How To Get Qatar Transit Visa For Free (2022)

Qatar has a free transit visa scheme which came into effect in November 2016. Under the free Transit Visa scheme, travellers with layovers of five hours or more at Hamad International Airport can request a complimentary Qatar Transit Visa.

The scheme will allow transiting passengers of all nationalities to enter Qatar for up to 96 hours (4 days) between flights.

PLEASE NOTE: This should not be confused with the mandatory transit visa for transiting through some airports. Whatever your nationality, you do not need a Qatar Transit Visa if you are not planning to leave Hamad International Airport. The visa mentioned here is optional and only required if you want to leave the airport and enter Qatar for sightseeing or visiting friends and family.

This article explains the eligibility requirements, application process, validity, and other details about Qatar Transit Visa.

Recent Updates

SEPTEMBER 2022 STATUS: The Transit Visas service by Qatar Airways is still suspended until further notice. However, travellers from 90+ countries are eligible for free visas on arrival. You can learn more about Qatar’s visa-on-arrival facility here.

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)

Requirements for Qatar Transit Visa

To be eligible for the free Qatar transit visa, passengers must have :

  • You must hold a confirmed Qatar Airways ticket for flights into and out of Qatar, and both flights must be operated by Qatar Airways
  • A passport that is valid for a minimum of six months from the time of arrival in Qatar
  • Your name in the booking must match with your name in the passport

Application Period

Visa applications should be made at least seven days (excluding public holidays) before arrival in Qatar and a maximum of 90 days.

Application Through Qatar Airways

A pre-approved transit visa for the duration of 5 to 96 hours must be processed through a Qatar Airways Office or through the Qatar Airways website.

Here is the link to apply for a visa online (service is currently suspended).

Qatar Transit Visa Application Online

Alternatively, you can also visit the nearest Qatar Airways ticketing office along with your passport to process your visa application

After successfully applying for the visa, you can check the status of your application using your visa request number or by emailing at [email protected]

Qatar Transit Visa Processing Time

The processing time for the visa application is a minimum of seven days, excluding public holidays.

Visa Validity

The entry is valid for 96 hours. Stay beyond 96 hours is not permitted under this scheme.

Entry into Qatar with the approved visa must be within 30 days of the issuance date. Extension of validity is not permitted; in this case, a new visa application must be submitted.

Qatar Transit Visa cost

The 96 hours transit visa is issued free of cost. All other expenses, including accommodation costs in Qatar, must be borne by the passenger.

Hamad International Airport Lounge

Passport Requirements

  • Individual passport per visitor is mandatory (including infants).
  • A clear passport copy must be submitted at a Qatar Airways office or through the Qatar Airways website.
  • The passport should be valid for a minimum of six months at the time of entry into Qatar (not at the time of application).

Ticket Requirements

  • Confirmed tickets for a journey into Qatar and the onward journey out of Qatar must be on the Qatar Airways ticket document.
  • Layover in Qatar should be at least 5 hours.
  • Both the flights must be operated by Qatar Airways.
  • The facility is not applicable for travel where Doha is the point of turnaround, for example, BOM-DOH-BOM.

Customers must hold a copy of the approved transit visa at the time of boarding and upon arrival in Qatar.

Approval Authority

Entry into Qatar will be at the discretion of the immigration authorities. Qatar Airways offices act only as a processing agent for visa applications and will not be liable for any expenses incurred should there be a delay in visa issuance or rejection from the Ministry of Interior.

Visa Rejection Upon Arrival

In case of visa rejection upon arrival in Qatar, the passenger may travel onwards if holding a valid visa for a final destination or make alternative arrangements of return travel to origin/other destination at his own expense.

Passengers holding return tickets and originating their journey from the following countries (Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, South Sudan, and Sudan) will be only eligible for one stopover on the outbound journey. Stopovers on one-way journeys originating from these countries are not permitted.

Nationals from more than 90 countries are eligible for visa-free entry into Qatar. A pre-approved transit visa is no longer needed if you are applying from one of these countries.

READ NEXT: Doha Airport Transit Requirements And Procedure 

FAQ On Qatar Transit Visa

Do I need a visa for transiting via Doha?

No, you do not need a visa to transit in Doha at the Hamad International Airport. A visa is only required if you want to leave the airport and enter Qatar.

How much does Qatar Transit Visa cost?

Qatar Transit Visa is issued free of cost. However, only one stopover is permitted for the entire journey.

Can I extend the duration of my Qatar Transit Visa?

No. The visa cannot be extended for more than 96 hours.

Do I get a complimentary hotel stay with Qatar Transit Visa?

No. Any hotel or accommodation must be arranged and paid for by the passenger(s).

Should I collect my baggage if availing Transit Visa?

If your stopover is more than 24 hours, the baggage must be collected at Doha. If less than 24 hours you have the option to collect at the final destination.

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  1. I am traveling from Phnom penh to Tbilisi with a 14 hour layover in Doha. I would like to visit the city of Doha. so can I leave the airport?

  2. Hi I m travelling from Pakistan to Ksa via connected flight with 6 hours layover in doha. I want to visit doha city to meet my family they are living in doha.
    How is it possible ?
    how can I got transit visit?

    1. Hi Anum, There is no transit visa service now. You will need a visa on arrival. Please search on our website for visa on arrival.

  3. Good day

    I am travelling from South Africa to Dubai with a 12 hour layover in Qatar. I would like to visit the city of Doha. What are the requirements for a transit visa application. Do I need a PCR test if I am fully vaccinated

    Thank you

  4. hi.. I’m AZINWI, I wish to ask about Qatar airways flights from Cameroon to Belize….does it need a transit visa via Qatar and how many hours can it take?
    another question… how long does it take from application to issuance of a transit visa via Qatar…

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Azinwi, Transit visa is not required for any connection flights through Doha airport.
      Earlier there was a transit visa service that allowed transit passengers to leave the airport and visit the city. That service is now suspended. Interested travellers can now apply for a visa on arrival (if they want to visit Doha city).

  5. Hi, I’m Vietnamese. I have 2 tickets in this Oct ( via Qatar airlines) which are Rome to Doha and then Doha to BKK. The layover is about 28 hours. So we can apply transit visa to leave the airport & enter Doha city, right? if we want to book an adventure tour, can they pick up us at the hotel in the city?
    One more question, at this time service for transit visa is suspended, when it can be re-opened?
    Thanks so much for your information!

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Queenie, As transit visa service is suspended, the only option is a visa on arrival. However, Vietnam is not included in the list of eligible countries. In this situation, we are not sure if you can leave the airport. Please check with Qatar Airways directly or call the Qatar Ehteraz helpline at +974-4406 9999.

  6. Hi there,
    we have 2 tickets ( QA flights) which is Abu Dhabi to Doha then Doha to Phuket.
    The lay over is 2 hours. We were informed since we have 2 tickets , we need to check in again once we arrived in Doha. I don’t know if this is enough time for all the immigration protocols and the luggage collection.
    Is is also possible that they tag our ticket to the final destination?


    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Kristie, If these tickets are under separate booking (different PNR numbers), you will have to check in again. Two hours will be very tight for leaving the arrival area, immigration process, collecting baggage and check-in again through the departure area. Note that HIA is a big airport and some gates are far away. You would also need visa on arrival to exit the arrival. If this was under one booking, you won’t need any of the above. You would get both the boarding passes from Abu Dhabi and you can directly go to the next gate. Two hours would be just about enough in that case.

  7. I am from Sri Lanka leaving to USA with tourist visa and expect to have Doha transit for sightseeing..
    I travel from CMB to Doha with Qatar airways and DOH to JFK American Airlines.
    Can I apply for free transit visa
    Appreciate your response pls.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Lalani, Transit visa service is still suspended. Even though Sri Lanka is not listed for a visa on arrival, you can try checking with Qatar Airways office or Ehteraz Helpline on +974-4406 9999.

  8. hi, i am ghanaian can i travel ghana to GCC mainly saudi arabia, dubai, through with a 4days transit in doha.thank you

  9. Alaeldin Suliman

    Hello guys, I am American passport holder,I have layover 5 hours at Doha ( transit) how I can get transit visa to see around the city.

  10. I would like to know if it is possible to do transit in Doha from Japan to South Africa with an expired passport accompanied with the embassy letter?

  11. Hi guys, I am an Australian passport holder and have a 8 hours and 55 minutes transit time in Doha airport while travelling to Islamabad. I need your valuable guidance if I would be able to get a transit visa and see around the city and meet my relatives in Qatar. Thanks

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