Qatar Tourist Visa (Hayya A1) Requirements & Steps (2024)

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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. It is recommended that you do not book your flight tickets until your visa is fully approved.
  • 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).

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. Some nationalities are exempt from this requirement.

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: 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 centre of the page.

Home page of Hayya Portal 2024

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. If you are a registered user, you may have to verify your email using the OTP sent to your email.

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

Step 4: Click on “Start the Hayya Journey”

You can find this on the top right (near your name). You can also click on “Start Here” button on the right.

  • Select “Flying to Qatar” or “Driving to Qatar” (if using land border).
  • Select your nationality.
  • Answer the next questions. Click confirm.
  • The system will show you the eligible visa categories based on your answers.
  • If it shows Tourist Visa (A1), select “Apply for A1 visa”.

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 - Select 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. If your nationality is exempt you will not receive the payment request.

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 To Qatar Mobile App 2024 version
Hayya Mobile App

Hayya Tourist Visa Processing Time

As of 2024, the average approval time is less than a week. However there may be delays in some cases.

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.

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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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  2. Visiting Qatar: The Complete Guide
  3. How To Apply Hayya Visa For Children
  4. Hayya Card Photo Requirements
  5. Hayya Card Guide & How To Apply
  6. Hayya With Me: Complete Guide

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Source: Visit Qatar, Hayya

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  1. Hi,
    My brother wants to visit doha, is there any difference for applying the visa as a visit or haya ?

    Note that i meet the requirements to sponsor him as visit visa but I have a doubt on which one would be easier !

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Abd, If he want to stay less than 30 days, he can apply for Tourist Visa (A1) through Hayya portal. It is free of cost for 90 nationalities. Family visit visa costs QR 200 per month, but can be extended if required. Tourist Visa cannot be extended.

  2. Hi please advise me qatar tourist visa 30 days after can I renewal 1 and 2 months if possible stay in qatar 2 / 3 months

  3. Dear Sir,

    My family and I will be on a 7 day cruise which starts in Dubai and makes a day’s stop in Doha. Do we need to apply for a Qatar visa if a cruise is making a stop in Doha?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Paul, If you want to visit Doha (leave the cruise ship), you will need a visa. Please check if your nationality is eligible for visa on arrival. Or else you need to apply for a Tourist Visa.

  4. Mohamed KHELEF

    Salem.
    En ce qui concerne l’obligation d’hebergement, est-ce que la reservation via la plateforme booking est suffisante?
    Merci de me répondre

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Oui. Vous pouvez réserver l’hôtel et télécharger les détails de la réservation sur la plateforme Hayya.

  5. Lizl van Tonder

    Good day
    Me and my husband are on our way to London from OR Thambo Airport South Africa, with Qatar Airways with a layover of 19 hours( arriving 05:45 on 26 July and departing 01:05 27 July) , i booked a city tour in the morning and a Dhow boat cruise the evening, in the past i applied for a transit visa, how do i go about it now?
    Regards Lizl van Tonder

  6. Hi good afternoon I have apply for tourist visa (A1)July 17,2023 I visit in qatar on August 28 until September 3, 2023..but the accommodation is pending. But I follow the procedure and I put my hotel booking ..how many day’s the process of application?

  7. I have applied A1 for my father on July 08th and the application is still pending, several times called the 2022 helpdesk but they told me to only wait & nothing to do. we have already booked tickets, please if anyone can advise?

  8. Hola muy buenas, Somos Españoles , ¿que necesito para hacer un stopover con Qatar airwais de tres días? Gracias y un saludo.

  9. Hello DG Team
    to apply for one-month tourist visa (A1), for iranian nationals, they still have to book a hotel from DISCOVER QATAR or it can also be done from other platforms ?

  10. Hello DG team, can you guide me how can i re-apply for visit visa for my my 2 kids (from my dependent list). My 2 kids are under my dependent list and my wife have separate hayya account and they all visited here last May without any issue. For my wife there is no issue re-applying as it is already under process with existing details but the issue here for my kids. How can i re-apply visit visa for my kids (For my dependents)? There is abosolutly no option to apply for existing dependents or delete them under my dependent list. I deleted both my kids from my accomodation guest list but once i submit again it says ‘You cannot have both the guest and his/ her application in the same account’
    Im in limbo now.

  11. Hi! Once the visa is approved and already in Qatar, can I apply for another tourist visa to extend my stay? Thank you for the informative article.

      1. Hi my wife and child is in Qatar hayya tourist visa. She will return to India on next week then how many days after I can apply again tourist visa for my

  12. Hi,
    I applied for a tourist visa(A1) on the 24th of June, instead of an ETA because I hold a valid residence permit.

    Do you know how long it may take to be processed?
    I have my flight and accommodation booked for the 14th of July 2023 and I am starting to worry because I’ve seen people’s complaints about their visas not getting processed on time.

    Thanks.

  13. Achala Jayaweera

    Hi! My friend is a Sri Lankan citizen with a Sri Lankan passport. He is planning to visit Qatar from 13th November 2023 to 19th November 2023 and would like to apply for a tourist visa from Sri Lanka. I would really appreciate if you could let us know when does he need to apply for tourist visa? Please let us know whether he needs a confirmed air ticket as well as a confirmed hotel booking? If he books a hotel from booking.com and if the hotel booking is confirmed can he use that. If Hyya platform is used to apply for the tourist visa, what other documents will be needed apart from the confirmed hotel and air ticket.
    Thank you.
    AJ

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Achala, As per the current rule, he should apply after 14 October only, because once the visa gets approved, he needs to enter within 30 days. Return ticket and accommodation is needed. Instead of hotel, he can also use “Host Family and Friends” option if someone is hosting him. He would also need health insurance from MOPH website. Please check back the rules later as these may change.

      1. Achala Jayaweera

        Hi Team! Please may I know the documents needed by my friend when he applys tourist Visa to Qatar. We are aware after getting the visa , he needs a valid passport, his visa, return air ticket and health insurance is needed to enter the country. Thank you.

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi Achala, Apart from these he/she may need accommodation details also (depending on nationality).

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi Achala, if the friend is the visitor, the booking should show his/her name. This may be required for visa.

  14. Hello,
    What is the last entry date?
    i have applied for my cousin a tourist visa and i got approved but it says the last entry date is 23/08/2023.
    does that mean he should come before this date and can stay for 30 days?
    like, he is willing to come on 20/08/2023,
    then the 30 days will be counted starting from this day? or he will only have 3 days to stay in qatar?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Jiray, 30 days will be from the date of entry. If he comes on 20-08-2023 he can stay till 19-09-2023.

  15. Hi. I applied visa for my sister but unfortunately it was rejected. They ask me to provide an original certificate which I already did. I tried to apply for new application for her again but the system won’t allow me. Where should I download the documents they needed? Or should I apply Hayya card for my sister? Thank you.

  16. Hi,

    What are the requirements if travelling by land for Tourist Visa through Bu Samra border? . Here saying return flight ticket needed, but what if in this case?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Noufal, You don’t need return ticket when travelling by land. Other requirements are the same.

  17. Very good article written by you.
    One important point could have been added about how long does it take to process the application (average number of days).
    Thanks

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Thanks Muhammad, We have added that info. Although officials say 48 hours, some applications are taking up to one week.

      1. I applied A1 for my father on July 8th and today is the 18th, still no response, and the application is pending. but applied for my two czns which got approved within 2 & 24 hours.

  18. Tuan Giang Trinh

    Hi,
    I applied for a transit visa in Doha, which I chose Visa With ETA (A3). The Hayya requested me to pay 100 QAR. I thought the transit visa is free of charge? Could you please check if I do something wrong?
    Best regards,
    Tuan Giang Trinh

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Tuan, ETA is a special visa for those who have residence permit or visa in some countries (US, UK, Canada, Schengen, Australia or New Zealand). It is valid for 30 days and there is a fee of QR 100 (similar to Tourist Visa).
      Online Transit Visa, which was free, is currently suspended. Only Qatar Airways offices can arrange transit visa now.

  19. Hi. I’m a Sri Lankan citizen working in Qatar. I want to bring my mom to visit Qatar , who’s 70 years old now. Can I use this tourist visa to bring her here ? Can I accommodate her at my residence? Also how about the cost for insurance? TIA