Qatar Visa On Arrival for GCC Residents: Professions List

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.

22 JULY 2021 UPDATE: 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.

Conditions for Qatar Visa on Arrival for GCC Residents

The visa will only be issued if you meet all the below conditions:

  • You should have a valid residence permit in any GCC country (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia or UAE)
  • Your GCC residence permit should be valid for at least six months 
  • Your passport should be valid for at least six months 
  • Your profession (as mentioned on your residence permit) should appear in the below list
  • You must possess a return ticket to point of origin
  • Visa fee of QAR 100 for the main applicant and QAR 50 for each accompanying person
  • The accompanying person shall be under your personal sponsorship and shall have a valid residence permit

List of Professions Eligible

The following categories of professionals with a valid resident permit of any GCC country can get visa on arrival to Qatar. They have been arranged in alphabetical order for your convenience.

  • Accountant / Accounts Verifier / Auditor
  • Accounts Manager
  • Administration Coordinator
  • Administrative Manager
  • Administrative Researcher
  • Agricultural specialist (General)
  • Air Controller
  • Air Hostess
  • Air Navigator
  • Air Transport Manager
  • Aircraft Landing Controller
  • Aircraft Maintenance Technician
  • Aircraft Takeoff Controller
  • Aquatic Specialist
  • Archeological Director
  • Archaeological Prospector
  • Archaeological Researcher
  • Architectural Draftsman
  • Army Officer
  • Artist (Actor, Musician, Composer, Poet, Painter, Singer etc)
  • Assistant Engineer (All specializations)
  • Assistant General Manager
  • Assistant Pharmacist
  • Assistant Pilot
  • Astronomer
  • Auditor
  • Author
  • Aviation Guide
  • Aviation Technician
  • Aviation Trainer
  • Bank Manager
  • Bank Official
  • Banker
  • Banking Business Manager
  • Breeding Specialist (Animals/ Birds/ Bees)
  • Broadcasting Manager
  • Business lady
  • Businessman
  • Captain of Ship/Cruise/Carrier/Steamship
  • Career Counselor
  • Chairman (All types)
  • Chairman / Executive Director
  • Chemist (All specializations)
  • Chief Justice
  • Cinema Cameraman
  • Cinema Director
  • Cinema or Television Producer
  • College Dean
  • Commercial Broker
  • Commercial Manager
  • Company or Factory Manager
  • Computer Programmer
  • Consultant (All types)
  • Consultant (All types)
  • Control Equipments Technician
  • Cooperative Society Manager
  • Correspondent (Newspaper/Radio/TV)
  • Cruise Ship Guide
  • Customs Clearer
  • Customs Specialist
  • Decoration Designer
  • Dental Technician (Fixing)
  • Diplomat (Members of diplomatic corps)
  • Director
  • Earthquakes expert
  • ECG Technician
  • Economic Analyst
  • Electricity Manager
  • Employees at the Embassies in the GCC countries (Except Support Services Jobs)
  • Engineer (All Specializations)
  • Executive Manager or Director
  • Executive Secretary
  • Farm Manager
  • Finance Manager
  • Finance/Economics Expert
  • Flight Technician
  • Food Controller
  • Foodstuff Technician
  • Gardening Specialist
  • General Professional Trainer (Industrial/Agricultural/Commercial)
  • General Specialist
  • General Supervisor
  • Geologist (General)
  • Geology Technician
  • Head of Prosecution
  • Horse Breeding Technician
  • Hospital Manager
  • Hotel Manager
  • Information Systems Expert
  • Institute Manager
  • Insurance Manager
  • Investment Manager
  • Investor
  • Jeweller
  • Journalist
  • Judge
  • Lab Specialist
  • Lab Technician
  • Laboratory Manager
  • Land Hostess
  • Land Transport Manager
  • Lawyer / Advocate
  • Lecturer
  • Legal Expert
  • Legal Researcher
  • Library Manager
  • Literator
  • Maintenance Manager
  • Male or Female Nurse
  • Manager (All types)
  • Manager or Director of any government departments or companies
  • Marine Navigator
  • Marine Traffic Controller
  • Marine Transport Manager
  • Maritime Controller
  • Marketing Executive
  • Marketing Manager
  • Marketing Representative
  • Media Controller
  • Media Manager
  • Media Person
  • Media Specialist
  • Medical Analysis Specialist
  • Medical Equipment Technician
  • Medical Therapy Specialist
  • Medical X-ray Specialist
  • Microscopic Technician
  • Mining Technician
  • Ministry Undersecretary
  • Museum Manager
  • Nutrition Specialist
  • Operations Analyst
  • Optical Technician
  • Partner
  • Pharmaceutical Technician
  • Pharmacist
  • Physician (All specializations)
  • Physicist
  • Pilot
  • Player (All sports items in a sports club)
  • Police Officer
  • President or Director of a Club
  • President or Director of a University
  • Press Photographer
  • Printing and Publishing Manager
  • Procurement Representative
  • Production Director
  • Professional Security and Safety Technician
  • Professor
  • Program Designer
  • Program Producer
  • Proofreader
  • Prosecutor
  • Psychiatrist
  • Quality Controller
  • Quantity Enumerator
  • Radio or TV Transmission Technician
  • Referee (Sports)
  • Regional Director
  • Religious person
  • Research & Studies Director
  • Road Controller
  • Sales Executive
  • Sales Manager
  • Sales Representative
  • School Manager
  • Scientist
  • Secretary or Manager of Library
  • Ship Captain
  • Ship Maintenance Technician
  • Ship Supervisor
  • Sociologist
  • Special Needs Teacher
  • Speech Specialist
  • Sports Medicine Specialist
  • Sports Representative
  • Sports Trainer
  • Statistics Specialist
  • Surgeon (All specializations)
  • Surveyor
  • Systems Analyst
  • Teacher / Instructor
  • Telecom Technician
  • Television Manager
  • Theatre Manager
  • Tourism Agency Manager
  • Tourist Guide
  • Trader
  • Train Maintenance Technician
  • Translator
  • Travel or Tourism Agent
  • TV Cameraman
  • TV or Radio Programs Presenter
  • University Professor
  • University student
  • Veterinary Doctor
  • Weather expert
  • Well Drilling Technician
  • X-Ray Specialist
  • X-ray Technician
  • Zoology Specialist

Here is the official list of professions in Arabic

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 extra fees for every additional month. The visa can be extended at any Ministry of Interior Service Centre.

Visa Fees

  • The cost of the GCC Residents Visa is QAR 100 (USD 27) for the main applicant, QAR 50 (USD 13.50) for each accompanying person and QAR 200 (USD 55) as overstaying fine per day. Visa holders are allowed to stay in Qatar for up to 30 days on a single trip.

What to do if your profession is not in the list

If your profession is not in the above list, there is no guarantee that you may receive a visa on arrival. In such cases, it would be better to apply in advance for Qatar Tourist Visa online.

In addition to this, Qatar has FREE Visa on Arrival facility for citizens of more than 80 countries. So make sure to check if you are from an eligible country. You can read more about it here: Qatar Visa on Arrival: Complete Guide.

How to Apply for GCC Residents Visa Online

NOTE: Currently this service is suspended. Travellers eligible for visas on arrival can register on the Ehteraz website for pre-travel approval.

In order to save time on arrival and avoid any complications, you can opt to apply for GCC Residents Entry Permit via online. Applications can be made a maximum of 90 days or a minimum of four (4) working days prior to travel.

Step 1: Go to Qatar Visa Service website

Sign up or Sign in using your email and password.

Apply Qatar Visa Online Website

Step 2: Fill up the online application form

You need to fill up basic details like name, nationality, date of birth, contact details etc.

Your visa type will be automatically selected by the system based on your length of stay in Qatar as per your itinerary, nationality and country of residence.

If you are an eligible GCC resident, one of the appropriate visa type will automatically be offered by the system:

  • GCC Residents Entry Permit
  • GCC Residents Companion Entry Permit
  • GCC Nationals Companion Permit

Step 3: Upload all required documents

Documents required include:

  • Passport information (bio/picture page)
  • GCC residence visa / GCC ID card
  • A passport-sized photo
  • Airline Ticket (Qatar Airways passengers are not required to submit their ticket copy)
  • Hotel confirmation voucher / relevant documents for a place of stay in Qatar

Step 4: Pay the required fees and submit a request

The portal only accepts payment using a Visa or Mastercard debit or credit card.

Step 5: You will receive status updates on your email

You will receive status updates via email. You can also login to the portal to track the status online.

Step 6: The e-visa will be sent to your email

Once the visa application is processed, the e-visa would be sent to your email. The average timeframe for a response is 48 hours to 96 hours from the time all of the applicant’s documents have been received.

Visitors travelling with Qatar Airways may select ‘Apply for a visa’ after logging in to ‘My Trips’ on the airline’s website. This automatically directs them to the Qatar Visa Service website, where they can start the visa application process for themselves and any accompanying travellers under the same booking.

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FAQ on Qatar GCC Residents Visa

Can GCC residents get 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 to get GCC Residents Visa in Qatar?

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

How much is the cost for GCC Residents Visa to Qatar?

The 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 for?

GCC Residents Visa to Qatar is a single entry visa valid for 30 days and may be renewed for an additional three months. 

Do GCC citizens need visa to enter Qatar?

Citizens of the GCC countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates) do not require a visa to enter Qatar.

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  1. Hi Greetings,
    I am Indian with Engineer Visa, wanted to Visit Qatar during Eid Al Fitr holidays by road, from UAE. Please advise the Government charges involved during the trip like Saudi Visa & car insurance, Qatar Visa & car Insurance & other charges to be paid. Visa available at the border check post etc ?
    I am Fully vaccinated with 3 dozes, Wife – 2 dose, Son:10 yrs old – Not Vaccinated, Daughter: 6 yrs old – Not vaccinated. It will be helpful for all if you could reply with all charges involved during the trip.
    Thanks in advance.

  2. Greetings,

    Dear Sir,

    I am an indian citizen residing in Saudi Arabia. My profession on iqama is labor. As mentioned above i am not eligible to obtain visa on arrival.
    Please advise which visa should i apply for qatar if i am entering qatar from saudi arabia via road.

  3. Boedi Santiko Titus

    I am, Boedi Santiko Titus, holder of Indonesian passport.
    I am UAE residence 2001 till date.
    My wife and I wish to road travel to Doha to visit friend Doha a week.
    We will enter Doha from Saudi Arabia.
    Is the road border Saudi to Qatar open?
    Please advise.

  4. Hi
    My nationality is Indian and I am a UAE resident,
    But my profession mentioned as House wife on visa permit.
    Actually I am a pharmacist but currently not working, am I able to get visa on arrival in qatar?

  5. Hi
    I’m UAE resident
    Egyptian National
    My profession is Pharmacist
    Fully vaccinated with Pfizer vaccine since 5th September 2021
    Am I eligible for visa on arrival to enter Qatar

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Mohamed, Egypt is not included in free visa on arrival nationalities, but you are eligible for GCC Resident Visa (Fee QR 100) as explained above. You can register for Ehteraz pre-approval and upload your UAE ID Card.

      1. Boedi Santiko Titus

        I am, Boedi Santiko Titus, holder of Indonesian passport.
        I am UAE residence 2001 till date.
        My wife and I wish to road travel to Doha to visit friend Doha a week.
        We will enter Doha from Saudi Arabia.
        Is the road border Saudi to Qatar open?
        Please advise.

    1. Hi Fathima, Yes, you can. But you need to follow all steps of visa on arrival (hotel booking etc.) and get Ehteraz approval.

  6. Hi.

    We want to visit Qatar. Me and my family are Saudi resident holding Philippine passport and my ID profession is RSEARCHER. Can I get visa on arrival?

    Thank you

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi, You may not qualify as a Philippines citizen. However, you may qualify as a GCC Resident. Please call +974-44069998 and check. If they confirm you can apply for Ehteraz pre-travel registration.

  7. Mohammed Al-Jourani

    My Parents are UK citizens currently working in Bahrain and would like to come visit me via the Saudi (Salwa) Border…

    Is this now possible? And if so, what would they need?

    I believe they can just get a Visa on Arrival for a UK citizen

    Kindest Regards


  8. I have a UAE resident visa and with listed profisional as Engineer and holding Syrian Passport .. can i get visa on arrivals at airport ??
    and me will travel with my family
    Me full vaccinated
    wife not vaccinated
    son and daughter below 8 years ..
    what the procedure of quarntine?

    your reply is highly appreciated

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Abod, Please call the Government helpline on +974-44069999 to check. When you call, make sure to check about your wife and children also. Since UAE is now on Red List and your wife is unvaccinated, you may require 7 days hotel quarantine.

  9. Hello.
    My mother is working in Jeddah, she wants to visit me here in Qatar for short vacation. Her occupation in her ID is “Medical Secretary”. Can she get visa upon arrival in Qatar?

    Please reply. Thank you.

  10. Please provide present situation regarding Abu samra Saudi Qatar border .

    Procedure to enter gcc residents through road

  11. Am jenilyn lizaso from saudi arabia how can i get visa here in Saudi going to Qatar do i need sponsor for my visa?i want to work in Qatar how can i get working visa?thanks for your response…

  12. i am Indian and a uae resident
    My uae visa expires on 10/11/21
    can I get visa on arrival if I come during Aug?
    What is the other option if visa on arrival not possible?
    Please assist

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi GK, UAE visa validity is not an issue if you are travelling before expiry. You can get a visa on arrival if you meet other conditions.

  13. Hi,
    I am resident of Saudi Arabia and wants to visit Qatar by road through Salwa border. I am Pakistani National and fully vaccinated. Kindly guide me can I get on arrival visa by road.?

  14. Hi I am residing in Uae and am fully vaccinated. I have a daughter who is 1 and half year old and not vaccinated. May I know the travel procedure to doha from Uae.

  15. I’m a UAE resident of Indian origin. I’m planning to travel to Qatar on the first week of August.
    Sinopharm – full dose
    Pfizer – 1 dose completed 14 days

    1. Will I get a tourist visa on arrival? To be on the safer side do I need to take the visa from UAE before hand ?
    2. Will I get a quarantine exemption on successful antibody test?

    Thank you

    1. hi I want visa for qatar in medical profession I am a doctor and my brother is pharmacist if any visa for medical profession is available please send me

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