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Residents and visa holders of the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or Schengen countries can now avail of Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) through the Hayya portal and stay in Qatar for up to 30 days. Whether you’re visiting Qatar for business or leisure, having a valid ETA visa will ensure a hassle-free entry into the country.
Applying for an ETA visa is a straightforward process, but it’s important to know the requirements and procedures to ensure a smooth application process. In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps on how to apply for a Qatar ETA visa online, including the necessary documents, fees, and processing time.
What is Visa With ETA Qatar
Visa With ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) is a pre-approval system that allows eligible travellers to visit Qatar for tourism or business purposes.
Usually, ETAs are available only to travellers from nations that have established a Visa Waiver Program with the host country. The application is done over the internet and the approval is linked to the passport number.
Qatar launched an ETA system in September 2017, under which citizens of all nationalities who hold valid residence permits or visas from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, or the United States of America can obtain an ETA for up to 30 days.
Currently, ETA for Qatar can be applied through the official Hayya portal. You only need to upload your documents, enter the required information, and pay the visa fee (if applicable).
Qatar ETA Visa Eligibility Requirements
- Qatar ETA Visa is available to nationals of all countries, who hold a valid Schengen, US, UK, Canada, Australia or New Zealand visa or residency.
- The visitor’s passport should be valid for at least three months from the date of entry.
- The visitor should have confirmed accommodation. This can be “Family and Friends Hosting” or “Other Accommodation” (hotel booking).
- The visitor should have a return flight ticket.
- The visitor should have health insurance (as per MOPH guidelines) if staying for more than 30 days.
Please note that nationals of more than 90 countries are eligible for a free visa on arrival in Qatar. Even if you are eligible for a visa on arrival, you can still apply for an ETA visa through the Hayya portal.
Qatar ETA Visa Cost
Qatar ETA Visa costs QAR 100 (USD 27).
Qatar ETA Visa Validity
The ETA Visa you receive through the Hayya platform is valid for 30 days from the entry date.
Entry Permits are valid for 30 days from the date of issue, so visitors must enter within those days.
How To Apply For Qatar Visa With ETA (A3) Online
Follow these steps to apply for a Qatar ETA Visa via Hayya Portal:
Step 1: Visit Hayya Portal
Go to the website address: www.hayya.qa
Step 2: Click on “My Hayya”
This is located on the top right of the page. Alternatively, you can click on “Apply for Hayya” in the centre of the page.
Step 3: Sign Up and Login
If you are a first-time user of the Hayya portal, click on “Sign Up” and create an account using your email address. You will be required to enter a verification code sent to your email.
Once you have created an account, login using your email and password.
Step 4: Click on “Apply for Hayya”
You can find this button in the centre of the page.
Step 5: Select Hayya Visit Category
Choose the “Visa With ETA (A3)” category from the drop-down menu.
Step 6: Select Visit Purpose
You can choose from a range of purposes including leisure, sports events, business meetings, weddings, shopping, heritage tourism, friend visits, participating in conventions and events, or select “Others” and specify the purpose.
Step 7: Upload Your Photo
Select “I have reviewed the instructions to upload my Personal Photo and Passport”. Then, click on “Browse Personal Photo”.
Ensure that the photo meets the requirements such as a light background and sharpness.
Step 8: Upload Your Passport
Click on “Browse for first page” and upload only the first page of your passport. Crop it so that the machine-readable zone (MRZ) is clear. Finally, click on “Save”.
Your data will be extracted automatically. If the data is unreadable, you can enter it manually.
Click on “Validate User”. If the “Validate User” option is inactive after automatic data extraction, select “Passport Type” as “Normal”.
The first and last names are mandatory requirements. Middle names, third Latin names, and fourth Latin names are optional. If your last name is not on your passport, you can add your father’s name as your last name. In that case, you should upload the last page of the passport along with the first page (to verify your father’s name).
Step 9: Provide Your Residency Information
Select your country of birth and your country of residence. Declare if you have a previous nationality. If you have, select the country.
Step 10: Upload Visa or Resident Card
Upload your valid Schengen, US, UK, Canada, Australia or New Zealand visa or resident card. Click “Save”.
Step 11: Select Your Accommodation Type
If you are staying with family or friends, your details should have already been added by your host in Qatar. Otherwise, you can select “Other Accommodation” and enter the accommodation name.
Step 11: Enter Your Contact Information
Enter your phone number and emergency contact details. Finally, click on “Review & Submit”.
Step 12: Pay the Visa Fee
Once your application has been reviewed and approved, you will receive an email with a payment link. The visa fee of QR 100 should be paid using a credit/debit card. Visa or Mastercard are usually accepted.
Once the visa application is processed, the Hayya Entry Permit will be sent to your email. You can also access your Entry Permit by downloading the “Hayya To Qatar” mobile app.
Hayya ETA Visa Processing Time
As of December 2023, there is a delay in approvals. Some applications are taking up to 3 weeks, while most are being approved in one week.
NOTE: If you are eligible for an ETA Visa, there is a chance that you are also eligible for a visa on arrival using ETA. If your travel dates are near and your visa application still is pending, you can contact the Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999 or [email protected] to check about your eligibility for visa on arrival.
- The Hayya Entry Permit is valid for 30 days. So applications should be made around 30 days before travel.
- The passport should be valid for at least three (3) months from the date of entry in Qatar.
- For each adult family member, a separate Hayya account is required to apply.
- You can add children as dependents to your Hayya account, but all details should be filled in. You can also apply separately for children. Children also must have a Visa or Residency from the US, UK, Canada, Schengen, Australia, or New Zealand.
- Visa holders are not allowed to work in Qatar during their stay.
Documents Needed For Travel Using ETA Visa
While travelling using the Hayya ETA Visa, you will need the following:
- Hayya Entry Permit
- Return Flight Tickets
- Health Insurance
- Accommodation Details
- Visa or Resident Card that makes you eligible for ETA
Currently, COVID-19 vaccination, PCR testing and Ehteraz pre-registration are not required for visitors to Qatar.
FAQ on Qatar ETA Visa Procedure
How many days is Qatar ETA Visa valid for?
Qatar ETA Visa holders can stay in Qatar for up to 30 days in one trip.
How much does a Qatar ETA Visa cost?
Qatar ETA Visa costs QAR 100 (USD 27).
How much is the fine after the Qatar ETA Visa expires?
The fine for an expired ETA visa in Qatar is QAR 200 (USD 55) per day.
Should I use only Qatar Airways for my travel?
You can use any airline to Doha. There are no restrictions on travel modes.
Can I bring a dependent along with me?
Yes, you can apply for dependents below 18 years old by adding their information on the Hayya application portal. Note that children must have a Visa or Residency from the US, UK, Canada, Schengen, Australia, or New Zealand.
Is there any age limit to apply for ETA Visa?
There is no age limit to apply for ETA Visa. As long as you meet the listed requirements, you can apply.
Will the validity of my UK, Schengen or US Visa/Residency affect my applications? And can I enter Qatar if it has expired?
To apply for Entry with ETA, your US, UK, Canada, Schengen, Australia, and New Zealand visa residency must be valid at the time you receive your entry visa and your passport should be valid for the next three (3) months from your arrival date in Qatar.
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Aneesh, the Founder & Editor of DG Pixels, holds a Master’s Degree in Communication & Journalism, and has two decades of experience living in the Middle East. Since 2014, he and his team have been sharing helpful content on travel, visa rules, and expatriate affairs.