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.
28 JULY 2021 UPDATE: Travel insurance with coverage for healthcare services in Qatar is now mandatory to apply for a family visit visa. The insurance document should be uploaded to Metrash2 or submitted in person while applying for a visa.
13 JULY 2021 UPDATE: Qatar’s Ministry of Interior (MOI) had earlier announced the resumption of issuing tourist and family entry visas, starting on 12th July 2021.
Now, MOI’s Metrash2 mobile app is accepting family visit visa applications from more countries 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 papers through the Metrash2 app.
Please note entry on tourist and family visit visas will be restricted to the following:
- Only fully vaccinated visitors who received any of the COVID-19 vaccines recognized in Qatar with at least 14 days since the last dose, are allowed to enter Qatar and are not required to quarantine.
- GCC citizens who was diagnosed and recovered from COVID-19 infection within any GCC country during the last 12 months and have then received a single dose of vaccine are exempted from quarantine once 14 days passed after vaccination. These exemptions are valid for up to 12 months after vaccination/recovery.
- Unvaccinated children aged (0-11) travelling with their fully vaccinated parents shall be exempted from the quarantine if they come from green listed countries.
- Unvaccinated children aged (0-11) travelling with their fully vaccinated parents shall be subjected to hotel quarantine for 07 days if they come from yellow listed countries.
- There is no exception for unvaccinated children coming travelling from red listed countries.
The Ehteraz pre-registration and obtaining prior approval is mandatory for visitors.
This article explains the requirements, documents, application process, visa cost and other details of the Qatar Family Visit Visa.
- What is Qatar Family Visit Visa?
- Documents Required for Qatar Family Visit Visa
- Qatar Family Visit Visa: Online and Offline Application
- How to Apply for Qatar Family Visit Visa Online?
- Applying Family Visit Visa Offline
- Family Visit Visa Duration
- Family Visit Visa Fees
- Bonus Points To Note
- FAQ on Qatar Family Visit Visa
Documents Required for Qatar Family Visit Visa
If Applying Visit Visa for Wife
- Husband’s Qatar ID copy
- Husband’s Passport copy
- Marriage Certificate copy
- Wife’s Passport copy
- Letter from husband’s employer citing profession and salary
- Travel Insurance (new requirement)
- Flight Tickets (new requirement)
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:
- Sponsor’s Qatar ID copy
- Sponsor’s Passport copy
- Sponsor’s Wife’s Qatar ID copy
- Sponsor’s Wife’s Passport copy
- Valid passport copy of the visitor
- Document to prove relationship (birth certificate, passport etc)
- Letter from sponsor’s employer citing profession and salary
- Travel Insurance (new requirement)
- Flight Tickets (new requirement)
Qatar Family Visit Visa: Online and Offline Application
Traditionally the process to apply 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 it is approved.
How to Apply for Qatar Family Visit Visa Online?
Step 1. Open 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
Step 3. Click on “Issue Visa” icon
Step 4. Click on “Family Visit” icon
Step 5. Select “Family Visa 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
- It is very important that the document scans/photos are clear and readable.
- When uploading passports, both photo page and bio page should be on the same side. You will need to combine both the 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 not available, you can also use any other document that proves the relationship.
Step 10. You will receive an update within 3 to 7 working days
If there are any missing or mismatching documents, the applicant will be notified about it to make the required changes. You will receive an application number to proceed for the fee payment after the application is verified and approved.
Step 11. Once the visa is approved you have to pay the visa fee online
Once the visa fees is paid via Metrash2, you can download the visa copy and send to the visitor.
Applying Family Visit Visa Offline
For the offline application, you would need a completed application form in Arabic [Download the form here] in addition to other documents mentioned above. If you are a non-Arab speaker, you may get this application form filled from any typing centre.
In addition to the documents listed above,
- Take originals of your Passport, QID and Letter from Employer for verification if needed
- Take a copy of your tenancy contract / Kahramaa bill, as a proof of where the visitor will be staying 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, then 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 2 days, check the status online through the link on the receipt. If you have Metrash 2 installed on your phone, you would be notified on the status change.
If the visa is approved, you can pay the visa fees online via Metrash2 or pay at the MoI Service Centre. The visa can be downloaded on this link.
Family Visit Visa Duration
Qatar family visit visa is issued for one month. The visa can be extended for another five months for first and second degree relatives and in-laws (Father, Mother, Sister, Spouse and Children) and can be extended for only two more months in case of other relatives.
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 for 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 overstay beyond the allowed period.
Bonus Points To Note
Even if the visitor is planning 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.
Since 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 at the airline’s office in Doha.
Please see the MOPH website for the latest updates. As the rules can be revised at any time, we strongly recommend that you check this regularly for any changes that may affect your plans.
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FAQ on Qatar Family Visit Visa
What are the requirements for a family visit visa in Qatar?
The requirements include copies of the sponsor’s QID, passport, visitors passport, a document proving the relationship, travel insurance and a letter from the sponsor’s company mentioning salary.
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 family visit visa online by filling up 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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