilling the above mentioned criterias to obtain an entry visa if they are not among the eligible nations to ask for visa waivers. You should check online to learn about the terms of agreements between your country and Qatar.
All European Member countries are entitled to visa free travel to Qatar. They can obtain a visa upon arrival which will be valid for 180 days beginning from the date of issuance. It allows the EU citizens to spend up to 90 days in the country.
US citizens are not requested to have prior visa arrangements before travelling to Qatar. They can get free visa waiver on arrival with a passport that is valid for six months. The visa waiver on arrival enables the US citizens to stay in Qatar for up to thirty days with multiple entry options. It can be further extended for a month.
UK citizens can obtain a free tourist visa upon arrival which is valid for 30 days. Stays more than thirty days can be extended through the Ministry of Interior. Those who are travelling for other purposes shall obtain a suitable entry visa before visiting Qatar.
Canadian citizens are also not requested to make visa applications prior to their travel to Qatar. They can obtain visa waivers on arrival which will enable the holder to stay up to 30 days with the possibility of extension.
The visa fees vary depending on the type of required visa and the costs determined by authorized visa processing center. Qatar online visa fees that comprises of the service fee is explained below:
|Tourist Visa||41, 78 €|
|Electronic Travel Authorization||14 €|
NOTE: This article was prepared in March 2020. Please check up-to-date information published by official sources.
Visitor visas as well as the visa on arrival enable the travelers to stay up to 90 days with single or multiple entry options in Qatar. You can request a multiple entry visa when you are submitting your visa application.
Yes, your application may be rejected on certain grounds. In that case, you will be notified with the reasons of rejection and deadlines for submission of an appeal. In any case the visa fee is non-refundable.
You can make your Qatar visa application online. Tracking your application status is possible through the online platform by typing in your reference number.
In general, the online applications are processed in four working days. However, the application procedure may take longer than it normally takes for individual cases whereby a closer scrutiny is required.
Applications of certain citizens may be treated through a different procedure whereby the applicant is asked to provide additional documents. However, your nationality of origin shall not be a reason for the rejection of your visa.
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