How To Host Family and Friends For Hayya Visa Qatar (2024)

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After the success of the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar has relaunched the Hayya platform with new features and options for applying tourist and business visas. Most visitors have the option of staying with their friends and relatives, but their hosts have to register the accommodation on the Hayya portal.

This article will explain how citizens and residents of Qatar can register host family and friends for Hayya Card approval.

Latest Updates

10 FEBRUARY 2024 UPDATE: The deadline for entry under the Hayya With Me (C) scheme came to a close on February 10, 2024. The last date of stay in Qatar will be February 24, 2024.

APRIL 2023 UPDATE: Now you can register only one property and accommodate up to five guests per property. Earlier it was 5 properties and 10 guests per property. Another change is that the host should add the guest before the guest applies for Hayya Card.

Accommodation Requirement For Hayya Card

As part of the Hayya Card approval process for international visitors, you must confirm where you will stay in Qatar. Below are the options available now:

a) Discover Qatar Hotel booking

Visitors can book hotels through Discover Qatar website. A wide range of hotels suitable for every budget is available through this. For some categories of visas, Discover Qatar hotel booking is compulsory.

b) Book Regular Hotel

Accommodation can be booked through hotel/holiday websites or other portals like Tripadvisor. If the visitor is selecting this option, they have to upload their booking details on the Hayya portal using “Upload Other Platforms Booking”.

Upload Other Platforms Booking on Hayya
Upload Other Platforms Booking on Hayya

c) Stay with Family or Friends

Staying with family or friends is the cheapest and most convenient option as you could enjoy a few days in Doha without spending much. However, if you opt for this option, your host must register their property on the official Hayya portal and add your details. Read below to learn how a host can register his/her property.

Requirements To Host Family And Friends

The following are the requirements to host family and friends for Hayya:

  • The host should be 18 years old and over.
  • The host should be a Qatari citizen or resident with a valid QID.
  • The host should own or rent the property.

Please note that a Hayya card is NOT required for the host unless he/she is attending a match.


How To Host Family and Friends For Hayya

Residents who host families and friends must register their properties and verify the visitors’ information as below:

Step 1: Go to the Hayya Qatar website

The website link is https://hayya.qa/

Step 2: Sign in using the “My Hayya” account

Click on “My Hayya” at the top right. Sign in using your email ID and password.

My Hayya button on the Hayya portal
“My Hayya” button on the Hayya portal

If you don’t have a Hayya account, you can create an account by clicking on “My Hayya”.

Step 3: Click on “Accommodation” and select “Host Family & Friends”

This is a drop-down menu on the top-right of the page.

Step 4: Enter your QID number and date of birth

  • Agree to the Legal Liability Disclaimer.
  • Enter your Qatar ID number and date of birth. Click on “Validate my QID”.
  • You will receive an OTP as an SMS on your registered phone number. Enter the OTP and click on “Verify OTP”.
Hayya Portal Host Details.

Step 5: Enter your property details

  • You must provide the property name, zone number, street number, building number, and unit number. The property name can be anything you can identify, especially if you have more than one property. The unit number can be “1” if you live in a villa.
  • Choose if you own this property or rent this property.
  • Upload the property deed, lease agreement or utility bill. National Address Certificate is also being approved.
  • Click on “Validate & Add”.
  • The property will be added to your list.
  • You can add only one property under your name (April 2023 update).
Hayya Portal Host Property Details

Step 6: Enter the guest details

  • Select the property and click on the “Manage Guests” button.
  • Enter your guest’s name, passport number, nationality, and email ID.
  • Click on the “Add” button.
  • Once the application is submitted, the guest’s Hayya Card application will be validated automatically. The guest will receive an email that he/she has been invited to stay with you.
  • You can add a maximum of 5 guests per property (April 2023 update).

Here is a video explaining the procedure to add family and friends to Hayya account:

What The Guest Needs To Do

The guest only needs to apply for a Hayya Card.

The guest details will be matched using the name, passport number and nationality. The guest’s accommodation arrangements will be validated upon confirmation of the details.

Hayya Contact Center

For support, international guests can call (+974) 4441 2022 and Qatar residents can call 800 2022. You can also email [email protected]

READ NEXT: Hayya With Me (1+3) Voucher Option To Bring Guests


Frequently Asked Questions


How many family members or friends can I host?

You can register only one property and accommodate up to five guests per property.

Can I register a property if I don’t have a tenancy contract under my name?

You can use your National Address Certificate or utility bill in place of tenancy contract.

Can I change property details after registration?

A property can only be deleted if no guests are assigned to it. Once a property is added and has guests assigned to it, it cannot be deleted or changed.

Related Articles:

  1. How Hayya Card Holders Can Visit Qatar in 2023
  2. How To Get Hayya Entry Permit & FAQ
  3. How To Buy Mandatory Health Insurance For Visitors
  4. Hayya With Me (1+3) Voucher Option To Bring Guests

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  1. Hello,
    I’m planning to bring my family on A1 visa , I will host them.
    this visa is approved for one month and as I read in your article we can extend one more month.

    I wanted to know, is this “A1” visa (Host & Guests) can only extended for one month (1+1) or I can extend further more?

    I want to host my family for 3 to 4 months.
    is that possible on hayya A1 visa.

  2. dear dg team,

    i am planning to bring my family members 5 of them (including father, aunt, sister, wife, daughter on hayya a1 visa then after 20 days of stay i have planned to exit qatar via saudi border for umrah by car. and then re enter qatar with my wife and infant daughter through family visit visa ( i will avail family visit visa for wife and daughter before leaving qatar). i just want to know whether this plan is feasible if yes what all precautions i have to take.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Muzzamil, We are not sure if you will be approved Family Visit Visa while inside Qatar. Many people have faced rejection with reason “Visitor inside country”. If not approved, you can apply for another A1 visa after exit.

  3. Dear DG Team,

    I want to host Brother-in-law through an A1 Tourist Visa should I submit the Tenancy Contract attested by Baladiya or the Owner and my Signature is enough for approval? Can you please tell me what are documents needed to sponsor him through an A1 tourist visa?
    Thank you in advance.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Adnan, For hosting a guest on Hayya, you don’t need Baladiya attested contract, a normal contract is usually accepted. You can also download your National Address Certificate from Metrash and upload that. Once you add him as guest on your account, he can apply for his visa from his Hayya account (note there should be 2 accounts: host and guest). On his account, he only needs passport copy.

      1. Thank you DG Team for the Guidance and Information, I need to know two more things.
        1. Can I know how many days will it take for His A1 Tourist Visa to get approved or nowadays is it getting delayed?
        2. Is Hayya’s visa and A1 Tourist Visa separate, does he need to exit before Feb 2024? if he is on an A1 Tourist Visa.

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi Adnan, (1) The processing time varies case by case. Most applications get approved within a week.
          (2) The February 24 deadline is only for the “Hayya With Me (C)” visa. This is different from an A1 visa. A1 Tourist Visa holders can stay for 30 days from entry and extend for 30 more days (for some nationalities).