How GCC Residents Can Enter Qatar Without Hayya Card 2022

On the 6th of December 2022, Qatar’s Ministry of Interior announced that GCC citizens and residents can now enter Qatar without a Hayya Card. Earlier entry was limited to Qatari citizens, residents and visitors with Hayya Cards.

Here is everything you need to know about how GCC Residents can enter Qatar without Hayya Card from 6 December 2022, including visa-on-arrival requirements and entry point procedures.

Entry Procedure For GCC Citizens and Residents

According to the Ministry of Interior (MOI), citizens and residents of GCC countries will be allowed to enter Qatar without the need to obtain a Hayya Card for non-match ticket holders, through the various entry points into the country, in accordance with the usual entry procedures, as of 6 December 2022.

Below is the announcement from the Ministry:

How GCC Residents Can Enter Qatar Without Hayya Card
Media Release From MOI Qatar

As per the announcement, the following procedure should be followed at different entry points:

1. Entry through airports

GCC citizens and residents coming to Qatar can now enter without registering on the Hayya platform from 6 December 2022.

2. Entry through land border using buses

The land border crossing will continue to offer transportation by bus to all travellers. Visitors will have access to free parking spaces.

3. Entry through land border using private vehicles

  • Citizens and residents of GCC countries will be able to enter the country with their private vehicles from 8 December 2022.
  • Before travelling, they must apply for a permit on the website of the Ministry of Interior at least 12 hours in advance.
  • The entry permit will be free.

Here is detailed information on how to apply for a vehicle entry permit to enter Qatar.

GCC Residents Entry Qatar World Cup Infographic
Infographic from Qatar News Agency

Requirements for Visa On Arrival for GCC Residents

The announcement by the Ministry of Interior does not mention the requirements for availing visa on arrival for GCC residents. However, it states “under the usual entry procedures” which means GCC residents have to meet the following conditions for a visa on arrival:

  1. The visitor should arrive from their country of residence.
  2. The passport should be valid for at least 6 months from arrival.
  3. GCC Residence Permit should be valid for at least 3 months from arrival.
  4. The visitor should be employed as a qualified professional (See the list of eligible professions here).
  5. The visitor should have a return ticket.
  6. The visitor should have a confirmed hotel reservation.

Qatar Airways’ website shows the following additional requirements, which are not mentioned on the MOI website.

  1. Official evidence proving business in Qatar.
  2. A letter issued by a sponsor in Qatar showing the name and telephone number of the sponsor.

The above two documents (7 and 8) are not always asked for. It would be better if you could have them.

NOTE: According to the Qatar Airways website, the Residence Permit should be valid for 6 months. However, according to the Ministry of Interior, the minimum requirement is 3 months only.

If you are travelling by air, please make sure to meet these additional requirements (if required by your airline).

Visa For Dependents

Dependents under the personal sponsorship of eligible GCC residents can also get visas on arrival. Their passport and residence permit should also meet the minimum validity required.

Visa Validity and Cost

According to MOI, the visa will be valid for one month (30 days) and can be extended for another 3 months.

  • Visa Issuance Fee is QAR 100.
  • Visa can be extended for QAR 100 per month for a maximum of three months.
  • The fine for overstay is QAR 200 per day.

According to the Ministry, the relaxation in rules is part of the State’s efforts to ensure that visitors, citizens, and residents of GCC countries have the chance to enjoy the atmosphere of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, as well as its entertainment activities. 

Additionally, it facilitates entry to thousands of fans who will cheer on the world’s best footballers in dedicated fan zones and screening areas.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do GCC Residents need Hayya cards for stadium entry?

According to the Ministry of Interior, holders of match tickets who wish to see the games live in a stadium must register via the Hayya online platform

Can Non-GCC residents visit Qatar without Hayya?

For international fans, except for GCC citizens and residents, Hayya Card is still mandatory for entry to Qatar until 23 December 2022.

How long can Hayya Card holders stay in Qatar?

Hayya Card holders will be able to stay in Qatar until January 23, 2023.

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  4. How To Apply For Hayya Card for Qatar World Cup

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  1. Amanda Patterson

    Hi, can you please double check the information you’re providing regarding the requirement to have a hotel booking for entry to Qatar. I visited Qatar a few times prior to the WC and was not required to have a hotel booking and I was able to stay with friends. It seems strange they would reinstate this requirement whilst removing the previous covid testing rules. Can you please provide a link to the official govt website where they state that all visitors require a hotel booking.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Amanda, Yes, hotel booking will not be required in most cases (especially for Western nationalities). However, it is a requirement for a GCC Residents visa as stated by many airlines. You can check Qatar Airways’ website here. Even though Qatar authorities are more relaxed about this, some airline staff may insist on having a hotel booking. There have been some incidents where travellers were denied boarding. That is why we suggest that you book a hotel for a few days and cancel the booking once you arrive in Qatar.

  2. Hello,

    Any updates for on-arrival visas? I am coming to Qatar from the US on December 25th and I read on multiple media outlets and government websites that things will go back to normal on the 23rd but whenever I call Qatar airways they always give me a different answer.


  3. Nilofer Abdul Khalique

    Tourist referring to this blog, please be aware that you still need HAYYA card to enter Qatar and Ministry has stopped approving the car entry permit while although they have kept the portal open for car entry permit application. So, people who are still applying for the car entry permit hoping that it will be approved, it wont!!!

    Ideally if the Ministry has stopped approving the car entry permit, they should closed the portal but they havent. And if u still set out to travel by car to doha, hoping, by the time you reach the border, car entry permit will be approved, it wont!!!

  4. Hi,

    You stated that “Hayya card is still mandatory for entry to Qatar until 23 December 2022.”

    1. Do you have any valid reference of this (eg. Article link/poster link from MOI Qatar) ?

    2. Can I enter Qatar without Hayya Card from December 24 2022?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Djui, (1) Here is the link to the announcement on MOI’s official Twitter account. (2) You can enter after 23 December, if you have a visit visa or you are eligible for a visa on arrival.

  5. without hotel booking, can we travel with Hayya card & staying address in Doha would be of uncle home (mother’s brother)….will this be ok…..

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Syed, A confirmed accommodation is required for approval of your Hayya card. The staying with relatives option is closed from 1 November.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Syed Ali, Usually dependents cannot travel alone using a GCC visa on arrival. They will check the profession on GCC Residence Card. Either you need a tourist visa or your parent (sponsor) should be with you.

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi Syed Ali, If you have a Hayya Card, you can travel. Please reconfirm with your airline also (some airlines need NOC from parents).

  6. Hi Good afternoon, As per the previous published news as Visitors will be allowed to enter after FIFA from Dec 23 is this is still applicable. and Is there rule came in effect if Haya Visa can be converted in to Visit Visa to avoid any penalty. as i am planning to bring my sister for the Vacation for 03 month but due to this rule Visa approval is Pending.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Aakash, Hayya Visa cannot be converted to a visit visa. Visitors who have Hayya Card can convert their visit visa to a Hayya visa. New visit visa applications will be processed after the World Cup.

  7. Dear Team,

    I had my hayya and planning to be in Qatar by 23/Dec …
    i have a UAE visa with Engineer occupation .. Syrian … has all requirement
    can i bring my family with me as visa on arrival for GCC residence?
    i will use hayya and they will be as visa on arrivals

    ( i applied for hayya card for them but still pending since 8/11 )

    1. I am a GCC resident but on dependent visa and want to travel to Qatar so do I need a hotel reservation as I am going stay with my brother

      1. Doha Guides Team

        Hi Hena, (1) For GCC Resident Visa, if you are under your husband’s sponsorship, your husband should be travelling with you and his profession should be eligible. Dependents cannot travel alone.
        (2) Some airlines ask for a hotel reservation. So it is better to book a hotel and cancel after arrival.

      2. Nilofer Abdul Khalique

        If you are a dependent, you need to have a Hayya card if planning to come to Qatar for FIFA.

        If you plan to come to Qatar otherwise, you need to have a listed profession and hotel booking.

    2. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Abod, Yes, GCC Residents with eligible professions can bring their family members (holding GCC Residence permits). If you are using Hayya it will be free, if regular GCC Resident Visa, there will be a fee of QR 100.

    3. Nilofer Abdul Khalique

      If you profession is listed for visa on arrival in Qatar, you can travel along with your family.

      Hayya wont get approved anymore.

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