Qatar Visa On Arrival: Complete Guide (August 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.

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. Immunity Status

Visitors would have quarantine requirements depending on their immunity status (fully vaccinated/recovered / non-immune) and their country of origin.

Bangladesh, Egypt, India*, Nepal, Pakistan*, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka are countries subject to Red Health Measures. All other countries are Standard Health Measure Countries.

For Standard Health countries, fully vaccinated (or recovered) travellers will be exempt from hotel quarantine. If the traveller is not vaccinated or recovered, he would be subject to 5 days of hotel quarantine. Booking should be through the Discover Qatar website.

For Red Health countries, fully vaccinated (or recovered) travellers will be subject to 1-day hotel quarantine. Unvaccinated travellers from Red Health countries will not be allowed a visa on arrival.

Country of OriginFully vaccinated / RecoveredUnvaccinated / Non-Immune
Standard Health Measure CountriesNo Quarantine5 Days Hotel Quarantine
Red Health Measure Countries
(excluding India & Pakistan)
1 Day Hotel QuarantineNo Entry
India, Pakistan1 Day Hotel Quarantine +
Discover Qatar hotel booking
for the entire duration of the stay
No Entry
IranDiscover Qatar hotel booking
for the entire duration of the stay
5 Days Hotel Quarantine +
Discover Qatar hotel booking
for the entire duration of the stay

6. 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.

From 30 April 2022, GCC nationals, GCC residents, EU nationals, and EU residents who meet the immunity criteria as per COVID health apps mentioned below shall be exempted from Ehteraz pr-travel registration. The accepted health apps are:

CountryAccepted Health App
Saudi ArabiaTawakkalna
United Arab EmiratesAl Hosn
BahrainBeAware Bahrain
KuwaitShlonik
OmanTarassud

COVPass health app for EU nationals and EU residents shall be honoured and accepted in Qatar in lieu of online registration on the condition that they meet the immunity criteria and are reflected in:

CountryAccepted Health App
European Union countriesEuropen Pass App
United KingdomNHS COVID Pass

7. COVID-19 PCR Test

Travellers (except GCC/EU residents who meet immunity criteria) must also have a negative pre-travel PCR test result obtained no more than 48 hours before the time of departure from the country of origin. The test result need not be uploaded to the Ehteraz website but should be shown during check-in.

NOTE: GCC/EU residents who don’t do pre-travel testing must go to any authorized private clinics for Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) within 24 hours of their arrival in Qatar.

8. Proof of Funds

From 10 March 2022, visitors coming 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 EU/GCC residents exempt, as explained earlier) 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)
  • Quarantine Booking (if required as stated above)
  • Hotel Booking (as required)
  • International Credit Card or Debit Card with three months’ bank statement (for India, Pakistan)

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 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. 

All visitors must sign an Undertaking and Acknowledgement Form​ before arriving in Qatar. The form can be downloaded from the Ministry of Public Health website, Ehteraz pre-registration website, or airline websites.


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

Vaccines Approved by Qatar MOPH

To be considered as immune, adult visitors must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with one of the following vaccines:

Vaccine nameValidityValidity (Booster Dose)
Pfizer BioNTech14 days to 9 months after 2nd dose12 months after the booster dose
Moderna14 days to 9 months after 2nd dose12 months after the booster dose
AstraZeneca/Covishield14 days to 9 months after 2nd dose12 months after the booster dose
Janssen/Johnson & Johson14 days to 9 months after 1st dose7 days to 12 months after the booster

Conditionally Approved Vaccines

Vaccine nameValidityValidity (Booster Dose)
Sinopharm**14 days to 6 months after 2nd dose14 days to 6 months after the booster
Sinovac**14 days to 6 months after 2nd dose14 days to 6 months after the booster
Sputnik V**14 days to 6 months after 2nd dose14 days to 6 months after the booster
Covaxin**14 days to 6 months after 1st dose14 days to 6 months after the booster

** 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 after 14 days from the last dose will be considered fully immune.

14 days must have passed since the completion of the vaccination.

Vaccine Certificate Format

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

  1. The name of the passenger (must match the passport)
  2. Dose dates according to the 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.

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 Red Health Measure Countries). However, children above 12 are treated similar to adults.

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


Documents Checklist For Visa On Arrival Passengers

PassportMinimum six months validity
Flight ticketsReturn / onwards flight tickets
Quarantine Hotel BookingOnly if unvaccinated from a standard health country (5 days) OR if vaccinated from Red Health countries (1 day)
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/EU residents who are exempted
Negative RT-PCR ReportExcept for GCC/EU residents who are exempted
Serology antibody test resultsFor conditional vaccines only
Acknowledgement FormFilled and signed
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 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)
  • 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
  • Should be fully vaccinated
  • 1-day hotel quarantine – booked through Discover Qatar
  • Hotel booking for the remaining period – booked through Discover Qatar
  • 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

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 and quarantine policy.

READ NEXT: How To Do Ehteraz Pre-Travel Registration


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  5. Drinking Alcohol in Qatar: Important Rules To Know

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. Please note additional restrictions apply based on vaccination status.

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


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  1. Hello,
    I am of Algerian nationality and I reside in France, I would like to know if I have the right to a visa on arrival in Qatar knowing that I take off from France
    thank you

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Mohamed, Sorry, Algeria is not on the visa on arrival list. You can call and check with +974-4406 9999.

  2. I just lost out on a job offer cause the Visa qouta for Zimbabwe is no longer being issued. Does anyone have an idea on when this will change? I am so devasted and sad.

  3. Hi,
    I am an Indian, my wife and I have valid QID.
    Is my 6year old son needed hotel booking to come Qatar, On arrival Visa? he would come/travel with my wife(she is fully vaccinated).

  4. Hello,
    Firstly thank you for the guide, really helpful.
    My wife and I have an 11 hour transit wait at Doha International Airport. We are planning to leave the airport to get a nearby hotel. My wife holds an Iranian passport but resides in the UK with me (I have a British passport).
    My question, do we both have to do a Rapid Antigen Test before we leave the airport to enter Doha?
    Or
    Have to do a RAT within 24 hours of entering Doha?
    Thanks

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Ali, We assume you both are travelling from the UK and meet the immunity criteria per the NHS COVID PASS app. In that case, you can take either a pre-arrival RT-PCR OR a post-arrival antigen test (within 24 hours). Since you have only 11-hour transit, taking the pre-arrival RT-PCR (within 48 hours of travel) is better to save time.
      Also, note that for Iranian nationals to get visas on arrival, they should book a hotel through the Discover Qatar website only. We are not sure if this will apply to you as your visit is only half day. Please call +974-4406-9999 and confirm this before you travel.

  5. Hello. I plan a 90 day visit to relatives, I am Ukraine citizen. We have 90 days waver option. But what if I need to prolong the stay, what are the options? Can I then apply for family visa stay? Or better to apply for 30 days visa upon arrival and prolong it several months in a row? Or visa upon arrival is eligible for only 1 thirty days prolongation? Should I apply for family stay visa before coming to Qatar? Thanks in advance!

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Viktoria, If you are coming on a family visit visa, it can be extended for a maximum of 90 days only (30+60 days). Once you take a family visit visa, you must stay out of the country for 180 days before applying for the next family visit visa.
      With a visa waiver, you can stay only for up to 90 days. You have to leave the country and come back later. This will be free and a better option.
      But please note that there would be some restrictions on visitors during November-December due to the World Cup. Visitor rules may be subject to changes.

  6. Hi, if comimg from the philippines and travel period is on the 1st week of December. Should we submit rqmnts in the etheraz app also? I did not see philippines in the list for the countries allowed for the visa on arrival. Thank you so much for the help.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi, Philippines is not on the list of visas on arrival. Also there may be changes to entry rules in December due to World Cup.

  7. Why are transit visas not being issued to those who are not in a country in category one or category two? My wife is from Myanmar and we will have a fourteen hour lay over in Doha between our inbound and outbound Qatar Aiways flights. And, the Oryx Airport Hotel is sold out during the month of November when we connect flights in Doha. It seems terribly unfair to require passengers on Qatar Airways to be confined to the airport for 14 hours with no place to purchase accomodations inside the transit area and no way to leave the airport for a hotel in Doha. Do you have any suggestions?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Peter, November will be a busy time due to the World Cup. If the airport hotel is sold out, you can try reserving airport sleep pods. Airport lounges are another option.

  8. Hello..
    I am an Indian, I have a valid residence visa (visa article #18) in Kuwait. I want to visit my sister and brother in-law who residing in Qatar. I am have taken 2 dose AstraZeneca vaccines travelling along with my wife (fully vaccinated) and child (2 years old un vaccinated). what are the travel documents required for an one week visit.

  9. Hi,
    As I know the residents of UAE & GCC can obtain a visa on arrival but this is only for certain professions. can you please share those professions or put a link so that we can know?

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