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

01 OCTOBER 2022 UPDATE: We have updated the list of eligible professions according to the new list on the MOI website. Please check the updated list of professions below.

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* Country classification based on COVID-19 risk (Red List and Standard Health List) is no longer applicable.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 1 November 2022, will be as follows:

  • All travellers are exempted from Quarantine (unless you test Covid positive).
  • All travellers are exempted from Covid Testing.
  • All travellers are exempted from Ehteraz pre-travel registration.
  • Ehteraz mobile application is only required to enter health centres.

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. The below list was updated on 1 October 2022.

  1. Accountant / Auditor
  2. Accounts Manager
  3. Administration Coordinator
  4. Administrative Manager
  5. Administrative Researcher
  6. Agricultural Specialist
  7. Air Controller
  8. Air Hostess
  9. Air Transport Manager
  10. Aircraft Landing Controller
  11. Aircraft Maintenance Technician
  12. Aircraft Pilot
  13. Aircraft Takeoff Controller
  14. Aquatic Specialist
  15. Archaeological Prospector
  16. Archaeological Director
  17. Assistant Engineer (All specializations)
  18. Assistant General Manager
  19. Assistant Pharmacist
  20. Astronomer
  21. Author
  22. Aviation Guide
  23. Aviation Technician
  24. Aviation Trainer
  25. Bank Manager
  26. Banker
  27. Banking Business Manager
  28. Breeding Specialist (Animals / Birds / Bees)
  29. Broadcasting Manager
  30. Business lady
  31. Captain
  32. Captain of Ship / Cruise / Carrier / Steamship
  33. Career Counselor
  34. Chemist (All Specializations)
  35. Cinema Director
  36. Cinema Cameraman
  37. Cinema or Television Producer
  38. Co-Pilot
  39. Commercial Broker
  40. Commercial Manager
  41. Company or Factory Manager
  42. Computer Programmer
  43. Consultant
  44. Cooperative Society Manager
  45. Correspondent (Newspaper / Radio / TV)
  46. Cruise Ship Guide
  47. Customs Clearer
  48. Customs Specialist
  49. Decoration Designer
  50. Diplomats (Members of diplomatic corps)
  51. Director
  52. ECG Technician
  53. Economic Analyst
  54. Electrical Manager
  55. Engineer (All specializations)
  56. Executive Manaqer / Director
  57. Finance Manager
  58. Food Controller
  59. General Professional Trainer (Industrial / Agricultural / Commercial)
  60. General Supervisor
  61. Geologist
  62. Geology Technician
  63. Head of Prosecution
  64. Hospital Manager
  65. Hotel Manager
  66. Institute Manager
  67. Insurance Manager
  68. Investment Manager
  69. Jeweller
  70. Journalist
  71. Judge
  72. Lab Technician
  73. Laboratory Manager
  74. Land Hostess
  75. Land Transport Manaaer
  76. Law Expert
  77. Lawver / Advocate
  78. Lecturer
  79. Library Manager
  80. Maintenance Manager
  81. Male or Female Nurse
  82. Manager or Director of any government department or companies
  83. Marine Traffic Controller
  84. Marine Transport Manager
  85. Maritime Controller
  86. Marketing Manager
  87. Marketing Representative
  88. Media Controller
  89. Media Manager
  90. Media Person
  91. Medical Analysis Specialist
  92. Medical Equipment Technician
  93. Mining Technician
  94. Ministry Undersecretary
  95. Museum Manager
  96. Nutrition Specialist
  97. Operations Analyst
  98. Pharmaceutical Technician
  99. Physician (All specialization)
  100. Physicist
  101. Plant Manager
  102. Player (All sports items in a sports club)
  103. Police Officer
  104. President or Director of a University
  105. Press Photographer
  106. Printing and Publishing Manager
  107. Procurement Representative
  108. Production Director
  109. Professor
  110. Program Producer
  111. Proofreader
  112. Prosecutor
  113. Psychiatrist
  114. Quality Controller
  115. Radio or TV transmission Technician
  116. Referee (Sports)
  117. Regional Director
  118. Religious Person
  119. Research & Studies Director
  120. Road Controller
  121. Sales Manager
  122. Sales Representative
  123. SchoolManager
  124. Scientist
  125. Ship Captain
  126. Ship Maintenance Technician
  127. Ships Supervisor
  128. Sports Medicine Specialist
  129. Sports Representative
  130. Sports Trainer
  131. Staff at Embassies in GCC (Except support services jobs)
  132. Surveyor
  133. Systems Analyst
  134. Teacher / Instructor
  135. Telecom Technician
  136. Television Manager
  137. Theatre Manager
  138. Tourism Agency Manager
  139. Tourist Guide
  140. Train Maintenance Technician
  141. Translator
  142. Travel or Tourism Agent
  143. TV Cameraman
  144. TV or Radio Programs Presenter
  145. Veterinary Doctor
  146. Weather Expert
  147. Writer
  148. X-Ray Specialist
  149. X-Ray Technician

Source: List of Eligible Professions on MOI website

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?

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.

Related Articles:

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  2. Visiting Qatar: The Complete Guide
  3. Carrying Medicines to Qatar: Important Things To Know
  4. Qatar Visit Visa Types, Duration, and Cost

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  1. my colleague is egyptian with uae residence visa and his position is operations manager, do he still needs to apply for visa in qatar?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Maksud, Hotel Manager is included in the list of eligible professions. But you need to check the exact wording on your Emirates ID. It is better to call and confirm with the official helpline at +974-4406 9999.

  2. I am a UAE resident and planning to travel to Qatar through Saudia in my own car.
    My profession on the visa is managing director.
    Am I eligible to get visa on arrival at the border.

  3. Celina Chatoyan

    My friend wants to travel to Qatar on the 7th of October from UAE, he’s an Indian with a UAE resident and his profession is written “partner Neena and Amber Feroz fashion”. We couldn’t find his category on the list above, is he eligible?
    Also, he applied his documents on Ehteraz on the 1st of October, when should he expect to get approval on ihtiraz? Thanks

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Hi Hassan, The above list is common for all nationalities. You can call +974-4406 9999 to check about GCC residents visa for Egyptians.

  8. 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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