How to Get Qatar Return Permit (2021 Guide)

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.

JANUARY 2021 UPDATE: If you travelled out of Qatar before 29 November 2020 and is looking for the special permit to return, you need to apply for an Exceptional Entry Permit. Click here to know the step by step process for Exceptional Entry Permit. If you travelled after 29 November, you can get an automatic entry permit. Click here to know about Automatic 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.

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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.

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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.

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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).


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  1. Dear All, for my family they exited Qatar and got the exceptional entry permit automatically issued having validity of 6 months. If they outside Qatar beyond 6 months how can I get the exceptional entry permit extended and also how to get the entry period issued for staying outside more than 6 months. Currently the Methrash-2 does not all applying for the entry permit- message the services are temporarly not available.

  2. Dear I got job in Doha Qatar in Feb2020. Return back to home country for change of visa and QVC biometric medical and other verification after completing MOI qatar issues me visa. But the very next day lockdown was started and all flights to Qatar was cancelled.
    My employer still need me and ready to get me on board.
    Pls advise how he can get return permit for me.
    Your feed back will be highly appreciated.
    Thanks
    Ali Johar

  3. I have renewed the QID of my Daughter while she was in Qatar but i didn’t collected the QID card from MOI. Now she is outside Qatar and MOI can not print mentioning that she is out of Qatar right now. As per her printed QID, it has already expired in last week. Is it will be a issue when she is returning to Qatar ? She is out side Qatar only for 3 months.

  4. My family RP get expired they are outside the country now RP expired Nov-2019 help with me the details of how can i bring him back to qatar:33220391

  5. Hi everyone actually I am out side qatar 7 month my possible my company mandob submit paper because my company blocked

  6. What will i do if my passport number in my residence id in qatar is not the same with my new passport? The reason why its different because i applied a new passport here in philippines my old passport was lost in my employers hand.

    1. It is not clear how you entered your country without a Passport. Have you gone with travel papers from your embassy as you lost your passport?

  7. They want me to show return permit because the passport number and my residency number in qatar is not the same. My employer lost my passport so i go home with travel documents only.. they hold me here ik the airport .what will i do?

  8. hi all, i wanted to get return permit for my wife. she is my sponsorship. so i applied through Metrash2. after finishing i saw one message it says we will issue the Return permit and sent to your email id.
    my question is how long time it will take ? still i am waiting my wife is travelling on friday and i have to send her to return permit visa copy.

  9. siva subramanyam

    Can i apply for return visa for my family, when iam in india.
    I mean if i am out of qatar, am i able to apply in metrash for the return visa ?

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