Hayya Card Qatar: How To Apply (Updated 2024)

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During the FIFA World Cup 2022, Qatar introduced a mandatory Fan ID called the Hayya Card to facilitate entry for international and local fans. Through Hayya’s online platform, over a million visitors obtained Hayya Cards during the tournament.

In 2023, the Hayya portal was rebranded and upgraded with additional features to become a unified platform for all tourist and business visas to Qatar. Visitors who require a visa to enter Qatar can apply through the Hayya platform, which now offers several visa types.

This article will discuss everything you need to know about the Hayya Card, including the requirements and step-by-step process on how to apply for different types of visas on the Hayya portal.

Hayya Card Latest Updates

  • 20 December 2023 Update: Qatar’s Ministry of Interior has announced the extension of the validity of Hayya visa for fans of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. The last date of entry for visa holders will be February 10, 2024. The last date of stay in Qatar will be February 24, 2024.
  • As of December 2024, “Hayya With Me (C)” is still suspended for some nationalities such as India, Pakistan, Nigeria, etc. Nationals of these countries can apply for other types of Hayya visas such as Tourist Visas (A1).
  • Visitors from these countries, with previously approved Hayya With Me (C) Entry Permits can still enter the country.
  • In the last few weeks, there is a delay in the approval of Hayya Visas. Some applicants who contacted the Hayya helpline regarding the delay were advised that if they wish, they can cancel their old application and submit a new one (if it has been more than 14 days). To cancel your application, you need to send a request to [email protected].
  • After the cancellation, you can file a new visa application. Some applicants were approved after reapplying. It’s important to note that this is only a suggestion from the Hayya helpline (not a requirement). Please double-check with the Hayya helpline before proceeding with the cancellation. DohaGuides is not responsible for application delays or changes in Hayya policies.

What is Hayya Card?

Hayya Card is a personalized and secure identification document issued by the State of Qatar to visitors who apply for an entry permit through the Hayya portal. The digital card has details including the cardholder’s name, photo, status, Hayya number, passport number, QR code and other important information.

Digital Hayya Card on a mobile device
Digital Hayya Card on a mobile device

Hayya Card was initially launched as a Fan ID issued for those attending the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. It was available in digital (mobile app) and physical (printed card) formats.

Do I need a Hayya Card to enter Qatar in 2024?

The requirement for all visitors to have a Hayya Card was removed after the FIFA World Cup. In 2024, visitors to Qatar can use the Hayya portal to apply for various types of tourist and business visas to enter Qatar. Once their Hayya application is approved, they will receive a Hayya Entry Permit and can access their Hayya Card on the mobile app.

Visa Types Under Hayya Platform

The following entry visas are available on the Hayya Platform from April 2023:

Tourist Visa (A1)

  • Visas of this type allow visitors to enter the country for visits and tourism purposes.
  • Visa fee: QR 100.
  • Accommodation: (1) Hosted by family and friends, (2) Regular hotel booking, or (3) Discover Qatar hotel booking.
  • Entry permit validity: 90 days from the date of issue.
  • Duration of stay: 30 days from arrival (single entry visa).

READ: How To Apply Qatar Tourist Visa (A1) Online

GCC Resident Visa (A2)

  • This type of visa allows entry for GCC residents.
  • GCC Resident Permit should be valid for a minimum of 3 months from arrival.
  • Visa fee: QR 100.
  • Accommodation requirements: If the job title is not listed (Other): (1) Hosted by family and friends, (2) Regular hotel booking, or (3) Discover Qatar hotel booking.
  • Entry permit validity: 90 days from the date of issue.
  • Duration of stay: 30 days from entry (single entry visa).

READ: How To Apply Qatar GCC Resident Visa (A2)

Visa with ETA (A3)

  • This type of visa allows entry for visitors who already have a valid Schengen, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or UK visa or residency.
  • A copy of a valid visa or residency document is required.
  • Visa fee: QR 100.
  • Permit validity: 30 days from the date of issue.
  • Duration of stay: 30 days from entry (single entry).

READ: How To Apply For Qatar ETA Visa (A3)

Visa for Companion of GCC Citizen (A4)

  • This type of visa allows entry for visitors accompanying a GCC citizen visiting Qatar.
  • Visa fee: QR 100.
  • Duration of stay: 30 days from entry (single entry).
  • Permit validity: 90 days from the date of issue.
  • A companion cannot travel to Qatar alone. They must travel with their sponsor.

Hayya With Me (C)

  • This is a special scheme where an approved international Hayya 2022 holder can invite 3 other international guests to visit Qatar.
  • A “Hayya With Me” voucher code is required.
  • No payment is required.
  • Proof of Accommodation is required: (1) Hosted by family and friends or (2) Hotel booking.
  • Health insurance is required.
  • Multiple entries are allowed.
  • Currently suspended for some countries like India, Pakistan, and Nigeria.

READ: How To Apply For Hayya With Me (C)

Benefits of Hayya Visa

Applying for a Qatar visa through the Hayya platform offers several benefits:

  • The Hayya portal will unify visa processes for tourists, GCC residents and companions travelling with GCC citizens.
  • Visa application processes are transparent, easy to apply for, and follow-up is easy.
  • Hayya holders can get e-gate entry at Hamad International Airport.
  • For those entering Qatar via land at the Abu Samra border, the Hayya platform will provide a pre-registration option for faster entry for vehicles.
  • The Hayya app also provides further services including maps, transportation options, offers and current events.

Hayya Visa Requirements

The following are the requirements to apply for a Hayya Card Visa:

1. Passport

Visitors travelling to Qatar using Hayya will need a passport valid for at least three months after arrival in Qatar. A scanned copy of the passport’s photo page is required for the Hayya application.

  • The scanned file should be in JPG or JPEG format and less than 2 MB.
  • The Machine Readable Zone (MRZ) code should be visible. Otherwise, the application will be rejected.
  • When cropping the document make sure that no information is missed.
  • If your last name is blank, ensure that you provide your father’s name as your last name.
Hayya Card Passport Scan Sample

2. Accommodation

Visitors arriving in Qatar using a Hayya visa must confirm their accommodation plans. Accommodation requirements vary according to the type of visa you are applying. There are exceptions for some visa categories and nationalities.

Hosting by Family and Friends is allowed for most Hayya visas. A Qatar resident should register his property on the Hayya portal and add international guests to it. This should be done before the applicant submits his Hayya application. A Qatar resident can invite up to 5 guests to his property.

If there is no Qatar resident to host a visitor, hotel reservations can also be made from hotels or through platforms like TripAdvisor. In some cases, hotel bookings through the Discover Qatar website may be required.

If you are staying in a hotel, accommodation details including proof of booking, should be uploaded to the “Upload Other Platforms Booking” page on the Hayya portal.

Upload Other Platforms Booking on Hayya
Upload Other Platforms Bookings on the Hayya Portal

A visitor should have his accommodation details, including his address in Qatar, and the host’s contact information or hotel’s information, available before travel.

3. Passport Size Photo

A high-quality recent passport-size photo is required for application. The photo should meet some quality requirements:

  • The photo size should be 30 (W) x 40 (H) mm. A minimum resolution of 720 px is required.
  • Only JPEG or JPG images must be used. The file size should not be more than 2 MB.
  • The photo must be in colour and less than 12 months old from the application date.
  • The background should be plain white or light grey. The face must take up 70% or 80% of the photo.
  • The head must be centred. Do not tilt, turn or roll the head. The eyes should not be closed or covered by hair.
  • The expression must be neutral. Do not squint, frown, smile or use any other expression.
  • Do not wear sunglasses or tinted/ coloured glasses.
  • Your eyes must be clearly visible in the photo if you normally wear glasses.
  • The photo should not be blurred. It should have a sharp focus and the correct exposure.
  • The photo should not be too dark or too light. No overlighting, shadows or glare.
  • If you wear a head cover for religious reasons, your face must be clearly visible. Do not wear a hat, cap, or headband.
Hayya Card Photo Requirement

We suggest that you use a professional quality photo and avoid mobile phone selfies.

4. Residence Permit or Visa (in some cases)

If you are applying for a GCC Resident Visa (A2), Visa with ETA (A3), or Visa for Companion of GCC citizen (A4) you will need to upload your Residence Permit Card or Residence Visa to the Hayya platform. The RP Card or Visa should also be valid during entry to Qatar.

5. Visa Fee (if applicable)

Some types of visas under the Hayya platform, such as Tourist Visas, GCC Resident Visas, Visas with ETA etc. require a visa fee (some nationalities are exempt). Hayya With Me is issued free of cost but requires a valid voucher code.

In addition to the passport, residence card, and accommodation details, the following are also required during travel:

6. Hayya Entry Permit

Once your Hayya application is approved, you will receive a Hayya Entry Permit with all your details. The Entry Permit is required during entry into Qatar.

7. Return Flight Ticket

Almost all types of visas under the Hayya platform require a return flight ticket during entry. This is not required if the visitor is coming by land border.

8. Health Insurance

According to Qatar Government policy, a visitor staying for more than 30 days is required to obtain a visitor’s health insurance through a MOPH-approved provider. Basic insurance policies cost QR 50 for 30 days. This need not be taken during the Hayya application stage but should be shown during entry.

In the case of a Hayya With Me (C) visa, health insurance is mandatory. For other types of visas, insurance is highly encouraged, but only mandatory if staying for more than 30 days.

Summary of Hayya Visa Requirements

1Passport Minimum validity of 3 months.
2Accommodation“Host Family and Friends” or Hotel booking. This should be confirmed before applying.
3Passport-size PhotoAs per the specifications.
4Residence Permit or VisaApplicable to A2, A3, and A4 visas.
5Visa FeeIf applicable.
6Hayya Entry PermitRequired during travel only.
7Return Flight TicketRequired during travel only.
8Health InsuranceRequired for Hayya With Me (C). For other visas, it is required if staying for more than 30 days.

Hayya Card Application

The following items should be ready before applying:

  • Scanned copy of passport photo page
  • A high-quality passport-size photo
  • Emergency contact details
  • Scanned copy of Residence Permit Card or Residence Visa (in some cases).

If you are staying with “Family and Friends”, your host should have added you to his property’s guest list on the Hayya portal. Or else you should have booked your hotel and uploaded the details to the Hayya platform.

How To Apply For Hayya Card Visa

Below are the steps to follow while applying for a Hayya card visa:

Step 1: Go to Hayya Qatar’s official website

The website link is: www.hayya.qa

Step 2: Click on “Apply For Hayya”

This option is available in the middle of the page. Alternatively, you can click on “My Hayya”.

Hayya Portal Home Page
Hayya Portal Home Page

Step 3: Create your Hayya account

You will see an option to “Sign in”. If you already have a Hayya account, you can enter your email and password to sign in. If this is your first time, use the “Click Here to Sign Up” option (small text below the “Sign In” button).

Hayya Portal Sign up and Login
Hayya Portal Sign-up and Login Pages
  • Enter your email ID. Click “Send verification code”.
  • You will receive a one-time password (OTP) in your email. Enter that to verify your email address.
  • Enter the verification code. Click “Verify code”.
  • If you are facing an error here, make sure you click on “Send Verification Code” before entering your name and password.

Step 4: Enter your name, surname and password

Enter your first name and surname. Choose a password and confirm it.

Your Hayya account will be activated.

Step 5: Login using your account details

Once the account is active, log in using the account email ID and password.

Click on “Apply for Hayya”.

Step 6: Select the application category

Select Hayya Application Category
Select Hayya Application Category

First, select the category of your Hayya visit from the drop-down.

  • For the first four categories, you would be asked to select the purpose of the visit.
  • If you are applying for Hayya With Me, you will be asked to enter the voucher code. Enter the code and click “Validate my voucher”.

Step 7: Upload your personal photo

Upload a recent high-quality photo of size 30 x 40 mm. The image type should be JPG/JPEG, and the size should be less than 2 MB. Read the photo guidelines carefully to avoid rejection.

Upload Photo on Hayya Portal
Upload Photo on Hayya Portal

Step 8: Upload your passport and enter your details

  • The passport details will be recognized automatically and added to your application.
  • Upload the first page of your passport in full colour (see the requirements above).
  • If the system does not recognize your passport, enter your details manually.
  • If the “Validate User” option is inactive, select Passport Type.
  • Make sure you check all details before validating the user.
Hayya Upload Passport
Upload Passport on Hayya Portal

If the last name on your passport is blank, you can provide your father’s name as your last name. In this case, you have to upload both the first and last pages of your passport (as a single JPG image) for verification.

The Hayya platform may amend your application data to match your official identity document. This is to fit the Hayya platform identity document format.

Step 9: Provide Residency Information

You need to select your country of birth and country of residence.

Residency Information on Hayya Portal
Residency Information on the Hayya Portal

You will need to upload your Residence Permit Card or Residence Visa if you are applying for a GCC Resident Visa or Visa with ETA. For GCC Resident Visa, you will also be required to select your profession.

Step 10: Select Accommodation Details

Hayya Accommodation Information
Hayya Accommodation and Contact Information

At this stage, you need to select your accommodation type. If you select “Family and Friends”, you should have been added by your host earlier.

If you select “Other Accommodation”, you should give the accommodation name. You can upload booking details to “Upload Other Booking Platform”.

Step 11: Add Contact Details

Next, enter your contact phone number and emergency contact information.

Click on the “Review & Submit” button. Follow the instructions received in your email. You will receive updates on your application by email. If your category requires fee payment, you will receive a link to pay online.

Once the Hayya application is approved, you will receive a Hayya Entry Permit by email. You can print this or show the digital version during your travel. If you are printing, make sure the QR code on the Entry Permit is clear and can be scanned.

More Information On Hayya Card

Below are some of the essential information you need to know while applying for a Hayya visa:

Hayya Card Validity

The validity period of most Hayya Entry Permits is 90 days from the date of issue. The stay duration is usually 30 days from the date of entry. In some cases, this can be extended for another 30 days.

“Hayya With Me” is a multi-entry visa, which means visitors will also be allowed to enter multiple times.

On 20 December 2023, Qatar’s Ministry of Interior has announced the extension of the validity of Hayya visa for fans of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. The last date of entry for visa holders will be February 10, 2024. The last date of stay in Qatar will be February 24, 2024.

Hayya Card Price

The Hayya Entry Visa costs QR 100 for most visa types (exception applies for certain countries). Hayya With Me is issued free of cost but requires a voucher code.

Hayya Card Approval Time

As of February 2024, the average approval time is less than a week. However, there may be delays in some cases.

Hayya Card Tracking

You can track the status of your Hayya Card application on your My Hayya platform dashboard. You will need to log in using the email and password you used during the application.

Hayya Card Application Status Meaning

Following are the Hayya application status updates, their meaning and what to do:

Hayya StatusStatus MeaningWhat To Do
DraftYour application is pending submissionComplete and submit the application
PendingYour application is being processedNone
ApprovedYour Hayya is finally approvedNone
RejectedYou can update and resubmit up to 5 timesFix the error and resubmit
Data ErrorYou can update and resubmit up to 5 timesFix the error and resubmit
Request for CorrectionYou can update and resubmit due to non-compliant-photo and/ or documentUpload new photo/passport scan
CancelledYour application is cancelledNone

Hayya Card Application Error

The most common reason for rejection is that the photo or passport is not of the required standard. If you receive such an error, you must re-upload after taking another photo or scanning the passport again. For other errors, you can contact the Hayya helpline.

How To Get Hayya Card

Once your Hayya Card application is approved, you can get your Hayya Card in digital format on your Hayya mobile app.

How To Get Physical Hayya Card

As of 2024, physical Hayya Cards will no longer be printed. Note that a physical Hayya Card is not needed anymore. You can still access all services with a digital card on your app.

How To Download Hayya Card

You can download your digital Hayya Card using the Hayya to Qatar mobile app on your smartphone. You can submit the application using the app or the website. Once your Hayya Card application is approved, you must log in to the app, and you can see the digital Hayya card on your app.

Hayya Card Mobile App

Hayya Mobile App
Hayya Mobile App

The Hayya to Qatar app is required to access your digital card. The app can be downloaded from the following links:

Hayya Card Registration on Mobile App

If you have created a Hayya account on the website, you can use the same login information to use the mobile app. You can even do the application process on the mobile app.

Hayya With Me Suspended For Some Countries

As of 2024, some nationalities (India, Pakistan, Nigeria etc.) are not able to apply for a “Hayya With Me” visa. If you select the nationality as India or Pakistan, you will see an error message: “Unfortunately, you are not qualified for this Visa type, please apply for another category”. There is no official announcement regarding this.

India - Pakistan Hayya With Me Error
India – Pakistan Hayya With Me Error

Hayya Card Call Centre & Customer Service

Hayya Card Contact Number: In case of any questions regarding the digital Hayya Card or delay in processing, you can call 2022 (inside Qatar) or (+974) 4441 2022 (International).

Hayya Card Contact Email: You can also send your queries to [email protected].

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FAQ on Hayya Card

Do I need to apply for Hayya if I have a Hayya Card from 2022?

Those who already have an approved Hayya from the FIFA World Cup 2022 can return to Qatar with an extended entry visa without further action on the Hayya platform. Make sure to check the minimum requirements for entering Qatar, and update your passport details on Hayya if necessary.

Can I update or edit my application after receiving approval and an Entry Permit?

You can edit or update your Hayya details before entering Qatar, but details cannot be changed once you enter the country. Note that once you change your details your application needs to be approved once again and may take several days.

Can I travel to Qatar if my Hayya application is pending?

No, your Hayya application should be fully approved and you should receive your Entry Permit. Otherwise, you will not be allowed entry into the State of Qatar.

Can I work in Qatar while on a Hayya Vist Entry Visa?

Hayya, which is an entry permit to Qatar is not a work visa. Officials have clarified that you cannot directly convert a Hayya entry permit to a work permit.

What should I do if my passport has been renewed?

If your passport is renewed or replaced after the Hayya Entry Visa is approved, it is recommended that you update your Hayya details with the new passport information and upload a copy of the new passport. An updated entry visa will be sent to you.

Can I bring along my spouse/children with Hayya Tourist Visa?

Each person needs to have a separate Hayya Tourist Visa. If your children are below 18 years old, you can add them as dependent on your application.

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  1. Dear Hayya Team,
    My son have Hayya visa and he stayed in Qatar for one month and his visa is extended one more month, but unfortunately he is unable to continues stay in Qatar. So, he leave country.

    Now, he wanted to enter again Qatar with that same visa or on arrival visa is possible?

  2. Assalamualaikum
    my husband apply for RP from matrash app after submitting the form documents missing shown on status either all the documents and images are clear and no option show for upload what’s the matter and what we do now? is this app problem or other issue?

    1. Hi Akber, Try again after some time. If you still face problem, call helpline on 109. If nothing works, visit Duhail Immigration with the documents.

  3. I am here with my family on a “hayya with me” visa. Is this kind of visa extended until February 24? & multiple entry also?

  4. Hi DG,
    my question is regarding new update about extension of Hayya Visa. Is it applicable on those hayya card holders too who are staying in the country on Hayya with me visa???
    because before it was 24 january last date of stay so now can those people staying on hayya with me visa are also eligible to stay for 1 more month automatically or we need to do something for extension??
    please reply

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Salman, As per the available info, it applies to all those who were approved earlier. You won’t have to do any manual extension. However, it is not yet updated in the system. Hopefully, they will update all Hayya Entry Permits in the system (they did this during the last extension).

    1. I am house wife currently in qatar on hayya card my husband want to apply for resident permit if possible living in qatar on hayya and apply for resident permit?

  5. My wife is here with me on Haya in Qatar, and I have applied for a family visit visa for her which is already being processed. We are planning to exit the Saudi land border with an Umrah visa and re-enter Qatar with a visit visa. Will it work?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi xyz, If the current visa is Hayya With Me she can re-enter on Hayya also (until 10 January 2024). If the visit visa gets approved she can re-enter using that. During entry inform the officer that you want to enter on a visit visa (not Hayya).

  6. Clement Fernandes

    Hi Sir,

    My friend from India is here in doha under type 1 visa. is it possible to extend for additional one month.

  7. Hi my Two Hayya Tourist Visa Applications out of six are pending status. It is now more than 2 week. I called hotline 2022 & +974 4441 2022 for help: they says ‘u have to wait’. I asked for how long and they basically tell u to wait forever until officers approve / reject. basically no timeline, It can take, 10 hours, 10 days, 10 weeks, or 10 months / years. There is no way to contact anybody in the technical team. Even the the contact center representative cannot escalate this issue or raise a ticket. Similarly no single response from [email protected] for status check. Even I sent request for Cancel the application, same no reply / not cancelled. As a tourist, we can not decide how to move on our plan for a vacation.

    is there anyway to get this resolved?

  8. Hello, I have the Hajj but I already left Qatar 3 months ago and I will return in January, but since I have it valid until January 10, that means that I must leave the country that day or I can continue with my only passport, since my nationality allows me to be in the country for 30 days without a visa

    1. Hi Isabel, If you enter using Hayya With Me visa you can stay until 24 January 2024. 10 January 2024 is the last day to enter. You cannot change visa type after entry. If you want to stay 30 days, inform the immigration officer that you want to enter using visa on arrival (not Hayya).

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Begum, There is no extension for “Hayya With Me” category. As per the current status it will end in January 2024. The news about Hayya Card being activated for Asian Cup is for new visitors.

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi Begum, Currently there is no Hayya Card. Only different types of Hayya visas are there. They are Hayya With Me Visa (C), Hayya Tourist Visa (A1), Hayya GCC Residents Visa (A2), Hayya ETA (A3) etc. New type of Hayya Cards may be released during Asian Cup.

  9. Im planning to bring my mom from the Philippines in a tourist (A1) visa.
    Does it need to be sent to be stamped into the passport by the Qatar embassy in Manila?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Arthur, Unfortunately we are not aware about the special requirements for Philippines (it is not required for most countries). Kindly check with your airline office in Philippines or the Qatar Embassy in Manila.

  10. Hey… I m on hayya with me visa here … do you have any idea if hayya will be extended till march 2024 for expo..

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Jabien, There is no official announcement regarding extension of Hayya With Me. Currently it is valid until January only.

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