How to Get Qatar Return Permit (2020 Guide)

How to Get Qatar Return Permit for Overstay or Lost QID

What is Qatar Return Permit?

Return Permit (also called re-entry permit) is a temporary document granted for those who have stayed out of the country more than 6 months and his/her residency is still valid and has the prior approval of entry.

This document can also be used in case the resident loses passport or Residence Card while outside Qatar.

OCTOBER 2020 UPDATE: If you are looking for the special permit to return to Qatar after COVID-19 travel restrictions, you need to apply for an Exceptional Entry Permit. Click here to know the step by step process for Exceptional Entry Permit.

This article explains how residents can apply for Qatar Return Permit in case of overstaying (stay out for more than 6 months) or loss of Qatar ID while abroad.

If you, a member of your family, or a member of your staff, have stayed out of the country for more than 6 months and the residency is still valid and you have prior approval of entry, you can apply for a Return Permit.

There are different document requirements depending on who the sponsor is. The fee varies from QR200 to QR500 again depending on sponsorship type. Here are the details:

For those on sponsorship of companies and establishments

This permit is granted for an expatriate on the sponsorship of an establishment, who has stayed out of the country more than 6 months and his residence permit is still valid.

The sponsor can apply online (Metrash 2) or through MoI Service Center.

On Metrash2, this option is available under: “Leave Notification” – “Return Permit”.

Below are the requirements to apply through MoI Service Center:

Requirements:

  • Submission of the application from the sponsor
  • Copy of the establishment card of the company
  • Passport copy of the sponsored person
  • In case of passport loss, a copy of a Lost Passport Certificate, along with copies of the old and new passport, are required.
  • Fee: QR 500 (Pay by credit / debit card)

For those on personal sponsorship of an expatriate

This permit is granted for family members of a resident, who have stayed out of the country more than 6 months and their residence permit is still valid.

The sponsor can apply on Metrash2 or through MoI Service Center.

On Metrash2, this option is available under: “Leave Notification” – “Return Permit”.

Below are the requirements to apply through MoI Service Center:

Requirements:

  • Submission of the application from the sponsor
  • Passport copy or the ID card copy of the sponsor
  • Passport copy of the sponsored person
  • In case of passport loss, a copy of a Lost Passport Certificate, along with copies of the old and new passport, is required.
  • Fee: QR 500 (Pay by credit / debit card)

For those on personal sponsorship of a Qatari national

This permit is granted for housemaids and those who are on their status who are on the personal sponsorship of a Qatari national and stayed outside the country for more than 6 months.

The sponsor can apply on Metrash2 or through MoI Service Center.

On Metrash2, this option is available under: “Leave Notification” – “Return Permit”.

Below are the requirements to apply through MoI Service Center:

Requirements:

  • Submission of an application from the sponsor
  • Copy of the ID Card of the sponsor
  • Passport copy of the sponsored person
  • In case of passport loss, a copy of a Lost Passport Certificate, along with copies of the old and new passport, is required.
  • Fee: QR 200 (Pay by credit / debit card)

Important Notes

If you lose your passport and get a return permit, your lost passport becomes invalid/blacklisted. You cannot use that passport in case you get it back.

Return permit has a validity period of 14 or 30 days only (validity will be mentioned on the permit). The sponsored person has to return to Qatar within the validity period.

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FAQ on Qatar Return Permit


When is a Return Permit needed in Qatar?

If you, a member of your family, or a member of your staff, have stayed out of the country for more than 6 months and the residency is still valid you can apply for a Return Permit.

How can I apply for Return Permit to Qatar?

The sponsor has to apply for Return Permit online via Metrash2 or by visiting any Ministry of Interio Service Centre.

How much does Qatar Return Permit cost?

The cost of Qatar Return Permit can be either QR 500 (for company / personal sponsorship) or QR 200 (for housemaids).

How long in Qatar Return Permit valid?

Qatar Return Permit will be either for 14 days or 30 days. The validity will be mentioned on the permit.


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