Qatar Family Visit Visa Requirements and How To Apply (2022)

Doha Guides Team regularly reviews this article to ensure that the content is up to date and accurate. The last editorial review and update were on 21 September 2022.

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).

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.

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

Current Status of Family Visit Visa

After the suspension of various visit visa services to Qatar in 2020, the Ministry of Interior has resumed accepting family visit visa applications from all nationalities, including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, and the Philippines. Qatar residents who wish to bring family members on a visit visa can now fill in the application details and submit relevant documents through the Metrash2 app. 

21 SEP 2022 UPDATE: From 1 November to 23 December 2022, visitors’ entry into the State of Qatar will be restricted to holders of Hayya Card only. Visit visa services will be suspended during this period. The following categories will be excluded from the Hayya Card requirement:
– Qatari citizens, residents and GCC citizens holding a Qatari ID card 
– Holders of personal recruitment visas and work entry permits 
– Humanitarian cases through the airport (based on the approval from the official application platform)

1 SEPTEMBER 2022 UPDATE: Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has announced a new travel policy which will come into effect on Sunday, 4 September 2022, at 6 pm local time. This article has been updated to reflect these changes.

* Quarantine is no longer mandatory for all travellers arriving from abroad. However, if passenger tests positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Qatar, quarantine measures must be followed as stipulated by the State.

* Country classification based on COVID-19 risk (Red List and Standard Health List) is no longer applicable.

AUGUST 2022 UPDATE: Once the family visit visa is approved, the visitor is now required to enter the country within 30 days of the visa approval date. Earlier, this was 90 days from the visa approval date. This date is shown as visa validity on the visa page.

From 1 November 2022, entry into the State of Qatar will be restricted to holders of the Hayya Card, Qatari citizens and residents only. Everyone except Qatari citizens and residents must have a Hayya Card to enter Qatar during the tournament.

Current Restrictions for Family Visit Visa

1. The Ehteraz pre-registration and obtaining prior approval are mandatory for all visitors. An exemption is allowed for GCC nationals and residents.

2. A negative RT-PCR test result within 48 hours of travel is also mandatory for all visitors.

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.

Salary Requirement for Qatar Family Visit Visa

The minimum salary required to apply for a family visit visa in Qatar for spouse 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. 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.

MARCH 2022 UPDATE: For the last several months, new family visit visas are being extended for two months only (a total stay of three months). There is no official announcement when they will start extending for six months.


Family Visit

Documents Required for Qatar Family Visit Visa

If Applying Visit Visa for Wife and Children

  • Applicant’s Qatar ID copy
  • Visitor’s Passport copy
  • Proof of Relationship (Wife: Marriage Certificate / Children: Birth Certificate)
  • Round Trip Flight Tickets
  • Health Insurance valid in Qatar

The following documents may also be required in some cases (especially if applying offline):

  • No objection letter from employer, citing profession and salary
  • Work contract (Notarized by the Labour Department)
  • Photocopy of Company Card 

If Applying Visit Visa for Other Relatives

Only married expatriates with family in Qatar can apply to sponsor other relatives. Below are the required documents:

  • Applicant’s Qatar ID copy
  • Visitor’s Passport copy
  • Wife’s Qatar ID copy (if she is a resident)
  • Document to prove relationship (Birth Certificate, Passport, etc.)
  • Round Trip Flight Tickets
  • Health Insurance valid in Qatar

The following documents may also be required in some cases (especially if applying offline):

  • No objection letter from employer, citing profession and salary
  • Work contract (Notarized by the Labor Department)
  • Photocopy of Company 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 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.
  • Similarly, when uploading Qatar ID, both front and back should be on the same side of the 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.

03 JULY 2022 UPDATE: Please keep in mind that recently there has been an increase in the number of rejections and delays in processing family visit visas. However, there is no official announcement regarding this.

Earlier, the time taken for processing the family visit visa was a maximum of one week. Since the visa applications were resumed in 2021, it is taking up to 4 weeks for many people. So please plan accordingly.

Applying Family Visit Visa Offline

For the offline application, you would need a completed application form [Download the form here] in addition to 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 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 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 the 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.

Travel Using Family Visit Visa

  • Ehteraz pre-travel registration is required for all visitors. Here is our detailed guide on how to do Ehteraz pre-travel registration.
  • A negative RT-PCT test taken within 48 hours of arrival to Qatar is needed.
  • Travellers should download the Ehteraz mobile application and activate it on their mobile phones using a local or international SIM card.  

Documents Checklist for Family Visit Visa Travellers

  1. Passport
  2. Visa Printout
  3. Ehteraz Approval*
  4. Two-way flight Tickets
  5. Vaccination Certificate
  6. Negative PCR-Test Result
  7. Travel Insurance

* Optional for GCC nationals and residents

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.

Bonus 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.

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.

Please see the MOPH website for the latest updates. As the rules can be revised at any time, we strongly recommend you check this regularly for any changes that may affect your plans.

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?

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.


Related Guides:

  1. Qatar Family Residence Visa Procedure and Requirements
  2. Qatar Visa On Arrival: Complete Guide
  3. Qatar Visit Visa Types, Requirements, and Procedure
  4. Vaccination Schedule for Children in Qatar
  5. How To Print Covid Vaccination Certificate in Qatar

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  1. Family Visit Visa
    I applied for Family visit visa, but it’s still under process for the last 2 weeks. My wife is due to fly in on 29 September 22. Can she still fly with Visa on Arrival, if the Family Visit Visa is still not approved

    1. Hi Les, If your family is from a place other than India, Pakistan or Iran, they can come by following the visa-on-arrival procedures. Travellers from India, Pakistan or Iran cannot come as they need Discover Qatar hotel booking, which is closed now.

  2. Family visit visa
    Please update me my kids and wife coming to Doha on 5th October-2022 and we are expecting to extend upto 2 months more.
    Is there will be any issue as visit visa suspension from 1st November-2022.
    Please guide

    1. Hi Anwar, So far, there are no restrictions for those who enter before 1 November. We believe you should be able to extend the family visit visa.

  3. HI,
    I earn QR 2000 per month, is there any means i can go through to apply for family visit visa? I know the minimum is 5000

  4. Hi team,
    I have submitted the wrong data in the visit visa metrash2, I’m just checking and testing the next screen and it’s submitted,I want to remove this application, and resubmit again what should do now,

      1. I’ve been visiting the ghrafha immigration for the last 2 days, and they are telling me All visas are closed, systems are locked we can’t do anything on your request.

  5. Hi,
    I am Mohamed I need to apply family visit visa and I arrange the all documents and I check my employment contract in this
    adlsa page “https://empcont.adlsa.gov.qa/” I didn’t find my employment contract this is effect my visa approval of not.
    kindly advise.

    1. Hi Mohamed, It is OK. If the employment contract is not on the system and you are applying through Metrash, make sure to upload the salary certificate from your employer.

  6. Hi team, Is it possible to re-enter Qatar with husband’s Haya card even before the completion of 6 months of the previous visit?

    1. Hi Sweety, we think that should be fine as Hayya card entry is more like a visa on arrival. You can confirm with +974-4406 9999.

  7. Please let me know still Moi issuing family visit visa in qatar. because my visa still showing under review for a month.when i try to approch Gharrafa Immegration they not allow me go inside and they said to come after FIFA event.

  8. Anane Eric Listowell

    my family is here on a visit visa and it will expire next month 15th October, and i want them to stay for another 3 months so they can leave after the world cup is it possible and what do i have to do to make sure they stay without getting any fines.
    thank you
    Eric

  9. Hi DG, i have a query regarding family visit visa. I have applied for family visit for my wife and kid and it was rejected. I want to know how days it will take automatically to get it removed from metrash so that i can re-apply. When i applied for visa my proffession was technician in QID and now i changed it supervisor.can i get approval easily with supervisor visa or not.

    1. Hi Waseem, To remove the old application soon from the system, you may need to personally visit the MOI service centre. Supervisor is a better profession, but you need to know why the first application was rejected. Was your salary above 5000 and did you submit all documents?

        1. Hi Miks, Nowadays they don’t extend more than 90 days. 14 days extension was being given in some cases (not for all). You will need to visit Airport immigration and request.

    1. Thanks for your reply, i went to garafa immigration office to know the reason but i dint got any information y it was rejected.simply said to me visa are closed now by seeing my profession on id card.i submitted all the documents through metrash and my salary is above 7. So now i change my profession to supervisor but my old application its there in metrash. I heard its automatically get deleted after 120 days is it correct or i have to visit MOI to get it removed.

      1. Hi Waseem, Yes, your old application will get deleted automatically after a few months. Nowadays, most visit visa applications are either rejected or delayed due to World Cup entry restrictions. Changing the profession may not make much difference in that.

  10. Hii Doha guide…For permanent resident visa if we have visited Qatar on visit visa do we need to complete 180 days duration outside the country ?? Or this rule is applicable till fifa only

    1. Hi Chetan, The 180 days rule applies to family visit visa applications only. You can change to a permanent resident visa at any time.

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