Qatar Tourist Visa (Hayya A1) Requirements & Steps (2023)

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Are you planning to visit Qatar for leisure or tourism? In that case, you may need a tourist visa before entering the country. Fortunately, applying for a Qatar tourist visa has become easier than ever with the Hayya platform relaunch in April 2023.

In this article, we will guide you through the step-by-step process of applying for a Qatar tourist visa online using the Hayya platform. We will also explain the eligibility requirements, application procedure, visa cost, and other frequently asked questions about Qatar Tourist Visa.

Qatar Tourist Visa Updates

02 SEPTEMBER 2023 UPDATE

Recently, many visitors were able to successfully renew their Hayya Tourist Visa (A1) for an additional 30 days. This can be done free of cost on the Ministry of Interior website, similar to the online extension for Visa On Arrival. We have explained the renewal process in this article

Qatar Tourist Visa Eligibility Requirements

Qatar Tourist Visa is available to nationals of all countries, except GCC citizens, who can avail visa-free entry to Qatar.

  • The visitor’s passport should be valid for at least three months from the date of entry. 
  • If arriving by air, the visitor should have a return ticket.
  • The visitor should have confirmed accommodation. This can be “Family and Friends Hosting” or “Other Accommodation” (hotel booking or rented apartment). Citizens of around 90 countries are exempt from accommodation requirement (see the list below).
  • The visitor should have health insurance (as per MOPH guidelines).

Please note that nationals of more than 90 countries are eligible for a free visa on arrival in Qatar. Even if you are eligible for a visa on arrival, you can still apply for a tourist visa through Hayya portal.

Qatar Tourist Visa Cost

Qatar Tourist Visa costs QAR 100 (USD 27). Citizens of 90 countries are exempt from visa payment (see the list below).

Qatar Tourist Validity

The Tourist Visa you receive through Hayya platform is valid for 30 days from entry date. Many visitors were able to renew it for 30 more days after entering Qatar.

Entry Permits are valid for 30-90 days from date of issue (most applicant are getting 90 days now), so visitors must enter within those days.


How To Apply For Qatar Tourist Visa Online

If you are interested in applying for a Tourist Visa through the Hayya Portal, follow these steps:

Step 1: Visit Hayya Portal

Go to the website address: www.hayya.qa

Step 2: Click on “My Hayya”

This is located on the top right of the page. Alternatively you can click on “Apply for Hayya” in the center the page.

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

Step 3: Sign Up and Login

If you are a first-time user of the Hayya portal, click on “Sign Up” and create an account using your email address. You will be required to enter a verification code sent to your email.

Once you have created an account, login using your email and password.

Hayya Portal Sign up and Login
Hayya Portal Sign up and Login

Step 4: Click on “Apply for Hayya”

You can find this button in the center of the page.

Hayya Portal Home Page
“Apply For Hayya” button on Hayya portal

Step 5: Select Hayya Visit Category

Choose the “Tourist Visa (A1)” category from the drop-down menu.

Tourist Visa on Hayya Portal
Select “Tourist Visa (A1)”

Step 6: Select Visit Purpose

You can choose from a range of purposes including leisure, sports events, business meetings, weddings, shopping, medical care, cultural tourism, visiting friends, participating in conventions and events, or select “Others” and specify the purpose.

Purpose of visit on Hayya portal
Select your purpose of visit

Step 7: Upload Your Photo

Select “I have reviewed the instructions to upload my Personal Photo and Passport”. Then, click on “Browse Personal Photo”.

Ensure that the photo meets the requirements such as a light background and sharpness.

Upload Photo on Hayya Portal
Upload Photo on Hayya Portal

Step 8: Upload Your Passport

Click on “Browse for first page” and upload only the first page of your passport. Crop it so that the machine-readable zone (MRZ) is clear. Finally, click on “Save”.

Your data will be extracted automatically. If the data is unreadable, you can enter it manually.

Hayya Upload Passport
Upload passport on Hayya portal

Click on “Validate User”. If the “Validate User” option is inactive after automatic data extraction, select “Passport Type” as “Normal”.

The first and last names are mandatory requirements. Middle names, third Latin name, and fourth Latin name are optional. If your last name is not on your passport, you can add your father’s name as your last name. In that case, you should upload the last page of the passport along with the first page (to verify your father’s name).

Step 9: Provide Your Residency Information

Select your country of birth and your country of residence. Declare if you have a previous nationality. If you have, select the country.

Residency Information on Hayya portal
Enter your residency details

Step 10: Select Your Accommodation Type

If you are staying with family or friends, your details should have already been added by your host in Qatar. Here is how Qatar residents can invite to host Hayya visitors.

Otherwise you can select “Other Accommodation” and enter the accommodation name.

Note that for Tourist Visa, citizens of 90+ countries are exempted from accommodation. You can find list of countries below.

Accommodation Details  on Hayya portal
Select your accommodation type

Step 11: Enter Your Contact Information

Enter your phone number and emergency contact details. Finally, click on “Review & Submit”.

Contact details on Hayya portal
Enter your contact details

Step 12: Pay the Visa Fee

Once your application has been reviewed and approved, you will receive an email with a payment link. The visa fee of QR 100 should be paid using a credit/debit card. Visa or Mastercard are usually accepted.

Note that for Tourist Visa, citizens of around 90 countries are exempted from visa fees. You can find list of countries below.

Once the visa application is processed, the Hayya Entry Permit will be sent to your email. You can also access your Entry Permit by downloading Hayya To Qatar mobile app.

Hayya Mobile App
Hayya Mobile App

Hayya Tourist Visa Processing Time

As per Hayya officials the processing time is 48 hours when all of the applicant’s documents have been received. However in some rare cases, the approval may take up to one week.

Additional information

  • The passport should be valid for at least three (3) months from the date of entry in Qatar.
  • Since the initial visa is issued for 30 days, your return flight ticket should be for a period within those 30 days, even if you plan to extend your stay. You can book a ticket with minimal or zero change fees.
  • For each adult family member, a separate application is required.
  • You can add children as dependents to your Hayya account, but all details should be filled. You can also apply separately for children.
  • Visa holders are not allowed to work in Qatar during their stay.

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Nationalities Exempt From Visa Fee

The following nationalities are exempt from visa fee requirement for Qatar Tourist Visa:

  • Andorra
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Belgium
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Guyana
  • Hong Kong SAR
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Northern Cyprus
  • Norway
  • Pakistan
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Suriname
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • Uruguay
  • USA
  • Vatican
  • Venezuela

Source: Visit Qatar

Nationalities Exempt From Accommodation

The following nationalities are exempt from accommodation requirement for Qatar Tourist Visa:

  • Andorra
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Estonia
  • Falkland Islands
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guyana
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Guyana
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Lativia
  • Lebanon
  • Lichtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxemburg
  • Macao
  • Macedonia
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Northern Cyprus
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Suriname
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • Uruguay
  • USA
  • Vatican
  • Venezuela

Source: Visit Qatar

Documents Needed For Travel Using Tourist Visa

While travelling using the Hayya Tourist Visa, you will need the following:

  • Passport
  • Hayya Entry Permit
  • Return Flight Tickets
  • Health Insurance
  • Accommodation Details

Currently COVID-19 vaccination and PCR testing are not required for visitors to Qatar.


How to Extend Qatar Tourist Visa (A1)

Recently, numerous travelers have successfully extended their Hayya Tourist Visa (A1) for an extra 30 days. Here is how you can do it online:

Step 1: Go to the Visit Visa Extension Service page on the MOI website

This is available under Visa Services –> Visit Visa Extension.

How to extend Qatar Visa On Arrival

Step 2: Enter the visa number or passport number

You can find the visa number on the sticker on your passport.

Step 3: Select nationality from the drop-down list

Step 4: Enter the verification code from the picture or audio

Step 5: Click on the “Extend” button

The visa will be renewed for another 30 days.


Here is a step-by-step video guide about applying for Qatar Tourist Visa:


FAQ on Qatar Tourist Visa Procedure


How many days is Qatar Tourist Visa valid for?

Qatar Tourist Visa holders can stay in Qatar for up to 30 days in

How much does Qatar Tourist Visa cost?

Qatar Tourist Visa costs QAR 100 (USD 27). Citizens of 90+ countries are exempted from this.

How much is the fine after the Qatar Tourist Visa expires?

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

Should I use only Qatar Airways for my travel?

You can use any airline to Doha. There are no restrictions on travel modes.

Can I bring dependent along with me?

Yes, you can apply for dependents below 18 year old by adding their information on the Hayya application portal. Note that each visitor should have their own Hayya Entry Permit.

Is there any age limit to apply for Tourist Entry Visa?

There is no age limit to apply for Tourist Entry Visa. As long as you meet the listed requirements, you can apply for the Tourist Entry Visa

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  1. Hi, when will you open visa application for tourist who wants to watch WORLD CUP 2022? I have tickets but I need a visa. Thanks!

  2. Ntanda Hamudan

    Can I change my visa status from visit visa to resident visa incase I want to work and I have found a job during my visit.

  3. Cecelia sulueta Rodriguez

    From cancelation house helper .. it’s possible to get a visit visa or tourist visa

  4. hello, any news for Qatar tourist visa? when will it be available? it seems like QVS is still offline.

  5. I am an Indian, 50 years, like to marry and settle foreigners… any lady may please contact….. Arab also preferred. time passers please excuse… My No + 91 8106453688. Age No bar. Ladies from south africa also welcome.

  6. Seems all tourist and Family visits are still closed or being rejected, I have tried to metrash2, hotels, Qatar airways or travel agents, no way to have my sister-in law visit me in Qatar while we are having a baby. Sad situation.

  7. Hello,AASALAMUALIKUM I’ve applied for visit visa for 90 days that is rejected so my husband went to the embassy but they r not allowing him to enter the office so how v should re try for a visa 90days.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Saba, Unfortunately visiting the MOI office is the only solution. He can try visiting on a different day or any other branch.

    1. I m an pakistani and I would like to visit Qatar for one moth for visit visa pasport has Vaild for 8 months if it’s on arrival so pleas guaid me

  8. Aiyappa Reddiar

    I am an Indian and I would like visit Qatar for 60 day’s (visit visa)
    Passport has valid for 2 more years
    How much cost for single visit visa?
    If it’s on arrival visa?
    Please guide me .
    Thank you.

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