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 21 November 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 spouse, children, father, mother, or other relatives of the first and second degrees to Qatar for a short visit. The visa is issued for one month and can be extended for another five 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 Latest News And Updates 2023

21 November 2023 STATUS

Currently, the Family Visit Visa also requires CEID verification for adults. This stage comes after the visa number is issued. The application status on Metrash will be “Under Process” with the visa number. On average this is taking 1-2 weeks.

Since September, Family Visit Visa applications are being accepted for visitors aged 60 and above. Many recent applicants have already received their visa numbers.

Additionally, visit visa extensions of up to 6 months are permitted for spouses and children.

Since the first week of October, there has been a delay in approvals for adults. Some applications are taking 3-4 weeks.

Applications for family visit visas can be submitted online using the Metrash app.

The new Immigration office at Al Duhail is now allowing entry for expatriates who want to make changes to their Visit Visa or Family RP applications or resubmit documents. You can park your car in the basement and proceed to the first floor.

Please note that the information provided above is not based on any official announcement but rather on the recent experiences of applicants who visited MOI Centers. Individual outcomes may vary depending on various factors.

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Health Insurance For Family Visit Visa

Health insurance is now mandatory for a Family Visit Visa. Once your visa is approved, you will receive an SMS with a link to purchase the health insurance online.

Applicants can buy health insurance for QAR 50 per month from any of the registered insurance companies listed on the MOPH website. More details about visitors’ insurance are available here.

Attestation For Marriage Certificate

Until recently, most visit visa applications for spouses were approved without an attested marriage certificate. However, nowadays attestation is compulsory for marriage certificates.

For a Family Visit Visa, attestation is not mandatory for children’s birth certificates. It is mandatory for a Family Residence Visa.

Qatar Family Visit Visa Requirements

Expatriate residents in Qatar can apply for a family visit visa subject to meeting minimum salary and professional requirements.

Minimum Salary For Family Visit Visa in Qatar

The minimum salary required to apply for a Family Visit Visa in Qatar for spouses and children is QR 5,000 per month.

A minimum monthly salary of QR 10,000 is required to apply for Family Visit Visas 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 a Qatar family visit visa

Profession Requirement for Family Visit Visa in Qatar

Most expatriates with the required minimum salary are eligible to apply for a family visit visa. However, some applications may be rejected if the applicant’s profession on Qatar ID is labour-type.

Even if an application is rejected due to an ineligible profession, the Captain at the MOI Service Center has the power to change the decision.

Family Members That Can Be Hosted

  • First Degree: Wife, Children, Father, Mother
  • Second Degree: Brother, Sister, Grandfather, Grandmother, Grandchildren
  • Third Degree: Children of brother or sister, Paternal uncle or aunt (brother or sister of father), Maternal uncle or aunt (Brother or sister of mother)

Documents Required for Qatar Family Visit Visa

If applying for a visit visa for wife and children

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

  • Visitor’s passport copy (minimum validity of 6 months)
  • Proof of relationship (Wife: Marriage Certificate / Children: Birth Certificate)
  • Round-trip flight tickets

Employment details are not required when applying through the Metrash app, as currently labour contracts are linked with the Metrash system.

If applying for a 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 (minimum validity of 6 months)
  • Proof of relationship (Birth Certificate, Passport, etc.)
  • Round-trip flight tickets

Qatar Family Visit Visa Fee

Qatar Family Visit Visa fee is QAR 200 for 30 days. The entry visa can be extended by paying QAR 200 per month.

  • Medical check-up: A medical check-up for a visa extension costs QAR 100.
  • Fine for overstaying: The fine for overstaying beyond the allowed period is QR 200 per day.

Qatar Family Visit Visa Validity

Qatar Family Visit Visas are initially issued for one month (30 days). After the visitor enters Qatar and undergoes a medical test, the visa can be further extended for another five months for spouses and children (total 180 days) and two more months for other relatives (total 90 days).

Health insurance needs to be taken for the additional period.

As the rules may change from time to time, an extension beyond 90 90-day stay is not guaranteed. If you are planning to extend for 5 more months (after one month) please confirm with the Immigration Department before purchasing additional insurance.

Number of Days To Enter Qatar After Visa Approval

Once the visa is approved, it will have the “visa valid till” date printed on the top. This is the last date for entry to Qatar (not the last date of stay in Qatar). Currently, it is 90 days from the date of visa approval. Visitors cannot use this visa after this date.

Qatar Family Visit Visa 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 where residents can apply for family visit visas through the Metrash2 mobile.

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

How To Apply For Qatar Family Visit Visa Online

Below are the steps to apply for a Qatar Family Visit Visa using the Metrash mobile app.

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”

Family Visit Visa Metrash New Application Button

Step 7. Fill up the details of the visitor

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

Family Visit Visa Application Page on Metrash

Step 8. Click on the “Validate” button

Qatar Family Visit Visa Metrash Validate Button

Step 9. Upload the required photos or scans of the documents

  • Document scans/photos must be clear and readable.
  • For documents with multiple pages, you must combine both photos/scans to create one JPG file.
  • When uploading passports, photo and bio pages should be on the same side.
  • For “Marriage Certificate (Others)”, you can upload the attested backside of the marriage certificate.
  • 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, you will be notified to make the required changes. After verifying and approving the application, you will receive an application number.

The application status will change to “Under Process”, “Under Review” and again to “Under Process” before getting approved.

Step 11. Pay the required fee

Once the visa is approved, you have to pay the visa fee (QR 200) online via Metrash. To make the payment, go to the “Visa Fees Payment” icon on the “Visa Operation” page.

Pay Visit Visa Fee On Metrash

Step 12. Buy health insurance

From April 2023, health insurance needs to be taken after the visit visa is approved (not during application).

Once your visa is approved, you will receive a message to buy the insurance. While buying the insurance, enter the visa number and it will be updated in the Metrash system. The visa can be printed only after insurance has been purchased.

After this, you can download the visa copy and send it to the visitor for travel.

How To Check the Status of Family Visit Visa

You can see the status on your Metrash app itself.

Check Family Visit Visa Status on Metrash

You can also check the family visit visa status on the Ministry of Interior website under Inquiries >> Visa Services >> Visa Approval Tracking (link).

Qatar Visa Check Online

Enter the application number and application date or sponsor’s QID number. Make sure all the required details are filled in correctly, and you’ll be able to check your visa status.

Applying Family Visit Visa Offline

The Ministry of Interior (MOI) no longer entertains offline applications for family visit visas. You are required to apply via the Metrash mobile app.

Family Visit Visa Rejected: What To Do

There may be several reasons why your family visit visa application is rejected. Often it is due to submitting wrong or insufficient documents.

If the document photo is not clear or not attested (in the case of a marriage certificate), you can do the attestation and resubmit again. However, it is imperative to understand the reason and fix it before applying again.

Applications can also be rejected if the applicant (a Qatar resident) does not comply with the required conditions (salary or profession). If the application is rejected due to the applicant not meeting the salary requirement, it would be difficult to get approved again.

However, in case of rejection due to profession, you can try to meet the Captain at the Immigration Office in Duhail, and request for reconsideration. Sometimes he would approve if the profession is acceptable.

How To Cancel Visa Application In Metrash

If your application is still under review or process, you can cancel it by clicking on the right arrow on the status page. If this option is not available, you will have to visit any MOI Service Center.

Document Checklist for Family Visit Visa Travellers

  1. Passport (minimum validity of 6 months)
  2. Visa printout
  3. Two-way flight tickets
  4. Health insurance

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How To Extend Family Visit Visa

As the initial visa is issued for one month only, the sponsor has to extend it within the first month to avoid any penalties.

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

Other Points To Note

If the return ticket is after 30 days, some airlines may not allow visitors to board the flight since the initial visa is only for 30 days. So make sure to book a flight ticket that can be modified with a minimum change fee. In this way, once the visitor reaches Qatar, the ticket dates can be modified.

As this is an online visa, some airlines may require an “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 receipt they received after application submission shows “null” in most fields.

Please note that this is normal for all applicants. This document is only an acknowledgement that they received your application. Your application details will be in the system.

Visit Visa Application “Under Process” and “Under Review” Status

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

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 status change.

Qatar Family Visit Visa Approval Time

As of November 2023, the average approval time for a Family Visit Visa is 1-4 weeks. Please note that applications are processed in batches and may not be on a first-come first-serve basis.

Here is a video explaining the Family Visit Visa application process:

You can also watch the same video with Malayalam and Hindi audio. Please subscribe to the Doha Guides YouTube channel for more videos.

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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 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 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.

Is Qatar Family Visit Visa multiple entry?

No, the Qatar Family Visit Visa is a single-entry visa.

I cannot find the option to upload health insurance in Metrash. What to do?

From April 2023, health insurance need not be uploaded on Metrash. You have to buy the insurance after the visa has been approved. While buying insurance, add your visa number and it will be automatically updated in the system.

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  1. Mohammed siddiqui

    Hi DG Team,

    I’m planning to apply family visit visa for my wife, daughter & Mother, while applying metrash form is asking for visitors birth certificate, My mother doesn’t have one, & its asking for tickets to & fro, can i proceed with dummy tickets? and i don’t have attestation on my daughters birth certificate and marriage certificate, is it ok ?

    1. Mohammed Siddiqui

      one more thing i needed to ask is if i get 6 months extension after that if they leave the country when can i again apply for visit visa?

  2. Hi DG Team,

    Family visit visa for my Mother got approved today. In Metrash its showing 3 months allowable extension. So my doubt is, can we be able to extend the visa for another 3 months making it 6 months in total..?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Sajin, This is a new update (Earlier the initial visa was only for 1 month. Recent applicants are getting 3 & 6 months). Regarding extension you need to check that with MOI after your mother enters Qatar.

  3. Hi DG team,
    My mother-in-law is here in Qatar from Philippines with Hayya Visa. Unfortunately it came to my mind just now that Haya visa can not be extended for Filipinos, max duration of stay of only 30 days, so her last day of stay is December 5.
    Since it would be very important for us, if she can stay longer, therefore I would like to apply Family visit visa.
    Is it possible to start the process while she is still here in Qatar?
    As per my understanding once the Family visit visa is approved she has to leave and enter the country to activate it.
    Thank you.

  4. Hi DG,

    Thanks for your helpful information always. I couldn’t find my previous comment, I would have commented on it as this is a continuation of that. As you suggested earlier, my husband went to MOI on Sunday to link our marriage in the system so my Dad’s visa could be approved. The officer there told him the status will change in 3 days time, and truly, he was given a visa number on Monday, and by yesterday, his visa was approved. He was given 3 months duration of stay. My question is, do I later need to apply for an extension for him after he stays for one month or can he stay for 3months without need for extension on metrash.

    Thanks in advance for your helpful response.

    1. Ho Bolu, Please check your visa document once again. Usually the 3 months validity for family visit visa is the period within which he should enter. The initial visa is issued for 30 days from the date of entry and should be extended after medical test.

      1. Hi DG, thanks for your response. Yes there is visa validity date which is till February (3 months time). But it’s clearly stated “Duration of Residence: 3 months”. Is this probably new? Anyway I booked his flight ticket for only one month and I purchased only one month insurance as well.

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi Bolu, That’s good. Seems like a new visa type. Usually it shows “Duration of Residence: 30 days”. Anyways you can confirm the duration and requirement for medical after entry.

  5. Hello DG Team,
    Good afternon.
    The visit visa for my daughter already approved, but the middle name is missing in the visa notice, as per Qatar embassy in Phils. the name in visa notice should be same as per passport. I requested in metrash2 the visa name update last saturday. Do you have idea how long will it take to change or reflect the middle name in visa notice/metrash2.
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Mina, Instead of applying on Metrash you could have visited any MOI Service Center and done it same day. Since you applied on Metrash it will require manual approval, so we can’t say how many days it will take. If it is getting delayed you can try visiting any MOI Service Center with passport copy and visa print.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Hitesh, To prove the relation, upload your wife’s passport (with back page showing mather’s name). All other documents are explained in the article.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Muqthadir, Usually it takes some time (less than 24 hours) to show in the system. If you still can’t see after 24 hours, call 109.

  6. Hi DG Team,
    I want to bring my mother on Family Visit Visa, however I don’t have “Birth Certificate “ for my mother and myself.
    Can I upload Passport Copy (Indian) in birth certificate upload section for us both.
    Please advise. Thank you.

  7. Hi Team
    First I would like to say that you are doing a vary good work. Any time I need any info I visit this forum. And everytime I got my queries cleared.

    I have applied my parents visa, my mother’s visa showing that the visa number is issued but still under process. it’s been a week now. What’s the next step should I take? Should I visit the immigration office? I am staying in Al Khor, can you please help which office will be nearest to my location. There is a passport office in Al khor, should I visit the office to check this issue?
    Thanks in advance.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Rahul, Thanks for your kind words. Nowadays Family Visit Visa is also requiring CEID verification (security clearance). This happens after the visa number is issued. Average time is one week, could be longer in some cases. Visiting immigration or passport office may not be helpful as the application is with CEID department. Hopefully it would be approved this week.

  8. Hi. I applied for both of my parents for family visit visa last nov.12, note they are over 60yrs old. Last nov.14, I noticed there was visa number issued for both of them but still under process til today. May I know if there is a huge chance for them to get approved because of the visa number, or is it given to all applicants by default after applying? Thanks in advance.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Shen de, Visa number is issued only after the application has been reviewed and manually approved by officials. After this stage there will be CEID verification (for adults), which normally takes less than a week.

  9. Hi,
    The family visit visa for my wife already got approval. later i have updated the Name through the ‘visa update’ option in Metrash and shown “Name has been updated Successfully”. But the name hasn’t updated yet. Once i go to the Visa printing Still showing the Same Name. please advise me with further proceedings.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Shuhaib, Sometimes it takes time to update in the system. You can call and check with 109. If it doesn’t get updated you may have to visit any MOI Service Center.

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