Qatar Visa On Arrival Guide (With Updates For October 2022)

Doha Guides Team regularly reviews this article to ensure the content is up-to-date and accurate. The last editorial review and update were on 26 October 2022.

Since August 2017, the State of Qatar has been allowing visa-free entry for citizens of more than 80 countries, making it the most open country in the Middle East.

After it was briefly suspended in 2020 due to COVID-19, Qatar’s visa-on-arrival service has resumed with some conditions. As of August 2022, citizens of 90+ countries are eligible for Free Qatar Visa On Arrival.

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.

Status of Qatar Visa On Arrival For India, Pakistan, Iran

02 OCTOBER 2022 UPDATE: Discover Qatar has stopped accepting bookings for Visa On Arrival Hotels (India, Pakistan and Iran), with the last check-in being on 15 September. According to the Discover Qatar website, Visa On Arrival accommodation is available again for check-ins from 23 December 2022.

“This may change, and Discover Qatar will follow policy as mandated by the Ministry of the Interior for the State of Qatar,” the message on the Discover Qatar website says.

Visa on Arrival Message on Discover Qatar Website
Message on Discover Qatar

However, according to the Ehteraz team, Discover Qatar booking is still a requirement for a visa on arrival (from India, Pakistan and Iran). There is no official announcement on this subject.

If you are planning to travel on a Visa On Arrival during October, kindly confirm the requirements with the Ehteraz support centre (+974-4406 9999 or [email protected]). Also, note that a Hayya Card will be required for all visitors from 1 November 2022.

Recent Updates

26 OCT 2022 UPDATE: As per the latest travel policy announced by Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), pre-travel and post-travel COVID testing and Ehteraz pre-registration are not required from 1 November. The Ehteraz mobile app is only required for entering public and private healthcare facilities.

21 SEPTEMBER 2022 UPDATE: From 1 November to 23 December 2022, visitors’ entry into the State of Qatar will be restricted to holders of Hayya Card only. Visit visa services will be suspended during this period. The following categories will be excluded from the Hayya Card requirement:

  • Qatari citizens, residents and GCC citizens holding a Qatari ID card 
  • Holders of personal recruitment visas and work entry permits 
  • Humanitarian cases through the airport (based on the approval from the official application platform)

1 SEPTEMBER 2022 UPDATE: Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has announced a new travel policy which will come into effect on Sunday, 4 September 2022, at 6 pm local time. This article has been updated to reflect these changes.

  • Quarantine is no longer mandatory for all travellers arriving from abroad. However, if passenger tests positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Qatar, quarantine measures must be followed as stipulated by the State.
  • Country classification based on COVID-19 risk (Red List and Standard Health List) is no longer applicable.

Requirements for Visa On Arrival to Qatar

1. Citizenship

The visitor must be a citizen of an eligible country (the list of countries is given below).

2. Passport Validity

The visitor’s passport must be valid for at least six months.

3. Confirmed Return Tickets

The visitor must have a confirmed return or onward ticket.

4. Hotel Reservation

The visitor should have a hotel reservation for the duration of the stay. This can be a regular hotel booking for travellers from most countries. However, for Indian, Pakistani, and Iranian citizens, the hotel booking for the entire duration of the stay should be through the Discover Qatar website (from 15 April 2022).

This requirement is only mandatory for travellers coming on a visa on arrival and not for family visit visas.

5. Ehteraz Pre-Travel Approval

The passenger must receive pre-travel approval after applying on the Ehteraz website (before three days of travel). Check out our detailed guide to Ehteraz pre-travel registration.

GCC nationals and residents shall be exempted from Ehteraz pr-travel registration.

6. COVID-19 Test

All visitors from age six (6) and above should have a negative RT-PCR test result obtained no more than 48 hours before departure or a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) certificate obtained no more than 24 hours before departure. The test result need not be uploaded to the Ehteraz website but should be shown during check-in.

Minors aged 0-5 years are exempted from COVID testing.

7. Proof of Funds

From 10 March 2022, visitors from countries like India and Pakistan (using a visa on arrival facility) should have a valid international credit card or debit card. Cash of QR 5000 will no longer be accepted.

  • For debit cardholders, three months bank statement is also required. There should be a minimum balance equivalent to at least QR 5,000.
  • The card should be under the name of the visitor. The card can be under the family head’s name if you are travelling together as a family.
  • The card image and the bank statement should be uploaded when applying for Ehteraz pre-registration.
  • This rule applies only to nationalities that require proof of funds (like India, Pakistan, etc.)

Procedure to apply for Visa On Arrival to Qatar

All visitors (except GCC nationals and residents) should get pre-travel approval by registering on the Ehteraz website.

Travellers who meet the above requirements should upload their documents at least three days before arriving 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 (if vaccinated)
  • Hotel Booking (as required)
  • International Credit Card or Debit Card with three months’ bank statement (for India, Pakistan)

RT-PCR / Rapid Antigen Test result is no longer required during the Ehteraz pre-registration process. Instead, travellers must present the original copy of the test result to the airlines to allow them to board the plane or at the country’s ports.

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 blank.

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

Nationalities Eligible For 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

The following are the countries included under this category:

  1. Antigua and Barbuda
  2. Argentina
  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. Holland
  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)

  • The initial visa is for 30 days from the date of entry
  • The stay can be extended for another 30 days free of cost

The following are the nations included under this:

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

In addition to these, Citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and UAE) do not require a visa to enter Qatar.

Travel Policy For Children

An Ehteraz travel permit is required for all visitors (irrespective of age) and must be applied for at least three days before travelling. Children aged 0-5 are exempted from RT-PCR / Antigen testing.

Documents Checklist For Visa On Arrival Passengers

PassportMinimum six months validity
Flight ticketsReturn / onwards flight tickets
Regular Hotel Booking for the full durationDiscover Qatar booking for India, Pakistan, and Iran;
Regular hotel booking for other countries.
Vaccination CertificateIf vaccinated
Ehteraz ApprovalExcept for GCC residents who are exempted
Negative RT-PCR / RAT ReportBefore 48 hours of departure (24 hours in case of RAT)
Serology antibody test resultsFor conditional vaccines only
Ehteraz mobile appInstalled on phone
International debit / credit cardOnly for India and Pakistan. Under visitor’s name (3 months bank statements also needed for debit card). Cash is not acceptable.

Although Qatar authorities do not ask for travel/health insurance for issuing a visa on arrival, some airlines ask for insurance during check-in. Please confirm with your airline if this is a requirement. We highly recommend you have valid travel insurance as medical expenses for visitors can be very high in Qatar.

Note that insurance is an official requirement for a family visit visa.

Hamad International Airport Lounge

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there any fee for the Qatar Visa on Arrival?

Visa on arrival is granted entirely 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. If you are travelling via another airline, ensure 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 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?

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

Procedure At the Immigration Counter

  • Show your Ehteraz travel permit to the airline check-in agent at the departure airport. Please note that without a valid permit, the airline will deny boarding.
  • Download the Ehteraz app before your departure and activate the Ehteraz mobile application on arrival at the airport. The app can be activated using a Qatari or international SIM card.
  • At the immigration counter in Doha, show your Ehteraz travel permit, and if asked about your visa, mention that you want a visa on arrival.
  • Show the Test Result, Hotel Booking, Flight Ticket, and Vaccination Certificate (if vaccinated).
  • 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)
  • When asked, look at the camera for an iris scan (eye scan). A green light would blink to confirm this.
  • A fingerprint scan may be required for some passengers.
  • The immigration officer would fix a small sticker on 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 the 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 the verification code from the picture or audio

Step 5: Click on the “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?

You can check the validity of your visa on the Ministry of Interior website. Here is how to check the validity of a Qatar visa.

How to check Qatar Visa on Arrival validity status
  • Go to the MOI website Visa Inquiry & Printing page
  • Enter the visa number (available on the sticker in the 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 GCC residents eligible to get a Qatar visa on arrival?

If you’re a resident of a GCC country (Gulf Cooperation Council), 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.

Qatar Visa On Arrival Requirements For Indians

Following are the conditions for Indian nationals applying for a Qatar visa on arrival:

  • The Indian passport must be valid for at least six months
  • Return ticket must be confirmed
  • Hotel booking for the entire period – booked through Discover Qatar (currently booking are suspended)
  • Should have Ehteraz pre-approval
  • The passenger must have a valid credit card/debit card with three months statement
  • Must have a negative RT-PCR test completed within 48 hours from the time of departure or Rapid Antigen Test completed within 24 hours.

Additional Requirements for Pakistani National

Requirements for Pakistani nationals are the same as for Indian nationals. There is one additional requirement as below:

  • Those coming directly from Pakistan should present a certificate of vaccination against polio

We have tried to cover most of the frequently asked questions. If you have any further queries 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 policy. You can also call the Ehteraz helpline at +974-4406 9999 or [email protected] for more queries.

READ NEXT: How To Do Ehteraz Pre-Travel Registration

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 90+ eligible countries. You can see the full list of countries on this page.

Is there any age limit on visas 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 to extend 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. Qatar Family Visit Visa Application Guide
  2. Qatar Family Residence Visa Procedure
  3. How To Change Passport Number in Qatar ID
  4. Check Qatar Visa Status Online
  5. Drinking Alcohol in Qatar: Important Rules To Know

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

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  1. Learned that the transit visa has been suspended due to the FIFA World Cup. When will the transit visa commence please as I have got a 12hour stopover in DOH in February 2023.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Muhammad, Transit Visa has been suspended for more than two years now (since COVID travel restrictions). Visitor visa services (including Visa On Arrival) are expected to resume after 23 December 2022. If you are from an eligible country, you can use Visa On Arrival service. May be the Transit Visa will also resume (no announcement yet). Please check back in January for updates.

  2. I am from South Africa we flying to Paris and have a 22 hour stop over do I need to apply online for visa on arrival or will it be granted for me there

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Barend, Between 1 November and 23 December 2022, visa on arrival is not available due to the FIFA World Cup.

  3. Can Taiwanese(R.O.C Taiwan) passport holder apply visa on arrival after 2022/12/23? I know we are not visa-free country. I have confirmed with Qatar airline that we can apply visa upon arrival, but Taiwan is not on your list. Just to make sure that the information is consistent. I plan to visit Qatar on 1 Jan. 2023.

  4. Hi ,

    my name is Hammad Ibrahim, Egyptian national, I have a residence visa in UAE, and my Profession is Audit Manager as per my work visa here in UAE.
    Can i have visa on arrival, if i visit QATAR on 30 October

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Hammad, Please check with the helpline on +974-4406 9999 regarding GCC Residents’ Visa On Arrival.

  5. Hi there,
    i have an approved hayya card but didn’t recive any pdf file yet, and i have a flight for 4th of november to Qatar, where can i follow up that ? is there any number to call ?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Sina, They have started sending this week. You will receive it soon. Check your Hayya app also for any notifications.

  6. Being a resident of Australia, I’ll be travelling to Pakistan in Feb 2023 and plan to stopover for 2 nights in Doha on my way back from Pakistan to Australia.

    Visa on arrival rules will apply as Pakistani nationals? if yes then how to apply for the visa and what is the cost?

    And is it mandatory to get hotels from discover qatar? any phone number where i can get more details please? thanks

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Nauman, Normally visa on arrival for Pakistan nationals is issued free of cost. However, it is too early to say about the hotel and other requirements. There will be no visa on arrival between 1 November to 23 December due to the World Cup. Please check back later in January for updated rules. You can call Govt helpline on +974-4406 9999, but even they may not confirm anything now.

  7. Hello ,
    Im a pakistani citizen . I am a hayya card holder ,. Can i enter the state of qatar in october with ehteraz approval and get a visa till 30th November ?
    Or do i have to exit the country premises on 31st oct and re-enter the country with a hayya card on 1st of november ?

    And if I get the visa on arrival till 31st october , can i apply for extension ??

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi M.K, Indian, Pakistani and Irani citizens need Discover Qatar hotel booking for visa on arrival. Discover Qatar is not accepting hotel bookings since 15 Sep. So if you are trying to enter now on visa on arrival, you may not get approval. You can call +974-4406 9999 for confirming this. You can enter with your Hayya Card only after 1 November.

      1. What if i have to visit my husband who is already in qatar on bussiness visa And i have a hotel confirmation letter to stay with him? Do i still need to book from discover qatar?

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Yes, Discover Qatar booking is required for these three nationalities regardless of where they will stay. The rule applies even to those whose spouse is on an employment visa. You can call +974-4406 9999 to confirm this (as rules keep changing).

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi M.K. This month you will get an entry permit by email (as a PDF file). You need that also.

    2. Kindly confirm this , that i can qatar with Hayya card on 1st november and i dont need any other approval except for approved hayya card ?

      1. Doha Guides Team

        Hi M.K, You will need an entry permit also. You will receive your entry permit in your email (in PDF format). According to the organisers, soon they will start sending entry permits to approved Hayya Cardholders. You don’t have to apply for that.

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