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

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. I received below comment when I apply for my mother- you cannot submit application as you are already added as a guest in this account.

    Please clarify me

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Sheik, It seems you are trying to apply from the same account. There should be two Hayya accounts using two email ids: (1) QID holder’s account: The host/QID holder should create an account from which he should invite the guest. (2) The visitor’s account: The visitor should apply for a visa from this account.

  2. We are not able to open the site via a link sent by Hayya after I added family members on Hayya to invited them to a rented place where I am staying.
    The window which opens reads as below:
    Kindly suggest solution.
    Thanks in advance.

    Your connection isn’t private
    Attackers might be trying to steal your information from (for example, passwords, messages, or credit cards).
    NET::ERR_CERT_COMMON_NAME_INVALID uses encryption to protect your information. When Microsoft Edge tried to connect to this time, the website sent back unusual and incorrect credentials. This may happen when an attacker is trying to pretend to be, or a Wi-Fi sign-in screen has interrupted the connection. Your information is still secure because Microsoft Edge stopped the connection before any data was exchanged.

    You can’t visit right now because the website uses HSTS. Network errors and attacks are usually temporary, so this page will probably work later.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Dinesh, This seems like a technical error due to browser security. You can try it from another browser. If you still face issues, call the Hayya helpline.

  3. Dear DG
    Good Afternoon! I’m pleased to share that I received my mother’s tourist visa within a day. Initially, the application was rejected yesterday due to an issue with father’s name. However, I promptly uploaded the last page of the passport along with the first page, and this morning, the visa was approved.

    Regarding the payment, I haven’t received the link yet. Could you please provide details on where and when the payment needs to be made?

    Additionally, I’d appreciate information about the required health insurance. Kindly clarify whether it needs to be obtained immediately or at the time of extension for another year.

    Thank you in advance for your assistance

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Ali, Congratulations! Some nationalities are exempted from payment for Tourist Visa. If you have received Hayya Entry Permit without payment that is good to travel. Regarding the insurance it is better to buy one month insurance at the time of travel and buy one more month before renewal.

  4. Dear DG,
    Good morning. I hope you’re well. I have a few doubts I need clarification on regarding hosting my mom on an A1 visa. I’m currently stuck in the accommodation section. Should I create my Hayya profile and host my family from there, or should I use my mom’s Hayya profile to host by validating my QID and other necessary details? Your help in clarifying this would be greatly appreciated

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Ali, You should create your Hayya account, register property, and add your mother as guest. Then you should apply for mother’s visa from her account and select “host family and friends”.

  5. Dear DG,
    Thanks for the comprehensive articles on visa services, its so helpful as we couldn’t these extensive details anywhere else in Qatar.
    My questions may be repetitive, however still I would like to get clarified with you.
    1. Can I apply Family visit visa as well as Hayya A1 visa for my wife and kids parallelly ? if yes, we will there be any conflict which might result in rejection of both visas (as my family is planned to visit during last week of Dec 2023, which we have just one month).
    2. I have just applied Hayya A1 visa for my in-laws who are going to accompany my wife and kids, for a short trip to Qatar, will that be approved as they are above 60 years.?
    3. In family visit visa, I see that marriage certificate should be attested, however my name is already endorsed in my wife passport, that authenticates our relationship. Should I still need to submit attested marriage cert or my passport is enough ?
    4. What is the current time taken for MOI to approve family visit visa?
    Appreciate your response!

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Jai, Thanks for your kind words.
      (1) Please check this directly with Hayya Support at 800 2022 or [email protected]. The reason is that sometimes they say you cannot apply both at the same time (while we have seen people doing that and getting approved).
      (2) There is no age limit for A1 visa.
      (3) Marriage certificate attestation is mandatory nowadays. What you have said is a valid point, but sometimes the officer will not check that and mark the application as missing document.
      (4) Nowadays most visas are delayed. Both Family Visit Visa and A1 Tourist visa are taking around 3 weeks (on average). It all depends on your luck.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Pramodya, Please check if you have linked your Metrash account with your mobile phone number. If you have done that and still seeing error, please call 800 2022.

  6. My spouse has hosted my parents while I have applied for an A1 tourist visa for them. However, it’s been 3 weeks, and the visa is not being accepted. I am not under my husband’s sponsorship; is this the cause of the approval’s delay?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Priti, This has nothing to do with host’s status. Almost all A1 visa applications (adults) are delayed because nowadays there is enhanced security check. It is taking 2-4 weeks for most applicants.

  7. Dear DG,
    I have planned to bring my wife to Qatar in hayya tourist visa (A1).
    I am going to host her with my current national address certificate (NAC) on hayya portal.
    After registration of my current accommodation details ( National address certificate) on the hayya portal to invite her,
    Suppose If I change or shift to another accommodation after her arrival to Qatar. Is it ok to change to another accommodation. Since the previously registered accommodation details are different on the hayya portal ?
    Please advise me…
    Thank you.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Balaji, Usually this is not an issue. If you want to be sure, you can invite her under someone else’s address also (may be a friend or relative).

  8. How can I delete guest from my Hayya app ( one property)? as their visit is completed and next time I will have to invite other guests.

  9. Hi DG,
    I received my wife A1 visit visa thru Host Friends/Family option. Now I want to add my son also as guest.
    Is it possible to add his name in my property section. ? I am not finding any such option in the portal.
    Please advise.

    1. this is now resolved as I contacted Hayya toll free and they clarified the wrong email id I was using.
      thanks Hayya Support!!

  10. We have an Approved Hayya Tourist Visa (A1) with us, and the email related to the invitational accommodation code that was sent to us from Hayya after the Host had added us as guests was deleted by mistake from my email Inbox.
    Do I need to show that email on arrival? can we have that email again for reference.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Alps P, Usually it is not asked upon arrival, but your airline may ask accommodation details during check-in. See if you can retrieve the email from Recycle Bin. Or else you can contact Hayya helpline to resend the email.

  11. Hi i am trying to register my accommodation in hayya portal but while validating QID i am getting error of Qid already in use but i am registering for the first time. Please guide me to solve this issue.

  12. How many times can the guests hosted by a Qatar resident under Hayya enter Qatar? Is it multi – entry? Kindly advise thanks

  13. Dear DG team

    The host who invited me to doha via hayya with ne is moving permanently from Doha in July. 2023 But I have a place to stay till end of August 2023. I m already in Doha can I stay till end of August or do I need to.leave before the host leaves. What should I do. I am here with my family

  14. Hi DG Team,

    Can me and my family is allowed to accept 2 different hayya invitations from 2 different Hosts (friends)?

    Is it required should be the same invitation for all from one host?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Anu, No problem, You can get vouchers from different persons. You can also be hosted by different persons.

  15. Team, I have taken a room in a villa(refurbished), i registered it through national address certificate. Since I don’t know the property name, i have given only my name in the property name column. Will it go for rejection ? or should I have to enter name of the owner of the building ?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Mohamed, Property name is for your identification (in case you have more than one property). You only need to enter the correct building, street and zone numbers.

  16. Dear DG,

    My wife’s Hayya Card has been already approved. Now i am going to host her and going to upload my current National Address Certificate on Hayya Portal.

    After the registration of my current Accomodation details (My current NAC) on Hayya portal to invite her, suppose if i change or Shift to another Accomodation address after her arrival to Qatar, is it ok to move or shift to another accomodation, since the previously Registered accomodation detail is different one on Hayya portal ??

    Please advise. Thank you very much.

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