In September 2022, Saudi Arabia announced new regulations that enable GCC residents the option to apply for an eVisa. The ministerial decree signed by the Minister of Tourism Ahmed Al-Khateeb has made it quicker, easier and more accessible to visit Saudi Arabia.
The new decree means that Qatar residents can now apply for a Saudi visa, without having to visit the Saudi Embassy in Doha. In this article, we will be explaining the requirements, fees and step-by-step instructions on how to apply online for a Saudi visa for Qatar residents.
- Recent Updates
- Saudi Visa For Qatar Residents: Eligibility Requirements
- Visa Validity
- Required Documents
- Saudi Visa For Qatar Residents: Cost
- How To Apply For Saudi Visa For Qatar Residents
- Applying For Dependents
- Other Notes
- Saudi Visa Helpline
- Frequently Asked Questions
All GCC residents can now obtain Saudi Arabia tourist visa regardless of profession
09 MARCH 2023 UPDATE: Saudi Arabia has announced that all expatriate residents in GCC countries, irrespective of their profession, will be allowed to obtain a tourist visa.
The decision was announced by the Ministry of Tourism. “Expatriate residents in GCC countries by applying through the “Visit Saudi” platform to obtain an electronic tourism visa, provided that the residence permit is valid for no less than three months.
Saudi Visa For Qatar Residents: Eligibility Requirements
- Passport should be valid for at least 6 months.
- Qatar ID should be valid for at least 3 months.
- Health insurance must be applied through the eVisa application platform.
- For children under 18, the parent is required to apply first.
The multiple-entry visa is valid for one year (365 days). On each entry, you can stay for up to 90 days.
The following should be ready before you start applying:
- Recent passport-sized photo with white background, taken in formal/modest clothing
- Scanned Passport
- Scanned Qatar ID card
- Credit/debit card for online payment
Saudi Visa For Qatar Residents: Cost
The total cost for the Saudi Visa for Qatar Residents (including service charges) is around QAR 329. Medical insurance must be obtained from the visa platform and costs extra.
Below is a breakdown of the costs:
|Fees||Cost (QAR)||Cost (USD)|
|Visa Fee (Saudi Riyal 300)||290.61||79.85|
|Electronic Visa Processing Fee||36.40||10|
|Banking Service Fee||1.82||0.5|
How To Apply For Saudi Visa For Qatar Residents
The visa application process will be entirely online on Saudi Government’s Unified National Visa Platform.
Step 1: Go to the Saudi Visa Platform Website
The link is https://visa.mofa.gov.sa/
If you see the Arabic page, click on the “E” icon (blue circle) on the top left to change to English.
Step 2: Click on “Login” and select “Individuals Login”
You can see the option on the top right of the page.
Step 3: Log in or Register on the platform
If this is your first time, click the “Register” link. You can register using your email address.
- You will receive an email for activation. Click on “Activate”.
- Once registered, you can log in using your email and password.
Step 4: Click on “Add New Application”
You can find this on the right side of the dashboard.
Step 5: Click “Agree” to the terms and conditions
- Read the Online e-Payment Services Agreement and click “Agree”.
- Read the Agreement and click “Agree”.
Step 6: Fill up the application details and upload a photo
- Visa Type: Select the type of your visit (Business Visit, Tourism Visit, Family Visit, Umrah etc.).
- Transport Mode: Select Air, Land, Sea or leave it Open.
- Saudi Mission: Select “Doha”.
- Enter your personal information and upload your photo.
- The photo must have a white background and be with uniform lighting.
Step 7: Select Nationality and “GCC Residence” option
Once you enter your nationality, you can see a question with some choices. For GCC Residents’ Visit Visa, select “A valid residence for a period of no less than three months in the countries of the Cooperation Council for the Gulf Countries, including domestic workers who come with their sponsors”.
Step 8: Enter QID details and upload documents
- Residence Or Visa Number: Enter your Qatar ID number
- Residence Or Visa Expiry Date: Enter your Qatar ID expiry
- Issuing Country: Qatar
- Occupation: Select occupation as per the Qatar ID
Upload your passport and Qatar ID copy. The files can be in JPG or PNG format, with a maximum size of 1 MB.
Step 9: Enter passport details and address
Enter your passport number, passport-type, issuing country, date of issue, date of expiry, place of birth, date of birth, marital status, gender, occupation, and address in Saudi Arabic (KSA Home Address).
You must also give travel details like port of entry and expected entry date to KSA. If travelling by air, enter your airport city. If travelling by land, you may choose “Dammam” or “Dhahran” as your port of entry.
Step 10: Purchase medical insurance
You may be required to purchase medical insurance from the visa platform.
On this page, you must enter medical insurance information, including entry date, address, mobile number and some basic health questions.
Step 11: You will receive updates in your email
Your visa application will be reviewed, and status updates will be sent to you by email. Usually the process takes less than 24-48 hours.
Applying For Dependents
For children under 18 years, parents must apply for their eVisa first, and then reapply for minors.
Take note that if you are applying for your spouse, children, or any other first-degree relatives that are unemployed, you must input the same occupation you used for yourself.
- GCC residents with any passport/nationality can apply for an eVisa.
- This visa will also allow you to perform Umrah.
- In case the visa gets rejected, the processing charges are non-refundable.
Saudi Visa Helpline
For technical support in case of any error, please call +966 920011114.
You can also contact using email [email protected]
Frequently Asked Questions
Do Qatar residents need visas for Saudi Arabia?
Yes, Just like all expatriates living in GCC countries, Qatar residents should also apply for a visa to enter Saudi Arabia.
How much is the fee for Saudi Visa for Qatar Residents?
The visa application will cost 300 Saudi riyals ($80), excluding the health insurance fee.
How long is the Saudi visa for Qatar residents valid?
The multiple-entry Saudi eVisa is valid for a year, with each period of stay in the kingdom allowed up to 90 days.
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76 thoughts on “Saudi Visa For Qatar Residents: Step By Step Guide (2023)”
Hello i have concern. Im filipino working here in Qatar and i applied Evisa but unfortunately on step 7. i choose the option not from above instead of choosing “a valid GCC residence” and they didnot ask for my passport copy and it automatically approved and got my visa. My question is if i enter to KSA with a valid QID it is possible that they will reject my entry to KSA? Thank you
Hi Xanvier, You need to check what kind of visa you are issued and contact Visit Saudi helpline for Qatar: 00800101091.
Hi, I had applied for multiple entry visa and it got approved. I need some clarity
1) while applying evisa, travel mode selected is land, but I am planning to travel by air.
2) QID occupation is general supervisor, but in evisa occupation is office supervisor.
Hi Imran, (1) This is normally accepted. (2) If the visa is already approved, small change in occupation is OK. If you want you can confirm with Saudi Tourism helpline for Qatar: 00800101091.
I Am living in qatar and .. i want to come for Umra to saudia .. My passport will expire in 2030 .. But My QATAR ID .. willl expire in aprill 7 .. am i eligible for to come?
Kind regards. Thank u
Hi Muhammad, You need to renew your QID and apply.
I am Sri Lankan, I have a QID, and now my family is in Qatar on a family visit visa. We need to go to Saudi Arabia for Umrah. Can we travel from Qatar, and do they have a Hayya entry permit to re-enter Qatar?
Hi Mohamed, If the family visit visa is single entry, they cannot re-enter using the same. If it is Hayya Entry Permit, they can come multiple times.
Jordan and Egypt nationals required entry visa to saudi from Qatar.
What are the requirement and website link
Hi Kumar, If they are Qatar residents, please follow the same steps as above. If not, select abother visa type in the same website.
Hi I have dought about Saudi visa I am 21 years women ,My qid holder sponsor is my father .if I want to apply Saudi visa for me separately.without my father is it possible ??to Saudi !!
Hi Amina, Kindly confirm with Saudi Tourism helpline for Qatar: 00800101091
Hi, my profession is on the list of accepted professions but I am a holder of evisa accepted country. My spouse and children are under my sponsorship but are not from the same country as me. The profession on my wife’s QID says housewife.
How can I apply? I wanted to apply and get the visa before booking hotels and flights just incase I lose my money.
How can I apply for my kids and spouse when she is unemployed?
Hi Muhammad, For spouse and children, you should select the same profession as yours. This is accepted.
I went to apply for a Visa type: Umrah but the step 7 is not showing. but in the tourism Visa step 7 is showing.
Hi Johaira, The options will change depending on the type of visa. The above steps are for tourism visa.
Can I apply for my mother who is visitng Qatar as a dependant? she doesnt have QID
Hi Khan, This option is only for QID holders. For your mother you will need to apply for regular tourist visa. Please check with any travel agent.
Dear team, I am traveling by air to Jeddah for Umrah and I have e visa. My profession is same like QID and I have put same my profession for my kid. Can he travel by air without any issue??
Hi Noman Khan, That is OK. Just make sure all visas are approved.
I applied for e visa in December…
I am planning to go Umrah in March by air.some rumors that we can’t perform Umrah on e visa …me and my family.
Please share review on this matter
Hi Syed, Kindly check with the Saudi Government helpline.
Are the evisas still open? I m trying to get visa but for some reason it says send to embassy will my money go to waste or is there any other way to apply for visa please help
Hi Alveena, Some applications are automatically approved by the system, while some are “Send to Embassy”. It means they will do a manual review. Normally it would be approved in a few days.
I applied Saudi visa for my family and got the visa for me and for my wife within 5mins, but my kid’s application status shows “send to Embassy” and still didn’t get the visa.
Please advise how long will take and if there is any way I can get it soon.
Hi Imran, “Send to Embassy” means it will need a manual review. Unfortunately there is no estimated time for that. Hopefully it would be approved in few days.
Hi Imran did you get your children visa ?
How long is it taking to get approval? It’s been 5 working days already and I haven’t had a response.
As advised, I have checked and found only “General” word are matching with other occupation (Like… General Manager, General practitioner, General Dentist, General Service Controller, General Surgeon) mentioned in Saudi occupation list but my occupation is “General Advisor/counselor”. Please advise what occupation I should select.
Hi Shahid, You can try “Consultant” as the Arabic word has the same meaning as “Advisor”.
Hi Doha Guides Team,
If there are any mistakes in the visa that I have applied, is there a way to correct it.
Hi NMA, If the application is not processed yet, you may see the “Edit” option on your dashboard. Or else you can cancel the application and apply again, but you may lose the application fee. For technical support you can call +966920011114 or email [email protected]
Hello Doha Guide Team,
I have small query regarding Tourist visa (Saudia). In my QID designation is General Advisor/Consoler but this occupation is not available in the list (Saudi website occupation). Please advise.
Hi Shahid, You can check what is the Arabic title on your QID and find a matching title using Google Translate. It need not be the exact same word.
Hi Team Doha Guide,
My Visa application get rejected due to some error after payment,so Can please advice me the refundable amount and break up details of refund items
Hi Sameer, Usually the refund is credited to the same credit card. If you haven’t received any information, you can contact the Saudi Visa technical helpline.
Hi Doha Guides,
Hope everything is going well.
1. Do we need a vaccination certificate to travel to Saudi through Qatar Airways?
2. Recently renewed my passport. But, In QID is not updated. If I apply attaching the QID (with Old Passport Details) & Renewed Passport, Can i have the Visa?
3. In my QID, the Profession is ADMINISTRATIVE. But, in the visa page, there are System Administrator, Administrative Assistant, website Administrator and others. May I know what should need to be chosen in the Occupation column?
1. Covid vaccination is not compulsory for tourists to Saudi Arabia.
2. That should be fine.
3. Try to see if the exact Arabic name is there on the page. If not, Administrative Assistant may work.
If after using the Evisa (tourism for GCC residents) last December 2022, and I renew my passport (which gave me a completely new passport number); can I transfer the Tourism Evisa to this new passport? Or should I apply a new visa?
Hi Mohammad, Normally you are allowed to travel carrying both passports (old + new). Anyways you can call their helpline to confirm this.
Hai, Syrian nationality – Qatar residence is applicable for Saudi E-Visa ?
Hi Hussain, Please contact the Saudi Visa helpline to check as we are not sure if there are any restrictions for Syrian nationalities.
This multiple entry visa can be changed to work visa??
Hi Afreen, Yes.
Hi Good evening
I have some doubt about visa requirements in Saudi arabia … I have Valid Qatar id and my family is under my sponsor .. recently I got a job in Saudi … It’s possible to work in Saudi without cancelling my Qatar id and my family visa in Qatar
Hi Srijith, As per the law you cannot keep employment visas in two GCC countries at the same time. You can work temporarily on a short term business visa if your employer allows that.