Qatar Family Visit Visa Requirements and How To Apply (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.


Current Status of Family Visit Visa

After the suspension of various visit visa services to Qatar in 2020, the Ministry of Interior is now 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. 

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.
  • GCC citizens who were 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.

 The Ehteraz pre-registration and obtaining prior approval is mandatory for visitors.


11 NOVEMBER 2021 UPDATE: This article has been updated with the new requirements listed out by the Public Relations Department of the Ministry of Interior.

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.

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

Salary Requirement for Qatar Family Visit Visa

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

* This requirement was confirmed by the Ministry of Interior’s senior official on 11 November 2021.

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: Notarized Marriage Certificate / Children: Birth Certificate)
  • No objection letter from employer, citing profession and salary
  • Work contract (Notarized by the Labor Department)
  • Photocopy of Company Card 
  • Round Trip Flight Tickets
  • Health Insurance valid in Qatar

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)
  • No objection letter from employer, citing profession and salary
  • Photocopy of Company Card 
  • Round Trip Flight Tickets
  • Health Insurance valid in Qatar

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

Apply Family Visit Visa Metrash

Step 3. Click on “Issue Visa” icon

Apply Family Visit Visa Metrash

Step 4. Click on “Family Visit” icon

Apply Family Visit Visa Metrash

Step 5. Select “Family Visa Application”

Apply Family Visit Visa Metrash

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 after few 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 with the fee payment after the application is verified and approved.

NOTE: Earlier, the time taken for processing of family visit visa used to be a maximum of one week. After resuming the visa applications in 2021, it is taking up to 4 weeks for many people. So please plan accordingly.

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 other documents mentioned above. You may also get this application form filled from any typing centre.

Qatar Family Visit Visa Application
Family Visit Visa Application Form

In addition to the documents listed above,

  • 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 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 of 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

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.
  • All passengers must sign an Undertaking and Acknowledgement Form before arriving in Qatar.
  • A negative RT-PCT test taken within 72 hours of arrival to Qatar is needed.
  • Travelers should download the Ehteraz mobile application and activate it on their mobile phones using a local or international SIM card.  
  • Travellers from red list and exceptional red list countries may be required to undergo two days hotel quarantine (even if they are vaccinated)
  • Travelers should check the quarantine policy for detailed guidance according to the country of arrival classification.

Documents Checklist for Family Visit Visa Travellers

  • Passport
  • Visa Printout
  • Ehteraz Approval
  • Two-way flight Tickets
  • Vaccination Certificate
  • Negative PCR-Test Result
  • Acknowledgment Form
  • Travel Insurance
  • Hotel Booking (if required)

Family Visit Visa Extension

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 the case of other relatives.

Relatives who wish to stay beyond one month has to undergo a medical test within a few days. Here is the detailed process on how to do medical test for visit visa extension.

9 NOVEMBER 2021 UPDATE: According to recent applicants, new family visit visas are being extended for up to three months only. However, there is no official announcement on this subject.

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.

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 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.

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

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FAQ on Qatar Family Visit Visa


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

To apply for a family visit visa for spouse and children, a minimum salary of QR 5,000 is required while 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 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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  1. Hi. i would like to apply for a family Visit Visa for my Mother. She’s 63 and still capable to travel. Is there any chance she can be approved? Thanks.

  2. Hi,
    Can anyone please let me know when they will reopen family visit approvals, I visited the MOI and was told that they have currently stopped this process, anyone with information with regards to this subject can you please let me know. My family visit visa is under process for almost two weeks now.

  3. Dear Blog Admin,
    In regard to “Qatar Travel and Return Policy” updates on the website – https://covid19.moph.gov.qa/EN/travel-and-return-policy/Pages/default.aspx

    Under Heading “Policies for those coming from the Exceptional Red List countries:”

    The below information or Clause regarding Children is Not mentioned.

    “The following categories will be subject to hotel quarantine for two days upon arrival in the country:
    Children aged 11 years and below accompanied by one or both of their parents/family members who are fully vaccinated.”

    Whereas this Children information or Clause is mentioned for Green and Red List Countries, but NOT FOR Exceptional Red List countries.

    So, not sure whether Children can Come to Qatar from Exceptional Red List countries with Fully Vaccinated Parents
    or
    children / infants cannot come to Qatar as they are not Vaccinated?

    In my case, Children, ages are around 3 years and another child’s 5 months.
    My Wife is Fully Vaccinated.
    They all 3 will come on Family Visit Visa from INDIA to QATAR.

    Please Reply about Unvaccinated Children of age 3yrs or less can board Flight and their Immigration will pass or what?
    Waiting for your Reply…
    Thank you very much in advance!

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Mohd, Normally they would allow infants for a family visit visa if travelling with a vaccinated parent. However, it is better that you call 109 and check as we cannot confirm this.

  4. Hi, my husband applied family residence visa..it got rejected because his salary is below 15000qr..so I and my 2 sons came in family visit visa on 21 nov our expiry is on 20 feb means 3 months get over on this date..If I work,if I get work visa my 9 year son & 7 year son is able to stay with me… or any suggestion to stay with any other visa.. please suggest..

  5. My husband is already working here..his salary is below 15000qr by this new rule our family residence visa got rejected..my husband called us in family visit visa..we came on 21 nov our visa expiry is on 20 feb means our 3 months get over on this date..if I work if I get work visa it is possible my 2 sons stay here with me.,elder son is 9 years..younger son is 7 years..please suggest..

    1. Please specify Country.
      Is it under Green or Red or Exceptional Red List?
      Also specify their ages.
      Are they of age 10 to 12?
      whether they are Vaccinated or not?
      then I will reply to you with few Suggestions to seek the Answer.

  6. Hi Team,

    I have applied for Family visit visa for my wife through Metrash and its under-process. Can I bring her under On-Arrival when the family visit visa is under-process state?

    1. Hi Fayiz
      If one week to ten days is already over from the date you applied for Family Visit Visa then I suggest you to request your Company PRO to help you. You provide your Wife Application No. from Metrash App. Whenever the PRO visits the Immigration Office, he will check with the concern person and get this thing done. Hope this helps you!

  7. Hi,
    I heard that even a family visit visa is not getting issued these days.

    I wish to apply for a family visit visa to bring my wife, I visit C Ring road MOFA for marriage certificate attestation, but the security staff said that office is closed in 2nd half due to staff being infected.

    please assist me if someone is having a news update.

  8. Hi,
    I heard that even a family visit visa is not getting issued these days.

    I wish to apply for a family visit visa to bring my wife, I visit C Ring road MOFA for marriage certificate attestation, but the security staff said that office is closed in 2nd half due to staff being infected.

    please assist me if someone is having news update.

  9. Hi Team,
    I brought my family to Doha on a family visit visa which is going to expire in March 1st week. As per the current scenario, I cannot apply for RP for my family as my salary is below QR 15k.
    Now, is that possible If my family exits and re-enter in Qatar on Visa on Arrival (VOA) through transit from Oman or UAE(without having an entry stamp)?
    If yes, would I be eligible to apply for RP with VOA if later the condition of QR 15k eases?
    Secondly, can I apply for RP if they go to my home country, or do I need to wait for 180 days?
    Thank you!

  10. Hi, my husband applied for family visit visa for me and my 7 yr old son on 29 Dec. It is still under process. My flight was supposed to be yesterday, but it has been postponded to Feb. According to the Gharraffa, we had to apply for 3 month valid insurance. And insurance was also booked accordingly. But my flight is a month later now. Even if the visa gets approved, and we enter Qatar on Feb, will the 2 month insurance be a problem?
    Please do reply.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Bee, Normally it won’t be an issue after approval. But in order to be on the safer side, you can take one more month of insurance.

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