How to Get Qatar Return Permit (2022 Guide)

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 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 their passport or Residence Card while outside Qatar.

This article explains how residents can apply for Qatar Return Permit in case of overstaying (stay out for more than six 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.

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

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, 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 to family members of a resident who have stayed out of the country for 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 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 passport 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 of 14 or 30 days (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 Interior Service Centre.

How much does Qatar Return Permit cost?

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

How long is 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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  1. Hi NRI,

    I have encountered a message of “Invalid Operation Type” in the Issue Return Visa under Exit Permit Services in Metrash2. Hence, I was not able to pay the fee (beyond 6 mos. outside Qatar). What could be the cause of this error? Is it because my ID is not a smart ID card?

    1. Hi Ronald, 36 months overstay is a serious issue. Please check with Indian Embassy and they would advise.

  2. Zakir Ali Khan Deshmukh

    Sir, Salaam
    I’m out of Qatar more than six months. and RP is valid, what is the procedure to enter in Qatar, please advise.thank you,
    Zakir

  3. Dear NRI Cafe, Really appreciable and thankful for your effort & support to clear our doubts..!

    Could you please give me an information about family visit visa. My family was here until last month for visit. They have stayed here 06 months + 01 month, total 07 months. Now i’m again trying them for visit visa. Is there any issue to approve visit visa bcz of this 1 month over stay. kindly advise me. i’m planning to bring them on next week.

  4. Dear NRI Cafe,
    Can you please advise in such a situation when the email copy is not received? Thanks

  5. HELLO NRI CAFE,
    I APPLIED RETURN VISA THROUGH METRASH 2 BUT I DINT RECEIVE EMAIL FROM MOI EVEN I REGISTED MY EMAIL ID IN METRASH… NOW PLEASE ADVICE ME HOW CAN GET THIS PAPER

  6. hi sir
    my friend in turkey and he lost his id card mean (Resident Permit) turkey airport can’t accept return visa paper
    what I do know please can you help me I want bring back my friend Doha safely…….

    1. Doha I don’t have any problem in turkey airport immigration can’t understand he told my friend I need your identification and my friend passport new and no sticker inside the passport only Id card ……

      1. Hi Farhan, Regret for the delay. If there is an issue in Turkey airport, someone has to get a return visa in Qatar and send to him (as per the above process).

  7. How long can a spouse with a valid RP visa stay out of Qatar for?. Is it up to 12 months, then a return visa is required?

  8. Hi NRI Cafe,

    Once i got return permit for my wife and kid, do you know how long the permit valid?

    Thanks in Advance,
    Akbar

  9. Kishan Kulkarni

    You can pay fine thro Metrash App. Login and go exit permit menu and select return permit. Then enter the QID of person who overstayed and details will appear and pay the fine by entering credit card details and receive a e mail from MOI Qatar. Quite easy and convenient. Please register your email with MOI thro seettings in Metrash app

  10. Hi, after paying 500qr for a return visa/permit through metrash2, is there some documents to print to present at the airport? Thanks.

  11. Kishan Kulkarni

    How to pay overstay fine for my daughter thro metrash. I tried all the option, no icon for paying 500 Qr fine

  12. Jahangir Shaik

    Hi NRICAFE,

    Thanks very much for your help. My question is how 6 months is calculated ?
    Is it 180 Days or same day after 6 months ?

  13. Hi, I have received Return Permit for my wife whose RP has got expired during her stay in India… I’m afraid whether airways will allow her to board the flight without any hiccups while she shows passport having Visa expired but still holding this “Return Permit” which is valid for another 30days… Please advise.

  14. Bharadwaj Vedula

    Hii NRI Café, My wife was having RP here in Qatar and she went back to India for delivery and her RP was expired during her stay in India, please let me know can I file a return visa for her or i have to apply the visa again from the beginning

  15. Hi i try to get return visa for my family.. But i unable to found that option in metrash2.. My version is upto date.. Pls guid how to do it.. Thabks

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