Qatar Visa For GCC Residents: Visa On Arrival & Hayya 2024

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Qatar has a visa scheme that offers a 30-day visa-on-arrival for residents of GCC countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE) subject to certain eligibility conditions.

In addition to this, recently Qatar’s Hayya portal has been updated with a special visa category for GCC residents. Expatriates who hold valid residency permits in any GCC country can now apply for a GCC Resident Visa (A2) through the Hayya portal.

This article explains the step-by-step process to apply, eligibility conditions, list of professions, visa fees, duration of stay and answers frequently asked questions about Qatar Visa For GCC Residents. We will explain in detail both visa on arrival as well as GCC Resident Visa (A2)

Visa On Arrival or Hayya Visa?

If you are a GCC resident who meets the eligibility conditions for a visa on arrival to Qatar, you can travel without a pre-approved visa. The eligibility conditions are explained in this article.

If you are not sure about your eligibility or do not want to take the risk of entry refusal, you can apply for a GCC Resident Visa (A2) through the Hayya portal. The application process is explained in this article.

The visa fee is the same in both cases. However note that online applications may take a few days for approval, especially during events such as Expo 2023 Doha.

Part 1: Qatar Visa On Arrival For GCC Residents

GCC Residents can obtain a 30-day single entry on-arrival visa to Qatar. The visa costs QR 100 and can be extended if needed, allowing for flexibility in travel plans.

Requirements For GCC Residents Visa On Arrival

To be eligible for this visa, applicants must meet the following conditions:

Valid Passport: Your passport should have a minimum validity of six months from the date of your intended arrival in the country.

Valid Residence Card: Your GCC residence card should have a minimum validity of three months from the date of your intended arrival in the country.

Approved Profession: To be eligible for this visa, your profession on the residence card must be one of the approved professions listed, which includes 206 different professions (the list is given below).

Confirmed Round-Trip Ticket: You will need to provide evidence of a confirmed round-trip airline ticket. This ensures that you have a clear plan for your arrival and departure from the country. This requirement can be waived off in case of coming by land border.

Accommodation Confirmation: You should either show proof of a hotel reservation within the country for the entire duration of your visit or provide a valid address of a friend or relative where you will be staying during your visit. This requirement ensures that you have a place to stay during your trip.

Health Insurance: It is mandatory to have a visitor’s health insurance from one of the insurance companies accredited by the Ministry of Public Health. This is important to ensure that you have access to medical care in case of unexpected health issues during your stay.

If travelling by air, your airline may require that you travel from your country of residence (the GCC country where you are based).

List of Professions Eligible

Below is the list of professions that are eligible for GCC Residents Visa On Arrival.

Accountant/AuditorAccounts ManagerAdministration Coordinator
Administrative ManagerAdministrative ResearcherAgriculture Specialist
Air ControllerAir HostAir Transport Manager
Aircraft Landing ControllerAircraft Maintenance TechnicianAll Types of Consultants
Aircraft Takeoff ControllerAircraft TechnicianDiplomats (Members of Diplomatic Corps)
Aquatic SpecialistArchaeological DirectorArchaeological Prospector
Archaeological ResearcherArchitectural DraftsmanArmy Officer
Artist (Actor, Musician, Composer, Poet, Painter, Singer, etc.)Assistant Engineer (All Specializations)Assistant General Manager
Assistant PharmacistAstronomerAuditor Accounts
AuthorAviation GuideAviation Technician
Aviation TrainerBank ManagerBank Official
BankerBanking Business ManagerBreeding Specialist (Animals/Birds/Bees)
Broadcasting ManagerBusiness LadyBusiness Man
CaptainCaptain of Ship/Cruise/Carrier/SteamshipCareer Counselor
Chemist (All Specializations)Chief JusticeCinema Cameraman
Cinema DirectorCinema/Television ProducerCo-Pilot
College DeanCommercial BrokerCommercial Manager/Business Director
Company/Factory ManagerComputer ProgrammerConsultant (All Types)
Control Equipment TechnicianCooperative Society ManagerCorrespondent (Newspaper/Radio/TV)
Cruise Ship GuideCustoms ClearerCustoms Specialist
Dental Technician (Fixing)Diplomat (Members of Diplomatic Corps)Director
ECG TechnicianEconomic AnalystElectrical Manager
Engineer (All Specializations)Executive Manager/DirectorExecutive Secretary
Farm ManagerFinance ManagerFinancial/Economics Expert
Food ControllerFoodstuff TechnicianGardening Specialist
General PhysicianGeneral Professional Trainer (Industrial/Agricultural/Commercial)General Supervisor
GeologistGeology TechnicianGolden Residency Holder
Ground AttendantHead (All Types)Head of Prosecution
Horse Breeding/Equine TechnicianHospital ManagerHotel Manager
HousewifeHusband/Wife/Son/Daughter/Mother/Father (GCC Citizen)Information Systems Expert
Institute ManagerInsurance ManagerInterior Designer
Investment ManagerInvestorJeweler
JournalistJudgeLab Specialist
Lab TechnicianLaboratory ManagerLand Transport Manager
Law ExpertLawyer/AdvocateLecturer
Legal ResearcherLibrary ManagerMaintenance Manager
Male/Female NurseManager (All Types)Manager/Director of Any Government Departments/Companies
Marine Traffic ControllerMarine Transport ManagerMaritime Controller

The list is taken from the Ministry of Interior website (Reference Source). We have sorted the list in alphabetical order for your reference.

As the rules are subject to change without announcement, we suggest that you double-check with the Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999 to confirm your profession’s eligibility.


Part 2: Hayya Visa For GCC Residents

As per the announcement made in April 2023, residents of GCC countries and those accompanying them can apply for a 30-day visa to Qatar through the Hayya portal.

Eligibility Conditions

Qatar Visa For GCC Residents (A2) will only be issued if you meet all the below conditions:

  • Your passport should be valid for at least three months from the date of entry. 
  • Your residence permit should be valid for at least three months from the date of entry. 
  • You should have a return ticket if coming by air. This can be waived off if coming by land border.
  • You should have confirmed accommodation. This can be “Family and Friends Hosting” or “Other Accommodation” (hotel booking or rented apartment).
  • You should travel from your country of residence.
  • The visitor should have health insurance (as per the MOPH guidelines).

GCC Residents Visa Fees

  • The cost of the GCC Residents Visit 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.

What is the refund policy?

The entry visa fee is paid after your visa is approved. The fees are non-refundable regardless of your travel status or arrangements.

Visa Validity

The visa is valid for 30 days. This can be extended for two more months by paying QR 200 per month.

How To Apply For GCC Resident Visa Through Hayya Portal

The following are the steps to apply for a GCC Resident Visa through the Hayya Portal:

Step 1: Go to the Hayya Portal

The website address is: www.hayya.qa

Step 2: Click on “Apply For Hayya”

The button is available in the centre of the page.

Hayya Portal Home Page
Apply For Hayya button on Hayya website

Step 3: Sign up and login

If this is the first time you are using the Hayya portal, click on “Sign Up” and create an account using your email ID. You will have to enter the verification code received in your email.

Once your account has been created, log in using your email and password.

Hayya Portal Register User
Sign up for your Hayya account

Step 4: Click on “Apply For Hayya”

Once again you will have to click on the “Apply For Hayya” button in the center of the page.

Step 5: Select Category of Visit

You need to select the “GCC Resident Visa (A2)” category from the drop-down menu.

Apply GCC Resident Visa Hayya
Select GCC Resident Visa

Step 6: Select the Purpose of the Visit

You can select from leisure, sports events, business meetings, wedding parties, shopping, medical care, heritage tourism, friend visits, convention participation, event participation etc. You can also select “Others” and specify the purpose.

Hayya Purpose of Visit
Select purpose of visit

Step 7: Upload Your Photo

  • Select “I have reviewed the instructions to upload my Personal Photo and Passport”.
  • Click on “Browse Personal Photo”.
  • Make sure the photo meets specifications such as light background, sharpness etc.
Upload Photo on Hayya Portal
Upload your photo

Step 8: Upload Passport

  • Click on “Browse for first page”.
  • Upload only the first page of the passport.
  • Crop it in such a way that the machine-readable zone (MRZ) is clear.
  • Click on “Save”.
  • Your data will be extracted automatically. If your data is unreadable, you can enter it manually.
  • Click on “Validate User”.

If the “Validate User” option is inactive after automatic data extraction, select “Passport Type” as normal.

Hayya Upload Passport
Fill up your personal details

The first name and last name are mandatory requirements. Middle name, third Latin name, and fourth Latin name are optional. If you do not have your last name on the passport, you can add your father’s name as your last name and upload the last page of the passport along with the first page (to verify your father’s name).

The Hayya platform may amend your application data so that it matches the information on your official identity document. This is to fit the Hayya platform identity document format.

Step 9: Enter Residency Information

  • Select country of birth
  • Select your country of residence (any GCC country)
  • Declare if you have a previous nationality. If you have, select the country.
Hayya Residency Information

Step 10: Select the Job Title

Select your job title from the available list of professions. If your title is not listed, select “Others” and enter the job title manually.

Note: If the job title does not match the title on your Residency Permit, you will not be allowed entry to Qatar.

Step 11: Upload GCC Resident Permit

Make sure to upload a clear copy of your resident permit with the profession listed. Click on “Save”.

Since Saudi ID doesn’t have an expiry date, Saudi residents can upload Muqeem documents with an expiry.

Step 12: Enter Accommodation Details

Next, you have to select an accommodation type.

If you are selecting “Family and Friends hosting”, your details should have already been added by your host in Qatar. Otherwise, you will see an error. Here is our guide on how to register guests on Hayya.

If you are staying in a hotel or rented apartment, you can upload the details on the “Upload Other Platform Booking” on the Hayya portal. In this case, select “Other Accommodation” and enter the accommodation name.

Hayya Accommodation Information
Give accommodation details

Step 13: Enter Contact Information

In the last step, enter your phone number and emergency contact details.

Finally, click on “Review & Submit”.

Step 14: Pay the Visa Fee

Once your application has been reviewed and approved, you will receive an email with a payment link.

The visa fee of QR 100 should be paid using a credit/debit card. Normally Visa or Mastercard are accepted.

Hayya Entry Permit

After the payment is completed, you will receive a Hayya Entry Permit by email. Hayya Entry Permit for GCC Resident Visa is valid for 90 days from the date of issue.

After entry, you can stay in Qatar for 30 days, and extend for 60 more days, if required.

Documents Checklist For Travel

During travel, the following documents are required:

  • Passport
  • Hayya Entry Permit
  • GCC Residence Card
  • Return Flight Tickets (not required for land border)
  • Accommodation Details (Host invitation & Qatar ID or Hotel booking)
  • Health Insurance

Hayya Visa will allow you to use the e-gates at the Hamad International Airport as well as access the fast-track lane entry at the Abu Samra border.

Visa For Accompanying Family

The GCC Residents Visa is also available to your accompanying family members. The accompanying person (under GCC Resident’s sponsorship) should make a separate application. They can select Housewife or Son/Daughter as their profession.

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

If the dependent is not a GCC resident, a separate Tourist Entry (A1) application must be submitted.

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.

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Hayya Customer Support

Hayya Contact Center can be contacted by calling 2022 from within Qatar, and +974 4441 2022 from outside of Qatar, or by sending an email to [email protected].

Here is a video explaining the above steps:

READ NEXT: How To Host Family and Friends on Hayya Portal


FAQ on Qatar GCC Residents’ Visa


Can GCC residents get a Qatar visa?

Yes, If you are a resident of any GCC country (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, or UAE), you can apply for a GCC Resident Entry Visa.

What are the conditions for getting a GCC Resident visa in Qatar?

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

How much is the cost of a GCC Resident 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?

A GCC resident visa to Qatar is a single entry visa valid for 30 days.

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.

Is my profession eligible to apply for a GCC Entry Visa?

Once you start the application process, you will be able to select your profession from the menu. The job title you will select from the menu must be identical to the job title on your Residency.

Can I bring along dependents with GCC Resident Entry?

Yes, you can add your dependent to your application. They must also be GCC residents. If the dependent is not a GCC resident, then a separate Tourist Entry (A1) application must be submitted.

Is an on-arrival visa still applicable to me if I am a GCC resident?

Yes. On-arrival visas are still available for GCC residents.

Can I bring along my spouse with GCC Resident Entry?

Each GCC Resident applicant needs to have a separate visa. If you wish to bring along your spouse, please have them apply as well.


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  6. Qatar Visit Visa Types, Duration, and Cost

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  1. Dear DG team,

    So was only A1 Hayya with me discontinued, but A2 is still enabled for GCC residents visit visa?

    Pls advsie

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Mohammed, Only Hayya With Me (C) has been stopped. Other Hayya visas such as A1 (Tourist), A2 (GCC Residents Visa) etc. are still open.

  2. Good morning,
    GCC resident (Medical staff in Saudi Arabia ), intending to visit Qatar with my family for around ten days. Are we eligible for the entry visa on arrival at Doha Intl Airport? Is health insurance obligatory for this short duration? Looking forward to hearing from you. Greetings

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Jamal, High level medical staff profession is usually eligible. However please call the Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999 to confirm your profession’s eligibility. You can also check about insurance.

  3. hi DG,

    if i have a valid qatar visit visa or hayya can possibly visit other GCC countries like UAE or Oman, etc. using only one GCC visa multi?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Sandy, There is no such option as of now (a unified GCC visit visa will be launched in the coming years). Currently, you have to apply for a separate visa for each country.

  4. I have extended GCC haya visa already 2 time.

    Is it possible under any circumstances that i can extend it for one more month ?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Momin, Usually only a one-time extension is allowed for an A2 visa. You can double check with Hayya helpline on 800 2022.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Sameer, If you have an approved visa you can travel. For visa on arrival (if you are eligible), some airlines will not allow you to board from other countries. If coming by land border, a visa on arrival can also work.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Shakeel, Health insurance is recommended for all visitors, but mandatory only if staying more than 30 days. However this is not clearly stated on the official website and some airlines are asking for this. You can purchase insurance at the airport itself (if your airlines insists).

  5. hi there,
    I am travelling from riyadh to qatar by car . Do i need to book my hotel through discover qatar or hotel bookings from any website will work.

  6. Hi
    I applied for A2 GCC Hayya visa, next day i got a rejection for name change as the surname was not proper. when i updated it is pending from 2 days. please let me know what should be the next action. when called 2022 they are asking to wait.

  7. Dear DG
    I have one year hayya, and always i m using E-gate .
    last time i tried many gates and all shown go to the counter.

    on counter immediate entry …
    are you sure we still can use the E-Gates?
    thanks

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Majeed, Visit Qatar website and Hayya portal says that Hayya visa holders are eligible for e-gate facility. May be there was some system issue during your last entry.

  8. hi there,
    My QID expired 2 weeks ago but i have Bahrain’s valid RP which comes under eligible profession list for on arrivals valid for 2 years, can i get on arrival visa in Qatar?

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