How to Apply for Qatar Tourist Visa Online (2023)

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Qatar has made its tourist visa services accessible online for individual travellers and tourism-related businesses to facilitate visitors’ access to the country further. Getting a Qatar Tourist Visa is much easier with the online official service.

The service, created in partnership between the Qatar Tourism Authority, Qatar Airways, and the Ministry of Interior, offers an efficient and transparent visa application system with standardized fees for each visa type.

This article explains the eligibility, requirements, step-by-step procedure, visa cost, and other frequently asked questions about Qatar Tourist Visas.


Online applications for Qatar Tourist Visas are still suspended. Travellers eligible for visas on arrival can apply for pre-travel approval to visit Qatar. Here is the detailed guide for visas on arrival to Qatar.

Qatar Tourist Visa Eligibility

Nationals of 242 countries can apply for a visa through this service (currently suspended).

Please note that nationals of more than 90 countries are eligible for a free visa on arrival in Doha. You can apply for Tourist Visa only if your country is not on the list of eligible nations.

Requirements for Tourist Visa Application

All applicants must have a machine-readable individual passport valid for at least six months from the date you enter Qatar (You will not be able to apply using this service for children endorsed on their parents’ passports).

To complete the application, all applicants require clear coloured electronic scans of the following:

  • Passport information (bio page) /picture page(s)
  • A passport-size photo
  • Airline Ticket ( Qatar Airways passengers are not required to submit their ticket copy)
  • Hotel Confirmation Voucher / Relevant documents for a place of stay in Qatar

If you’re a GCC resident, you’ll also need to provide:

  • GCC residence visa
  • GCC ID card
  • The sponsor’s ticket and passport copy (for GCC Nationals / Residents Companion Entry Permit only)

NOTE: GCC residents can also apply for visas on arrival if their profession is included in the list of eligible professions.

Qatar Tourist Visa Cost

The cost of the Qatar Tourist Visa is QAR 100 (USD 27) for the main applicant, QAR 50 (USD 13.50) for each accompanying person, and QAR 200 (USD 55) as overstaying fine per day. Tourist Visa holders can stay in Qatar for up to 30 days on a single trip.

Should I use only Qatar Airways for my travel?

You can use any airline to Doha. There are no restrictions on the mode of travel. The e-visa platform is linked to all airline booking platforms, including the national airline, Qatar Airways.

How to Apply for Qatar Tourist Visa Online

Step 1: Go to the Qatar Visa Service website

Sign up or Sign in using your email and password.

Apply Qatar Visa Online Website

Step 2: Fill up the online application form

You must fill in basic details like name, nationality, date of birth, contact details, etc.

The system automatically selects your visa type based on your length of stay in Qatar as per your itinerary, nationality, and country of residence.

Step 3: Upload all required documents

Documents required include:

  • Passport information (bio/picture page)
  • A passport-sized photo
  • Airline Ticket (Qatar Airways passengers are not required to submit their ticket copy)
  • Hotel confirmation voucher / relevant documents for a place of stay in Qatar

Step 4: Pay the required fees and submit a request

The portal only accepts payment using a Visa or Mastercard debit or credit card.

Step 5: You will receive status updates in your email

You will receive status updates via email. You can also log in to the portal to track the status online.

Step 6: The e-visa will be sent to your email

Once the visa application is processed, the e-visa will be sent to your email. The average timeframe for a response is 48 to 96 hours from when all of the applicant’s documents have been received.

Visitors travelling with Qatar Airways may select ‘Apply for a visa’ after logging in to ‘My Trips’ on the airline’s website. This automatically directs them to the Qatar Visa Service website, where they can start the Qatar Tourist Visa application process for themselves and any accompanying travellers under the same booking.

Additional information

  • Applications can be made a maximum of 90 days or a minimum of four (4) working days before travel.
  • The passport should be valid for at least six (6) months from the date of entry in Qatar.
  • It is not possible to use this service while applying for children who are endorsed on their parent’s passports.
  • Visa holders are not allowed to work in Qatar during their stay.

VFS is responsible for processing Qatar Tourist visa applications through its website and will also collect payment for your application. All inquiries regarding your visa application should be made directly to VFS.

The online visa portal eliminates the need for hard copy applications to be submitted in person at the Immigration Offices as was previously required.

The portal also has special features dedicated to tourism businesses, such as the “add to cart” option allowing businesses to complete multiple applications simultaneously, making it easier to handle large groups through bulk payments.

The information above is relevant when applying for a Qatar Tourist Visa. This differs from the 96-hour Qatar Transit Visa, which applies to short stays in Qatar and is offered free of charge.

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FAQ on Qatar Tourist Visa Procedure

What documents are required for Qatar Tourist Visa?

The documents required for Qatar Tourist Visa are a valid passport, a passport-sized photo, an airline ticket, and a hotel confirmation voucher or relevant documents for a place of stay in Qatar.

How many days does it take to process Qatar Tourist Visa online?

The average timeframe for a response is 48 to 96 hours from when all of the applicant’s documents have been received.

How many days is Qatar Tourist Visa valid for?

Qatar Tourist Visa holders can stay in Qatar for up to 30 days on a single trip.

How much does Qatar Tourist Visa cost?

Qatar Tourist Visa costs QAR 100 (USD 27) for the main applicant and QAR 50 (USD 13.50) for each accompanying person (if any).

How much is the fine after the expiry of the Qatar Tourist Visa?

The fine for an expired tourist visa in Qatar is QAR 200 (USD 55) per day.

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  2. Visiting Qatar: The Complete Guide
  3. Qatar Family Visit Visa Requirements and How To Apply
  4. Qatar Visit Visa Types, Requirements, and Cost
  5. Doha Airport Transit Requirements And Procedure
  6. Drinking Alcohol in Qatar: Important Rules To Know

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  1. Hi my family wants to visit us in qatar my father is uae resident and mother and siblings are in visit visa did they come on arrival visa. Without hotel booking. Pakistani nationality.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Khan, Your parents and siblings can come on a regular visa on arrival, but Discover Qatar hotel booking is compulsory for Pakistan nationals. You can read more here:
      If your father’s profession qualifies for GCC Resident’s Visa, he can come without a Discover Qatar hotel booking. But your mother and siblings cannot come under that visa, as they are not UAE residents under your father’s sponsorship.
      You can also call Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999 for further queries.

  2. Salem.
    Je suis citoyen Algerien et le site pour les e-visas est momentannement suspendu.
    J’ai pris des billets pour un sejour du 20 au 31 Janvier et bien sur avec une réseravtion d’hôtel.
    Pourrais-je esperer une reprise du serviec e-visas d’ici peu?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Mohamed, There is no announcement about when this service will resume. You can call the Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999 to check about this.

  3. Hi I’m a Bangladesh passport holder but I have a UK residence permit and want to travel to Qatar with my british wife for a one week holiday. We will travel from London to Doha with return tickete
    I can see they suspended the online ETA
    we had booked flight tickets already this month
    Do you have a way for me to get the tourist visa?

  4. hello thank you for your great information. i will just ask, my mother in law (filipina) is having vacation in Dubai right now. she wants to visit us here in Qatar as well. may i know what is the process? thanks. she is more than 60y.o. Should i apply for her as tourist visa? thanks

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi R.A., Family visit visa has an age limit of 60 years and the Philippines nationality is not eligible for a visa on arrival. So it is better to apply tourist visa through a travel agent.

      1. Thanks Doha Guide. Do you have any link to know where is the approved travel agency here in Qatar to process for tourist visa. Thanks

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi R.A., Sorry, there is no published list. You can check with any travel agency.

  5. one of the requirements for requesting tourist visa is having a flight tickets, but problem me together with my family is planning to TRAVEL BY ROAD from Saudi. Since my profession in Iqama is Support Specialist which is not included in the list for getting visa on arrival, will it be enough to add only the hotel booking reservation, passport and photo as attachments when the application is now open? thanks. . .

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi James, The online tourist visa service is now suspended. Visa on arrival for GCC residents is available. Flight tickets are not required if you are travelling by road. However, if the profession is not listed, you will be denied entry. You can call the Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999 to confirm your profession’s eligibility.

    2. Dear James, I am also planning to travel to Qatar with my family by road from Saudi Arabia. The same situation applies to me as well, in that the iqama title does not appear on the list. A customer service representative confirmed that I could get Visa on Arrival after booking a hotel through Discover Qatar website ( and carrying a debit card or credit card with QR. 5000 balance(Statement copy required as proof). The entrance of my vehicle will be processed by Ehteraz ( 48 hours before my departure. As soon as the permit is approved, I will need to pay the insurance fee through the website (

      1. Doha Guides Team

        Hi SM, Thanks for sharing your experience. Please note that in this case, they are issuing your visa on arrival based on your Indian passport. This may not be applicable to other nationalities (who not eligible for visa on arrival).

  6. Hi, am Geoffrey from kenya and i have kenyan friend working there in Qatar and i was hoping to join him there ,how can i get my working permit visa from kenya and what’s the cost

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Geoffrey, To work in Qatar, you need to be sponsored by an employer. Once you get the job, the employer will bear the costs.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Naveen, If your salary is above QR 15,000, you can sponsor them with a family residence visa. If your salary is above QR 5000, you can sponsor them for a short-term family visit visa (1 to 3 months). Please read our guides for detailed information. In either case it is better to apply after the World Cup as nowadays approvals are very limited.

  7. I wish to travel to Qatar on visit visa for two days from India for signing some documents. I am aged 72 and wish to visit from 17/10/2022 to 19/10/2022. How do I proceed? Can I apply for visit visa online?

  8. Dear Sir/Madam, I was trying to apply for an e-visa for our company president & 2 members of her family as they will be attending the FIFA World Cup in November. However, online visa application is suspended. Please advise on what to do so we can secure a tourist visa as we already had their FIFA ticket/airline ticket & hotel accommodation for the event. Need help please on this. Thank you very much!
    P.S. I was informed they already have a Hayya card pass.

    1. Hi Eunice, You don’t need a separate visa to enter Qatar during the World Cup. International fans who have approved Hayya Card will start receiving visas on their email next month. Just make sure accommodation details are entered in Hayya portal and the Hayya Card application is approved.

      1. Dear Sir/Madam,
        Thank you very much for the information.
        Will check with their Hayya card pass details. Regards.

  9. hi im sherly i want to apply tourist visa in qatar on january 2023..what i need so that i can apply for tourist visa for 2 weeks only. thank you..

    1. Hi Sherlyn, All visa applications are suspended from 1 November to 23 December. Only Hayya Card holders can enter during this period. New rules for visa application will be announced towards the end of the year.

  10. hi, my daughter from philippines was chosen as a volunteer in fifa world cup, she was asked to book her flight ,so i am going to book for her flight, i am her mother, resident here in doha, but i dont have idea what type of visa she will be given,and how long she can stay here in qatar even after the volunteering period, i am afraid if i booked her ticket and she exceeds more than the validity date of her given visa? how long normally the visa validity? is it 3months or only 30days given to fifa volunteers?or can i get extension if ever?

  11. The online visa portal still says it is not online. When will this be available so requests for tourist visas can be applied?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Aca, The tourist visa portal has been offline since 2020. From November to December 2022, only Hayya Card holders can visit as tourists. Most probably the portal would reopen in 2023 only. We will update this page if there is any announcement.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Maria, There is no official announcement on resuming tourist visas. From November to January, entry will only be for holders of Hayya cards (World Cup Fan ID). So you can expect some updates after January 2023 only.

  12. Hi do you know how to apply electronic travel authorization? I am filipino passport with UK resident. I will have a layover 17hrs in Doha. Response is highly appreciated. Thanks

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Amor, Currently, ETA is suspended. The Philippines is not included on the visa on arrival list. You can call +974-4406 9999 and check if you can apply for a visa on arrival as a UK resident. If they say yes, you can search our website on how to do Ehteraz pre-travel registration.

  13. Good Day

    Can a minor (15 years old) get a tourist visa and travel alone to Qatar? He is not direct family but my daughters best friend and we want to have him come visit us here in Qatar in June 2023. How and where do we apply for the visa if possible. He is a South African citizen. We would like to get approved visa and not visa on arrival.

    Thank you

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Belinda, Unfortunately, tourist visas are currently suspended. You still have a long time before June 2023, and there is a high chance the rules will change.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Nafisa, Tourist visas are now suspended and Uzbekistan is not on the list of countries eligible for visas on arrival. You can call Government Helpline on +974-4406 9999 to check about the possibilities.

  14. tola marcauley

    I will like to apply for working visa am a sieria leonia, i will like to know the procedure and how much is the visa fees.Thnaks

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