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 the GCC Residents Entry Permit, qualified 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


From 1 February 2023, health insurance is mandatory for all visitors to Qatar. Visitors can buy a basic health insurance for QAR 50 for any of the registered insurance companies listed on MOPH website. More details are available here.


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 six 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.
  • The visitor should have health insurance (as per MOPH guidelines)

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.

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

NOTE: In addition to the above, some professions like Nurses and Managers may be eligible, but they are not listed on the MOI official website. Some professionals not on the above list who travelled recently were allowed entry while some were refused. If your profession is not listed and you feel you may be eligible, kindly contact the Qatar Government Helpline at +974-4406 9999 and follow their instructions.

GCC Resident Nurse Comment Screenshot
Comment from a recent visitor (Filipino Nurse from KSA)

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
  • Health Insurance

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

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  1. Hi im a filipino and have architect visa in UAE. Am i allowed for visa on arrival in Qatar? Or i can use hayaa visa of my friend? I have a business meeting with our client next week.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Rey, If your profession is listed as Engineer, you will be eligible for GCC Residents Visit Visa. If it is Architect, please contact the Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999 or [email protected] to check about your profession’s eligibility for GCC Residents Visit Visa. For Hayya, you will need to apply for your own Hayya Card with a voucher code. Hayya approval may take longer than a week (since you want to visit next week).

  2. Hello I’m Egyptian with a golden visa from UAE
    In my passport on a chairman of a board but in my residency I’m a house wife as my husband is my residency sponsor he’s a doctor does he has to come with me if I’m planing to come to qatar or I can come alone

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Nevine, Normally they consider the profession on residence permit. If RP profession is housewife, then visitor needs to be accompanied by husband (who is eligible). However you may contact the Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999 or [email protected] to check if they will consider Golden Visa.

  3. For the GCC profession list the new list shared by you is very limited, compare to the old one, we’ve checked with MOI and they have a different list, may we know which list we should follow, as many professions are not in the list and most our employee visiting Qatar before they use to use their profession, like sales manager, marketing manager please clarify.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Mohammed, Earlier we had published a list with 100+ professions. In December 2022, we changed the list when MOI updated the list on their website. We have been regularly checking official websites and could not find any updated list (other than this one with 54 professions). If any one has an updated list from official sources kindly share. If you have contacted the government helpline and they confirm a profession is eligible, please follow their instructions.

  4. I am from Tunisia and a GCC resident living in Saudi Arabia I am a nurse in the profession I am planning to visit Qatar I am eligible?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Amel, Recently some nurses were allowed entry, while some were rejected (as the profession is not on the new list on MOI website). So please contact the Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999 or [email protected]. Also check with your airline in advance.

  5. I am a Nigerian and a GCC resident living in Oman. I am a pharmacist by profession.
    I am planning to visit Qatar next week.
    Am I eligible for visa on arrival?
    Will appreciate your for your response

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Rose, Currently Pharmacist is not on the list of professions eligible for GCC Residents Visa On Arrival. Also Nigeria is not on the list of regular Visa On Arrival. So please contact the Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999 or [email protected] to check if there is any alternative.

  6. I am pakistani passport holder GCC resident , working in a travel agency as occupation on resident permit is Ticket collector Woking in finance credit control department. want to visit family in qatar by road.

    will I get visa on arrival.
    can I stay with family .
    since I will come by road I will not be having return ticket.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Mahmood, Ticket collector profession is not eligible for GCC Residents Visa On Arrival. You can get regular visa on arrival as a Pakistani citizen. However Indian and Pakistani citizens needs minimum two days hotel booking through Discover Qatar (even if you are staying with family). Return flight ticket is not needed when coming by road. For more details, you can contact the Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999.

  7. Muhammad Tauheed ul Hassan

    Salam i am saudi residence travelling yo qater tomarrow with my family .My Profession is Quality examiner/Inspector .I have firmed hotel booking via Discover qatar and have done medical insurance for all members.
    Please cpmfirm there will be no ossue for me to get visa on arrival.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Muhammad, Quality examiner is not on the list of professions eligible for GCC Residents Visit Visa. If your nationality is eligible for normal Visa on Arrival, you will get visa. If you are Indian or Pakistani national, you will need Discover Qatar booking (which you already have). In that case you are good to go.

  8. I am a consultant engineer with a UAE residence visa and I hold Syrian nationality and passport. Can I enter Qatar because I’m planning to travel there next week? also, I have a valid Schengen visa if that’s helpful in any case.

  9. Hi my husband is an accountant and a resident of Saudi Arabia with a Yemeni passport, is he eligible for an entry free visa on arrival? We are planning to spend this weekend in qatar.

    And If he isn’t eligible I am a British citizen will he be able to accompany me to qatar

    I appreciate it if you could quickly get back to me. Thank you in advance

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Eman, Accountant profession is eligible for GCC visa on arrival. However kindly double check with Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999 or [email protected] as we are not sure if there is any restriction on Yemeni nationals. (We believe he would be allowed, but just make sure for your peace of mind).

  10. Hello, I am a Filipino nurse and currently working in Saudi Arabia. I have a valid resident ID. I just entered Doha Qatar today, and the immigration granted me a month VISA. Just make sure you have insurance, return ticket, and hotel booking. And there’s a 100 qar payment. Just sharing and might help.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Jam, Thank you very much for sharing. This would be helpful to many others. Did you face any issues during check-in?

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi Sheena, It depends on the airline staff during check-in. Sometimes they insist as it is on their rules. It is safer to book a hotel and cancel later.

  11. Hi DG Team,

    My sister is registered nurse in KSA, she mailed the email you have provided and immediately replied says quote
    “Please note that the profession mentioned is on the approved profession list”. ” To obtain a Visa on Arrival for GCC resident, you must meet the following conditions mentioned below”
    All other requirements to be provided same as you have stated in this forum.
    Hoping for the best on her travel my next month.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Rain, We are aware of this response from Government Helpline. Unfortunately we cannot update our list because MOI website is still not updated. Thanks for sharing and do let us know once your sister arrives. All the best.

  12. Hi

    I am a Dubai resident but my profession “Technical Manager” is exactly not matching the list of approved professions in Qatar list. Kindly suggest the way forward. I am planning to come by road.


  13. Tauqeer Ul Islam

    Hi. I am GCC(UAE) resident and I have valid occupation to get visa on arrival. I will have some guests from Pakistan who will be multi entry KSA visit visa, and we all want to visit Qatar by road. Is it guaranteed that my non-gcc guests will get visa on arrival from Salwa land port?

  14. Ande France Saliganan

    I am a resident of Saudi Arabia. About eligibility to visa exemption. I want to clarify if, are you basing to the profession that is being written in Iqama where you consider to exempt on visa requirement?
    What if our profession written in Iqama is not listed on the 54 professions but I hold a high rank managerial position in a company and well compensated too. Will you allow us to enter if we can bring Company ID and Certificate of Employment attested with Chamber of Commerce showing our current designation and salary?
    Please confirm? Thank you!


    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Natu, (1) If your profession is on the approved list, you may be eligible for GCC Residents Visit Visa. (2) If your nationality is eligible for visa on arrival, you can get VOA. (3) If you have a Hayya Card, or you have any friends who can share their Hayya With Me voucher code, you can use that to apply for Hayya and visit Qatar. (4) Or else please contact the Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999 or [email protected] to check if there is any other possibility.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Ali, Logically speaking you should be approved, but we cannot confirm as the exact title is not on the new list. Please call the Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999 to confirm your profession’s eligibility.

  16. Mohammed Younus Shaikh

    I am resident of GCC (Saudi Arabia), working in Saudi Aramco for the last 30+ years. I am living with my family. My job title in appears in Aqama in Arabic: “أخصائي إدارة خدمات” in English: “Service Management Specialist”. My wife’s brother is working & living with his family in Qatar. We will stay with relatives without pre-hotel booking.

    1. If I travel with family (2 kids & wife) by road (in private owned vehicle) from Saudi Arabia to Qatar, will I get entry visa for 14 days from causeway? How much?
    2. Will I get Multiple Exit Reentry Visa to enter Qater from time to time? How much?
    Your prompt response is highly appreciated.
    Younus Shaikh
    c/o Saudi Aramco, Dhahran

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Mohammed, Thanks for the detaied question. Unfortunately, we are not sure if you can get GCC Residents Visit Visa as your profession is not on the eligible list. Please contact the Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999 or [email protected].

  17. hi,

    Can I get visa on arrival? I have UAE residence Visa, but I will be travelling from KSA because I have a 2-day business trip there then travel direct to Qatar? So, I will not be travelling from my country of residence.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Pinoyyy, As per the condition for this type of visa, you should be travelling from country of residence and your profession should be eligible. Please contact the Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999 or [email protected].

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