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

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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 to three months (additional extension is allowed 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


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

(1) Family Visit Visa processing is now back to normal. Applications can be submitted online using the Metrash app. The average time for processing a family visit visa is now 1-2 weeks.

(2) Family Visit Visa Extension beyond 3 months is not given now (except in rare cases).

(3) Family Residence Visa (RP): Private sector employees with salaries above QR 15,000 have started receiving Family RP approvals in April. Several applicants were asked to resubmit updated bank statements. Applications can be submitted online using the Metrash app. However currently follow-up visits are not being allowed for private sector employees.

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.

Health Insurance For Family Visit Visa

From 1 February 2023, health insurance is mandatory for all visitors to Qatar. Applicants can buy health insurance for QAR 50 per month from any of the registered insurance companies listed on the MOPH website.

30 APRIL 2023 UPDATE: Now 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 would be updated in the system. The visa can be printed only after insurance has been purchased.

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 many applicants are asked to provide 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, otherwise you will need to have it attested.

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.

Qatar Family Visit Visa Requirements

Expatriates residents in Qatar can apply for family visit visa subject to meeting minimum salary and profession requirements.

Minimum Salary For Family Visit Visa in Qatar

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

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

Profession Requirement for Family Visit Visa in Qatar

Most expatriates with the required minimum salary are eligible to apply for 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 ineligible profession, the Captain at the MOI Service Center has the power to change the decision.

Qatar Family Visit Visa Fee

Qatar Family Visit Visa fee is QAR 200 (USD 55) for 30 days. The initial visa can be extended by paying QAR 200 per month.

  • Medical check up: Medical check-up for a visa extension costs QAR 100.
  • Fine for overstay: 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 two more months (a total stay of 90 days).

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

30 APRIL 2023 UPDATE: Those who went to Gharaffa MOI for family visit visa extension (after Eid holidays) is being allowed only 14 days extension (after first 3 months). Health insurance needs to be taken for one more month. The week before Eid, 3 months extension (total 6 months) was allowed.

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.

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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
  • Proof of relationship (Wife: Marriage Certificate / Children: Birth Certificate)
  • Round-trip flight tickets

The following documents may also 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 Ministry of Labour)
  • Photocopy of Company’s Registration Card 

Employment details are not required when applying through the Metrash app, as currently labour contracts are linked with 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
  • Proof of relationship (Birth Certificate, Passport, etc.)
  • Round-trip flight tickets

The following documents may also 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 (if resident)
  • No objection letter from employer, citing profession and salary
  • Work contract (notarized by the Ministry of Labour)
  • Photocopy of Company’s Registration Card 

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 or MOI website.

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 Qatar Family Visit Visa using 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 may change to “Under Process” and “Under Review” multiple times 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 Metrash2. To make the payment, go to “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 would be updated in the 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.

Applying Family Visit Visa Offline

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

Qatar Family Visit Visa Application
Family Visit Visa Application Form

Take the originals of your Passport, QID and NOC letter from the employer for verification if needed.

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.

How To Check Status of Family Visit Visa

If you have applied using Metrash, 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.

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 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 MOI Service Center in Gharaffa, and request for reconsidering. 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 MOI Service Center.

Document Checklist for Family Visit Visa Travellers

  1. Passport
  2. Visa printout
  3. Two-way flight tickets
  4. Health insurance

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 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.

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 acknowledgement 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 March 2023, the average approval time for Family Visit Visa is 1-2 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 Doha Guide Youtube Channel for more videos.

READ NEXT: How To Convert Family Visit Visa To Residence Visa

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 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 visa number and it will be automatically updated in the system.

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  1. My family visit visa ends on 8 April 2022 can I again apply for family visit visa?
    Please guide me.

  2. Mallikarjun Sidramappa Kirnalli

    I am 67 years old, my son is working and staying there with spouse and daughter for last 5+ years, I desire to travel on family visa do I need hotel booking as I have taken all doses for covid19, what are other requirements please if any kindly enlighten
    Thanks in advance to all

  3. Dear Doha guides,
    I have valid Family visit visa for my wife (3 months Visa validity – going to expire in one week)
    But due to Vaccination Validity period, I couldn’t bring my wife to Qatar from India (Pre approval Rejected). So the active visit visa we are not able to utilize. So Before Visa validity expiry can I extend again?
    I tried in Gharrafa immigration office, they told try in Metrash2.
    Anyone Pls advice!

    1. Hi Doha guides,
      Thank you for this information.
      But I have a request and would like the good offices to know that there are many many expectant mothers who are in need of their parents help and emotional support for the time, who are definitely above the age of 60/65..
      The visit on arrival and discover qatar hotel is something too much and beyond. My humble request to please relax the rules for atleast special cases like full term expectant mothers.. Sincere thanks.

  4. Faizanul Hasan

    Hi Doha guides you are doing great job my question
    I applied for Family visit visa on 23 April 2022 and it was Rejected on 24 April 2022 just to let you know my sister & brother in law they both are medical officers in hamad hospital so salary is not a issue for rejection?
    On rejection letter note – “ not to approve the Visa “
    Please can you tell me the meaning of above because I want to know the reason for rejection?
    Faizanul Hasan

  5. Hi we apply family visit for my kids just want to ask if the procedure same like before required to stamp the visa to the passport. From Philippine to Doha.

  6. Dear Doha guides
    I appreciate your every note and information that helps thousands of desperate people.

    Just one update I couldn’t find in ur page since long. Need clarity about this 180 days issue.
    Wife stayed in visit visa and exited Qatar in December. Can I apply again before 180 days or not?

    Pls clarify. Thanks.

  7. Dear All,

    My family went back January 2022. They was on visit visa, now when i am trying to get again visit visa its showing still 180days not completed.

    Any information regarding this?

  8. Any idea what is the reason if your family visit visa application is being cancelled? We have tried couple of times to apply but the status is always ending up as cancelled….

  9. I have applied family visa for my daughter and wife, my daughter visa is approved but my wife is showing still under process. It is more than 4 days,
    Could you do please suggest, if my wife visa is rejected later on, then what will be next procedure.

  10. My mother’s (Pakistani) visa got rejected. Says “not to approve the visa”. All conditions are met, but maybe they are forcing visa on arrival to deter people from entering.

  11. Thank for your information, kindly advise if family visit visa can extended after 90 days completion in Qatar

  12. hi , I brought my wife on visit visa to qatar MOI extended visit visa for 3 months only. Is there any way to extend the visa.
    please reply..

  13. Azeem Mohammed

    Hi, how many days does it take for family visa visit to be approved post application submission on Metrash?

    1. If marraige certificate is not available but on passport of both husband and wife spouse name is there, is it sufficient for family visit visa

  14. Family Visit Visa they have stopped for extended families. They are not issuing Family visit visas for Parents or siblings

      1. Yes @Kaye, i had applied for my Sibling, Even though my wife is on Resident Visa. They are not issuing, Notes for the Rejection says : “NOT TO APPROVE THE VISA” . Visited Gharaffa & Rayyan got the same response

  15. Hi
    In addition to the above documents – do you need
    – Pay Slips?
    – Bank statements?
    – Tenancy agreement?

    Can the Travel Insurance be booked + bought at the same time as the Round Trip flight ticket? e.g. buy both from Qatar Airways?

    How far out in advance should the Flight ticket be? So if i apply on 1st May, can the flight ticket be for 20th May, or should it be booked at a later date.

  16. I had experience on my family reside visa application rejection having notes ” Sponsor does not meet conditions”
    Can anybody have same experience and find out the reason with MOI and resolve it ? Please advise

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