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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
- Cost of the Visa
- FAQ on 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.
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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