Qatar Visa On Arrival for GCC Residents (Professions List)

Doha Guides Team regularly reviews this article to ensure the content is up-to-date and accurate. The last editorial review and update were on 19 January 2023.

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 the GCC Residents Entry Permit, around 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

04 JANUARY 2023 UPDATE

Please note that the list of eligible professions was modified in December 2022. The list of 54 eligible professions is given below. The professional title on your National ID should exactly match the list. If you are not sure about your eligibility, please call the Qatar Government Helpline at +974-4406 9999 to confirm your eligibility.

Those who are not eligible for GCC Resident’s visit visa may check if they are eligible for a regular visa on arrival (based on their nationality). For regular visas on arrival, Discover Qatar hotel booking is required for nationals of India, Pakistan, Iran, Thailand, and Ukraine. Click here for more details.

Qatar Visa On Arrival for GCC Residents

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, a Philippines national who is a resident of the UAE should be travelling from UAE, not from the Philippines.

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 six 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.
  • The visitor should be travelling from his country of residence.

Qatar Airways has listed the following additional requirements. However, these are not always asked for. It would be better if you could have these:

  • 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.

NOTE: According to the Qatar Airways website, the Residence Permit should be valid for 6 months. However, according to the Ministry of Interior, the minimum requirement is 3 months only. If your document’s validity is less than 6 months, please confirm with your airline.

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. The below list was reviewed on 04 January 2023.

  1. Accountant
  2. Advisor (All Kinds)
  3. Air Safety Controller
  4. Analyst (Financial)
  5. Archeological Researcher
  6. Astronomer 
  7. Auditor (Financial – Accounts)
  8. Author/Writer 
  9. Aviation Trainer
  10. Bank Manager
  11. Broadcasting Director
  12. Captain of a Ship/Cruise/Ferry/Tanker
  13. CEO/ Executive Director
  14. Chemist (All Specializations)
  15. Chief Justice 
  16. Chief Prosecutor 
  17. Cinema Director
  18. Club Director / Chairman
  19. Co-Pilot
  20. College Dean 
  21. Consultant (All Specializations)
  22. Diplomatic (Members of Diplomatic Mission)
  23. Director
  24. Economic / Financial Expert
  25. Embassy Staff in GCC Countries (Except service jobs)
  26. Engineer
  27. Geologist (General)
  28. Hospital Manager
  29. Hotel Manager
  30. Information Systems Expert
  31. Judge
  32. Lawyer/Advocate
  33. Legal Expert 
  34. Marine Fire Inspector
  35. Media Director
  36. Media Person
  37. Ministry Undersecretary
  38. Museum Director
  39. Physician (All Specializations) 
  40. Physicist 
  41. Pilot 
  42. Professor 
  43. Programmer
  44. Prosecutor
  45. Referee (Sports) 
  46. Regional Director
  47. School Manager
  48. Scientist 
  49. Surgeon (All Specializations)
  50. Television Director
  51. Theater Director
  52. University Professor
  53. University Rector / Chancellor
  54. Veterinary Doctor 

Source: List of Eligible Professions on MOI website

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.

Their passport and residence permit should also meet the minimum validity required.

GCC Residents’ Visa Fees

  • The cost of the GCC Residents Visa is QAR 100 (USD 27).
  • 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 more months by paying QR 100 per month for every additional month. The visa can be extended at any Ministry of Interior Service Centre.


Vaccination & Quarantine Requirements

As per the new travel policy, effective from 1 November 2022:

You can learn more about approved vaccines, vaccine validity and quarantine policy here.


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: Travel to Doha

The visa will be issued on arrival if you meet all the above-mentioned requirements.

Step 4: Pay the visa fee

The visa fee should be paid upon arrival in Qatar using a credit/debit card. Normally Visa or Mastercard are accepted.

Documents Checklist For Travel

During travel, the following documents are required:

  • Passport
  • GCC Residence card
  • Return Flight Tickets
  • Hotel Booking

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.

READ NEXT: How GCC Residents Can Enter Qatar Without Hayya Card


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 the eligible 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. The fee is payable by credit or debit card.

How long is the GCC Residents Visa issued?

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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  5. Qatar Visit Visa Types, Duration, and Cost

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  1. Hi, I am GCC resident and my profession is general chemist technician is it included within Chemist profession category?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Ahmed, Please call the Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999 to confirm your profession’s eligibility.

  2. Hello Dear
    It seems a good place to get our queries answered.
    I am a Bahraini expat resident living here with family. I am a university professor, visa valid until 2024.
    Next week, I am planning to visit Qatar with my family by road in my car. I and my family have Saudi multiple entry visa, so no problem to enter via KSA. Can you please guide, how to get Qatar online visa and car-permit? What do you suggest online visa or on arrival visa?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Abid, University Professors can get visas on arrival at the border. It is better to make a hotel booking as sometimes they are strict about that. You can buy car insurance from: https://online.qubinsurance.com . The car permit system was stopped after FIFA. So you would not require that. Please call Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999 to confirm all of these (as rules are often subject to change).

  3. Apparently the professions list will be updated yet again in the next few days. One of the changes mentioned via telephone is that “Consultant (All Specializations)” has been changed to “Consultant”. This probably means that “Management Consultant” no longer makes the cut as it is not a 100% match.

  4. I hope the professions eligible will be updated in the MOI website so there we will not be encountering any problems when we get to Qatar. I have called the Qatar Government Helpline, and they said Nurses are still eligible. I plan to visit Qatar for a short stay and I am worried about this new listings that Nurses are not included anymore. I hope it will be updated asap.

  5. My visa status is sales category and having resident visa of UAE.
    Can I apply for Qatar visit visa to visit my sister’s family?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Benny, As per the new list from MOI, the sales category is not eligible for GCC Residents’ Visit Visa. You can call the Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999 to confirm this. Regular visa on arrival requires Discover Qatar hotel booking (assuming you are an Indian national). Another alternative is that your sister (or her husband) applies for a family visit visa.

  6. Hi! I am a GCC resident in Kuwait. I want to visit Qatar but my profession is Quality Officer. Is there a full list of professions eligible other than the 54 nos. mentioned ?
    Thanks,
    Joy

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Joy, The above list is taken from Qatar’s Ministry of Interior website (source is given). The number of eligible professions was reduced from 100+ to 54 in December 2022. You may call the Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999 to confirm your profession’s eligibility.

  7. Hi DG,

    If a GCC resident manages to obtain a visa on arrival, will the visa remain valid if that same resident exits Qatar and returns within the initial 30-day period? or would a new visa on arrival need to be issued every time the resident exits and returns to Qatar, regardless of when the exit and entry occurs?

    Thanks

    1. I thought I updated this comment. I read some more on this page and found that it is a single entry visa. I wanted to ask another question: can extensions to the GCC VOA be carried out upon entry into the country and can the full extension be requested from the very beginning? Or is it one month at a time?

      Thanks

      1. Doha Guides Team

        Hi Bassem, (1) You can renew anytime after entry. (2) It was possible to extend for the maximum period at once. We hope the policy is not changed.

    2. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Bassem, The official sources don’t mention anything about multiple-entry for this visa. So we guess it is a single entry visa. Anyways you can check once you arrive or call the Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999.

      1. Thank you. I noticed that this page was updated on Jan 19th, but I couldn’t ascertain what’s been changed.

        As well, in the last section just before the FAQ section, the article says “…both those visas are suspended” is that in reference to the general visa on arrival + family visit visa listed just above that statement? Is the GCC visa on arrival scheme operational as far as you are aware?

        Thank you

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi Bassem, The Jan 19 update was a minor update. If there is an official announcement or major change, we would highlight it in the article with the date (usually in green colour).
          GCC visa on arrival, general visa on arrival, and family visit visas are all open since the end of December. The last line was added during World Cup and we have removed it now. Thanks for brining it to our attention.

  8. Hi, My friend want to visit Doha, he is a GCC resident and his profession is Senior Director Project Management on his Emirates ID, is he eligible for Visa on arrival?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Jaffs, Please call the Qatar Government Helpline at +974-4406 9999 to confirm the profession’s eligibility.

  9. Syeed Ghani Siddiqui

    Hi
    I am an Indian Resident of UAE.
    and I had a business partner visa,
    Witch is not mentioned in the professions list
    I would like short visit to Qatar.
    Please can you officially confirm me.
    Thanking you
    Regards
    Syeed Ghani Siddiqui.

  10. dear Team,

    i face some issue last time travilling to Qatar,

    my profession is Mechanical Engineer and in the list its mentioned Engineer .
    so some of boarding staff said it should be exactly same and no way it can be …

    so kindly advice . .

    thanks

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Abdul Majeed, We have seen that many others faced the same issue with Engineer professions. You can try contacting the Qatar Government Helpline at [email protected] and try to get an email clarification about this which may be helpful in convincing the airline staff.

  11. Good day!
    I am a registered nurse here in saudi arabia, I’m a filipino citizen but I have a valid saudi resident ID. I noticed that I am not qualified anymore for visa on arrival, so, then I made a phone call to the number you’ve provided and they confirmed that I can still get a visa on arrival and to disregard the new list posted. I wanna know if that is possible. And may I ask as well if which visa I might be qualified for other than this? I would like to visit qatar and stay for 30-35 days for tour purposes. Thank you.

    1. Hi mam..did they answer your query about nurses on visa on arrival? I wane there last september 2021, registered nurse was losted in the eligible profession. Bit when i check just now, registered nurses are excluded.

    2. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Jam, If you have close relatives, they can apply for a family visit visa. Or else GCC Residents Visa on Arrival is the other option. The airline staff will always check the list on the MOI website. As Registered Nurse is not there on the new list, it is better to send an email to Qatar Government Helpline [email protected] and get this in writing.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Aakriti, Messenger is not included in the list of eligible professions. Please call the Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999 to check your options.

  12. Hi Good day!
    I saw the list of professions and notice that Registered Nurse is not included. Is it possible that they might just forgot to include?

    Thanks in advance for answering my question.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Ja, Registered Nurse is missing from the updated list of professions. Please check with the Government Helpline at +974-4406 9999.

      1. Hi..can you please kindly updated the eligible profession for cisa on arrival. I have called Government hotline and he said Nurses are eligible , so as not to add confusion.
        Thank you

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi Ayvi, We are aware that the Government helpline staff is saying that. But they haven’t updated the MOI website yet. We will update this list once the official source is updated.

  13. Hi DG,

    If a GCC resident enters via VOA and brings along his mother who is also a GCC resident under his personal sponsorship but leaves after a couple of weeks, does the mother have to leave with him? Would she be able to extend her visa for the additional months in his absence?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Bassem, She can stay until the end of her visa period. Regarding extension in the absence of the sponsor, please call the Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999.

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