Qatar Family Visit Visa Requirements & How To Apply (2023)

Doha Guides Team regularly reviews this article to ensure the content is up-to-date and accurate. The last editorial review and update were on 28 January 2023.

What is Qatar Family Visit Visa?

Qatar Family Visit Visa is a type of short-term visa that enables expatriate residents to bring their father, mother, wife, children, or relatives of the first and second grades to Qatar for a short visit. The visa is issued for one month and can be extended up to six months (in some cases).

This article explains the requirements, documents, application process, visa cost, and other details of the Qatar Family Visit Visa.

Please Note: This is a short-term visa for visiting purposes only. Foreign employees who wish to sponsor their families to live long-term in Qatar should refer to the Family Residence Visa Procedure.

Qatar Family Visit Visa New Updates

27 JANUARY 2023 STATUS

As per the available information (based on the experience of other applicants):

(1) Several Family Visit Visa applicants have received approvals this month (January) while some applicants are still under processing. Some older applications submitted before the World Cup have been reportedly removed from the system. The reason could be that their flight tickets and insurance have expired. New applications can now be submitted online using the Metrash app. There is no announcement on the time required for approval.

(2) Family Residence Visa applications can be submitted online using the Metrash app. However, processing priority is given to public sector employees. Some private sector employees with salaries above QR 15,000 have recently received approvals.

(3) MOI Centres are still not entertaining walk-in visitors for new visa applications or follow-ups (except in rare cases). Most applicants who visited Gharaffa MOI Service Centre after 23 January 2023 were asked to come back after 1-2 weeks.

Note that the above information is not based on any official announcement, but on the experience of recent applicants who visited MOI Centres. Individual experiences may vary depending on several factors.

Number of Days To Enter Qatar After Visa Approval

Prior to FIFA World Cup, MOI had reduced the validity of family visit visas to 30 days only. However, new family visit visas that were issued in 2023 are reportedly having 90 days of validity. This means visitors can enter within 90 days of visa approval.

Once the visa is approved, it will have the “visa validity” date printed on top. This is the last date for entry to Qatar (not the last date of stay in Qatar). Visitors cannot use this visa after this date.

Age Limit For Qatar Family Visit Visa

Currently, there is an age limit of 60 years for issuing a family visit visa. The Metrash system does not accept applications if the visitor’s age is above 60 years. In such cases, you can see if the visitor is eligible for a visa on arrival.

Travel Insurance Requirement

Travel insurance with coverage for healthcare services in Qatar is now mandatory to apply for a family visit visa (from July 2021). The insurance document should be uploaded to Metrash2 or submitted in person while applying for a visa. It is advisable to take insurance for 3 months.

Attestation For Marriage Certificate

Until recently, most visit visa applications for spouses were approved without submitting an attested marriage certificate. However, nowadays several applicants are being asked to provide an attested marriage certificates.

Often these certificates are handwritten, issued by local / religious bodies (mosque, church, temple etc.) or in cases where the certificate’s authenticity cannot be verified. Please check if your certificate is in a standard acceptable format with official stamps, or else get it attested.

Salary Requirement for Qatar Family Visit Visa

The minimum salary required to apply for a family visit visa in Qatar for spouses and children is QR 5,000 (USD 1,373).

A minimum salary of QR 10,000 (USD 2,747) is required to apply for a family visit visa for other relatives.

Visa TypeMinimum Salary Required
Family Visit Visa – Spouse and ChildrenQR 5,000
Family Visit Visa – Other RelativesQR 10,000
Minimum salary required for Qatar family visit visa

This requirement was confirmed by the Ministry of Interior’s senior official in November 2021.


Family Visit Visa Duration

A Qatar family visit visa is initially issued for one month (30 days). For the last several months, new family visit visas are being extended for two months only (a total stay of 90 days).

Earlier, the family visa could be extended for another five months for first and second-degree relatives and in-laws (Father, Mother, Sister, Spouse, and Children) and two more months in the case of other relatives. Nowadays extension is allowed only for 60 more days. There is no official announcement if longer extensions will be allowed again.


Family Visit

Documents Required for Qatar Family Visit Visa

If Applying Visit Visa for Wife and Children

While applying through Metrash, the following documents should be uploaded:

  • Visitor’s Passport copy
  • Proof of Relationship (Wife: Marriage Certificate / Children: Birth Certificate)
  • Round Trip Flight Tickets
  • Health Insurance valid in Qatar (3 months validity is recommended)

The following documents also may be required if applying offline (directly at MOI Service Centre):

  • Application Form (You can get this completed through any typing center)
  • Applicant’s Qatar ID copy
  • No objection letter from employer, citing profession and salary
  • Work contract (Notarized by the Labour Department)
  • Photocopy of Company’ Card’s Registration Card 

If Applying Visit Visa for Other Relatives

Only married expatriates with family in Qatar can apply to sponsor other relatives.

While applying through Metrash, the following documents should be uploaded:

  • Visitor’s Passport copy
  • Document to prove relationship (Birth Certificate, Passport, etc.)
  • Round Trip Flight Tickets
  • Health Insurance valid in Qatar (3 months validity is recommended)

The following documents also may be required if applying offline (directly at MOI Service Centre):

  • Application Form (You can get this completed through any typing center)
  • Applicant’s Qatar ID copy
  • Wife’s Qatar ID copy
  • No objection letter from employer, citing profession and salary
  • Work contract (Notarized by the Labour Department)
  • Photocopy of Company’ Card’s Registration Card 

Qatar Family Visit Visa: Online and Offline Application

Traditionally, applying for a family visit visa was to visit any Ministry of Interior (MoI) Service Centre and submit copies of the documents along with the printed application form.

In 2018, Qatar introduced an online system using which residents can apply for family visit visas through Metrash2 or MOI website.

Through this service, you can upload all the required documents in the allocated fields, track the application status and pay the fees electronically once approved.


How to Apply for Qatar Family Visit Visa Online?

Step 1. Open the Metrash2 app on your mobile and log in

If you haven’t registered for Metrash2, see our comprehensive Metrash2 User Guide

Step 2. Click on the “Visa” icon

Apply Family Visit Visa Metrash

Step 3. Click on the “Issue Visa” icon

Apply Family Visit Visa Metrash

Step 4. Click on the “Family Visit” icon

Apply Family Visit Visa Metrash

Step 5. Select “Family Visa Application”

Apply Family Visit Visa Metrash

Make sure to select “Family Visa Application”, not “Family Resident Application”.

Step 6. Click on “New Application”

Step 7. Fill up the details of the visitor

The details to fill up include Gender, Relation, Nationality, Date of Birth, Passport Details etc.

Step 8. Click on “Validate”

Step 9. Upload the required photos or scans of documents

  • The document scans/photos must be clear and readable.
  • When uploading passports, the photo and bio pages should be on the same side. You must combine both photos/scans to create one JPG file.
  • Often a birth certificate is asked to prove your relationship with the visitor. If this is unavailable, you can also use any other document proving the relationship.

Step 10. You will receive an update after a few days

If there are any missing or mismatched documents, the applicant will be notified about them to make the required changes. After verifying and approving the application, you will receive an application number to proceed with the fee payment.

Step 11. Once the visa is approved, you have to pay the visa fee online

Once the visa fee is paid via Metrash2, you can download the visa copy and send it to the visitor.

Applying Family Visit Visa Offline

For the offline application, you would need a completed application form [Download the form here] in addition to the other documents mentioned above. You may also get this application form filled out from any typing centre.

Qatar Family Visit Visa Application
Family Visit Visa Application Form

You may also need the following documents:

  • Take the originals of your Passport, QID and Letter from the employer for verification if needed.
  • Take a copy of your Tenancy Contract / Kahramaa Bill as proof of where the visitor will stay while in Qatar (often, this is not required).
  • If you are on your spouse’s sponsorship and the tenancy contract is in your spouse’s name, you will need to supply a marriage certificate to show proof of your relationship.

Take the required documents to any Ministry of Interior (MoI) Service Centre. Take a token number from Reception, and wait for your turn. When your number is displayed on the screen, go to the counter and submit the documents.

Sometimes they would write comments on your application and ask you to meet the Captain for final approval. The Captain will decide if your application can be accepted. If found satisfactory, you would be given a receipt and asked to check after 2-3 working days.

After two days, check the status online through the link on the receipt. If you have Metrash 2 installed on your phone, you will be notified of the status change.

If the visa is approved, you can pay the visa fees online via Metrash2 or the MoI Service Centre. The visa can be downloaded at this link.

Documents Checklist for Family Visit Visa Travellers

  1. Passport
  2. Visa Printout
  3. Two-way flight Tickets
  4. Travel Insurance

How To Extend Family Visit Visa

As the initial visa is issued for one month only, the sponsor has to do the visa extension within the first month to avoid any penalty.

Relatives wishing to stay beyond one month must undergo a medical test within a few days. Here is the detailed process of doing a medical test for a visit visa extension.

Once the medical examination is passed, the visit visa can be extended online using the Metrash mobile app (Visa –> Visa Services –> Extend Visa) or by visiting any MOI service centre.

Family Visit Visa Fees

A fee of QAR 200 applies for each visa and QAR 50 for each registered dependent or companion.

The visa can be extended by paying QAR 200 per month (QAR 50 per month for the companion).

  • Medical check-up for visa extension costs QAR 100.
  • QR 200 per day is the fine for overstaying beyond the allowed period.

Other Points To Note

Even if the visitor plans to stay for more than one month, the return ticket should be within the end of the first 30 days.

Since the initial visa is for 30 days only, some airlines may not allow the visitor to board the flight if the return journey is scheduled after 30 days. Once the visitor reaches Qatar, the ticket dates can be modified.

So make sure to book a flight ticket that can be modified with a minimum change fee.

As this is an online visa, some airlines may require “OK to Board” status in their system before departure. You can get this status by showing the visa copy to the airline’s Doha office.

“Null” Status on Visit Visa Application Receipt

Some of our readers have raised concerns that the acknowledgement receipt they received after application submission has only “null” on most fields. Please note that this is normal for all applicants. This document is only an acknowledgement that they have received your application. Your application details will be in the system.

Visit Visa Application Under Review and Under Process Status

Applicants often get confused about changes to their visit visa application status. It is normal that each visit visa application goes through “Under Process” and “Under Review” statuses multiple times before getting approved.

If your application status changes between these two, you do not have to do anything. In most cases, the application will be approved within days of a change in status.

READ NEXT: How To Do Medical Test For Visit Visa Extension


FAQ on Qatar Family Visit Visa


What is the salary requirement for a family visit visa in Qatar?

To apply for a family visit visa for your spouse and children, a minimum salary of QR 5,000 is required; for other relatives, a minimum salary of QR 10,000 is required.

What is the cost of a family visit visa in Qatar?

A Qatar family visit visa costs QAR 200 (USD 55) per month.

How can I apply for a family visit visa in Qatar via Metrash?

You can apply for a family visit visa online by filling in the visitor details and uploading the document scans or photos. Step-by-step instructions can be found on this page.

How can I extend my Qatar family visit visa?

You can extend the one-month visit visa after completion of a medical check-up. There is a renewal fee of QAR 200 per month for each additional month.

Can I convert my family visit visa to a residence visa in Qatar?

Yes, if you are eligible to sponsor your spouse and children, you can convert your family visit visa to a residence visa.


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  6. How To Print Covid Vaccination Certificate in Qatar

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  1. I uploaded all required documents for family visit before 2 weeks. Even after uploading all the required documents now metrash shows “document missing”, and the missing document is marriage certificate as per metrash. But I uploaded my marriage certificate as well. Could you please advise or let me know what might be the reason?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Mohamed, Nowadays MOI is asking for attestation if the marriage certificate is issued by a local or religious body. Marriage certificates issued by governments and having official stamps are accepted. Can you check the format of your marriage certificate?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Bharati, Hotel booking is not required for family visit visa. It is needed for visa on arrival only.

  2. Hello DG,
    Just have an update regarding the visit visa I applied last Jan.24. The next day of Jan.25 I saw in Metrash the visa number as well as the visa validity of April 25.
    My question is, If the visa validity is until April 25,it means I can get a ticket with return country like from Feb. 5 to April 23?
    Not necessarily only 30days then rebook ticket if need extension?

    Query also.
    If the visa I applied validity already for 3 months, then maybe I can get an extension after that?

    What you think?
    Regards.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Isnaira, The visa validity shown is the last date within which the visitor should enter. Normally it is 90 days from date of approval. The visa is issued for 30 days from the date of entry. After entry, you should do medical test and apply for further extension.

  3. while applying for family visit visa for my wife and children on 25 jan, it did not ask for the tickets and travel insurance.
    Is it normal? what is the average wait time for the approval of visit visa

    1. Hi Ihsan,
      Really? That’s new. I just applied last Jan.24, and travel insurance along with confirmed ticket showed. Did you receive an application number after that?

    2. Which phone you are using while applying in mretrash? android or ios? Bcoz i checked now in apple IOS its still with insurance and ticket.

    3. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Ihsan, Normally you will see the place to upload ticket and travel insurance. Are you sure you selected visit visa (not residence visa)?

  4. Good Morning!!
    Dear DG,
On 24-Jan-2023 Tuesday earliy Morning 6 am i was apply my family visit visa for my wife on next day 25-Jan-2023 morning 10 am i got it approved within one day.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Shoaib, That’s fantastic news! Congratulations and thanks for sharing here. It would be helpful to others.

  5. Hi Please anybody update 180 days gap from last visit visa is still considered while applying visa. Please after 23 Jan 2023 have there removed??? Please update

  6. Hello!
    We got our Family Visit Visa – single entry ansd now already in qatar 3 days ago.

    We have plans of going to georgia during the duration of our stay here in Qatar. Is that still possible with the kind of visa that we have?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Tin, If the visa mentions single-entry it may not be possible. Anyways, please call the Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999 to check.

  7. Hi Doha Guide,
    Yesterday, I have received approval for my son family visit visa. But, my wife application is showing in metrash2 “DEFERRED” message since 4th January 2023. Already I have visited Gharafa MOI office two times before and they won’t allow inside office for follow-up, said that come back after two weeks if any queries.
    Hence, please advise me how to move forward and getting approval of family visit visa for my wife. Awaiting for your reply.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Ameer, If it is Deferred status, you need to check directly what is the issue. Currently, direct follow-up is not entertained at Gharaffa. So you may have to wait till February. You can also try calling the Metrash helpline (2342000) to see if they have any information about this status. We are not sure if this would be helpful.

  8. Good morning Qatar. A lot of us are hoping that everything will return to pre-pandemic policies especially having our parents (aged 60+) to stay with us and spend time with their grand children. Having them here is a great experience for us considering the peacefulness and quality way of living this country provides to everyone.

    Qatar has always been a leader in building peace everywhere and having our loved ones here will definitely bring peace in our minds.

    Forever so grateful for Qatar’s generous policies and still looking forward to the same policies provided in the link.

    https://hukoomi.gov.qa/en/article/visas

  9. My daughter & son in law in kuwait visited the visa office with application and documents for visas for myself & my wife (Kuwait resident permit Indian Nationality). The authorities did not even entertain their application nor did they see it and rejected. We are parents and try to spend 10 days with our daughter during the Kuwait National Holidays.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Subbaraman, We can understand your disappointment. Since December 2022, we have been saying that direct applications and follow-ups are not entertained at MOI Service Centers. This doesn’t mean they are not issuing visas. In Qatar, we have an online system (Metrash app) for visa applications. The visa application through Metrash is still open and we have seen several visit visa applications being approved this month. We are 100% sure about this as we work closely with several travel agents, and typing centres and speak with visa applicants on a daily basis. Your children can easily apply on Metrash instead of visiting the Service Center. Please note that some applications are approved in a few days while some may take weeks. Hopefully, yours will be approved before Kuwait National Day. All the best.

  10. HI, DG Admin,
    FYI, As of now family visit visa extension only up to two months (total 90 days), just yesterday I finished the medical for my family for visa extension.
    Is there any update when it will be changed to normal 6 months, same as before.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Mohamad, Thanks for sharing your experience. Since 2022, they have reduced the total duration to 3 months. No idea if they would make it 6 months again.

  11. Hi
    I applied family visit visa for my wife and children’s on 25/01/2023 usually how long will take to get approval.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Shebin, No definite answer to that now. Some are lucky to be approved in a few days, while others have been waiting for weeks.

  12. Hi DG
    Any idea when they will process family visit visa for private employees?. I went to Immigration center today. They are saying us to wait and not giving any timelines.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Suraj, You can apply using Metrash. They have already started approving online (Metrash) applications. But they are not allowing direct submissions or follow-ups now.

  13. If family visit visa got rejected without any valid reason. Can I apply again or visit to MOI to reconsider?
    Is there any limit on number of family visit visa?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Krishna, You can apply again. Sometimes you may need to remove the old application from the system by visiting MOI Service Center. You can also ask them the reason for rejection.

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