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 the Qatar Tourist Visa.

Qatar Tourist Visa Updates


Recently many applicants have reported delays in Hayya Tourist visa approvals. Many of them have been waiting for 2-3 weeks. We suggest that you do not make travel arrangements until the visa is approved. For follow-up, you can contact Hayya Support at [email protected] or (+974) 4441 2022.

Other Recent Updates

  • Recently, many visitors were able to successfully renew their Hayya Tourist Visa (A1) for an additional 30 days. This can be done on the Ministry of Interior website, similar to the online extension for Visa On Arrival. We have explained the renewal process in this article.
  • The Tourist Visa Entry Permit is now valid for 90 days from the date of issue (earlier it was 30 days). This means once your visa is approved, you have 90 days to enter Qatar. If you are planning to travel in the next 3 months it is a good idea to apply now (especially considering the delay in approvals).
  • It is recommended that you do not book your flight tickets until your visa is fully approved.
  • Earlier Visit Qatar website had lists of countries exempt from Tourist Visa fees and accommodation requirements. The lists have been removed now, which means you may have to pay the visa fees.

Qatar Tourist Visa Eligibility Requirements

Qatar Tourist Visa is available to nationals of all countries, except GCC citizens, who can avail of 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).
  • The visitor should have health insurance (as per MOPH guidelines) if staying for more than 30 days. This need not be purchased during the application stage.

Please note that nationals of more than 90 countries are eligible for visa-free entry to Qatar.

Qatar Tourist Visa Cost

Qatar Tourist Visa costs QAR 100 (USD 27) per visitor.

Qatar Tourist Visa Validity

The Tourist Visa you receive through the 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 90 days from the date of issue so visitors must enter Qatar 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 the Hayya Portal

Go to the website address:

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 centre of 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 centre of the page.

Hayya Portal Home Page
“Apply For Hayya” button on the 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, Expo 2023 Doha, participating in conventions and events, or select “Others” and specify the purpose.

Hayya Tourist Visa A1 Purpose of Visit
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 the photo on the 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 names, and fourth Latin names 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.

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.

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 the “Hayya To Qatar” mobile app.

Hayya Mobile App
Hayya Mobile App

Hayya Tourist Visa Processing Time

Until September 2023, the average approval time was less than a week. However, as of October 2023, there is a delay in processing of Hayya Tourist Visa. Several applicants have been waiting for 2-3 weeks.

The reason could be the high number of applications during Expo 2023. If you have applied, you can contact Hayya Support at [email protected] or (+974) 4441 2022.

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 within 30 days of entry, even if you plan to extend your stay. As the visa extension is conditional, your airline may not allow you to board. 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 in. You can also apply separately for children.
  • Visa holders are not allowed to work in Qatar during their stay.

Documents Needed For Travel Using Tourist Visa

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

1PassportValid for a minimum of 3 months from entry.
2Hayya Entry PermitYou will receive this once your visa is approved.
3Return Flight TicketsAirlines require that return tickets should be within 30 days.
4Accommodation DetailsClear address in Qatar. Invitation email and host details if “host family and friends” option. Booking details if hotel.
5Visitor’s Health InsuranceRecommended. Only mandatory if planning to stay for more than 30 days.

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

Travelling To Qatar

Make your trip to Qatar unforgettable! Check the latest offers from Qatar Airways, Qatar’s 5-star airline, rated as one of the best in the world. With its reputation for luxury, comfort, and a wide-reaching global network, booking with Qatar Airways ensures an extraordinary travel experience.

How to Extend Qatar Tourist Visa (A1)

Recently, numerous travellers 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.

NOTE: If you face an error that “health insurance data is not found” you will have to purchase the insurance from an MOPH-approved provider.

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

FAQ on Qatar Tourist Visa Procedure

How many days is a Qatar Tourist Visa valid for?

Qatar Tourist Visa holders can stay in Qatar for up to 30 days. In some cases, this can be extended for 30 more days.

How much does a Qatar Tourist Visa cost?

Qatar Tourist Visa costs QAR 100 (USD 27).

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 a dependent along with me?

Yes, you can apply for dependents below 18 years 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 a Tourist Entry Visa?

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

READ NEXT: How To Host Family And Friends On Hayya

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  6. Hayya With Me 2023: Complete Guide

Copyright © – Unauthorized reproduction of this article in any language is prohibited. The information provided on this website is intended for general guidance and informational purposes only. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice, and travellers are encouraged to verify visa requirements and travel advisories through official government sources before making any travel arrangements.

Source: Visit Qatar, Hayya

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  1. Hi,
    I am a Philippines passport holder and booked a flight with Qatar Airways Manila-Athens-Munich-Manila and have a valid Schengen visa.
    Since I have a 14h 5m transit in Doha (to Athens) I decided to book one of their transit tours – TRANSIT EXCLUSIVE – DISCOVER DOHA – a 3-hour city tour.

    My concern is the visa. Philippines is not included in the visa on arrival 95 countries. What would be my other option? Do I need to apply for pre-approved visa for a 3-hour transit city tour?

    Thank you.

      1. Hi, I have the similar scenario
        what should I fill on accomedation? I just stay there for 8 hours so I don’t have any accomedation

  2. Hi,
    I am from Poland and I would like to ask where I should buy the health insurence. I bought travel insurance – will it be enough?

  3. Hi DG Team
    As citizens of Iran, should we book discover qatar hotel or can we stay with family in qatar through the host family option?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Hadi, As per Visit Qatar website Iran (as well as India, Pakistan etc.) nationals should have DQ booking for Tourist Visa. However you can double check with Hayya helpline ([email protected]) before booking.

        1. Doha Guides Team

          For Hayya With Me, you can stay anywhere (including Host Family and Friends option). Discover Qatar is only applicable to Tourist Visa and Visa On Arrival.

  4. Hi,
    i am Aleem from Pakistan . I want to visit Qatar with my wife and two kids, My elder brother with family having Qatar resident since 15 years. I want to know with Haya portal i need Accommodation or i can stay in his house.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Aleem, Recently there is some new update that Indian and Pakistani nationals needs Discover Qatar booking for tourist visa. So please check with Hayya Support at [email protected] or or (+974) 4441 2022. If they say it is OK, your brother can register on Hayya to host you.

  5. Hi ,
    My hayya application is rejected due to photo issue, is there any chance to reapply? I had click on resubmit however its not going through.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi John, Usually you can reapply up to 5 times. Change the photo and try again later.

  6. Leslie ann jaena

    Hi This is leslie I want to bring my daughter in qatar to study and she can stay with me what should I do I’m working beautician is that possible?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Leslie, To sponsor your family members you need a minimum salary of QR 15,000. If your husband is also working in Qatar, they may consider combined income.

  7. Assalamu Alaikum
    Iam Mohammed Arif from Bangladesh residents of Qatar, i want to bring my wife for 5-6 months, which visa is suitable for me please reply as possible

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Tamanna, ECR is restricted only for employment visa. As Hayya is a visitor visa, there should be no problem.

  8. Hi, I need to bring my daughter on Hayya Tourist Visa, After 1 month how many days should I wait to apply for a new visa? Is there any waiting period or can I apply for a new visa or extend the visa from Qatar?

  9. Hi,
    I am Indian Qatar resident, planning to bring my parents through Hayya Tourist visa A1. Do my parents need to book hotel accommodation through discover Qatar or they choose family and friends accommodation option. Please let me know. It’s not very clear for indians.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Guru, Initially Indians who opted for family and friends accommodation were approved A1 visa. After couple of days, those who applied were rejected and asked to book on DQ. There seems to be some confusion about this. It is not clearly mentioned on Hayya portal. Kindly confirm with Hayya Support at [email protected] or or (+974) 4441 2022.

  10. Hi dear
    I’ m from Turkey.i want to visit qatar for 3 weeks.Do i get visa on arrival?
    I am planning to rent a suv car and travel and camp troughout all qatar in those 3 what will be the requirements for my visit.
    thanks, shukran

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hello Harun, Citizens of Turkey are eligible for Visa On Arrival. You can also apply for free Tourist Visa through Hayya portal as explained above. For details about Visa On Arrival, check:
      Visitors can drive using their country’s driving license. Please speak with a car rental company in advance to check if they need international driving license.
      There may be some restrictions on camping in deserts (special permits are needed). So please check this with a tourism company in Qatar.

  11. Hi I am from Bhutan and resident of UAE, I plan to visit Qatar for holidays, Do I get visa on arrival? Or I have to apply for tourist visa.

    Thank you

  12. Hello,
    I have a Philippine passport and a resident of France. I would like to inquire on how can I apply for a tourist visa? I’m planning to stay for 4 days in Qatar where my nephew is working.
    Thank you.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Teresita, Currently tourist visa is suspended. Philippines is not included on the visa on arrival countries list. So please contact the Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999 or [email protected]. You can also check with your airline if they can arrange transit visa.

  13. Yasmin montera

    Hi I’m from Philippines currently working here in Kuwait and I want to apply as a tourist visa from Kuwait to Qatar is there possible to process from here?? Ples I need answer 🙂Thank you

  14. Jeraldine Montejo

    Hello I’m Gigi, I’m a nurse and filipino residing in riyadh with iqama holder and wanting to visit qatar for a holiday tour for 7 days. Am i elligible for visa on arrival?

  15. Hi.
    I’m planning to visit my friend in Qatar on April 2023.
    I am working in KSA as Office Supervisor, holding valid iqama and Philippine Passport.
    Please let me know the process.
    Thank you.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Noel, Please call the Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999 to confirm your profession’s eligibility. We cannot confirm as your profession is not on the new list.

  16. Hello my name is Samar I have a friend he wants to visit qatar he his Afghan nationality but having German residence so how can he apply?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Samar, Tourist visa is currently suspended. Afghan nationals are not eligible for Visa On Arrival. If you have a Hayya voucher, you can get Hayya visa. Or else please contact the Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999 or [email protected] to check if there is any alternative.

  17. have a good day,
    I’m Lyniette I working as a republic officer in cleaning services in dubai UAE
    holder passport Philippine. I want to visit my friend this coming of March 2023. I’m planning to visit going to qatar for only 1 week. Please advice me. How.
    Thank you

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Lyniette, Your profession may not be eligible for GCC Resident Visit Visa and Philppines is not included in Visa On Arrival countries. Please contact the Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999 or [email protected].

  18. Hi,
    I’m Ahsan khan I’m working in hospital in dubai as an insurance specialist. I’m a resident of UAE with Indian passport, I want to visit my relatives in 🇶🇦 Qatar. I’m planning to go by car so can I get Qatar visa at border please advice.

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