Qatar Visa For GCC Residents: New Hayya Update (2023)

Doha Guides Team regularly reviews this article to ensure the content is up-to-date and accurate. The last editorial review and update was on 3 September 2023.

Qatar’s Hayya portal has been updated with a special visa category for residents of GCC countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE). Expatriates who hold valid residency permits in any GCC country can now get a GCC Resident Entry (A2) e-visa 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.

Recent Updates


As a step towards boosting tourism in Qatar, three new categories of e-visa have been added to the Hayya Platform which will roll-out with immediate effect, Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker announced in a press conference.

Qatar Tourism Visa, which was suspended for several months, is now available through the relaunched Hayya platform. All you have to do is upload your documents, enter the required details and pay the visa fee (if applicable).

Qatar Visa For GCC Residents

As per the new announcement made on 16 April 2023, residents of GCC countries and those accompanying them can obtain a visa for 30 days stay in Qatar.

Qatar Visa For GCC Residents - New Announcement

Eligibility Conditions

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

  • The passport should be valid for at least three months from the date of entry. 
  • The visitor should have a valid residence permit card issued by any GCC country (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia or UAE). The residence permit should be valid for at least three months from the date of entry. 
  • The visitor should have a return ticket if coming by air.
  • The visitor should have confirmed accommodation. This can be “Family and Friends Hosting” or “Other Accommodation” (hotel booking or rented apartment).
  • The visitor should travel from his country of residence.
  • The visitor should have health insurance (as per 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 fees 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.

How To Apply For GCC Resident Visa Through Hayya Portal

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

Step 1: Go to Hayya Portal

The website address is:

Step 2: Click on “Apply For Hayya”

The button is available in the center of the page.

Hayya Portal Home Page

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, login using your email and password.

Hayya Portal Register User

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 Entry (A2)” category from the drop-down menu.

Apply GCC Resident Visa Hayya

Step 6: Select Purpose of Visit

You can select from leisure, sports event, job seeker, business meeting, wedding party, shopping, medical care, heritage tourism, friend visit, convention participation, event participation etc. You can also select “Others” and specify the purpose.

Hayya 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

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

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 Job Title

Select your job title from the available list of professions (we have given the list of 200+ professions below in this article). 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 expiry date, Saudi residents can upload Muqeem document with 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 Hayya portal. In this case, select “Other Accommodation” and enter the accommodation name.

Hayya Accommodation Information

Step 13: Enter Contact Information

At 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 30 days from issue.

According to the officials, no visa request should take more than 48 hours to receive a response.

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 & QID or DQ 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 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.

Here is a video explaining the above steps:

List of Professions

The following professions have been listed on the Hayya portal for selection:

  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 Conttroller
  11. Aircraft Maintenance Technician
  12. Aircraft Pilot
  13. Aircraft Takeoff Controller
  14. Aircraft Technician
  15. All Types of Consultant
  16. Aquatic Specialist
  17. Archeological Director
  18. Archeological Prospector
  19. Archeological Researcher
  20. Architectural Draftsman
  21. Army Officer
  22. Artist (Actor, Musician, Composer, Poet, Painter, Singer, etc.)
  23. Assistant Engineer (All specializations)
  24. Assistant General Manager
  25. Assistant Pharmacist
  26. Astronomer
  27. Author
  28. Aviation Guide
  29. Aviation Tehnician
  30. Aviation Trainer
  31. Bank Manager
  32. Bank Official
  33. Banker
  34. Banking Business Manager
  35. Breeding Specialist (Animals/ Birds/ Bees)
  36. Broadcasting Manager
  37. Busines man
  38. Business lady
  39. Captain
  40. Captain of Ship/Cruise/Carrier/Steamship
  41. Career Counsellor
  42. Chemist (All Specializations)
  43. Chief Justice
  44. Cinema / Television Producer
  45. Cinema Cameraman
  46. Cinema Director
  47. Co-Pilot
  48. College Dean
  49. Commercial Broker
  50. Commercial Manager
  51. Company/Factor Manager
  52. Computer Programmer
  53. Consultant
  54. Control Equipments Technician
  55. Cooperative Socierty Manager
  56. Correspondent (Newspaper /Radio/TV)
  57. Cruise Ship Guide
  58. Customs Clearer
  59. Customs Specialist
  60. Decoration Designer
  61. Dental Technician
  62. Diplomat (Members of diplomatic corps)
  63. Director
  64. Earthquakes Expert
  65. ECG Technician
  66. Economic Analyst
  67. Electrical Manager
  68. Engineer (All specializations)
  69. Executive Manager / Director
  70. Executive Secretary
  71. Finance / Economics Expert
  72. Finance Audit
  73. Finance Manager
  74. Food Controller
  75. Foodstuff Technician
  76. Gardening Specialist
  77. General Professional Trainer (Industrial, Agricultural, Commercial)
  78. General Specialist
  79. General Supervisor
  80. Geologist Quantity Enumerator
  81. Geology Technician
  82. Golden Residency Holder
  83. Head (various)
  84. Head of Prosecution
  85. Horse Breeding Technician
  86. Hospital Manager
  87. Hotel Manager
  88. Housewife
  89. Husband, Wife, Son, Daughter, Mother, Father (GCC Citizen)
  90. Information Systems Expert
  91. Institute Manager
  92. Insurance Manager
  93. Investment Manager
  94. Investor
  95. Jeweler
  96. Journalist
  97. Judge
  98. Lab Specialist
  99. Lab Technician
  100. Laboratory Manager
  101. Land Hostess
  102. Land Transport Manager
  103. Law Expert
  104. Lawyer/ Advocate
  105. Lecturer
  106. Legal Researcher
  107. Library Manager
  108. Maintenance Manager
  109. Male or Female Nurse
  110. Manager (Variety)
  111. Manager / Director of any Government Departments / Companies
  112. Marine Traffic Controller
  113. Marine Transport Manager
  114. Maritime Cotroller
  115. Marketing Outlet
  116. Marketing Representative
  117. Marketing Manager
  118. Media Controller
  119. Media Manager
  120. Media Person
  121. Medical Analysis Specialist
  122. Medical Equipments Technician
  123. Medical Specialist
  124. Medical X-ray Specialist
  125. Microscopic Technician
  126. Mining Technician
  127. Ministry Undersecretary
  128. Museum Manager
  129. Nutrition Specialist
  130. Operations Analyst
  131. Optical Technician
  132. Others
  133. Partner
  134. Permanent Residency Holder
  135. Pharmaceutical Technician
  136. Pharmacist
  137. Physician (All specializations)
  138. Physicist
  139. Pilot
  140. Plant Manager
  141. Player (All sports items in a sports club)
  142. Police Officer
  143. President / CEO
  144. President / Director of a Club
  145. President / Director of a University
  146. Press Photographer
  147. Printing and Publishing Manager
  148. Procurement Representative
  149. Production Director
  150. Professional Security & Safety Technician
  151. Professor
  152. Program Producer
  153. Proofreader
  154. Prosecutor
  155. Quality Controller
  156. Quantitative Calculator
  157. Radio / TV transmission Technician
  158. Referee (sports)
  159. Regional Director
  160. Religious person
  161. Research & Studies Director
  162. Road Controller
  163. Sales Executive
  164. Sales Manager
  165. Sales Representative
  166. School Manager
  167. Scientist
  168. Secretary / Director of Library
  169. Ship Captain
  170. Ship Maintenance Technician
  171. Ships Supervisor
  172. Sociologist
  173. Software Designer
  174. Son / Daughter
  175. Special Needs Teacher
  176. Speech Specialist
  177. Sports Medicine Specialist
  178. Sports Representative
  179. Sports Trainer
  180. Staffs at Embassies in GCC (except Support Services Jobs)
  181. Statistics Speciaist
  182. Student
  183. Surgeon (All Specialization)
  184. Surveyor
  185. Systems Analyst
  186. Teacher / Instructor
  187. Telecom Technician
  188. Television Manager
  189. Theatre Manager
  190. Tourism Agency Manager
  191. Tourist Guide
  192. Trader
  193. Train Mantenance Technicina
  194. Translator
  195. Travel / Tourism Agent
  196. TV / Radio Programs Presenter
  197. TV Cameraman
  198. University Profesor
  199. University Student
  200. Veterinary Doctor
  201. Weather Expert
  202. Well Drilling Technician
  203. Writer
  204. X-ray Specialist
  205. X-ray Technician
  206. Zoology Specialist

If your profession is not listed on the portal, you can select “Others” from the options and enter your job title as per the Residency Permit.

Vaccination & Quarantine Requirement

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

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].

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 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.

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 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 Job title on your Residency.

Can I bring along dependents with GCC Resident Entry?

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

Is on-arrival visa still applicable for 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 their separate visa. If you wish to bring along your spouse, please have them apply as well.

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  1. hi,
    my relatives want to visit,
    She is housewife herself and wants to come with her son.
    in the list Housewife is written as one of category of profession.
    but the son’s occupation is written as Un Employed.
    are they eligible to apply?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Shehroz, If the son is a dependent (family sponsorship) travelling with parent, they can select Son/Daughter as profession.

  2. I am GCC resident and born Pakistan.
    My query is that occupations is IT Consultant which is not mention in visa on arrival approval list.Information System expert is mentioned there.However, is a am egligible for on arrival visa?

    Secondly, my relatives lived in Qatar,DOHA So should i need to show the hotel booking or I can show my relatives QID and their residence proof or hote booking is must to show?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Aurangazeb, Please call the Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999 to confirm your profession’s eligibility for GCC Resident Visa. If you are eligible, you can book a normal hotel and cancel it after you arrive in Qatar. Then you can stay with your relative.
      If you are not eligible for GCC Resident Visa, you can come using regular VOA as Pakistan national. However you will need Discover Qatar hotel booking as it is compulsory for Pakistan nationals (even if staying with relative). DQ hotel booking cannot be cancelled.

  3. Good evening!
    I’m an Indian passport holder and UAE resident. My visa says ‘partner’ which means business partner, in that case will I be eligible for GCC residents visa on arrival at the land border?
    If not, am I eligible for VOA for Indian passport holders at the land border?

    Also can I make the hotel bookings from any website or it has to be DQ?
    And regarding traveling through the KSA land border, will my KSA tourist visa be applicable at the Ghuweifat border?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Adil, If you are coming on GCC Resident Visa, you can book any hotel. Please call the Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999 to confirm your profession’s eligibility.
      If you are coming on regular VOA as Indian national, you need DQ booking. Other bookings are not accepted.
      Your KSA Tourist Visa can be used if it is multiple entry.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Sal, Please call the Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999 to confirm your profession’s eligibility because it is not in the new list.

  4. Hi,

    I am a Pakistani national and resident in KSA. My profession is General Accountant and I have got email from hukoomi that I am eligible for GCC Residents on Arrival Visa. I will be driving via private car. Is email from Hukoomi can be considered as a confirmation or should I check/contact someone else too.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Aman, Accountant is already there in the list published by MOI. So we think you will be eligible. If you want, you can contact Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999.

  5. Is it allowed to come to Qatar by a private vehicle if the person is GCC resident and Eligible?
    If yes, may I know if there are special requirements to fulfill before coming?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Ahmad, You can travel by private vehicle. Other than regular visa requirements (listed above), you will need to buy vehicle insurance at the border.

  6. am bank manager intend to go to qatar by road with family from uae am srilankan citizens, am need get visa online
    how I will get a medical insurance
    am I eligbale to drive in doha, if yes do I need to vehicle permit

  7. Hi
    I am a resident in the UAE, holding a syrian passport and the job is Director.
    am I eligible for a visa on arrival?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Ahmad, Director profession should be eligible. However please call the Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999 to confirm, as previously there were some restrictions on Syrian citizens.

  8. Dear Sir/Madam
    My Profession is a General Manager which is not in the list , But i Have sent mail to Hukoomi They said Your Eligible to get visa on Arrival.
    Is that confirm Information?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Ali, There may be some difference in the published list and MOI’s internal list. As GM is a management level profession and Hukoomi helpline has confirmed it, we think you would be eligible. You can also check with your airline in advance and show them the email from Hukoomi.

  9. Hi,
    Planning to visit Qatar (by land) with my own private vehicle from Bahrain. My profession is as per the list. I understood I need to obtain health insurance thru companies listed in MOPH and vehicle insurance thru QUB. Question is Do I still need to get hotel booking thru Discover Qatar ?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Abul Rusafeed, If you are eligible for GCC Resident Visa on arrival (profession is on the list), regular hotel booking is enough.

  10. Dear sir Madam
    I Have Sent Mail to Hukoomi To know about Visa on Arrival They said iam Eligible and can get visa on Arrival.
    is that confirm information?

      1. My Profession is General Manager which is not in the list, but they said your Eligible for visa
        Their mail is
        Dear Valued Customer,

        Thank you for contacting us on Hukoomi,

        As per your request and the information that provided by your kind side, please note that you are eligible for visa on arrival for 30 days It can be extended for up to four months under the following conditions.
        1- A passport valid for a period of no less than 6 months.
        2- A residence permit valid for a period of no less than 6 months.
        3- must come from the country of residence in the Gulf Cooperation Council.
        4- Reservation of my tourist hotel during the stay Or provide a clear address in the country.
        5- Confirmed return ticket.
        6- The companions of GCC residents who have a profession are allowed to come, but should be under their personnel sponsorship
        7- Health insurance must be valid for the duration of the fan’s stay in the State of Qatar

        We are always happy to serve you, Thank you for contacting us

        Best Regards,

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi Ali, There may be some difference in the published list and MOI’s internal list. As GM is a management level profession and Hukoomi helpline has confirmed it, we think you would be eligible. You can also check with your airline in advance and show them the email from Hukoomi.

  11. For the case of Showing Indian Passport with Discovery Qatar booking , It is fine if they give visa for 7-14 days . Also when i checked with Hukoomi , they said VOA is applicable at airports only . Also the profession included is Information System Expert , where as in GCC ID it is Information System Auditor , Actually both means the same , but still when checked from Hukoomi they said not eligble.

    Requesting reconfirmation for the same if VOA is given at the Land border entry points. Trave Oman- Saudi – Qatar with Oman Car number plate

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Zakir, Regarding VOA for Indians, you should double check with Hukoomi as we are not sure if they changed the policy. Earlier it was available at land border also.

      1. As checked with hukoomi , below is the reply given:

        On 18 Mar 2023, at 6:22 PM, Hukoomi wrote:
        Dear Valued Customer,
        Thank you for contacting us on Hukoomi,
        Kindly note that you cant obtain this type of visa at the border hence its only available with the airport immigration , beside the validity of this visa will be depending on the hotel reservation without exceeding 30 days.
        We are always happy to serve you, Thank you for contacting us

        Requesting to recheck directly with Land Border Contact person and confirm once again if it is allowed for Indian GCC residents to come via land border with VOA option

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi Zakir, Thanks for the update. In that case, land border may not be an option for regular visa on arrival. You should consider flight or Hayya visa (if that is an option).

  12. Its not right, that company partner, manager, sales manager professions are not on the list. I was turned back at sharjah airport.

  13. Hi Doha Guide Team,

    Just sharing my experience and for your information, update in this contents.

    I just entered Doha last night using Visa on Arrival, I’m a resident and currently working as Nurse in KSA, A Filipino national.
    Few documents they have asked for me to present in the immigration are as follows:
    1. Valid KSA Resident ID valid at least 6 Months
    2. Valid Passport valid at least 6 Months
    3. Travel Insurance
    4. Confirmed Hotel Booking
    5. Debit or Credit Card for Visa Payment (100QAR I have paid for Visa on Arrival)

    Keep up doing this contents to help others who can’t get enough answer from the Government Hotline.

    Wishing you success.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Sheena, Thank you very much. This would be great help for others. We have added your comment as a screenshot to the article. Could you tell us if you came through airport or land border? If air, which airways did you use?

      1. Hi DG Team,

        I came in HIA thru Flynas Airlines. At first, they hold me for few minutes in the Jeddah while checking in Flynas Airlines. While waiting they contacted some personnel in Qatar thru mail and after sometimes they let me board the plane.

        I was asked if I have Hayya Card and I informed them I don’t have it and will use only the “Visa on Arrival” thru GCC Resident privilege.

        It would help if you send email provided in this forum [email protected] and wait for their response (In my case they replied on the same day) they get the screenshot and later show to airline personnel that you got confirmation.

        To add in above, I have asked in mail below:
        1. Ask if your profession is eligible for visa on arrival
        2. Ask what are the other requirements for visa on arrival
        3. How much you will pay for visa on arrival
        Tips: Include in your mail your current profession, available documents with you and purpose of travel to Qatar

        Would love to help others, as i have experience the same sentiments.

  14. My family is resident in saudi and im an accountant in qatar, can my family get on arrival visa in qatar? Do they still need a hotel booking? Do they need to book through discover qatar or any hotel booking would do?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi, If your family member is working in an eligible profession listed above, they can get GCC Resident Visa On Arrival. In this case regular hotel booking is enough.
      If the profession is not eligible or is a housewife, they can get regular Visa On Arrival. For regular Visa On Arrival, hotel booking should be through Discover Qatar (if nationality is Indian, Pakistan, Iran etc.)

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Mizanur, Please call the Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999 to confirm your profession’s eligibility. We cannot confirm as the exact title is not on the new list.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi, Please call the Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999 to confirm your profession’s eligibility. We cannot confirm as the Supervisor title is not on the new list.

  15. Hi, First of all thanks for sharing this valuable information. It is amazing.

    I am indian & have abudhabi visa but staying in Dubai. Profession is engineer in EID. All family members have UAE residency valid for more than a year.

    I want to make hotel booking with free cancellation through websites lije agoda or and will cancel once reach there. Is that ok or mandatory with discover qatar website only?

    Can i travel with my family from UAE using my car and get GCC resident visa on arrival at qatar by road?

    Or it is mandatory to travel by air?

    What is the maximum age for daughter to get dependent tourist visa at qatar?

    Any specific insurance required for car to drive in qatar? I have valid qatar driving license.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Gen, Thanks for your kind words. If your profession is Engineer, you will be eligible for GCC Residents Visa on Arrival. In that case you can book hotel through any website. DQ booking is needed only if you are using regular visa on arrival as Indian citizen.

      You can travel by car and get GCC Residents Visit Visa. There is no age specified for daughter as long as she is under your sponsorship. You can get car insurance in advance or at the border (here are the details). Health insurance is required for everyone. Note that you will also need require Saudi Visa and Saudi car insurance to cross the border.

      1. Being an Indian Citizen coming from Oman-Saudi-Doha , How and who decides to get regular Visa or GCC Visa ? Is this asked at the border if we need VOA or GCC visa? If incase GCC visa , then can we come through regular hotel bookings from agoda/booking etc ? Since stay will be with relatives in Qatar. Also even if the profession is listed , is it mandary for 100 QAR GCC visa type only ? Or we are given choice to choose from VOA or GCC Visa

        Also if incase for VOA Indian Passport , is discover qatar hotel really mandatory? If incase mandatory , can we book for min 2 n and stay elsewhere for few weeks and return back ? Wil there be questions at border exit points , if stayed elsewhere ?

        Requesting to answer please , Planning for Road trip during upcoming Eid from Oman

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi Zakir, (1) If profession is eligible, you can get GCC Resident Visa. Fee is QR 100. Hotel booking can be through any website. You can cancel later.
          (2) If profession is not eligible, you should get regular Vis On Arrival. It is free, but Discover Qatar hotel booking is compulsory for Indians. You need minimum 2 days booking. The rule is that you should have full duration booking, but people have come with two day booking also. This is fine for road trip as you don’t have to show return flight ticket. Note that such visa will be issued for 7 or 14 days only.
          (3) If you show Indian passport and DQ hotel booking, they will automatically issue regular visa on arrival. There will be no fee.
          (4) If you show your GCC ID, they will check profession and decide if you are eligible for GCC Visa on Arrival. In that case you will be asked to pay fee.
          (5) Note that health insurance is compulsory in either case.

      2. Dear Sir,
        Thanks for providing very clear details. It helps a lot as i was struggling to get such answer before from various sources since 6months. You replied ultrafast with accurate answer.

        To cross saudi by road, which type of visa I shall get from saudi embassy? Is it available online?
        Do I need one visa twice to go saudi and again one more while return from qatar to UAE?

        How much it costs for Saudi visa and car insurance to travel by road at saudi while drive from UAE?

        If there is any link can you please share?
        As family member profession is house wife and student in EId will they also get gcc resident visa in qatar if they come with me in same car?

  16. Hi am an Indian with residency Visa of UAE as Electrical Engineers written on my Emirates ID. Please confirm if the entry to Qatar can be through visa on arrival and will require a Hotel booking or not.
    As per the information seeked here, it seems for me and my family with kids to visit my Brother & family in Qatar, we need to have a Hotel booking. Which really doesnt make a sense. To stay in hotel while by Bro family has got already a home in Qatar to stay.
    Can someone confirm is there any provision without a hotel stay booking in this case

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi AS, (1) If you are coming using GCC Residents Visit Visa, a regular hotel booking is enough and it can be cancelled upon arrival. However you need to confirm your profession is eligible. You can contact the Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999 or [email protected].
      (2) If you are coming using normal Visa On Arrival as an Indian resident, you will need Discover Qatar hotel booking which cannot be cancelle after after (even if staying with relatives).

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