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. Hi DG,
    I have read all the questions and read a lot on info but I cannot seem to find someone asked this.

    Is the Hayya card host (invitor) should be the same person to file the accommodation? Or is it okay to have a different accommodation host?

    In my case, my friend has invited our friend to come over and used his Hayya voucher code. But I want my friend to stay in my accommodation. Can I register my accommodation on my Hayya, even though the voucher was not from me?

    I appreciate your clarification. Thanks a lot.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Edge, Sure. The person who gives the Hayya voucher code need not be the host.
      Normally, there will be 3 persons in this:
      Person (A): The international fan who gives the code to (B)
      Person (B): The guest who receives code from (A)
      Person (C): The Qatar resident who hosts (B).

  2. Hello DG,

    I just want to ask if im going to invite my wife and son. Using hayya voucher? Do i need 2 voucher code for both of them even my son will be a dependant under 18years old?
    Thankyou in advance

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Bryan, You will need two separate voucher codes. When you add your son as dependent, the page will ask for another voucher code.

  3. hi DG Team. good time!
    to confirm the accommodation type, national address certificate and a copy of the host`s QID are sufficient or it is necessary to register on the hayya platform?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Hadi, The host should register his property on Hayya platform (by uploading National Address Certificate) and add the visitor to the list of guests.

  4. Hi DGT,
    I applied hayya visa for my mother in-law with international fan voucher given by one of my friend. However while doing hosting friends and family somehow i end up uploading all the details of my accommodation while i was logged in in my mother in-law hayya account
    Now she received invitation from her own name BTW all details like my id number OTP name of the property everything I uploaded right. Does it create problem ? Please suggest her hayya application is still under review

    1. hi sir … can i ask what happen to your mother shes already here in qatar? and there for invitation whta happen? i ask becouse we are same isssue my niece ans she wil arrived here in qatar next week

      1. Hello Em!
        Question: did your guest need only the email invitation to get through boarding out their country and immigration in qatar?

  5. hi DG team,
    My wife and daughter came in visit visa. After medical I applied for permanent visa for my wife and it was showing another visa exists for the same person. my daughter is 9 month old and she dont have medical also, so her permanent visa application accepted.

    Actually I purchased a ticket in my wife name during FIFA and I sold that ticket in FIFA platform itself. But she received an entry permit automatically.

    Thats why its showing another visa exists in metrash2? please respond.

    How can i cancel that Haya entry permit. Her Digital Haya card was not approved because of not updating accomodation
    also.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Sabu, To cancel Hayya visa, please send an email from the applicant’s registered email id to [email protected] (with all details). If there is no reply after two days, call helpline at 800 2022.

  6. Hi DG Team,
    Pls clarify this, wht does status if hotel Accommodation approved in hayya Application. And
    If host family & Friend Accommodation approved wht does status in hayya.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Ahamed, You can see the approved accommodation type if you scan the QR code on the Entry Permit. If it says hotel you can use only hotel. If it is blank, you can have either hotel (book any hotel and show the booking) or hosting (after the host registers on Hayya and guest receives invitation.

  7. My family coming Doha via Hayya card, most probably they will be stay 2 months. I m booking the hotel, should i book for two month or can book for few days pls advise. If book only for 3 days it will be ok or not

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Amrit, So far it is OK to book for few days and stay longer. But we never know when policies will change. If you are planning to stay 2-3 months, our advice is to use host family and friends option. If you don’t have tenancy contract, use National Address Certificate or invite from any friend’s account.

  8. Smijesh Raveendran

    Hellow DG,
    My family’s hayya approved one week before. After that i added for them accomodation. They received invitation email but still accomodation status shows empty in their hayya card. How long it will take to update their hayya? Or email confirmation is enough? If its not enough then what i will do for their hayya updation? Please clarify. Thank you

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Smijesh, This is OK if you have invitation email. Airlines are accepting even if the field is blank.

      1. Carlo colinares

        Once our family gets the email invitation through “Hosting family and friends category”, what are next steps?
        Is the email invitation is the only document that they need show through boarding/immigration exiting their contry/ immigration entering qatar?

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi Carlo, Sorry that we missed your query. If you are still looking for an answer, the guest should receive Hayya Entry Permit for entering the country.

  9. Ramachandra prabhu

    Hi Doha guides team,
    I got my parents Hayya approved before 5 days , parents received invitation email. But accomodation is still blank. Is it ok by airlines. Thank you.

  10. Hello DG,
    My family is alreday invited my friend for hayya entry and got invitation mail. Now, i want to invite again by my own. Is it possible to invite again although they are invited already. Will there be any issue or can i invite again?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Mamun, Your friend should remove them from his property guest list by calling Hayya helpline. Then only you can add them to yours. We won’t recommend doing this unless absolutely necessary.

  11. Hi DGT and all Viewer
    My Family arrived in Qatar on 23-Mar-2023 using a “National Address Certificate” as Proof of Accommodation (house number plate etc) along with other emails etc. and this was accepted by IndiGo Airlines and Immigration Officers of both sides. I took insurance for all family members up to JAN-2024. Just want to help you all with the latest updates. We also prepared another set of documents with Hotel Reservation (no pre-payment needed) but we didn’t use this. As NAC is Accepted.
    just FYI.

  12. My name is Pranav. Im bringing my wife to qatar using hayya. She got approval and hayya got approved even before adding accomodation details. Actuly my friend had hosted her for accomodation.but when he added her mail id of her got mistake . But alll other details are correct. In his hayya her drtails are there in hosting. But since she dont have a mail proof . What we can do to enter Qatar. But he had given his contract copy . So is that enuf for the entry also he had given scren shot of his hayya accomodation host. There it is showing her details. Pls advice is it ok or any alternate is needed.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Pranav, It would depend on your airline. Some airlines are asking for invitation email, while some are not. Check if the accommodation type on the Entry Permit has been updated as “Host Family and Friends”. Or else, you can contact Hayya Support at [email protected] or or (+974) 4441 2022 and they can change the email.

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi Pranav, If you cannot get the entry permit mail and accommodation type is blank, we would suggest booking a hotel and later cancelling after arrival. During check-in they will need some sort of proof of accommodation.

  13. Hello DG Team. My son who will be coming to Qatar was invited by his friend in his friend’s accomodation when he arrives. He had received the invitation email. Since I will be coming with him to Qatar and being a resident I would like to be his host too, comsidering that his friend will not hand him a copy of Tenancy Contract (really find this awkward for anyone to hand over this). Is this possible to get another invitation? I have read that there is no option for his friend to edit or delete an invited guest. Thank you.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Kristopher, If your son is already added to a guest list, he needs to be removed from the list, before he can be added to another list. Normally the host should contact Hayya helpline to request this. In your case, if the host is not willing, you can also try calling Hayya helpline. By the way, showing tenancy contract is not an official requirement, but some airlines are asking. If your airline is OK with other documents (invitation email, QID copy etc), you don’t have to worry.

  14. Hi DG and other viewers, Can anyone share their recent experience with National Address Certificate Accepted as Accommodation for “Hayya with me”? I am a Resident (QID Holder) My Family is visiting using National Address Certificate (provided by Metrash App). Need Confirmation on this, please. I already Hosted through using this and they already got Emails with NAC addresses in them.

  15. Sriman Ansuman

    Hi DG team,
    I family members get the HAYYA entry permit 2 days a go. Today I applied for their accommodation through my HAYYA portal invitation. They got the invitation mail. But type of accommodation is not updated on their entry permit yet.
    Please advice.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Sriman, This is OK. They will be allowed entry if they have invitation email and other documents.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Murtaza, You need tenancy contract (rental agreement) or National Address Certificate (downloaded from Metrash).

  16. hi DG Team. my hayya card has been approved. although my friend in qatar previously registered his house and my name on the hayya site and i received a confirmation email but the accommodation type in hayya entry permit is empty!
    please guide me.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Hadi, Usually it takes a few days to update accommodation type. It is OK to travel even if your accommodation type on Entry Permit is blank. You just need to show the invitation email and other documents.

  17. Hi DG,
    Its under “Hayya with me” feature:
    1) Primary Applicant (wife): Hayya Status = Pending
    2) Dependent: (Children less than 4years): Hayya Status = Approved
    Can I do the Host Accommodation thing at this stage for both of them? Will the Accommodation details get updated for both i.e., wife and Children or it will be only updated for Children and Not for Wife? What should I do? Is this Host Accommodation thing (permit with housing details email) is instant or it is like Hayya Card and will take few days again? I am afraid to proceed because my Primary Application is in Pending State. So, Shall I wait or proceed with Children or proceed with all 3 for hosting Acc.? Please answer all and I really appreciate your help.
    Thank you in advance.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Mohammed, You can start doing the hosting part now. Registering the property may take some time for approval. After that once you add the guests, they will get invitation immediately. Updating on Hayya Entry Permit may take a couple of days, but is not mandatory for travel. Once they receive the Hayya Entry Permits and host’s invitation emails, they can travel.

      1. I made a mistake in the invitation. I invited my wife from her Haya account. I didn’t do it from my Haya account, but I am the host. what to do now

    2. Primary Applicant (i.e., wife) Hayya Card’s Status is also Approved this morning. Hence, I added them as Guests and I got instant emails for all the added family members.
      I just want to share my experience with you all, when I submitted a fresh application for Hayya’s Card it took only 2 and a half days (without Thu, Fri, Sat I mean). When I updated the Passport number for one of the Applications in Hayya then it took almost 4 days (because I submitted it on Wed. morning and it includes Thu, Fri, and Sat). Maybe because of the weekend little delayed. The bottom line is max 4-days Hayya Card status should show as “Approved” regardless of weekdays or weekends with my recent experience. I know on their website it is mentioned as 24/7. but it is not clear whether the team who handles Status approving controls also works 24/7 or only tech support (resolving Q&A) works.

  18. HI! I received my hayya entry permit , but in “accommodation type” no details mention. But my host added me as his guest in his hayya card and he received an email invitation. It is enough to show that in the airport immigration? is there any other payment aside from insurance paid for 1yr ? and last question how long can I stay in Doha? it is possible i can stay more than one month to 3 months in Qatar w/o any further additional payment?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Abdul, (1) If you have received the invitation email, that is enough. Sometimes the accommodation type will be updated after a couple of days.
      (2) Only insurance is needed. No other payment required.
      (3) You can stay upto 24 January 2024. There is no 3 month limit for Hayya visa.