What is Exceptional Entry Permit to Return to Qatar?
Exceptional Entry Permit to Qatar is a temporary service provided to the residents who are currently abroad and cannot return due to the COVID-19 flight restrictions. This article explains the step-by-step process of applying for a permit to return to Qatar.
Who needs an Exceptional Entry Permit?
Qatar residents who are currently outside Qatar for more than six months or whose RP has expired need an exceptional entry permit due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.
AUGUST 2022 UPDATE: Visitors travelling to Qatar do not need an exceptional entry permit since July 2021. Instead, they have to apply for a Pre-Travel Permit via the Ehteraz website. If you are a visitor, check this detailed guide on how to register and get a travel permit to Qatar from the Ehteraz website.
12 JULY 2021 UPDATE: From 12th July 2021, an exceptional entry permit will not be required for residents who have a valid residence permit and their stay out of Qatar is less than six months. If the resident has stayed out of Qatar for more than six months or their residence permit has expired due to some circumstances, he/she has to follow the procedure explained below. Residents can also apply for a pre-travel permit via the Ehteraz website, but it is not mandatory.
Who can apply for an Exceptional Entry Permit?
The Return Permit applications can be made by:
- a) Employers (whether individuals or companies, government or private sector) to apply for an entry permit for their employees.
- b) Residents to apply for an entry permit for their family members.
Procedure to Apply Exceptional Entry Permit to Return to Qatar
If this is the first time you are using Qatar Portal, you need to create a new Tawtheeq (National Authentication System) account. Here is the detailed guide on how to create a Tawtheeq account. If you already have an account, you can directly proceed as below:
Step 1: Go to the Qatar Portal webpage
Step 2: Click on “Apply for Exceptional Entry”
Step 3: Click on “Apply Online”
Step 4: Login to Qatar Portal using NAS login page
Enter username and password. Click on “Continue”
Step 5: Select Type of Application
If you are applying for Company Employee, you have to enter Establishment ID and Applicant QID.
If you are applying for Family, you can select either all family members or a specific person.
Read terms and conditions and prepare all required attachments before starting the application.
Step 6: Fill in the application details
Enter the application page and fill in the required information correctly and completely as shown in the passport. Enter your email correctly to receive approval on your application.
Step 7: Once approved, the entry permit will be sent to your email
After approval of the application, you will receive an email containing a copy of the entry permit. The resident can also contact the employer to obtain a copy.
The time frame for approval varies from person to person. While some applicants were approved within days, some applicants needed a few weeks to be approved.
The permit and quarantine undertaking sent to the email must be printed out to be presented to the airport officials.
How to Check Status of Qatar Exceptional Entry Permit
You can check the status of the application by logging into Qatar Portal (as done during the application process above) and clicking on the “My Applications” button on the top right.
Alternatively, you may call the Government Contact Center on 109 inside Qatar or +974 44069999 outside the country.
Applying Entry Permit for Family Members
If the sponsor is in the country, he/she can apply for an entry permit for his/her family members directly through Qatar Portal.
If the sponsor is outside the country, he/she must obtain an entry permit from his/her employer first. Only after obtaining the permit the sponsor can apply for his/her family members through Qatar Portal.
For newborns up to six months, a visa upon arrival will be granted. So it is not required to apply for an entry permit.
Exceptional Entry Permit Validity
The validity of the entry permit is one month (30 days) from the date of its issuance.
UPDATE ON 27 OCTOBER 2020: Exceptional Entry Permit for residents stuck abroad due to COVID-19 can now be extended for another 30 days. The extension of the entry permit can be done via Qatar Portal as explained below:
How to Apply for Extension of Exceptional Entry Permit
- Log in to your existing account on the Qatar portal and access “My Applications” screen.
- Click on “Extend Application” to extend the validity of the targeted permit.
- Pay appropriate fees if available (Depending on the duration of staying outside the country and the validity of the Qatar Residence card).
- Print the permit that got automatically extended by the electronic system for 30 days, and that includes the new expiration date.
- The holder of the permit must download the EHTERAZ application upon arrival.
- The competent authorities reserve the right to accept or reject the permit application following the conditions and requirements of issuing the permits.
- The applicant must acknowledge that all data and information stated in the entry permit application are correct. If any discrepancy or misinformation is proved, legal liabilities for the same will apply in accordance with the regulations and laws of the State of Qatar.
- Establishment data shall be updated at the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs before submitting the application.
- The Wage Protection System must be adhered to.
- There shall be existing projects and justifiable reasons for return.
Documents Needed At Airport
The following documents are needed at the airport:
- Qatar Residence Permit card
- Exceptional Entry Permit (only if stayed out for 6 months / RP expired)
- COVID-19 PCR Test Report (within 72 hours of arrival)
- Vaccination / Recovery Certificate (if available)
- Hotel Reservation (if not eligible for exception)
For more information, you can call on 109 inside Qatar or +974 44069999 outside Qatar.
You can also find more information on the MOPH website.
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FAQ on Qatar Exceptional Entry Permit
Who is authorized to apply for an entry permit?
The employer is the only authorized party to apply for the resident’s entry permit. Regarding family members, the resident may submit an entry permit request for them, provided that he/she has an entry permit while being outside the country.
How long is the validity of the permit?
The Exceptional Entry Permit to Qatar is valid for 30 days from the date of issue.
What happens if my Qatari Residence Permit was expired?
It is possible to apply for an entry permit for those whose residency has expired while they are outside Qatar.
Can the entry permit application be rejected?
Yes, the concerned authorities can reject the permit application if it does not meet the conditions and requirements for granting the permit
If an entry permit application is rejected, can I apply again?
Yes, it is possible to apply again after fulfilling all the conditions that led to the rejection of the application.
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83 thoughts on “Exceptional Entry Permit To Return To Qatar (Guide)”
Hi, I’m not sure if my issue is related to this. But I need some good advice and clarification. I’m an OFW and I’m on vacation now. I’m just worried about not having a renewed employment contract. My contract will end this June 18, 2023, and my residency permit will expire June 18, 2025. I’ll be coming back to Qatar by July 1, 2023. And I already have an OEC (overseas employment certificate). My sponsor said that it’s ok to go back to Qatar as long as I have the QID. Would it be possible for me to enter Qatar without my renewed employment contract?
Hi Bing, If the QID is valid and you haven’t stayed out for 6 months you can return to Qatar. You can double check with Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999 or [email protected].
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Hi Arvind, You can go back if you were not deported or banned for overstay.
During the period Dec 2020 until Feb 2021 I was stuck in the uk awaiting to go back to my work location in Qatar, my company say that my visa process was taking longer then expected to process due to the current covid pandemic at that time. Can somebody confirm this and can anybody help me out with a contact number or email address for the Qatari visa office so I can request a letter from them confirming this also? Thank you.
Hi Lee, It is true that there was a delay in processing of most visas during the COVID period. You can contact Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999 or [email protected]. We are not sure if they will issue such a letter. But you can contact them for any help.
I left Qatar on 28 march 2022 due to emergency leave and during leave I also become sick and took operation of hemorrhoids after that I become fit but my QID expired now I want to join my service but I don’t know the procedure about to come back Qatar
Hi Sher Nawas Khan, You need to contact your employer and they need to renew your QID.
If family member (wife) RP is expired, is it possible to get exceptional
entry permit to get into Qatar. If yes what’s the procedure.
Hi Phani, Please call the Qatar Government Helpline at +974-4406 9999 to check about this.
Hi Phani, Please call the Qatar Government Helpline at +974-4406 9999 to check about this.
what is the rule/requirment for US Citizen that they want to come to qatar After 23 /Dec /2022
Hi Batoul, Normally US Citizens can get visas on arrival. Here are the details: https://www.dohaguides.com/qatar-visa-for-us-citizens/
We are awaiting the official announcement for the resumption of the visa on arrival after 23 December.