How To Get On Arrival Visa for Baby Born Outside Qatar (2024)

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Many expatriate women residing in Qatar go to their home countries during pregnancy as they want to be close to their extended family during the delivery.

When they come back, Qatar provides free visas on arrival for newborn babies, provided they arrive in Qatar within few months of their birth. This article explains the conditions required to receive an on-arrival visa for baby born outside Qatar.

Conditions To Get Visa For Baby Born Outside Qatar

Earlier, Qatar’s Ministry of Interior had tweeted the conditions for issuing on-arrival visas for babies born outside Qatar on arrival at the port of entry.

According to MoI, here are the conditions for granting an on-arrival visa for a baby born outside Qatar:

1) Residence Permit for father and mother

It is an absolute must that the father and mother should have valid Residence Permits in Qatar

2) The baby should be no more than six months old

The baby cannot be more than six months old. If the parents cannot bring the baby to Qatar before they reach six months, they must apply for a Family Residence Permit first.

2023 UPDATE: Babies less than six months will be allowed entry to Qatar if mother is under father’s sponsorship. However please note that:

Babies entering Qatar before two months will be issued a New Born Visa, which can be directly converted to a Residence Visa. With this visa, the parent can easily apply for issuing QID.

If the baby is older than two months, a Tourist Visa will be issued (valid for 30 days) instead of a Newborn Visa. This means that the parent has to start the baby’s Residence Permit process from scratch (submitting all documents and waiting for approval). After the RP has been approved, the parent will have to pay QR 500 for the conversion from a Tourist Visa to a Residence Visa. This process will be more expensive and time-consuming than a New Born visa.

So it is advisable to enter Qatar before the baby turns two months.

3) The wife should be on the sponsorship of the husband

Another condition is that the wife should be under the husband’s sponsorship. If the father and mother are under company sponsorships, they cannot get a visa on arrival for the baby.

4) Original birth certificate and a valid passport for the baby

You should also bring the original birth certificate for the baby. A copy of the birth certificate may not be accepted. Also, the baby should have a valid passport from your home country.

Conditions For Visa On Arrival For New Born Baby in Qatar

Cost of the Visa

The visa is provided free of cost for newborn babies on arrival along with their parents at the entry border.

Once the baby enters Qatar, the parents must apply for a Residence Permit Card (QID) through Metrash2 or any Ministry of Interior Service Centre.

Another thing to remember is that if the mother has stayed out of Qatar for more than six months, it would be considered an overstay, and she would need a return permit to come back.

If your baby is older than six months, please check with Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999 regarding your options.

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FAQ on Visa For Baby Born Outside Qatar

Can babies born outside Qatar get visas on arrival?

Yes, babies younger than six months can get visas on arrival if both parents hold Qatar Residence Permits.

What are the conditions for getting a Qatar visa on arrival for a baby?

The parents should have residence permits, the wife should be under the husband’s sponsorship, plus the baby’s original birth certificate and passport are also required.

What is the cost of an on-arrival visa for a newborn baby?

The visa on arrival for newborn babies is free in Qatar.

Can the baby get a Residence Permit card at the airport?

No, once the baby reaches Qatar, parents must apply for a Residence Permit card through Metrash2 or any Ministry of Interior Service Centre.

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  1. Hello DG,
    How would I convert the New Born Visa to RP? This process doe not require any documents aside from the NB visa?

    Thank you.

  2. Mohammed salman

    Hi Doha guide, what to be uploaded for signature column while applying for qid for infants on metrash2…

  3. Hi DG,
    Would you know how I can get new born visa for baby less than 2 months if I am (mother) is the only one working in Qatar under compamy sponsorship?
    Gave birth in my home country since husband is also working there.

    thanks and regards,

  4. Hi DG Team,

  5. Jerrin Abraham

    I want to bring my child to qatar he is 7 months old and my wife is having residence permit not under my sponsorship( currently on india). And i have a resident permit under my company sponsorship. What is the option to bring mu child to qatar.

    Please help

  6. hai DG,
    Iam sadiya from India I have a residential visa under my husband sponsorship without qid so can I get new born baby visa for my new born baby or do my husband need to apply for visit visa

    please help me out

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Sadiya, If you don’t have QID yet, then it would be safer to get a visit visa or tourist visa for the baby.

  7. Hi DG,
    Just wanted to update you that my family arrived in Qatar last week. My daughter was 4 months and 3 weeks old when she arrived and was given a newborn visa on her arrival. I just had to upload her signature and a photograph in Metrash2 and received her QID in 3 days.
    PS: Wife has QID under my sponsorship.

    1. hi rakhshit
      the same situation with me also yesterday i arrived in qatar with new born baby and got new born visa .
      here i need to know can i go directly any immigration office with required documents for get physical Qid.

  8. HI DG,
    Am lakshmanan, currently Outside of Qatar, and next week I can get a passport for my baby(6month ). I would like to apply for RP , so that can I get approval quickly because my return date is 5th of March. please advise

    1. Hi Lakshmanan, You can apply for RP on Metrash only after the baby gets a passport. Also, you will need an attestation on the baby’s birth certificate. This will be difficult from outside Qatar.
      If your wife has QID under your sponsorship, you can bring the baby to Qatar on a tourist visa (issued on arrival if the baby is less than 6 months old). After arriving in Qatar, you can apply for RP.