How To Do Medical Test for Visit Visa Extension in Qatar

Family Visit visas to Qatar are normally issued for 30 days only and can be extended after arrival. A medical test is compulsory for the extension of a family visit visa.

This article explains how to do the medical test for both visit visa extensions as well as for a family residence visa in Qatar.

When to do the Medical Test for Visit Visa Extension in Qatar

The medical test can be done any time before the expiry of the visit visa. Considering that the test results may take up to 3 working days to be updated, it is advised to do it at least within the first 15-20 days in Qatar.

PLEASE NOTE: This article is about the medical test for Family Visit Visa extension, which is different from the process for Family Residence Permit. In order to complete the Family Residence Permit procedure, the applicant should first obtain a blood-type (blood group) certificate from any clinic for a nominal fee, before taking up the Medical Commission exam. A blood-type certificate is not required for a visit visa extension.

Locations for Medical Tests

Most people opt to do medical tests for a visit visa extension in Qatar at the government-run Medical Commission Office in Doha.

The tests may also be carried out in authorized primary healthcare centres (Al Shamal Healthcare Center, Al Khor Healthcare Center, Al Wakra Healthcare Center).

The below process is about the medical test in the Medical Commission office which is the most preferred location.

Qatar Medical Commission Location

Medical Commission Office in Doha is located near Woqod Petrol Station near Industrial Area (Abu Hamour). Here is the location map:

Qatar Medical Commission Timing

Normally, Medical Commission is open from 7 am to 12 Noon and 2 pm to 7 pm from Sunday to Thursday. Friday and Saturday are holidays.

Afternoon sessions during mid-week days are comparatively less crowded for families. Keep in mind that on busy days, they may stop issuing tokens 1-2 hours before closing.

Documents Required for Medical Test

The following are the documents required to do the medical test for a visit visa extension in Qatar:

  • Original passport of the visitor
  • Clear copy of visit visa with a cell phone number to call for emergency
  • Debit/Credit card for payment of the fees

Fees for Medical Test

  • The fee for the medical test is QAR 100 per person
  • A debit/Credit card is required for payment. Cash payment is not allowed.
  • If you don’t have a Debit/Credit card, there is a bank counter near the women’s entrance that can issue a temporary debit card for a small fee.

Entrances to Medical Commission

The Medical Commission Office has separate entrances for male and female visitors. Upon entering the main gate, turn right for the female entrance. For the male entrance, go straight and take the right after the main building.

Men are not allowed to accompany female visitors, even if they are relatives. If the female visitor is someone who might need assistance, one female can enter along with the visitor.

The men’s section usually allows only the visitor to go inside (unless the visitor is old or physically challenged). So if you are giving your Debit/Credit card to the visitor make sure you give the card’s PIN code also.

Note that there are several entrances to Men’s section – one of them is for X-Ray and another is for employment visa medical tests. Check with the security at the entrance and make sure you are waiting at the right place.

Medical Test Procedure

The medical test for a visit visa extension in Qatar consists of screening for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. Permit applications are rejected if HIV tests are positive. The visitor will also receive a chest X-Ray for tuberculosis. Here is the detailed process:

  1. Upon entering, take a token number from the machine at the entrance (or someone will be there to issue tokens)
  2. Go to the registration counter when your token number is shown on the screen
  3. Give the original passport and visa copy (with the contact number)
  4. After entering the details in the system, they will ask for payment. Pay QR 100 using a debit/credit card.
  5. They will give back the passport, visa copy as well as a printout with the MC number
  6. Go to the area designated for the Blood Test (there are clear directional signs)
  7. The receptionist will check the printout and issue the bottle for a blood sample
  8. Go to the nearby room for a blood drawing (the receptionist will guide you)
  9. After the blood test, go for a chest X-Ray which is in another area (follow the directional signs)
  10. Once the X-Ray is done, you can leave

Sometimes X-Ray is done before the blood test. The staff will guide you depending on availability. In either case, you have to do both tests on the same day. There is another room for a physician’s check-up, which is not needed for a visit visa extension.

The total time required depends on how crowded the place is. On a lucky day, you may wrap up everything in 30 minutes. On another day it may even take 4-5 hours.

Medical Test Result

Usually, the medical test result is available within 24 hours. In some cases, it may delay up to 3 working days.

If the sponsor has activated Metrash2 on his phone, the result will be sent as an SMS. If Metrash2 is not activated, you can check on the Ministry of Public Health website. Here is the link to the website for the medical test result.

Medical Test for Children

For children on visit visa, a medical test is not required. Earlier you had to pay QR 100 as medical report fee for children (even without medical test). As per the recent visitors, Medical Commission is not charging this fee anymore.

Visit Visa Extension Process

2023 UPDATE: Since 2022 family visit visa extension is allowed only for up to 60 days after the initial 30 days (a total of 90 days).

Once the medical test is passed, the sponsor can immediately extend the visa online or through Metrash2. Visa extensions can also be done by visiting the MoI service centre. The visa extension fee is QAR 200 per 30 days.

For first and second-degree relatives, the visa can be extended for up to 150 days after the initial 30 days (a total of 180 days).

When renewing through Metrash2, make sure you select the correct number of days. By default, the number of days shown is 150 which means you would end up paying for a five-month extension.

If you are renewing the same visa for a second time, a medical test is not required again.

FAQ on Medical Test for Visit Visa Extension

What all medical tests are done for a visit visa extension?

The medical test for a visit visa extension in Qatar consists of blood tests for HIV, Hepatitis B and C. The visitor will also receive a chest X-Ray for tuberculosis.

How much is the fee for the medical test?

The fee for a medical test to extend a visit visa is QAR 100 (USD 27.50)

Do children need a medical test for a visit visa extension?

For children, there will be no medical test.

What are the timings of the Medical Commission?

Medical Commission is open from 7 AM to 12 Noon and 2 PM to 7 PM on Sunday to Thursday. Friday and Saturday are holidays.

How can I check the result of the medical test online?

If the sponsor has activated Metrash2 on his phone, the result will be sent as an SMS. If Metrash2 is not activated, you can also check on the Ministry website.

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  1. Binog Magpantay

    Good Day Doha Guide Team,

    I just want to ask something, what if the result of your medical for hepatitis B is positive? What will be the possible things to do to get approved the visa residence permit?

    Thank you

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Binog, It will depend on factors like your profession and how contagious is your condition. In some cases they are allowing exception even if Hep B positive.

  2. Hi Doha Guide Team,

    Good Day!

    Can you please let us know,what will be the timings for medical test during Ramadan?
    And any prior appointment need to be take?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Nikhil, As per MOPH, the Medical Commission timing during Ramadan is 9 am to 5:30 pm. They haven’t mentioned anything about appointment. You can call 44073933 to check.

  3. Muhammad Suleman

    Hi, I was waiting for my family member test result from three days and when I called medical commission office, they said it’s not registered. after confirmation they put the wrong visa number against the test MC number. now what is the procedure to make this correction?? and that is why I did not receive the result in SMS for extension.

  4. Hi DGT,
    I am here in Qatar with my 1 year old son on family visit visa. When I went for my medical test for visa extension, I got to know that fee payment for children is no more required. It can be extended by paying 200QR/month through Metrash 2 app. And I checked it after I got my medical test results…. Fee payment for children beliw the age of 12 years is not required. Please update the same in the article.
    Thanks and regards

    1. Hello Shilpa,

      Thanks for clearing the confusion. Was wondering the same as my child’s name is appearing in Metrash2 app by default in Extend Visa option without any medical examination.

      And may I know did you do your medical within one week of arrival or after one week has passed?

  5. Hi
    Good day.
    Can someone give me suggestions regards my 5yrs old child medical.
    He came on visit visa in doha,once he entered I received sms to do medical test before a week.
    I went to medical commission department and they refused to do medical of my child.
    Now I want to extend his visa will u suggest me how can I upload medical report on metrash 2 without doing test of my child.

    1. Hi Mohsin, Medical test is not required for children. If Metrash is not accepting renewal you can visit MOI Service Center.

    2. Hello Mohsin,

      Uploading of report is not required. Your child’s name will by default appear in Extend Visa option in Metrash2 app.

  6. Can someone tell me where to pay medical fee for Child for family visa extension. Medical Center asked to pay via metrash. However, I am not seeing any option.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Hemant, Hep-B is normally tested during a medical test. The visa extension may be rejected if found positive.

      1. Hey. I have been living in oman for 2 years. I have hepatitis B. They gave me family residence visa. My husband got a job in qatar. So i will not get family visa for qatar? Please Help.

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi Sakina, The rule is that Qatar Medical Commission will screen for Hep B. Sometimes they may relax rules as it is a family visa (no guarantee). You can check directly with Medical Commission before applying.

  7. Dr.Salil Hassan

    It is said that there is no medical test for children. Could you please clarify children up to what age will be exempted from Medical test?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Dr. Salil, Usually it is not required for children up to 15 years. You may double-check with Medical Commission on 00974-44679111.

  8. my mother is alzheimer’s patient. she want to take medical.she can’t obey our commands at proper time..what we do

  9. I want to know for the female or male doctors who is doing for medical checkup and xtay for ladies. Please give an idea about the staffs in female section?

  10. I came to qatar and my covid test report came reactive and have to stay home quarantine for 7 days nw and with in week I have to do medical test just in a week Becz I m on visit visa what is the procedure to get medical tests done? Plz reply I need it urgent.

      1. Doha Guides Team

        Hi John, Someone has to visit Immigration with all documents + PCR test results and get a visa extension. If the visa is not extended, you may be asked to pay fine.

  11. Hi,
    If i get positive for covid how can i do the medical for visit visa extension with in a one week..?because i have to stay home isolation for 10 days..please reply

  12. Visa number 382021228053 . medical on the date 01/07/2021and05/07/2021.All test medical report online sho sir.

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