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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  6. Qatar Visit Visa Types, Duration, and Cost

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  1. Hi,

    So I gather that the previous visa on arrival for GCC residents from approved professions is still available. If I opt for that option do I still have to make hotel booking? I have family living in Qatar and I can provide the address proof if needed.

    1. Hi Ansar, Yes, previous visa on arrival for GCC residents is still available. But the number of approved professions is only 50+. Usually they allow entry if you can provide local address proof and return flight ticket. However please confirm your profession as well as the accommodation requirement with the Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999 or [email protected] to avoid any surprises.

  2. Hi,
    I’m a GCC resident, however my profession is not included in the the list.
    My Nationality is not eligible for Visa on Arrival either.
    Only thing is I have a Valid USA tourist visa which I know I could use to apply for visa. Let’s say that It’s approved. Could I use it via land border or only via airport?

  3. Hi, I am a UAE resident with Indian PP. my Hayya is approved.
    question: can we book any hotel in Doha or it must be discover Qatar only?

  4. Hi im about to leave tomorrow and the Hayya is not yet approved. Is it possible for a GCC resident to enter without Hayya approval?

    1. Hi Kristine, I am not an expert so I have no answer to your query but I would like to know if ever your status remains the same and you already headed there please share how it goes with you. Thank you and hoping to hear from you.

    2. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Kristine, If your nationality is eligible for visa on arrival you can enter using that. If your nationality is not eligible your GCC Resident ID profession should be eligible for GCC Residents Visa On Arrival. Please call the Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999 to confirm your profession’s eligibility.

  5. Hi, thank you for the simple guide. I was able to apply my Hayya application last week and got it approved in two days. I am a GCC resident, I along with friends are planning on a visit to Qatar by road. All passengers are GCC residents among which one person received Hayya approval while the other 2 applicant one among who is primary and second is a dependent. Dependent Hayya application was immediately approved while the primary applicant is still with pending status (we have not reached the accommodation step for that pending passenger infact rest of us have surpassed accommodation step). Now it is 4th day since the application status is showing Pending. Kindly advise what is the best solution in this scenario. We plan to travel by 09-August. I am aware it requires 3 to 5 working days for application to be processed. Any advise on this matter is highly appreciated.

      1. Hi Dohaguides, thanks for the response! We already have the accommodation apparently there is no option to update or upload the hotel reservation. The tab or option in the primary application isn’t available but for dependent it was available and also updated. Is there a work around for this or do you think it maybe a glitch from the system? Please share any suggestions highly appreciate!

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi Mat, The “Upload Booked Accommodation” option is on the home page. If you can’t find it could be a system glitch. You can also try from a different browser. For assistance you can contact Hayya Support at [email protected] or or (+974) 4441 2022.

  6. Hi
    I am working in uae . My visa going to expired in 3months from now . I got a job offer in qatar .without cancellation of my uae visa , can I get qatar resident visa ?

  7. Assalamualaikum,
    I am an Indian citizen working in Saudi as house driver I am planning to visit Qatar with a visa sponserd by Hayya card holder please guide me how to apply for this and what other documents I need to bring if I am traveling by my mudeer/kafil car.


    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Adnan, If you are travelling with Kafeel, make a Hayya account and select “GCC Companion Entry Visa (A4)”. This is very easy to apply.

  8. I have had previously entered and exited Qatar recently and I am re-applying for Hayya under GCC RESIDENT VISA (A2) category, what is the solution when this remarks shows up: “You cannot submit the application as you are already added as a guest in this account.”

  9. Hi am pakistani with saudi iqama holder for me and family. I planning a visit to Qatar as tourism in 3 weeks.
    Can I get visa on arrival?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Khurram, Visa on arrival is only for specific professions. It is safer to apply online on Hayya platform (see the article).

  10. Dear sir

    I Have Haya card going to doha next day, my ticket from UAE to Qatar is confirmed, should i have confirmed ticket from qatar to UAE also , i may come by car my travel date is not clear, so what should i do

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Hazrat, Usually a return flight ticket will be asked during check-in (because you are a visitor). We suggest that you book a ticket and later cancel if you decide to come by car.

  11. If I am holding a resident visa in Bahrain, can I entre Qatar through the boarder between Saudi and Qatar? Or I can only come in through the airport?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Amjad, You can come through Saudi border if you have an approved Qatar visa or you are eligible for visa on arrival.

  12. Hi. My friend is lebanese and we are planning a trip to Qatar this weekend. She is a GCC resident but with a family residency ( إقامة إلتحاق بعائل ) can she get the visa on arrival?

  13. how about with at least 18 hours transit from manila to saudi arabia? 18 hours transit. is it possible to go out still and visit some friends before taking my transit flight? i am filipino with gcc resident card holder from saudi arabia.

  14. Dear!
    I have Already received Haya card and Have visited Qatar once on A1 visa, But now I have applied again , should i add Accamodation again or no need for that?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Ali, If it is host family and friends, you can try by applying with same accommodation. If it is hotel you have to do it again.

  15. Good day.
    Regarding Visa for GCC Resident (Hayya), my profession is not on the list, can I still get an approved visa?
    If yes, is there any additional requirements compared to those professions that are on the list?
    How long will it take to get the approval?
    Please advise. Thank you so much.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi April, For those whose profession is not on the approved list they were asking for hotel booking. But we are not sure if that requirement still applies. Please contact Hayya Support at [email protected] or or (+974) 4441 2022.

  16. I am travelling by car (I am the car owner), any requirements/document required in border for vehicle entry?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Abdulati, If you are the owner, you only need the vehicle registration card. vehicle insurance can be taken at the border.

  17. Hi Teams,

    Yesterday i was applied from saudi arabia for hayya visit(GCC RES), but today i received mail that my application is rejected and the reason is need to upload GCC ID with profession and validity date, but the problem is no validity date in saudi ID …. so friends please let me how to solve this issue..

    Thanks in Advance…

    1. Get Muqeem document. It has validity / expiry of the iqama. Upload the same alongwith your residency permit / iqama.

  18. Hello,
    I want to understand what if i have guests who are Pakistani nationals and GCC residents, and their profession is on the list. And i can Not host them under my accommodation in Hayya because i already registered a few guests who visited before.
    Will they have to upload a hotel booking? And them being Pakistani nationals, do they need the hotel booking only from Discover Qatar?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Arsalan, You can register them under any friend or relative who has QID. Regarding hotel booking, we are not sure because they have made some changes this week (the line which mentions about DQ booking has been removed from Visit Qatar page). You can check with Hayya Support at [email protected] or or 800 2022.

  19. HI DG,
    in your above post, you have mentioned as 4 may update that GCC resident of 5 countries require hotel booking and if profession is not listed then require hotel booking citing visit qatar website reference, however on visit qatar website under GCC Resident visa (A2) such conditions are not mentioned anywhere.. can you share the link to see where they have mentioned such conditions or can you recheck if this is a mistake from your side or perhaps such conditions might have been removed now?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Syed, Thanks for sharing this. It seems the Visit Qatar page has changed. We have also updated the article now.

      1. Hi,
        Filipina here GCC residents in Kuwait,
        I had the approved visit visa last week to Qatarvfrom Hayya, but I had confused regarding “the list of profession” of Hayya application, but I place the sales representave, thought was the same category. However, my job position here in Kuwait is Cashier, just now I realized that there is an option “others” is there any chance to correct it? Or reapply again? Because I am planning to visit tomorrow Friday until Saturday only. Please kindly response soon. Thank you

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi Lani, Sorry we missed your query. Hope you were able to visit without any issue.

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