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The State of Qatar and the United States of America share strong bilateral relations, coordinating closely on various regional and global issues. In partnership with the United States, Qatar has contributed to the region’s progress, stability, and prosperity by playing a constructive role financially, politically, and militarily.
Every year thousands of American citizens visit Qatar for tourism and business purposes. According to Qatar Tourism, more than 8,400 US citizens visited Qatar in the first quarter of 2022. This is in addition to the thousands of US citizens living and working in Qatar.
This article explains everything you need to know about getting a Qatar visa for US citizens and the essential things to consider before travelling to Qatar.
- Qatar Visa For US Citizens
- Qatar Visa For US Residents
- Qatar Visa For US Visa Holders
- US Citizens Travelling To Qatar For FIFA World Cup
- Qatar Transit Visa For US Citizens
- Things To Consider While Visiting Qatar
- Enrolling In STEP
- US Embassy in Qatar
- Emergency Contacts
- Frequently Asked Questions
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)
Qatar Visa For US Citizens
Qatar has a very liberal visa-on-arrival policy that enables travellers from more than 90 countries to visit Qatar without a pre-arranged visa. Citizens of the USA with a normal passport are allowed to travel as tourists for a maximum of 30 days, subject to some conditions:
- The passport must be valid for at least six months after arrival.
- The traveller should have a return flight ticket.
- The traveller should have a hotel booking.
This visa can be extended further for another 30 days.
Additional Requirements Due To COVID-19
Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, there are some additional conditions for issuing a visa on arrival:
- The traveller should get pre-travel approval by registering on the Ehteraz website.
- The traveller should have a negative RT-PCR test result obtained no more than 48 hours before departure or a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) certificate obtained no more than 24 hours before departure.
- Quarantine is not required per the new travel policy, effective 4 September 2022.
You can read more about Qatar’s visa-on-arrival scheme here:
In addition, nationals of the USA can also travel to Qatar without a visa if they have a valid tourist visa issued by Oman. Passengers with such visas can enter either Oman or Qatar but are not allowed to depart to a third country. You can read about the Qatar-Oman Joint Tourist Visa here.
Qatar Visa For US Citizens Cost
The visa on arrival explained above is issued free of cost. The visa extension is also free.
Qatar Visa For US Residents
The free visa on arrival facility applies only to US citizens and not to US residents or Green Card holders. US residents with a foreign passport should check if the country of their citizenship is eligible for a visa on arrival to Qatar. If not, they should arrange another visa, like a family visit visa or business visa.
Qatar Visa For US Visa Holders
Unlike in the UAE, where Indians with US visas are given visas on arrival, US visa holders have no special consideration in Qatar. Visa-free entry will be based on the traveller’s citizenship.
US Citizens Travelling To Qatar For FIFA World Cup
The US Men’s National Team has qualified for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, which means thousands of US fans will visit Qatar from November to December 2022.
Passengers with a Hayya Entry Permit for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 can travel without a visa from 1 November 2022 to 23 December 2022. If you are a US citizen planning to visit Qatar for the FIFA World Cup:
- Ensure your US passport’s expiration date is more than six months,
- Book your match tickets through the official FIFA website,
- Get your Hayya card,
- Book your accommodation,
- Have proof of health insurance, and
- Book your return flight tickets.
You must show proof of these before being allowed to enter the country.
Qatar Transit Visa For US Citizens
US citizens travelling through Qatar and not planning to leave the airport do not need a transit visa. Here is our detailed guide about transit through Doha airport.
Qatar Transit Visa, issued for short visits up to 96 hours if currently suspended. Those planning to leave the airport for a city tour can use the visa-on-arrival facility explained above.
Things To Consider While Visiting Qatar
US citizens visiting Qatar should be mindful of respecting the local traditions, cultures and laws. The following things should be kept in mind:
- The public dress code in Qatar requires that men and women cover shoulders, chests, stomachs, and knees and that tight leggings be covered by long shirts or dresses.
- Alcohol is legal in Qatar but highly regulated and only available in limited locations to non-Muslim non-Qatari adults aged 21+. Public drinking and intoxication are punishable. See our guide to alcohol laws in Qatar.
- It is illegal in Qatar to engage in sexual relations outside of marriage.
- Medical facilities in Qatar require pregnant women to present a marriage certificate to receive prenatal care.
- Homosexuality is criminalized in Qatar. LGBTQIA+ travellers should consult the official Department of State Travel Advisory for Qatar for more detailed information.
- Most illegal drugs in the United States are illegal in Qatar, including marijuana/THC.
- It is illegal to take photos and videos of strangers without their permission.
- Visitors can drive temporarily in Qatar with their US driving license. Traffic accidents and tickets are considered seriously. See our guide to driving in Qatar.
Enrolling In STEP
US Embassy highly encourages US travellers to enrol in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). This free service allows US citizens travelling abroad or living abroad to register their trip with their nearest Embassy or Consulate.
By enrolling, you will receive important information from the US embassy in case of an emergency. Here is the link to enrol in STEP.
US Embassy in Qatar
The US Embassy in Qatar is situated at 22nd February Street, Al Luqta District, Doha. The contact phone number is +974 4496 6000. For more information, check the US Embassy in Qatar website.
- For emergency services within Qatar, call 999.
- The emergency contact line for the US Embassy in Qatar during and outside of office hours is +974 4496 6000
- From outside of Qatar, concerned family or friends can contact the US Embassy in Qatar at 1-202-501-4444 or 1-888-407-4747.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can US citizens travel to Qatar without a visa?
US citizens travelling to Qatar can get 30 days tourist visa on arrival, subject to certain conditions like six months of passport validity, return flight tickets and hotel bookings. They also require an Ehteraz pre-travel approval due to the COVID-19 travel restrictions.
How many days can US citizens stay in Qatar?
The Qatar visa waiver issued to US citizens is valid for 30 days and can be extended for another 30 days.
Do US Green Card holders need visas for Qatar?
Citizens of more than 90+ countries are eligible for visa-free entry to Qatar. However, US Green Card holders do not receive special consideration. If the Green Card holder’s country of citizenship is eligible for a visa waiver, he/she can travel without a visa.
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