How to Get Qatar Return Permit (2024 Guide)

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What Is Qatar Return Permit?

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

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

This article explains how residents can apply for Qatar Return Permit if they overstay outside Qatar (staying out for more than six months) or lose their Qatar ID while abroad.

How Many Days Can I Stay Outside Qatar?

You can stay up to 180 days (6 months) out of Qatar with a valid Residence Permit. To return after six months, you will need a Return Permit (re-entry permit) processed by the sponsor.

Return Permit For Residents Outside Qatar

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

Different document requirements depend on who the sponsor is. The fee varies from QR 200 to QR 500 again, depending on the sponsorship type. Here are the details:

1. For those on sponsorship of companies and establishments

This permit is granted to an expatriate on the sponsorship of an establishment who has stayed out of the country for 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 and copies of the old and new passports is required.
  • Fee: QR 500 (Pay by credit/debit card)

2. For those on personal sponsorship of an expatriate

This permit is granted to family members of residents who have stayed out of the country for more than 6 months and whose 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 and copies of the old and new passports is required.
  • Fee: QR 500 (Pay by credit/debit card)

3. For those on personal sponsorship of a Qatari national

This permit is granted for housemaids and those on their status who are on the personal sponsorship of a Qatari national and have 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 and copies of the old and new passports are 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.

The return permit has a validity period which will be mentioned on the permit. The sponsored person has to return to Qatar within the validity period.


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 Interior Service Centre.

How much does Qatar Return Permit cost?

A Qatar Return Permit can cost QR 500 (for company / personal sponsorship) or QR 200 (for housemaids).

How long is Qatar Return Permit valid?

The validity will be mentioned on the permit.

How long can I stay out of Qatar with Residence Permit?

You can stay up to six months out of Qatar with a valid Residence Permit. After six months, you can stay up to one year and return using a Return Permit. The QID should be valid during this period.

Can I go back to Qatar after 6 months?

A resident can go back to Qatar even after six months but will need a Return Permit processed by the sponsor. The Residence Permit should also be valid.


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  1. hi please i want to know can i come back to qatar without any problem ,i stay 1 year 3 months outside qatar but my id is still valid..

  2. Hi good evening!
    I hope someone will answer my question.i left Qatar 8 months ago and my Qatar id expired and my sponsor didn’t cancel it. if my sponsor want, I can enter Qatar again?and he can apply for me re enter permit?

  3. HELLO DG
    IT IS POSIBLE TO APPLY ON METRASH2 RE ENTRY PERMIT FOR MY WIFE AND CHILD(stay outside qatar for more than six months but qid is still valid). IF IM ALSO OUTSIDE QATAR.

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