Qatar Visa On Arrival: Requirements & Updates (Sep 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 On Qatar Visa On Arrival


Visa-on-arrival for eligible nationalities is available from 23 December 2022. Nationals of India, Pakistan, Iran, Thailand, and Ukraine are still 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.

Qatar has relaunched Hayya portal with options to apply for various tourist and business visas through the portal. You can check our detailed guide on how to apply for Qatar Tourist Visa. Nationals of countries eligible for visa on arrival are exempt from tourist visa fee.

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. For hotel booking we recommend TripAdvisor as it has the largest database of hotel reviews.

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.

Please note that even if you book the hotel for a longer duration, the initial visa issued will be for 14 or 30 days only. You need to extend that by visiting any MOI Service Center or the Airport Immigration office. The online extension may not be possible for these nationalities.

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

5. Health Insurance

From 1 February 2023, health insurance is mandatory for all visitors to Qatar. Visitors can buy a basic health insurance for QAR 50 from any of the registered insurance companies listed on MOPH website.

6. 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.

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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.
Health InsuranceBasic health insurance as per MOPH (From 1 Feb 2023)
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

  • 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.

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.

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 Can A Wife Sponsor Husband in Qatar
  4. How To Change Passport Number in Qatar ID
  5. Check Qatar Visa Status Online
  6. 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. Doha Guides Team:

    I am a US citizen and planning to visit Doha for three days in December, 2023. I will apply Visa on arrival. Do I still need to buy tourist health insurance? Do I need to buy it on line before I arrive or I can buy it at the airport after I arrive?

    1. Hi Tony, Health insurance is not needed if travelling for less than 30 days. If the airline staff asks you to buy, you can buy it online at the airport from your phone.

  2. sir,
    I am pakistani passport holde have UAE Visa I want to go qatar from uae what a process and which documents require

  3. Hi Team,
    I am an Indian citizen . My IT private company is sending me to Qatar.
    What is the best way to bring my dependent mother (>70 yrs old), and she can stay with me for 1 year or more ?
    Is it possible if she can go out after every 3 months and come back (same day or next day, like it is there for Saudi)?

  4. Hi team, I hold Italian passport and I am UAE resident. Should I do visa on arrival in Qatar or request visa via Hayya portal? Thanks

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Connie, You can get visa on arrival using your Italian passport. If you have few weeks left and want to be 100% sure you can apply visa in advance.

  5. Hello, I’m a Jordanian citizen. I have a 6-days academic conference in Qatar.
    should I use to apply for a visa?
    what type of visa? should I get a medical insurance?

  6. Jay-arr A. Dela Cruz

    I just want to ask that what is the requirements and process if my visa from qatar is approved and arrived and also my ticket has already arrived…what will I do and where will i go?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Jay, For most nationalities, only visa and passport is needed. If you are from Philippines there may be some additional steps from Embassy (depending on your visa type). It is better to check with your employer / sponsor.

  7. Hello.

    Just a quick question, if a Saudi Citizen will travel to Qatar with his maid under his sponsorship. Does the maid still require Qatar Visit Visa?

    The maid is of a Philippine nationality.

    Thank you in advance for answering

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Reniel, Yes, the maid requires a visa. There is an option on the Hayya portal called “Visa For Companion of GCC Citizen (A4)”. You can apply through that.

  8. I have an American passport, and my wife has an Ethiopian passport. We want to travel to Qatar for 3 days to celebrate a wedding anniversary. Does being married to me allow her to get the visa on arrival also?

  9. Hello,
    If I arrive in Qatar from Pakistan for Visa on arrival, will the visa be for only duration of hotel stay? Can one shift from hotel to friend’s home and request longer visa?

    Also, if there is no credit/debit card would they check how much cash is being carried?

    Please advise.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Khalid, This will depend on the Customs Officer. In most cases we have seen that if the hotel booking is less than a week, they issue visa only for 1 or 2 weeks only. If you get visa for more days you can move to a friend’s place. Good luck.

  10. Farhan Siddiqui

    we are planning to visit from USA, we are all US citizen but my mother is gc holder and Pakistani passport holder. because of this requirement (discrimination) we have canceled our plan. IDK why you all say yourself as Muslims when you cant follow Prophet message:

    There is no superiority for an Arab over a non-Arab, nor for a non-Arab over an Arab. Neither is the white superior over the black, nor is the black superior over the white — except by piety.”

    this is open discrimination.

  11. Dear Sir,
    I plan to visit Qatar, “Visa on Arrival”
    If I hotel booked for 2 days only as it mentioned minimum 02 days hotel booking, through Discover web, shall I eligible for 30 days Visit Visa, (not only 02 days).
    Kindly advise!
    Regards Safdar from Pakistan

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Safdar, Usually they issue visa only for the number of days for which hotel is booked (for Indian, Pakistani etc.).
      In some cases they would issue for one or two weeks even with 2 days booking. It depends on the officer.
      But normally you won’t get one month visa with 2 days booking.

  12. Hi, for Indian Citizens, is a passport with “Emigration check required” i.e ECR Passport, an issue to get the VOA? or that will not be an issue. Please let me know.

  13. Lecę do Pakistanu przez Doha…czy muszę mieć wizę…jak to wogole wszystko wygląda… lecę pierwszy raz…

  14. I intend to stay for more than 30 days and extend my visa upon arrival. Does my onward travel ticket have to be within 30 or 60 days if I am eligible for a visa on arrival?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Ayesha, Usually return ticket should be within 30 days. You can take a flexible ticket (with minimum change fee). Since your initial VOA is for 30 days and if return date is after 30 days some airlines will not allow you to board.

  15. I am a Nepalese citizen with a Swedish PR card traveling from Nepal to Stockholm with a layover in Doha. As I need to collect and recheck my baggage with a different airline, I am inquiring about the transit visa requirements for Doha. Can I get a transit visa on arrival, or do I need to apply for a normal tourist visa?

    Thank you for your prompt assistance.

  16. I have a transfer in Doha from Brazil to Vietnam do I need transit visa in DOHA? Thank you in advance.

  17. Hi I have my flight from Brazil to Hanoi and transfer in Doha for 4hrs do I need a transit visa in DOHA? please I need help asap thanks you

  18. I am pakistani citizen can someone guide in hotel booking through where should I click under hotels it is giving 2 options

    hotels for hayya and visa on arrival

    which one should I click for hotel booking
    i will be staying in doha for 4 to 5 nights.

      1. Dear sir

        I am an Indian passport with UAE resident Visa with a Sales Manager position. My passport and UAE visa are valid for more than 6 months. Do I get a visa on arrival ?
        Do I need to book hotel thru discover Qatar or can I book thru other sites ?
        Pls help with this information.

        Rgds Mazhar

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi Mazhar, Qatar has a separate visa on arrival scheme for GCC residents. This is usually available for GCC residents with good professions. However the official page with list of professions is not working now. So we suggest that you apply for a GCC Resident’s Visit Visa in advance through Hayya portal. Here are the details:
          You don’t have to book hotel through Discover Qatar for this type of visa. You can book directly with any hotel.

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