In a bid to further facilitate visitors’ access to the country, Qatar has made its tourist visa services accessible online for individual travellers as well as tourism-related businesses. Getting a Qatar Tourist Visa is much easier with the official service available online.
The service, created in partnership between Qatar Tourism Authority, Qatar Airways, and the Ministry of Interior offers an efficient and transparent visa application system, with standardised fees for each visa type.
SEPTEMBER 2020 UPDATE: Due to the global COVID-19 situation, entry into Qatar is now restricted to Qatari nationals, their families, permanent residency holders and Qatar ID holders only. For more information, please check the Ministry of Public Health’s website.
This article explains the eligibility, requirements, step-by-step procedure, visa cost and other frequently asked questions about Qatar Tourist Visa.
Qatar Tourist Visa Eligibility
Nationals of 242 countries can apply for a visa through this service.
Please note that nationals of more than 80 countries are eligible for free visa on arrival in Doha. So you need to apply for Tourist Visa only if your country is not in the list of eligible nations.
Requirements for Tourist Visa Application
All applicants must have a machine-readable individual passport which is valid for at least 6 months from the date you enter Qatar (You will not be able to apply using this service for children who are endorsed on parents’ passport).
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 visa 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 are allowed to 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 mode of travel. The the e-visa platform is linked to all airline booking platforms including that of the national airline, Qatar Airways.
How to Apply for Qatar Tourist Visa Online
Step 1: Go to Qatar Visa Service website
Sign up or Sign in using your email and password.
Step 2: Fill up the online application form
You need to fill up basic details like name, nationality, date of birth, contact details etc.
Your visa type will be automatically selected by the system 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 on your email
You will receive status updates via email. You can also login 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 would be sent to your email. The average timeframe for a response is 48 hours to 96 hours from the time 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.
- Applications can be made a maximum of 90 days or a minimum of four (4) working days prior to 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 parents’ passport.
- 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 enquiries 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 at once making it easier to handle large groups through bulk payments.
The information above is relevant when applying for a Qatar Tourist Visa. This is different 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, airline ticket and 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 hours to 96 hours from the time all of the applicant’s documents have been received.
How many days is Qatar Tourist Visa valid for?
Qatar Tourist Visa holders are allowed to 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 Qatar Tourist Visa?
The fine for expired tourist visa in Qatar is QAR 200 (USD 55) per day.