How To Get On Arrival Visa for Baby Born Outside Qatar (2023)

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.

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. Hi, If newborn baby arrived within 2 months will get newborn on arrival visa? Any one recently came across the situation?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Mach, Yes, as per the experience of recent travellers, new born visa will be issued if arriving within 2 months and mother is under Family sponsorship.

  2. Dear team,
    I have already planned for my new born baby arrival who will be 3.5 months old , all conditions are ok, noticed the recent update. So after arrival need to apply in Metrash for residence permit . After permit need to change visa . Is it correct.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi RP, If there is enough time you can apply for baby’s RP visa even before arriving. Note there is a delay in approvals nowadays. If the travel date is within one month, it is better to apply after arrival (this may require QR 500 extra for changing visa type).

  3. Hello! My niece is born outside Qatar; her mom and dad both have RP in Qatar and wife is under husbands sponsor. Little niece is 2 months old. They have applied her RP online but want to bring baby girl to Qatar ASAP. Since her RP hasn’t come yet, can she be brought on visa on arrival? As per this post. Just for reference: Baby is born in Pakistan and mom and dad are both Pakistani with RP in Qatar. Thank you to anyone to helps with a response.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Madiha, Since both parents have Qatar RP and mother is under father’s sponsorship, the baby can get visa on arrival. Later you can change to family RP. Try to enter before the baby turns 3 months.

  4. My baby is born here in Qatar, I am under company sponsorship and I want RP under my sponsorship, we tried with main immigration offices and none has been helpful,they say to apply in Metrash2 and I don’t find the option in it working. How can I apply for RP in Metrash2 or what else can I do?I am planning on leaving Qatar soon,in that case without RP will they allow my baby to go?

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi NK, Did you apply for baby’s RP from your husband’s Metrash or yours?

      1. Hello Doha guides,I wanted to change sponsorship of my elder son who is already under husband sponsorship to under mine as he is leaving the country. How can I do that ? Thanks

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi NK, If you are eligible to sponsor your son, you and your husband can make a joint request. Please consult with a typing center as you need to complete some application forms.

  5. My wife is returning after more than 6 months outside Qatar with a return permit. Can she bring my 3 month old baby together with her or does she need to re-enter first then she come with the baby? Thank you.

  6. Hi my name is Justin and my wife name Divya.
    We have a new born baby.
    We r planning to take my daughter to hear Qatar.
    Me and my wife having Qatar ID .she is working in one company and me also in another company.
    I want to bring my daughter 50 days old through onarrival visa under my wife sponser t
    Is it possible

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Justin, We are not sure if your baby can get visa on arrival as your wife is not under your sponsorship. You can contact the Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999 or [email protected]. If they say that it is not possible, your wife can apply to be baby’s sponsor (with NOC from employer). This can only be done after your wife reaches Qatar.

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