Qatar Visa On Arrival for GCC Residents: Professions List

Qatar Visa on Arrival For GCC Residents

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 permit in any GCC country can avail visa 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.

SEPTEMBER 2020 UPDATE: Due to the global COVID-19 situation, entry into Qatar is now restricted to Qatari nationals, their families, permanent residency holders and Qatar ID holders only. For more information, please check the Ministry of Public Health’s website.

Conditions for Qatar Visa on Arrival for GCC Residents

The visa will only be issued if you meet all the below conditions:

  • You should have a valid residence permit in any GCC country (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia or UAE)
  • Your GCC residence permit should be valid for at least six months 
  • Your passport should be valid for at least six months 
  • Your profession (as mentioned on your residence permit) should appear in the below list
  • You must possess a return ticket to point of origin
  • Visa fee of QAR 100 for the main applicant and QAR 50 for each accompanying person
  • The accompanying person shall be under your personal sponsorship and shall have a valid residence permit

List of Professions Eligible

The following categories of professionals with a valid resident permit of any GCC country can get visa 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
  • Astronomer
  • Auditor
  • Author
  • Aviation Guide
  • Aviation Technician
  • Aviation Trainer
  • Bank Manager
  • Bank Official
  • Banker
  • Banking Business Manager
  • Breeding Specialist (Animals/ Birds/ Bees)
  • Broadcasting Manager
  • Business lady
  • Businessman
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Diplomat (Members of diplomatic corps)
  • Director
  • 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
  • Investor
  • Jeweller
  • Journalist
  • Judge
  • Lab Specialist
  • Lab Technician
  • Laboratory Manager
  • Land Hostess
  • Land Transport Manager
  • Lawyer / Advocate
  • Lecturer
  • Legal Expert
  • Legal Researcher
  • Library Manager
  • Literator
  • Maintenance Manager
  • Male or Female Nurse
  • Manager (All types)
  • Manager or Director of any government departments 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
  • Partner
  • Pharmaceutical Technician
  • Pharmacist
  • Physician (All specializations)
  • Physicist
  • Pilot
  • 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
  • Professor
  • Program Designer
  • Program Producer
  • Proofreader
  • Prosecutor
  • Psychiatrist
  • 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
  • Scientist
  • Secretary or Manager of Library
  • Ship Captain
  • Ship Maintenance Technician
  • Ship Supervisor
  • Sociologist
  • Special Needs Teacher
  • Speech Specialist
  • Sports Medicine Specialist
  • Sports Representative
  • Sports Trainer
  • Statistics Specialist
  • Surgeon (All specializations)
  • Surveyor
  • Systems Analyst
  • Teacher / Instructor
  • Telecom Technician
  • Television Manager
  • Theatre Manager
  • Tourism Agency Manager
  • Tourist Guide
  • Trader
  • Train Maintenance Technician
  • Translator
  • 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

Here is the official list of professions in Arabic

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 extra fees for every additional month. The visa can be extended at any Ministry of Interior Service Centre.

Visa Fees

  • The cost of the GCC Residents Visa is QAR 100 (USD 27) for the main applicant, QAR 50 (USD 13.50) for each accompanying person and QAR 200 (USD 55) as overstaying fine per day. Visa holders are allowed to stay in Qatar for up to 30 days on a single trip.

What to do if your profession is not in the list

If your profession is not in the above list, there is no guarantee that you may receive a visa on arrival. In such cases, it would be better to apply in advance for Qatar Tourist Visa online.

In addition to this, Qatar has FREE Visa on Arrival facility for citizens of more than 80 countries. So make sure to check if you are from an eligible country. You can read more about it here: Qatar Visa on Arrival: Complete Guide.

How to Apply for GCC Residents Visa Online

In order to save time on arrival and avoid any complications, you can opt to apply for GCC Residents Entry Permit via online. Applications can be made a maximum of 90 days or a minimum of four (4) working days prior to travel.

Step 1: Go to Qatar Visa Service website

Sign up or Sign in using your email and password.

Apply Qatar Visa Online Website

Step 2: Fill up the online application form

You need to fill up basic details like name, nationality, date of birth, contact details etc.

Your visa type will be automatically selected by the system based on your length of stay in Qatar as per your itinerary, nationality and country of residence.

If you are an eligible GCC resident, one of the appropriate visa type will automatically be offered by the system:

  • GCC Residents Entry Permit
  • GCC Residents Companion Entry Permit
  • GCC Nationals Companion Permit

Step 3: Upload all required documents

Documents required include:

  • Passport information (bio/picture page)
  • GCC residence visa / GCC ID card
  • A passport-sized photo
  • Airline Ticket (Qatar Airways passengers are not required to submit their ticket copy)
  • Hotel confirmation voucher / relevant documents for a place of stay in Qatar

Step 4: Pay the required fees and submit a request

The portal only accepts payment using a Visa or Mastercard debit or credit card.

Step 5: You will receive status updates on your email

You will receive status updates via email. You can also login to the portal to track the status online.

Step 6: The e-visa will be sent to your email

Once the visa application is processed, the e-visa would be sent to your email. The average timeframe for a response is 48 hours to 96 hours from the time all of the applicant’s documents have been received.

Visitors travelling with Qatar Airways may select ‘Apply for a visa’ after logging in to ‘My Trips’ on the airline’s website. This automatically directs them to the Qatar Visa Service website, where they can start the visa application process for themselves and any accompanying travellers under the same booking.


FAQ on Qatar GCC Residents Visa


Can GCC residents get 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 to get GCC Residents Visa in Qatar?

The visa will only be issued if your residence permit and passport is valid for at least six months and if your profession appears on this list.

How much is the cost for GCC Residents Visa to Qatar?

The 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 three months. 

Do GCC citizens need visa to enter Qatar?

Citizens of the GCC countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates) do not require a visa to enter Qatar.


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