Exceptional Entry Permit To Return To Qatar (Guide)

Exceptional Entry Permit to Qatar was a temporary service provided to the residents who could not return due to the COVID-19 flight restrictions. However this permit is not required anymore since 2021.

This article explains the step-by-step process of applying for a permit to return to Qatar.


Visitors travelling to Qatar do not need an exceptional entry permit since July 2021. Residents travelling to Qatar after staying out for six months have to apply for Qatar Return Permit.

Who needs an Exceptional Entry Permit?

Qatar residents who were outside Qatar for more than six months or whose RP has expired need an exceptional entry permit due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Who can apply for an Exceptional Entry Permit?

The 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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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.

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.

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 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.

Other Conditions

  • 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:

  1. Passport
  2. Qatar Residence Permit card
  3. Exceptional Entry Permit (only if stayed out for 6 months / RP expired)
  4. COVID-19 PCR Test Report (within 72 hours of arrival)
  5. Vaccination / Recovery Certificate (if available)
  6. 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.

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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  1. Kijjambu Geoffrey

    My Qid expired on 16th October 2022 and am outside Qatar.
    I would like to come back to Qatar kindly advise


  2. Sir
    My q.i.d got expired while I am on vacation
    I can apply by Qatar portal to get exceptional entry permit

  3. Sir,I have taken flight ticket to Qatar.but recently I heard to get Qatar entry permit to clear, we need international debit card.but in my debit card my surname is not there as in my passport. If I get my ownership certificate from my bank, is it ok..will I get my entry permit to Qatar..plz reply my quiry as fast as Possible…thank you

  4. Am leaving Qatar for my vacation this February but my boss asked me to leave QID with him he told me as long as is valid am eligible to come back any advice please

  5. My spouse RP has expired a few weeks ago. The metrash gives an alert that return permit cannot issued as RP expiry is within 6 months.
    Any advice will appreciated as I need her to travel over the coming weekend.

  6. My QID 28914403625 this is already exprd now outside the country now shuts not allowed to enter the state of Qatar this QID show like this sir

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Yunus, You cannot enter if your QID has expired. Please ask your sponsor to renew QID and apply for entry permit.

  7. Hi sir good day for you I am Mohamed yunus from srilanaka I am coming one vacation last 2021 /01/5 now my QID expired on 2021/04/04 right now I want to come back Doha please help for me how to make entry primit

  8. Hello,

    My Qatar ID is expired, can my father apply for exceptional entry permit?

    If I get the exception entry permit, do I still need to apply in Ertheraz online application?


  9. Dear sir
    I am Mohammed Lokman qid 27605000659 coming for vacation on 17/2/2021 now I am out side qatar Moore than 6 months and my qid expired on 17/8/2021 now my company can apply for me excepsonal entry permit to return to qatar plese kindly reply me
    Thank you sir

  10. My Family is out of Qatar for more than 6 months. I am trying to get exceptional entry permit but option does not appear. Is it not required?

    1. Philemon Chepsiror Koech

      I’m the holder of Qatar I’d 27740400751, working with karwa mowasalat company, I was kindly requesting for my re entry permit, bcz I did not receive any massage in my departure time on date 18july 2021,and planning to return back to work… And return permit required
      In the airport… Please send it to me, so that I can travel without any obstacles.. thanks

  11. GM,
    My family has a valid RP and their Entry permit due to outside the country for more than six months will be expired due to the change in Countries color zone. Can I extend their Entry Permit and how, please.

  12. Good day
    Hope you can help me
    My colleagues entry permit will expire on august 16 can i apply for extension permit for her instead our company to apply this one?

  13. Hi My entry permit expires and I was not able to go to qatar. Now I want to change company. What do I need in order for the other company to apply a new entry permit for me? TIA

  14. I am coming to qatar on work visa. I have exceptional entry permit provided by my employer. I am vaccinated with
    SINOVAC vaccine unapproved by qatar.
    Can i enter state of qatar???

  15. Muhammad Zakeer

    My daughter is out of country more than six months and her QID expired on 25th Aug 2020. She got an exceptional entry permit issued by Supreme Committee for Crisis Management, valid until 20th Aug 2021.

    Can she enter Qatar with this exceptional entry permit?

    Kindly advise.

      1. My QID already expired last sept. 25, 2021 but im still here at my country Philippines. I suppose to travel last sept. 17, 2021 before the expiry date of my QID. But unfortunately i was under go swab test a day before my flight schedule . And the result tested was positive in covid 19. Thats why they hold and was cancel my flight. And i am under quarantine for 14 days now. I am planning to travel going back to qatar. With my negative result of medical certificate. My question , can i travel going back to qatar even my QID has already expired for a little few days period,? Can i apply an exception entry permit

  16. Hello Need information,

    My Family has been out of qatar for more than 6 months and the RP’s are expired, i was trying apply EEP through qatar portal using my NAS login, however, the option to apply for new EEP is not available, kindly advice what needs to be done

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Rumesh, If the RP is expired you have to renew it first by paying the renewal fee. Please visit any MOI service centre.

      1. Aslamoalikum. My family is out of Qatar. And theirs rp also expired. How I can apply eep to bring my family back. Their expired rp not with me.