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Qatar has a special Visa On Arrival scheme for residents of GCC countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, or UAE) if they meet the eligibility criteria.
As per this facility, also known as GCC Residents Entry Permit, more than 200 categories of professionals who hold valid residency permits in any GCC country can get visas on arrival in Qatar.
This article explains the eligibility conditions, list of professions eligible, visa fees, duration of stay, etc., about Qatar Visa On Arrival for GCC Residents.
- Recent Updates
- Conditions for Qatar Visa On Arrival for GCC Residents
- Vaccination & Quarantine Requirements
- Visa For Accompanying Family & Staff
- List of Professions Eligible
- GCC Residents’ Visa Fees
- Validity and Extension of Visa
- What to do if your profession is not on the list?
- How to Apply for GCC Residents’ Visa
- Documents Checklist For Travel
- FAQ on Qatar GCC Residents’ Visa
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)
1 SEP 2022 UPDATE: Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has announced a new travel policy which will come into effect on Sunday, 4 September 2022, at 6 pm local time. This article has been updated to reflect these changes.
* Quarantine is no longer mandatory for all travellers arriving from abroad. However, if passenger tests positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Qatar, quarantine measures must be followed as stipulated by the State.
* Country classification based on COVID-19 risk (Red List and Standard Health List) is no longer applicable.
|Since the mid of July 2021, Qatar has resumed visa-on-arrival services to citizens of 90+ countries. Please check our complete guide on Qatar’s Visa On Arrival scheme for more details.|
Residents of GCC countries, who are employed as qualified professionals, and those accompanying them can obtain a visa on arrival for a maximum stay of 30 days in Qatar.
However, it is important to note that the visitor should arrive from their country of residence in GCC.
For example, an Indian national who is a resident of UAE should be travelling from UAE, not from India. If he travels from India, he must meet all requirements for Red Health Measure countries. Below are the conditions for issuing the GCC Residents visa:
Conditions for Qatar Visa On Arrival for GCC Residents
The visa will only be issued if you meet all the below conditions:
- The passport should be valid for at least three months from arrival.
- The visitor should have a valid residence permit card issued by any GCC country (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia or UAE).
- The GCC residence permit should be valid for at least three months from arrival.
- The profession (as mentioned on the residence permit card) should appear in the below list.
- The visitor should have a return ticket.
- The visitor should have a confirmed hotel reservation.
Qatar Airways has listed the following documents also. However, these are not always asked for. It would be better if you could have them:
- Official evidence proving business in Qatar (in case of business visits).
- A letter issued by a sponsor in Qatar showing the sponsor’s name and telephone number.
Vaccination & Quarantine Requirements
The new travel policy, effective from 4 September 2022, will be as follows:
- All travellers are exempted from quarantine (unless you test Covid positive).
- GCC residents shall be exempt from Ehteraz pre-travel registration.
- Travellers aged six and above must submit a negative RT-PCR result (test done within 48 hours of departure) or a Rapid Antigen Test result (done within 24 hours of departure).
- Visitors must also download the Ehteraz mobile application using a local or international SIM card.
You can learn more about approved vaccines, vaccine validity and quarantine policy here.
Visa For Accompanying Family & Staff
The GCC Residents Visa is also available to accompanying family and personal staff. The accompanying person (if any) should be under your personal sponsorship and have a residence permit valid for at least three months.
The visa fee is QAR 100 for the main applicant and QAR 50 for each accompanying person.
List of Professions Eligible
The following categories of professionals with valid resident permits from any GCC country can get visas on arrival to Qatar. They have been arranged in alphabetical order for your convenience.
- Accountant / Accounts Verifier / Auditor
- Accounts Manager
- Administration Coordinator
- Administrative Manager
- Administrative Researcher
- Agricultural specialist (General)
- Air Controller
- Air Hostess
- Air Navigator
- Air Transport Manager
- Aircraft Landing Controller
- Aircraft Maintenance Technician
- Aircraft Takeoff Controller
- Aquatic Specialist
- Archeological Director
- Archaeological Prospector
- Archaeological Researcher
- Architectural Draftsman
- Army Officer
- Artist (Actor, Musician, Composer, Poet, Painter, Singer, etc.)
- Assistant Engineer (All specializations)
- Assistant General Manager
- Assistant Pharmacist
- Assistant Pilot
- Aviation Guide
- Aviation Technician
- Aviation Trainer
- Bank Manager
- Bank Official
- Banking Business Manager
- Breeding Specialist (Animals/ Birds/ Bees)
- Broadcasting Manager
- Business lady
- Captain of Ship/Cruise/Carrier/Steamship
- Career Counselor
- Chairman (All types)
- Chairman / Executive Director
- Chemist (All specializations)
- Chief Justice
- Cinema Cameraman
- Cinema Director
- Cinema or Television Producer
- College Dean
- Commercial Broker
- Commercial Manager
- Company or Factory Manager
- Computer Programmer
- Consultant (All types)
- Control Equipments Technician
- Cooperative Society Manager
- Correspondent (Newspaper/Radio/TV)
- Cruise Ship Guide
- Customs Clearer
- Customs Specialist
- Decoration Designer
- Dental Technician (Fixing)
- Diplomats (Members of diplomatic corps)
- Earthquakes expert
- ECG Technician
- Economic Analyst
- Electricity Manager
- Employees at the Embassies in the GCC countries (Except Support Services Jobs)
- Engineer (All Specializations)
- Executive Manager or Director
- Executive Secretary
- Farm Manager
- Finance Manager
- Finance/Economics Expert
- Flight Technician
- Food Controller
- Foodstuff Technician
- Gardening Specialist
- General Professional Trainer (Industrial/Agricultural/Commercial)
- General Specialist
- General Supervisor
- Geologist (General)
- Geology Technician
- Head of Prosecution
- Horse Breeding Technician
- Hospital Manager
- Hotel Manager
- Information Systems Expert
- Institute Manager
- Insurance Manager
- Investment Manager
- Lab Specialist
- Lab Technician
- Laboratory Manager
- Land Hostess
- Land Transport Manager
- Lawyer / Advocate
- Legal Expert
- Legal Researcher
- Library Manager
- Maintenance Manager
- Male or Female Nurse
- Manager (All types)
- Manager or Director of any government department or companies
- Marine Navigator
- Marine Traffic Controller
- Marine Transport Manager
- Maritime Controller
- Marketing Executive
- Marketing Manager
- Marketing Representative
- Media Controller
- Media Manager
- Media Person
- Media Specialist
- Medical Analysis Specialist
- Medical Equipment Technician
- Medical Therapy Specialist
- Medical X-ray Specialist
- Microscopic Technician
- Mining Technician
- Ministry Undersecretary
- Museum Manager
- Nutrition Specialist
- Operations Analyst
- Optical Technician
- Pharmaceutical Technician
- Physician (All specializations)
- Player (All sports items in a sports club)
- Police Officer
- President or Director of a Club
- President or Director of a University
- Press Photographer
- Printing and Publishing Manager
- Procurement Representative
- Production Director
- Professional Security and Safety Technician
- Program Designer
- Program Producer
- Quality Controller
- Quantity Enumerator
- Radio or TV Transmission Technician
- Referee (Sports)
- Regional Director
- Religious person
- Research & Studies Director
- Road Controller
- Sales Executive
- Sales Manager
- Sales Representative
- School Manager
- Secretary or Manager of Library
- Ship Captain
- Ship Maintenance Technician
- Ship Supervisor
- Special Needs Teacher
- Speech Specialist
- Sports Medicine Specialist
- Sports Representative
- Sports Trainer
- Statistics Specialist
- Surgeon (All specializations)
- Systems Analyst
- Teacher / Instructor
- Telecom Technician
- Television Manager
- Theatre Manager
- Tourism Agency Manager
- Tourist Guide
- Train Maintenance Technician
- Travel or Tourism Agent
- TV Cameraman
- TV or Radio Programs Presenter
- University Professor
- University student
- Veterinary Doctor
- Weather expert
- Well Drilling Technician
- X-Ray Specialist
- X-ray Technician
- Zoology Specialist
GCC Residents’ Visa Fees
The cost of the GCC Residents Visa is QAR 100 (USD 27) for the main applicant and QAR 50 (USD 13.50) for each accompanying person. Fee payment should be made using a credit or debit card.
The fine for overstaying is QAR 200 (USD 55) per day.
Validity and Extension of Visa
The visa on arrival is valid for 30 days and can be extended for a maximum of three months by paying QR 100 per month for every additional month. The visa can be extended at any Ministry of Interior Service Centre.
What to do if your profession is not on the list?
If your profession is not on the above list, there is no guarantee that you may receive a visa on arrival. If you have relatives in Qatar, they can apply for a Family Visit Visa.
In addition, Qatar has a free visa-on-arrival facility for citizens of more than 90 countries. You can read more about it here: Qatar Visa on Arrival: Complete Guide.
How to Apply for GCC Residents’ Visa
The following are the steps to get for GCC residents visa:
Step 1: Check if you meet the requirements
The most important thing is to confirm that your profession is listed in the approved list.
Step 2: Book your flight and hotel
Confirmed return flight tickets are required for a visa on arrival. A regular hotel booking for the duration of the stay is also required. You can cancel or change this booking after arrival in Doha.
Step 3: Apply for Ehteraz pre-travel approval (optional)
The Ehteraz pre-travel registration is now optional for GCC citizens and residents.
However, we highly recommend all travellers eligible for GCC Resident Visas register for Ehteraz pre-travel approval. A pre-travel approval would prevent potential issues at the departure airport and provide you peace of mind. There have been many incidents of travellers without Ehteraz approval being denied boarding by airline staff.
If you are doing the registration, make sure to do it at least three days before travel. You can do it up to 7 days in advance.
When you apply for Ehteraz approval, upload your GCC Residence Card to confirm your profession.
The following documents are required for Ehteraz registration:
- GCC Residence card (with profession mentioned)
- Return Flight Tickets
- Hotel Booking (normal hotel booking)
- Vaccination Certificate (if vaccinated)
Step 4: Do the Covid Test
RT-PCR testing should be done within 48 hours of travel, or Rapid Antigen Testing should be done within 24 hours. The test result need not be uploaded during Ehteraz registration. Instead, it can be shown during check-in. Minors aged 0-5 years are exempted from COVID testing.
Step 5: Travel to Doha
The visa will be issued on arrival if you meet all the above-mentioned requirements.
Documents Checklist For Travel
During travel, the following documents are required:
- GCC Residence card
- Return Flight Tickets
- Hotel Booking
- Vaccination Certificate (if vaccinated)
- Covid Test Result (RT-PCR or Antigen)
- Ehteraz approval (not mandatory if vaccinated, but highly recommended)
Make sure to check our detailed guide on how to register on the Ehteraz website for pre-travel approval:
READ NEXT: How To Do Ehteraz Pre-Travel Registration
FAQ on Qatar GCC Residents’ Visa
Can GCC residents get a Qatar visa on arrival?
Yes, If you are a resident of any GCC country (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, or UAE), you may be eligible for a single-entry visa on arrival if you meet the required conditions.
What are the conditions for getting GCC Residents Visa in Qatar?
The visa will only be issued if your residence permit and passport are valid for at least three months and if your profession appears on this list.
How much is the cost of a GCC Residents Visa to Qatar?
A single-entry visa to Qatar can be obtained for a fee of QAR 100 and QAR 50 for companions. The fee is payable by Visa or Mastercard.
How long is the GCC Residents Visa issued for?
GCC Residents Visa to Qatar is a single entry visa valid for 30 days and may be renewed for an additional two months.
Do GCC citizens need visas to enter Qatar?
Citizens of the GCC countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and UAE) do not require a visa to enter Qatar.
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