How To Change Qatar Visit Visa To Hayya Card Visa (2022)

Are you on a visit visa in Qatar and planning to attend the World Cup? If your visit visa is expiring during the tournament, make sure to change Qatar visit visa to Hayya Card visa.

With Qatar hosting the FIFA World Cup™, more than a million visitors will be arriving in Qatar from November to December 2022. As announced earlier, a Hayya Card and Hayya Entry Permit are mandatory for visitors to Qatar from 1 November.

There are many visitors who are already in Qatar under other types of visit visas like a family visit visa, which may be expiring during the World Cup. If they have purchased FIFA match tickets, obviously they would be planning to stay for the tournament.

However, there are some questions they should be asking now:

  • Can Hayya Cardholders continue to stay on a visit visa?
  • Will there be any fine if a Hayya Card holder’s visit visa expires and he continues to stay?
  • Should visit visa holders leave the country and come back using Hayya Entry Permit?
  • How can I change Qatar visit visa to Hayya Card visa?

Here are the answers to all these questions according to the Hayya website and answers from Hayya support team:

Can Hayya Card holders continue to stay on visit visa?

If you are on a visit visa and your visa expires during the tournament, you should change your visa type to a Hayya visa.

Will there be any fine if a Hayya Card holder’s visit visa expires and he continues to stay?

Having a Hayya Card doesn’t mean your visa is automatically renewed. If you do not change your visa to a Hayya visa you may be fined for overstaying.

Should visit visa holders leave the country and come back using Hayya Entry Permit?

If your visa expires before 1 November 2022, you should exit and re-enter with a Hayya Entry Permit. If your visa is expiring between 1 November and 23 December, you can follow the steps below.

How To Change Qatar Visit Visa To Hayya Card Visa

If you are on a visit visa, which will expire between 1 November and 23 December 2022:

  1. Visit the nearest Ministry of Interior (MOI) Service Center with your Hayya Entry Permit / Hayya Card.
  2. Request a change of visa status.
  3. Pay the service fee of QR 500.
  4. MOI officials will change your visa status in the system.

Below is the screenshot from the Hayya website regarding this:

Change Qatar Visit Visa To Hayya

The Ministry of Interior (MOI) in Qatar handles the country’s policing, immigration and national security. You can visit any MOI Service Center for this purpose.

Note that you should be visiting an MOI Service Center from 1 November 2022 only. If the visa is expiring earlier, you should leave the country and come back after 1 November, or you should pay the penalty for the number of days overstaying.

How long is this visa valid?

Once you pay QR 500 and your visa type is changed, you will receive a paper with the visa validity. From what we have seen so far, it is valid till 23 January 2023.

How long can I stay in Qatar with a Hayya Entry Permit?

Hayya Entry Permit holders can stay until 23 January 2023. The Hayya Entry Permit is like a multiple-entry visa. The last date for entering Qatar will be 23 December 2022.

2 NOVEMBER 2022 UPDATE: Ministry of Interior, in a statement, said that visitors may go to the General Directorate of Passports and MOI Services Centres and get their visa converted for a service fee of QAR 500. The Ministry stated that this visa validity will last until January 23, 2023.


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    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Shahushibu, The last time one of our readers checked about this MOI officials told they need to exit the country and come back. You can still try.

      1. Hi doha guide team….for one day match ticket…i have to give them departure and arrival times…..i am. Already in qatar…should i lie to them ..😬

  1. Hello, I’d already transfer my husband family visit visa to Hayya Visa because it is about to expires this coming Nov. 28. I just want to make sure that is it really allowed to apply for him the family visit visa extension after FIFA without exiting the Qatar?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Luzvy, Technically this may not be possible, because now he is on Hayya Visa (not a family visit). Anyways you can check with MOI to reconfirm.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Ruhi, Try applying for a Match Day visit (same day as your match ticket). Once approved, you can go to MOI and convert the visa. This has worked for many people.

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi Ruhi, Others have done this very recently. We cannot guarantee anything as rules keep changing without any announcement. Anyways it is a zero-cost option rather than booking hotels.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Ruhi, Hotel booking is now necessary, if you haven’t already registered for host family & friends before 1 November.

    1. Hi Ruhi, Non-ticket Hayya Card costs QR 500 and you need a hotel booking also. So it is better to buy a ticket and extend your visa.

  2. Hi I am on visit visa since Sept and my visa expires on 28th Dec. I got match tickets for 30 Nov. Should I book an accommodation as well or convert my visa to Hayya Card Visa? Please guide.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Garima, You can try applying Hayya using Match Day Visit (one-day visit for the date of the match). If your Hayya gets approved, go to MOI and change your visa type. This has worked for many people.

  3. I’m on family visit visa… I applied for Match non Ticket Hayya Card.. My visa is expiring on Nov 20th… Can I Transfer my Visa without Match ticket

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Roy, Did you apply for the new non-ticket holder Hayya Card? If yes, that is only available for entry after 02 December. Please contact Hayya Customer Care to check your options.

      1. Yes… I applied for that… So now what can i do… Purchase tickets and Reapply for hayyacard? my visa will expire on 20th nov. So what are the other requirements..I’m Staying in villa with my husband… It is ok or Else i need to book any Other Acomadation for this?? Pls Do Rply ASAP.
        Thankyou

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi Roy, The deadline to register for the “Host family and friends” option was 1 November. Even if you buy a match ticket now, you need to confirm your accommodation. Please check with Hayya Customer Care (+974-4441-2022) if:
          (1) your Hayya application will be approved since you are already in Qatar (OR)
          (2) you can be added to any other friends who have already registered for this option before 1 November.

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