Qatar Visa On Arrival for GCC Residents (Professions List)

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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

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* Country classification based on COVID-19 risk (Red List and Standard Health List) is no longer applicable.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.

  1. Accountant / Accounts Verifier / Auditor
  2. Accounts Manager
  3. Administration Coordinator
  4. Administrative Manager
  5. Administrative Researcher
  6. Agricultural specialist (General)
  7. Air Controller
  8. Air Hostess
  9. Air Navigator
  10. Air Transport Manager
  11. Aircraft Landing Controller
  12. Aircraft Maintenance Technician
  13. Aircraft Takeoff Controller
  14. Aquatic Specialist
  15. Archeological Director
  16. Archaeological Prospector
  17. Archaeological Researcher
  18. Architectural Draftsman
  19. Army Officer
  20. Artist (Actor, Musician, Composer, Poet, Painter, Singer, etc.)
  21. Assistant Engineer (All specializations)
  22. Assistant General Manager
  23. Assistant Pharmacist
  24. Assistant Pilot
  25. Astronomer
  26. Auditor
  27. Author
  28. Aviation Guide
  29. Aviation Technician
  30. Aviation Trainer
  31. Bank Manager
  32. Bank Official
  33. Banker
  34. Banking Business Manager
  35. Breeding Specialist (Animals/ Birds/ Bees)
  36. Broadcasting Manager
  37. Business lady
  38. Businessman
  39. Captain of Ship/Cruise/Carrier/Steamship
  40. Career Counselor
  41. Chairman (All types)
  42. Chairman / Executive Director
  43. Chemist (All specializations)
  44. Chief Justice
  45. Cinema Cameraman
  46. Cinema Director
  47. Cinema or Television Producer
  48. College Dean
  49. Commercial Broker
  50. Commercial Manager
  51. Company or Factory Manager
  52. Computer Programmer
  53. Consultant (All types)
  54. Control Equipments Technician
  55. Cooperative Society Manager
  56. Correspondent (Newspaper/Radio/TV)
  57. Cruise Ship Guide
  58. Customs Clearer
  59. Customs Specialist
  60. Decoration Designer
  61. Dental Technician (Fixing)
  62. Diplomats (Members of diplomatic corps)
  63. Director
  64. Earthquakes expert
  65. ECG Technician
  66. Economic Analyst
  67. Electricity Manager
  68. Employees at the Embassies in the GCC countries (Except Support Services Jobs)
  69. Engineer (All Specializations)
  70. Executive Manager or Director
  71. Executive Secretary
  72. Farm Manager
  73. Finance Manager
  74. Finance/Economics Expert
  75. Flight Technician
  76. Food Controller
  77. Foodstuff Technician
  78. Gardening Specialist
  79. General Professional Trainer (Industrial/Agricultural/Commercial)
  80. General Specialist
  81. General Supervisor
  82. Geologist (General)
  83. Geology Technician
  84. Head of Prosecution
  85. Horse Breeding Technician
  86. Hospital Manager
  87. Hotel Manager
  88. Information Systems Expert
  89. Institute Manager
  90. Insurance Manager
  91. Investment Manager
  92. Investor
  93. Jeweller
  94. Journalist
  95. Judge
  96. Lab Specialist
  97. Lab Technician
  98. Laboratory Manager
  99. Land Hostess
  100. Land Transport Manager
  101. Lawyer / Advocate
  102. Lecturer
  103. Legal Expert
  104. Legal Researcher
  105. Library Manager
  106. Literator
  107. Maintenance Manager
  108. Male or Female Nurse
  109. Manager (All types)
  110. Manager or Director of any government department or companies
  111. Marine Navigator
  112. Marine Traffic Controller
  113. Marine Transport Manager
  114. Maritime Controller
  115. Marketing Executive
  116. Marketing Manager
  117. Marketing Representative
  118. Media Controller
  119. Media Manager
  120. Media Person
  121. Media Specialist
  122. Medical Analysis Specialist
  123. Medical Equipment Technician
  124. Medical Therapy Specialist
  125. Medical X-ray Specialist
  126. Microscopic Technician
  127. Mining Technician
  128. Ministry Undersecretary
  129. Museum Manager
  130. Nutrition Specialist
  131. Operations Analyst
  132. Optical Technician
  133. Partner
  134. Pharmaceutical Technician
  135. Pharmacist
  136. Physician (All specializations)
  137. Physicist
  138. Pilot
  139. Player (All sports items in a sports club)
  140. Police Officer
  141. President or Director of a Club
  142. President or Director of a University
  143. Press Photographer
  144. Printing and Publishing Manager
  145. Procurement Representative
  146. Production Director
  147. Professional Security and Safety Technician
  148. Professor
  149. Program Designer
  150. Program Producer
  151. Proofreader
  152. Prosecutor
  153. Psychiatrist
  154. Quality Controller
  155. Quantity Enumerator
  156. Radio or TV Transmission Technician
  157. Referee (Sports)
  158. Regional Director
  159. Religious person
  160. Research & Studies Director
  161. Road Controller
  162. Sales Executive
  163. Sales Manager
  164. Sales Representative
  165. School Manager
  166. Scientist
  167. Secretary or Manager of Library
  168. Ship Captain
  169. Ship Maintenance Technician
  170. Ship Supervisor
  171. Sociologist
  172. Special Needs Teacher
  173. Speech Specialist
  174. Sports Medicine Specialist
  175. Sports Representative
  176. Sports Trainer
  177. Statistics Specialist
  178. Surgeon (All specializations)
  179. Surveyor
  180. Systems Analyst
  181. Teacher / Instructor
  182. Telecom Technician
  183. Television Manager
  184. Theatre Manager
  185. Tourism Agency Manager
  186. Tourist Guide
  187. Trader
  188. Train Maintenance Technician
  189. Translator
  190. Travel or Tourism Agent
  191. TV Cameraman
  192. TV or Radio Programs Presenter
  193. University Professor
  194. University student
  195. Veterinary Doctor
  196. Weather expert
  197. Well Drilling Technician
  198. X-Ray Specialist
  199. X-ray Technician
  200. Zoology Specialist

Here is the official list of professions in Arabic

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:

  • Passport
  • 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:

  • Passport
  • 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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  1. I am Pakistani national & Saudi resident.
    I am planning to Qatar on 1st October by Land.
    Please let me know if i am eligible to get on arrival visa.

    1. Hi Fahad, you will be eligible if your profession is on the above list and your Saudi visa & passport are valid for three months.

  2. Hello
    I am an Indian and resident in Kuwait. I would like to visit Qatar during mid Oct. But, I would like to stay in Dubai for couple of days before arriving to Qatar. In this situation, should I be eligible for visa on arrival GCC resident category or Not?

    Appreciate your feedback.

    1. Hi Sajid, The rule says that you should be travelling from your country of residence, which is Kuwait in your case. You may be allowed entry in Qatar, but your airline may decline boarding if you are flying from UAE. It is better to reschedule your trip.

  3. Hi,Good Day,
    I just want to ask if still need a hotel booking even i have a relative that i can stay?(visit visa)

    1. Hi Mary, As per the rule a hotel booking is needed. Sometimes this is flexible, but better to book a hotel and cancel after you reach.

  4. Hi, do you know if there are any restrictions for citizens of Nigeria. I’m a UAE resident (University Student) planning to fly to Qatar.

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