Exceptional Entry Permit To Return To Qatar (2021 Guide)

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 stuck abroad due to COVID-19. This article explains the step-by-step process to apply for a permit to return to Qatar.

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Who needs an Exceptional Entry Permit?

Qatar residents who are currently outside Qatar and wish to return to the country needs an exceptional entry permit due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.


UPDATE ON 27 NOVEMBER 2020: Residents who are currently in Qatar and wish to travel and return will automatically receive an exceptional entry permit upon departure.

  • The resident or their employer will be able to printout the exceptional entry permit from the Ministry of Interior’s website at any point after the resident has departed Qatar.
  • Requests will no longer need to be submitted through the “Qatar Portal” website.
  • The permit will be available automatically upon registration of the resident’s departure from Qatar.

Here are the details on How to get an Automatic Exceptional Entry Permit.


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.
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Conditions for Entry to Qatar

For Qatar residents: If the residents travelled from a low-risk country, then only “Exceptional Entry Permit” is required. If travelling from other countries, residents will not be able to board a flight to Qatar without approved “Exceptional Entry Permit” and a confirmed 7 days hotel quarantine package.

For Qatari nationals and Permanent Residency holders: They do not require an “Exceptional Entry Permit”. However, 7 days hotel quarantine reservation is needed when travelling from one of the other countries.

Note: The approved hotel should be booked before booking the ticket. To confirm the approved hotel booking, please visit the “Discover Qatar” website.

Home quarantine rules

Travellers returning from one of the countries on the list of low-risk countries are eligible for home quarantine.

Qatar Low Risk Countries 24 Jan 2021

Exceptions allowed to have home quarantine instead of hotel quarantine

FEBRUARY 2021 UPDATE: There will be no exemptions from hotel quarantine for people returning to Qatar from February 14, except for those coming from Green List countries, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has announced.

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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 Qatar Portal webpage

Step 2: Click on “Apply for Exceptional Entry”

Apply Exceptional Entry Permit Return To Qatar Portal

Step 3: Click on “Apply Online”

Apply Exceptional Entry Permit Return To Qatar Portal 1

Step 4: Login to Qatar Portal using NAS login page

Enter username and password. Click on “Continue”

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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.

Apply Exceptional Entry Permit Personal Screen

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 passport. Enter your email correctly to receive approval on your application.

Step 7: Once approved, the entry permit would 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 need 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 “My Applications” button on the top right.

How to Check Status of Exceptional Entry Permit To Return To Qatar

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.

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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:

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How to Apply for Extension of Exceptional Entry Permit

  • Log in to your existing account on 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 Qatar Residence card).
  • Print the permit that got automatically extended by the electronic system for 30 days and that includes the new expiration date.

Other Conditions

  • The holder of the permit must download EHTERAZ application upon arrival.
  • In the event that the resident is coming from a low-risk country, proof of stay for 7 consecutive days in the country from which the person is coming is required.
  • The competent authorities reserve the right to accept or reject the permit application in accordance with 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.
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Documents Needed At Airport

The following documents are needed at the airport:

  1. Passport
  2. Qatar residence card
  3. Exceptional Entry Permit
  4. Hotel quarantine undertaking
  5. COVID examination certificate: In the event of coming from low-risk countries, a hard copy of the medical examination, conducted within a period not exceeding 48 hours in one of the accredited hospitals (if any), must be presented to concerned officials at the airport.
  6. Copy of the hotel reservation for quarantine: In the event of coming from other countries, a hard or soft copy of the residence reservation must be submitted in one of the hotels approved for the quarantine.
  7. Qatari and Permanent Residency holders and their families must complete and sign a Health Assessment Form. The form will be distributed among passengers by cabin crew onboard. On arrival back to Doha’s Hamad International Airport, the filled form must be submitted to the Medical team.

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?

Yes, 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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  1. Dear All, for my family they exited Qatar and got the exceptional entry permit automatically issued having validity of 6 months. If they outside Qatar beyond 6 months how can I get the exceptional entry permit extended and also how to get the entry period issued for staying outside more than 6 months. Currently the Methrash-2 does not allow applying for the entry permit- message the services are temporarly not available.

  2. Hi. I want to ask. If my qid is cancelled and i want to go back in the same company. How it will be process?

  3. Hi. I just want to ask. If I will finish my 2nd dose vaccine May 2021 and I will be travelling this December 2021, do I need to quarantine upon returning January 2022? As stated the quarantine exemption is only valid for 6months, this means I need to get another vaccine shot around November 2021 to exempt myself from quarantine? Thank you

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi G, You have to wait and see if the 6 months grace period is extended. You can think about another vaccine dose later.

      1. Good morning
        I have a question I’m traveling on May 5 to Philippines and Return bact to doha on Aug. 5 due the new protocol do I need to reserve for the hotel now to Show to Hamad airport or I can just travel home now and reserve a hotel for the quarantine when my return to doha is closer? Do I need to go for swab test before my traveling date to Philippines? I’m already vaccineted.
        Thank you for the answer
        Kind regards

  4. If someone is hired , then they also need to take entry visa permit if so
    1.If visa entry permit is under process how much time it will take,,
    2. What are the requirements for visa entry permit,,
    Please share info

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Mohd, This process should be completed by the hiring company. From the employee side, you have to provide the passport copy, photos and attested educational certificates. Other documents will be from the company side. If there is a Qatar Visa Center in your country, you have to complete the medical and other procedures at QVC. Please follow the instructions of your hiring company. Processing time is usually 2 to 6 weeks. May be more due to current situations.

  5. Emilyn T. Santacera

    Warmth greetings,
    I came vacation last April 13, 2020. Supposed to be my Flight back to Doha by May 17,2020 but no flight at all because of restrictions every where. And my company send me Termination Letter month of June. And I send msg.from the CEO that review my case and next day one of the manager give me an interview, I past the interview then they apply for me QVC last Feb 25 but rejected. My Qatar ID expired already March 4, 2021.
    Please I need advice I want to comeback ASAP.
    Thank you in advance.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Emilyn, Were you able to find out why your new visa application was rejected? In some cases, you would require to submit a NOC from your old employer. It would be best to speak to your old company and find a solution.

  6. I am trying to apply exceptional entry permit for my wife she is in under my sponsorship but during login it not other services I can use but during applying of exceptional permit it’s not worked can you assist me.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Ashish, For assistance with the Exceptional Entry Permit you can call 109 (from inside Qatar) or +974-44069999 (from outside Qatar).

        1. I came October 2020 emergency vacation (mother serious situation).I need exceptional entry permit to return Qatar.Seriously I trapped i am nurse with out working,I will get more gap.please help me.

  7. My exceptional entry permit is not coming, it’s been 3 months and my exams are on 12th. Any idea who should i talk to about this

  8. Hi sir/mam,
    Am having 7 months old baby, he got an entry permit and its expired on 29.10.2020 . What is the procedure for re apply.now my baby account is closed.please give me some solution.

  9. Hi,
    My company did the application for me and the fist one was rejected, so they applied again after 1 month , now its been around 1 week from the second application.
    Any idea how long does usually take the second application to be approved?
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Ken, There is no general timeline for approval. It takes a few days for some, while it takes several weeks for others.

      1. Hi,
        I company has applied my permit on 8th November. It has been almost 4 months now. The status is still under process. Please I need help

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi Kaa, We have seen several cases that took more than four months. If possible, your company PRO can check directly with the Immigration Dept to process it sooner.

  10. Hello
    If I apply for exceptional entry permit for my spouse and toddler boy who will come under home quarantine, will my ehteraz status change to gray during the quarantine period?

      1. Hi
        I would like to ask whst are the requirements needed to attach in applying for my spouse EEP. Her visa will expire by end of March.
        Thanks

  11. It is said that hotel bookings should be booked and confirmed before getting the return flight…

    But how would this make sense if the entry permit does not have a defined time to gain approval?

    I Would like to travel (from qatar, out and return) but I do not know which to book first ( ticket / hotel / entry permit ?)

    Would you please advise

    1. Hi FD,
      1) Get Exceptional Entry Permit first
      2) Check both Flight Ticket Rates & Hotel Rates
      3) Once you get a suitable date, book Flight Ticket
      4) Finally book the Hotel

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