Qatar Visa On Arrival: New Requirements & Updates (2023)

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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.

Recent Updates

Current Status of Qatar Visa On Arrival

04 JANUARY 2023 UPDATE

Visa-on-arrival for eligible nationalities is available from 23 December 2022.

Nationals of India, Pakistan, Iran, Thailand, and Ukraine are required to book hotels through the Discover Qatar website. The hotel reservation should be for the entire duration of the stay. Hotel reservations from other websites are not accepted.

Citizens of other countries may book their hotel through any website.

Updates To Qatar Travel Policy

As per the travel policy announced by Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) in October 2022:

  • Pre-travel and post-travel COVID testing is not required.
  • Ehteraz pre-travel registration is not required.
  • Ehteraz mobile app is only required for entering public and private healthcare facilities.
  • 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  • Country classification based on COVID-19 risk (Red List and Standard Health List) is no longer applicable.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 citizens of India, Pakistan, Iran, Thailand and Ukraine the hotel booking for the entire duration of the stay should be through the Discover Qatar website.

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

5. Proof of Funds

From 10 March 2022, visitors from countries like India and Pakistan (using a visa-on-arrival facility) are required to 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.
  • This rule applies only to nationalities that require proof of funds (like India, Pakistan, etc.)

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.

Documents Checklist For Visa On Arrival Passengers

PassportMinimum six months validity
Flight ticketsReturn / onward flight tickets
Regular Hotel Booking for the full durationDiscover Qatar booking for India, Pakistan, Iran, Thailand and Ukraine;
Regular hotel booking for other countries.
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.

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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

  • During the check-in from your departure country, inform the airline staff that you are visiting on a visa on arrival. They may check your accommodation details. If you are staying with a relative, it is good to have their contacts and QID copy.
  • At the immigration counter in Doha, mention that you want a visa on arrival.
  • 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 on 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.


Is there any fee for a Qatar visa on arrival extension?

Qatar visa on arrival can be extended free of cost.

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 For Indians (Requirements)

The 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
  • The passenger must have a valid credit card/debit card with three months statement

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 section, 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 Government helpline at +974-4406 9999 or [email protected] for more queries.


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. There may be additional requirements for some countries.

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.


Related Articles:

  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. Hi there,
    My name is Shariff and I’ve been planning to bring my wife on family visit visa so I could convert to residency and my parents who are above 60 on visit visa. Any idea when the services may resume. Also is there any specific criteria that I need to fulfill.

  2. Hi Sir,
    We (Me and Family members) are planning to travel to Qatar on 23rd Dec or 29th Dec from Saudi arabia through Road (Own car). We have valid KSA iqama card (Indian nationals residing in KSA). I read the condition for Visa On arrival that Passport validity shall be minimum 6 months. Is this mandatory? But we have Iqama validity with more than 6 months. Or if I apply visa online in advance instead of Visa on arrival, Can this requirement be waived off? Please clarify.
    Thanks in advance for your valuable service.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Saji, There is no option to apply for the visa online now (at least until 23 December due to World Cup). The passport validity requirement is mentioned on the Ministry of Interior website. So we are not sure if they would allow a concession. You can call Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999 to check this.

  3. Hello sir,
    I am reaching Doha on 26th December and my transit in qatar will be for 16 hours until my next flight to India.My brother lives in Doha.Can I get the visa on arrival because I am a citizen of Newzealand which comes under visa on arrival.Do I need to fill any form for visa on arrival or do I need to produce any documents for my brother who lives there.Please guide

    1. Hi Mohammad, Hopefully, the visa-on-arrival service will resume after 23 December. We are awaiting an official announcement on that. Normally there is no form to be filled (Ehteraz registration is not required now). Some airlines may ask for hotel reservations. You can make a booking and cancel after arrival. Also, keep your brother’s QID copy and address details.

  4. Hello,
    My brother will transit here at airport for 8 hours until next flight to Malaysia on 9 December 2022. May I know weather can he go out from airport to visit my house in between his transit? Need hayya card also or just visa on arrival? Thanks.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Haze, Sorry, Visa on arrival is only allowed for GCC Residents now. A Hayya Card is needed until 23 December (unless your brother is a GCC resident eligible for a visa on arrival).

  5. Denny Hamonangan

    Hello Doha Guides,
    I am a Qatar residence and planning to bring my parents to Qatar for a short visit by applying a free visa on arrival through Hamad Airport. Together, we will start our journey to KSA for umrah trip via Salwa Border. Approx. a week later we will return back to Qatar and (again) apply a free visa on arrival at the Salwa Border, stay a couple more days in Qatar before final exit through Hamad Airport.

    My country is included in the 30 days list of visa waiver free countries.

    Is it doable? Is applying free visa on arrival possible at the Salwa Border?
    Thanks in advance for a valuable information.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Denny, As entry rules are subject to frequent change, please confirm this with the Government Helpline at 109 (inside Qatar), +974-44069999 (outside Qatar). Note that in any case, they can enter after 23 December only.

  6. Hi, I am transiting through Qatar on 16th December to Australia. My layover is 6 hours until my next flight to Adelaide in Australia. Do I still need a Hayya card even if I am not leaving the airport?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Mikey, No, You don’t need a Hayya Card for transit. It is only required for those leaving the airport.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Iqra, There is no age limit for a visa on arrival. However, please check with your airline as some airlines refuse to board minors.

  7. I have a baby 2 months old and i will bring them on 10th December. I and my wife with resident permit and my wife under my sponsorship. Just want to confirm since i am bring the baby during the FIFA matches will baby get on arrival visa.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Mohamed, If the wife is under your sponsorship and the baby is less than 6 months, the baby can get a visa on arrival (even during World Cup).

  8. Hi. Am i able to obtain visa on arrival twice on the same trip? I have a 4 day stopover in doha on my trip to dubai, and a one day trip on the return leg. My country falls in category 2. thank you.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Muhammad, Yes you can. However please note that visa on arrival is not available now (at least till 23 December). Please wait for more updates.

  9. I am a Jordanian traveling from Amman to Tunis via Doha on 24. December 2022 and return back from Tunis to Amman on 06.01.2023. Can I get visa upon arrival and book for a hotel . Please advise on the procedures???!!
    Regards

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Mowafaq, Jordan is not included in the list of visa-on-arrival countries. If you are travelling with Qatar Airways, please check with the airline if they will resume transit visa services by then (it is currently suspended). You can also check if Qatar Airways is offering a stop-over package.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

        1. hi there… my baby is 3 year old
          I’m Qatar resident and want to bring my daughter in qatar. if I apply through metrash app ..will I get a approved visit visa for my baby
          metrash app shows to upload 1.travel insurance 2.passport copy two side 3. inbound outbound ticket
          is it possible to get approval before Dec 23 2022

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