Qatar Visa On Arrival: Now Open (Full Guide – January 2022)

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.

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

Current Status of Visa on Arrival To Qatar

Visa on arrival service to Qatar has been resumed after it was suspended in 2020 at the outset of COVID-19. Currently, citizens of 90+ countries are eligible for Free Qatar Visa On Arrival.

As per the latest rules, only eligible travellers who have taken the vaccines approved by Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health will be extended visa-waivers upon arrival.

They should also meet other eligibility conditions like citizenship, 6 months valid passport, return air tickets, hotel booking and credit/debit cards (for some nationalities). They should also get pre-travel approval by applying on the Ehteraz website.

Travellers who are unable to fly directly to other GCC countries can also use this facility, subject to a minimum of 14 days stay in Qatar (or as required by the destination country).

02 DECEMBER 2021 UPDATE: As per the new update, visitors should register for Ehteraz pre-travel approval at least 3 days before arrival. RT-PCR test result is no longer required during the Ehteraz pre-registration process. Instead, travellers must present the original copy of the PCR test result to the airlines in order to allow them to board the plane, or at the country’s ports.

09 NOVEMBER 2021 UPDATE: There are some messages being forwarded that says that Indian nationals cannot extend visa on arrival beyond 30 days after 11 November. Please note that this was an announcement made in November 2018 and is not valid anymore. As of November 2021, Indian nationals can extend visas on arrival for 30 more days (A total of 60 days stay in Qatar is allowed). The extension can be done any time within the first 30 days. The process is explained below. (www.DohaGuides.com)

Qatar has announced a new travel and quarantine policy which has come into force from October 6, 2021. This article has been updated with the new requirements.

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Requirements for Visa On Arrival to Qatar

  • The passenger must be a citizen of an eligible country (country list given below)
  • The passenger’s passport must be valid for at least 6 months
  • The passenger must be fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by Qatar MOPH and 14 days have passed
  • The passenger must have a negative result for RT-PCR test done within 72 hours of arrival
  • The passenger must have a travel approval received via Ehteraz pre-arrival registration
  • The passenger must have a confirmed return or onward ticket
  • The passenger must have a hotel booking
  • Proof of fund / credit card* may be required for some nationalities like India, Pakistan etc.

*Please carry QAR 5000 (USD 1400) in cash or an International Credit / Debit card under your name with at least QAR 5000 balance. You can show a bank statement to prove that the balance is equivalent to QAR 5000.

There are some additional requirements for citizens of Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Pakistan.

Procedure to apply for Visa On Arrival to Qatar

According to the latest travel policy (From 12 July 2021), all visitors should get pre-travel approval by registering on the Ehteraz website. Travellers who meet the above requirements should upload their documents at least 3 days before arrival in Qatar.

Visitors without pre-travel approval will not be allowed to travel to Qatar. Travellers have to upload the scanned copies of the following documents:

  • Passport
  • Return / onwards flight tickets
  • Vaccination Certificate
  • Hotel Booking

Check our detailed guide on how to do Ehteraz Pre-Travel Registration online

Note: If you are applying for a visa on arrival, you can leave the “Visa Number” column on the Ehteraz application as blank.

You will be notified as soon as your travel permit is approved. Download, print and keep the travel permit handy during your travel. 

All visitors must sign an Undertaking and Acknowledgement Form​ before arriving in Qatar. The form is available on the Ministry of Public Health website, pre-registration platform website (www.ehteraz.gov.qa​) and airline online booking form.


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. Armenia (more conditions apply)
  3. Austria
  4. Bahamas
  5. Belgium
  6. Bulgaria
  7. Croatia
  8. Cyprus
  9. Czech Republic
  10. Denmark
  11. Dominican Republic
  12. Estonia
  13. Finland
  14. France
  15. Germany
  16. Greece
  17. Hungary
  18. Iceland
  19. Italy
  20. Latvia
  21. Liechtenstein
  22. Lithuania
  23. Luxembourg
  24. Malaysia
  25. Malta
  26. Netherlands
  27. Norway
  28. Poland
  29. Portugal
  30. Romania
  31. Serbia
  32. Seychelles
  33. Slovakia
  34. Slovenia
  35. Spain
  36. Sweden
  37. Switzerland
  38. Turkey
  39. 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. Argentina
  3. Australia
  4. Azerbaijan
  5. Belarus
  6. Bolivia
  7. Bosnia and Herzegovina (more conditions apply)
  8. Brazil
  9. Brunei
  10. Canada
  11. Chile
  12. China
  13. Colombia
  14. Costa Rica
  15. Cuba
  16. Ecuador
  17. Georgia
  18. Guyana
  19. Hong Kong, China
  20. India
  21. Indonesia
  22. Ireland
  23. Japan
  24. Kazakhstan
  25. Lebanon
  26. Maldives
  27. Mexico
  28. Moldova
  29. Monaco
  30. New Zealand
  31. North Macedonia
  32. Pakistan (more conditions apply)
  33. Panama
  34. Paraguay
  35. Peru
  36. Russia
  37. Rwanda
  38. San Marino
  39. Singapore
  40. South Africa
  41. South Korea
  42. Suriname
  43. Thailand
  44. Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
  45. United Kingdom
  46. United States
  47. Uruguay
  48. Vatican City
  49. Venezuela

In addition to this, nationals of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates) do not require a visa to enter Qatar.

Vaccines Approved by Qatar MOPH

Adult visitors must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with one of the following vaccines:

  • Pfizer BioNTech (two doses)
  • Moderna (two doses)
  • AstraZeneca/Covishield (two doses)
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johson (one dose)

Conditionally approved vaccines: **

  • Sinopharm
  • Sinovac
  • Sputnik V
  • Covaxin

** Serology Antibody test with a positive result is mandatory before travelling to Qatar for people with two doses of conditionally approved vaccines and 14 days after the second dose, in which case only the traveller will be considered fully immune. The validity of this test is 30 days.​​

People who have received two doses of a conditionally approved vaccine followed by one dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and after 14 days from the last dose will be considered fully immune.

14 days must have passed since the completion of the vaccination program. Unvaccinated adults are currently not able to visit Qatar.

Passengers who have taken one of the recognized vaccines outside Qatar must submit the original vaccination certificate, which shall include the following information:

  1. Name of the passenger and it must match the passport
  2. Dose dates according to type of the vaccine
  3. Type/name of the vaccine
  4. Serial number of the vaccine batch (if any)

Travel Policy For Children

Quarantine policy for unvaccinated children will be similar to accompanying vaccinated parents.

2 DECEMBER 2021 UPDATE: Unvaccinated children aged 11 years and below, accompanied by one or both of their parents/family members who are fully vaccinated, can also get a visa on arrival (even from Exceptional Red List Countries). However, children above 12 should be vaccinated to receive visas on arrival.

An Ehteraz travel permit is required for all visitors (irrespective of age) and must be applied for at least 3 days before travelling.

Quarantine Requirement For Visa On Arrival

Vaccinated Visitor From Green List CountryNo Quarantine
Vaccinated Visitor From Red List CountryHotel quarantine for two days or until the test result is available
Vaccinated Visitor From Exceptional Red List CountryHotel quarantine for two days or until the test result is available

All categories should undergo a PCR test with a negative result 72 hours before arrival in Qatar.

Documents Checklist For Visa On Arrival Passengers

  • Passport
  • Return / onwards flight tickets
  • Vaccination Certificate ***
  • Ehteraz Approval
  • Negative RT-PCR Report
  • Hotel Booking
  • Acknowledgment & Undertaking Form (Filled and signed)
  • Ehteraz mobile app (installed on phone)
  • QR 5000 in cash or bank card (if required for your nationality)

Although Qatar authorities do not ask for travel/health insurance for issuing visa on arrival, some airlines are asking for insurance during check-in. Please confirm with your airline if this is a requirement. Note that insurance is an official requirement for a family visit visa.

*** Serology Antibody test with a positive result is needed if you have taken a “conditionally approved” vaccine (Sinopharm, Sinovac, Sputnik V or Covaxin).

Hamad International Airport Lounge

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Should I use only Qatar Airways for my travel?

You can use any airline to Doha. There are no restrictions on the 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 of this facility may refuse to board you without a visa.

Should I show proof of funds / credit cards?

Proof of funds may be required for some nationalities. Please carry QAR 5000 in cash or an International Credit / Debit card under your name with at least QAR 5000 balance.

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 would be a special line for visitors with travel permits. The details would be mentioned in your travel permit or you would be directed by airport staff.

What is the procedure at the immigration counter?

  • At the departure airport show your Ehteraz travel permit to the airline check-in agent. Please note that without a valid permit the airline will deny boarding.
  • Download the Ehteraz app prior to your departure and activate the Ehteraz mobile application on arrival at the airport. Activation of the app can be done using Qatari or international SIM card.
  • At the immigration counter in Doha, show your travel permit and if asked about your visa mention that you have approval for visa on arrival.
  • Show the Vaccination Certificate, RT-PCR, Hotel Booking and Flight Ticket.
  • 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.
  • A finger prints scan may be required for some passengers.
  • 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.

Step 1: Go to Visit Visa Extension Service page on the MOI website

This is available under Visa Services –> Visit Visa Extension.

How to extend Qatar Visa On Arrival

Step 2: Enter the visa number or passport number

You can find the visa number on the sticker in your passport.

Step 3: Select nationality from the drop-down list

Step 4: Enter verification code from the picture or audio

Step 5: 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 a 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

  • Passport must be valid for at least 6 months
  • Return ticket must be confirmed
  • Hotel booking confirmation for 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.

As the policies are subject to change at any time, travellers are strongly advised to check the official website of MOPH for the latest travel and quarantine policy.

READ NEXT: How To Do Ehteraz Pre-Travel Registration

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Sources: Qatar Ministry of Public Health, Qatar Airways, Qatar Tourism Authority


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 are fully vaccinated and hold a passport from any of the 90+ 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 visas 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 a medical check-up needed for extending visa-free entry

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

Are Indians eligible for a 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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  1. Hello team!

    My husband is Canadian and will be visiting here using visa on arrival for less than a month of stay, we will then travel outside Qatar, then come back here again. Will that be okay or will it be a fresh set of visa on arrival? I heard for family visit visa 180 days should pass before coming back.

    Pls advise. thank you

  2. Hi team,
    I am filipina. Currently, working in saudi arabia. I’m going to visit my fiance this coming march. Do I need to book a hotel quarantine for visa on arrival?

    Many thanks.

  3. If my wife and my daughter come to Qatar through on arrival visa, how many days Hotel booking required ? hotel quarantine 2 days booking only enough?

  4. I am trying to renew my visa on arrival on the moi website but it says THE REMAINING PERIOD FOR EXTEND IS 0 DAYS what does this mean???

  5. Hi Team! I am a Canadian and will be visiting my wife in Doha. Since Canada is on red list, I have to book a two-day hotel quarantine. Is this hotel enough to present in the immigration as one of the requirements for visa on arrival? Or should I also include my wife’s solo accommodation address to show where I will be staying for the duration of my trip?

    Many thanks

    1. Hi KAT
      Few years back Qatar Government has introduced a System wherein all the Residents of Qatar are required to Register their Accommodation Address details in Metrash2 App. (this is Govt. Services App.) Hopefully you wife has already did this during those days. She might have already updated her Accommodation Details in the that App.
      You ask your wife to Login to Metrash2 and go to “National Address” -> “Add National Address” -> “National Address Certificate”. Choose Home Address and Language and click on Next to send a copy to her email. For her to get the Address Certificate Copy in her email. she just need to pay 10 Qatari Riyal. You have 2 days hotel quarantine already then additionally you will have address certificate to show that you will be staying with your Wife on so and so Address.
      Hope this helps and it is a personal suggestion.

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