Qatar Visa On Arrival: Complete Guide (2020)

Qatar Visa on Arrival Complete Guide

In August 2017, the State of Qatar made a landmark announcement that it will allow visa-free entry for citizens of more than 80 countries, with immediate effect, making it the most open country in the Middle East.

As per the announcement, passport holders of more than 80 countries can get Free Qatar Visa On Arrival. In this article, we are trying to answer the frequently asked questions about Qatar’s visa waiver facility.

SEPTEMBER 2020 UPDATE: Due to the global COVID-19 situation, entry into Qatar is now restricted to Qatari nationals, their families, permanent residency holders and Qatar ID holders only. For more information, please check the Ministry of Public Health’s website.

This article explains all the requirements, eligible nationalities, renewal procedure and frequently asked questions about the free visa on arrival in Qatar.

Which all nationalities can avail Qatar Visa On Arrival?

The countries under this facility are divided into two categories as below:

Category 1: Visa waiver for 180 days

  • Visa waiver valid for 180 days from date of entry
  • Maximum stay: A total of 90 days either during a single trip or during multiple trips
  • The stay is not extendable
  • Multiple-entries are possible during this period

The following are the countries included under this category:

  1. Antigua and Barbuda
  2. Argentina
  3. Armenia (more conditions apply)
  4. Austria
  5. Bahamas
  6. Belgium
  7. Bulgaria
  8. Croatia
  9. Cyprus
  10. Czech Republic
  11. Denmark
  12. Dominican Republic
  13. Estonia
  14. Finland
  15. France
  16. Germany
  17. Greece
  18. Hungary
  19. Iceland
  20. Italy
  21. Latvia
  22. Liechtenstein
  23. Lithuania
  24. Luxembourg
  25. Malaysia
  26. Malta
  27. Netherlands
  28. Norway
  29. Poland
  30. Portugal
  31. Romania
  32. Serbia
  33. Seychelles
  34. Slovakia
  35. Slovenia
  36. Spain
  37. Sweden
  38. Switzerland
  39. Turkey
  40. Ukraine

Category 2: Visa for 30 days (+30 days extension)

  • Initial visa is for 30 days from date of entry
  • The stay can be extended for another 30 days free of cost
  • Multiple-entries are possible during this period

The following are the nations included under this:

  1. Andorra
  2. Australia
  3. Azerbaijan
  4. Belarus
  5. Bolivia
  6. Bosnia and Herzegovina (more conditions apply)
  7. Brazil
  8. Brunei
  9. Canada
  10. Chile
  11. China
  12. Colombia
  13. Costa Rica
  14. Cuba
  15. Ecuador
  16. Georgia
  17. Guyana
  18. Hong Kong, China
  19. India
  20. Indonesia
  21. Ireland
  22. Japan
  23. Kazakhstan
  24. Lebanon
  25. Macedonia
  26. Maldives
  27. Mexico
  28. Moldova
  29. Monaco
  30. New Zealand
  31. Pakistan (more conditions apply)
  32. Panama
  33. Paraguay
  34. Peru
  35. Russia
  36. Rwanda
  37. San Marino
  38. Singapore
  39. South Africa
  40. South Korea
  41. Suriname
  42. Thailand
  43. United Kingdom
  44. United States
  45. Uruguay
  46. Vatican City
  47. Venezuela

What are the requirements to get Qatar Visa On Arrival?

  • The passenger’s passport must be valid for at least 6 months
  • The passenger must have a confirmed return or onward ticket
  • There are some additional requirements for citizens of Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Pakistan
Hamad International Airport Lounge

Is there any fee for the Qatar Visa on Arrival?

This type of visa based on your nationality is granted completely FREE of charge and there is no charge for extension/renewal.

Is hotel booking required?

Hotel booking may be required for some nationalities. Please check the official website for more details.

Should I use only Qatar Airways for my travel?

You can use any airline to Doha. There are no restrictions on mode of travel.

TIP: If you are travelling via another airline, make sure your airline knows about this Visa On Arrival facility. Some airline staff who are unaware about this facility may refuse to board you without a visa.

Should I show proof of funds / credit cards?

Proof of funds/credit or debit card may be required for some nationalities. Please check the official website for more details.

Should I show the salary certificate or tenancy contract of my host?

Host’s salary certificate or tenancy contract is not required for visa on arrival. There is no minimum salary requirement for anyone to host a visitor. However, it is advised that you keep your host’s contact information ready to show if requested by officers.

Is there a special counter at the airport?

There is no special counter to go or forms to be filled. Upon arrival, you can join the regular queue for immigration.

What is the procedure at the immigration counter?

The procedure is very simple:

  • While handing over the passport, tell the immigration officer that you want to get Visa On Arrival.
  • Show the return ticket if needed.
  • Give the hotel’s / host’s contact details (name, contact number) if you are asked.
  • Show credit or debit card if required (for some nationalities only)
  • Look at the camera for iris scan (eye-scan) when asked. A green light would blink to confirm this.
  • The immigration officer would fix a small sticker to your passport. That’s it, welcome to Doha!

How to extend Qatar Visa On Arrival?

If you are a citizen of a country eligible to extend 30 days visa on arrival, you can do the renewal online. On the Ministry of Interior website, go to Visit Visa Extension Service page (Visa Services –> Visit Visa Extension).

How to extend Qatar Visa On Arrival
  • Enter the visa number (available on the sticker in passport) or passport number
  • Select nationality from the drop-down list
  • Enter verification code from the picture or audio
  • Click on “Extend” button
  • The visa will be renewed for another 30 days

How many days after arrival can I renew the visa?

You can renew any day after arrival. Make sure you do it before the expiry to avoid complications.

I did not get any message or e-mail after renewal. How can I check the validity?

To check the validity, on the Ministry of Interior website, go to Visa Inquiry & Printing page (Visa Services –> Visa Inquiry & Printing). Here is the link to check the validity of Qatar visa on arrival.

How to check Qatar Visa on Arrival validity status
  • Enter the visa number (available on the sticker in passport) or passport number
  • Select nationality from the drop-down list
  • Enter verification code from picture or audio
  • Click on the “Submit” button
  • The details including visa validity will be  shown
  • Click on the print icon to save or print a copy for future reference

Do I need the renewal receipt while going back?

A receipt is not needed as the renewal date will be updated in the immigration system. However, you may keep a copy for your peace of mind.

Are other GCC residents eligible to get Qatar visa on arrival?

If you’re a resident of a GCC country (Gulf Cooperation Council) then you’re eligible for a single-entry visa on arrival. The visa will only be issued if your residence permit is valid for at least six months and if your profession (as mentioned on your residence permit) appears on the list of eligible professions. You can see the list of eligible professions here.


Additional requirements for some nationalities

Additional requirements for Armenia nationals

  • Passport must be valid for at least 6 months
  • Return ticket must be confirmed

Additional requirements for Bosnia and Herzegovina nationals

  • The citizen must carry a permanent passport that is valid for at least 6 months
  • Return ticket must be confirmed

Additional requirements for Pakistani nationals

  • Return ticket must be confirmed
  • Hotel booking confirmation for the duration of the stay must be presented
  • The passenger must have a valid credit card
  • Those coming directly from Pakistan should present a certificate of vaccination against polio
  • The duration of the visa can be extended only after confirming the return ticket

We have tried to cover most of the frequently asked questions. If you have any further query feel free to ask in the comments sections and we shall try to answer them.


FAQ on Qatar Visa on Arrival


How can I get a free visa for Qatar?

You can get visa-free entry to Qatar if you hold a passport from any of the 80+ eligible countries. You can see the full list of countries on this page.

Is there any age limit on visa on arrival?

There is no specified age limit for visa on arrival. However, airlines may refuse to board minors not accompanied by an adult. If a minor is travelling alone, please check with your airline.

Is medical check-up needed for extending visa-free entry

A medical check-up is not needed for extending visa-free entry. The medical check would be required for renewing family visit visa only.

Are Indians eligible for Qatar visa on arrival?

Indian citizens are eligible for 30 days of visa-free entry to Qatar if they meet some conditions. Upon arrival, this can be extended for another 30 days.

How much is the fine for an expired visit visa in Qatar?

If the validity of your visit visa has expired, you will be charged a penalty of QAR 200 per day.


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