How GCC Residents Can Travel Via Qatar (January 2022)

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, most GCC countries have banned direct flights from South Asian countries like India, Pakistan, Srilanka etc. The ban that has been in place for several weeks is being extended until the pandemic situation is under control.

However, the State of Qatar has been allowing its residents to enter under certain conditions. Since the mid of July 2021, Qatar has also resumed visa on arrival services to citizens of 90+ countries. This article explains how GCC residents can travel via Qatar using this visa on arrival service.

07 OCTOBER 2021 UPDATE: Qatar has announced a new travel and quarantine policy which came into force on October 6, 2021. This article has been updated with the new travel policy.

Since travellers from countries like India are not allowed to directly enter many GCC countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and UAE), they have to stay in a third country like Qatar for 10-14 days. Travellers to other countries with travel restrictions (like Canada) can also use this facility.

Requirements To Get Qatar Visa On Arrival

Below are the current requirements in place:

  • The traveller should be fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by Qatar MOPH and 14 days have passed after the last vaccine dose. Currently the approved vaccines are:
    • Pfizer BioNTech
    • Moderna
    • AstraZeneca/Covishield
    • Janssen/Johnson & Johson
    • Sinopharm (conditionally approved)*
    • Sinovac (conditionally approved)*
    • Sputnik V (conditionally approved)*
    • Covaxin (conditionally approved)*
  • The traveller should have a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours of travel.
  • The traveller must be citizen of a country eligible for visa on arrival. Currently 90+ countries like India, Pakistan, UK, US, and Canada are eligible for this. You can see the full list of countries here.
  • The passport must be valid for 6 months.

* 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. People who have received two doses of a conditionally approved vaccine followed by one dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and after 14 days from the last dose will be considered fully immune.

Documents Required To Travel Via Qatar

  • Passport
  • Two-way flight ticket
  • Ehteraz pre-travel approval
  • Vaccination certificate
  • Negative RT-PCR test result
  • Hotel booking confirmation
  • QR 5000 in cash or International Credit / Debit card under your name with at least QR 5000 balance (for some nationalities)

All passengers must sign an Undertaking and Acknowledgement Form​ before arriving in Qatar. The form is available on the Ministry of Public Health website, pre-registration platform website (www.ehteraz.gov.qa​) and airline online booking form.

In addition to this, if you are travelling to another GCC country, make sure you meet their entry requirements like valid Visa/Residence Permit/National ID, Special Entry Permit if required etc.

Steps To Travel Via Qatar

Step 1: Ensure you are eligible

Make sure you are fully vaccinated and meet the eligibility requirements given above. The vaccination certificate should have the following information:

  • Name of the passenger and it must match the passport
  • Dose dates according to type of the vaccine
  • Type/name of the vaccine
  • Serial number of the vaccine batch (if any)

Step 2: Book your two-way flight tickets

Either you can book a ticket back to your country of departure or you can book an onward ticket from Qatar to the next GCC country.

Step 3: Book your hotel in Doha

For travellers from Red list and Exceptional Red list countries like Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka etc. should be hotel quarantined for the two days (from 6th October 2021) using the Discover Qatar website. Travellers from other countries can make normal bookings at any hotel.

Step 4: Register on the Ehteraz website for pre-travel approval

The pre-travel registration is compulsory for visitors and should be done at least 3 days before arrival to Qatar. All the required documents should be scanned and uploaded to the Ehteraz website.

Make sure to check our detailed guide on how to do the Ehteraz pre-registration

After the registration is done, you will get approval within 1-3 days.

Ehteraz Pre-Travel Registration Website

Step 5: Do the RT-PCR Test 72 hours before reaching Qatar

This can be done from any laboratory / medical centre accredited by the local Ministry of Health in the country of departure. The test result should have your name and other details as per your passport.

Step 6: Travel to Qatar with all the documents

Make sure to carry printouts of all the above documents including Ehteraz approval. You will not be allowed to board the flight without Ehteraz approval.

Step 7: Arrival in Qatar

  • Download and register for the Ehteraz mobile app.
  • The staff at Hamad International Airport would assist you if required.
  • There would be a designated fast-track line for travellers with Ehteraz permit.
  • At the immigration counter, your passport will be stamped with a visa sticker.
  • You can collect your baggage and leave the airport. For travellers on hotel quarantine there would be special shuttle bus to the hotel. Others can use a taxi, metro service or hotel shuttle if available.

Step 8: Stay in Doha for minimum days before leaving to the next country

The minimum number of days to stay may be 10, 12 or 14 (different rules for different countries). Please check the requirement with your destination country.

If your test results are negative you can stay anywhere in Doha for up to 30 days. Before going out of your hotel/residence, make sure your Ehteraz app is showing a green QR code. This QR code is required for entry to all shops, malls, restaurants etc.

Please make sure to check the MOPH travel guidelines from time to time.

READ NEXT: Complete Guide To Qatar Visa On Arrival

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  1. Hello dohaguide,
    I stay in saudi arabia, and work as a university professor in a Saudi university. i read in your webiste that im eligible for visa on arrival to qatar. im planning for a roadtrip with my family to visit my brother and sister who stay in qatar. the flight rates are high during the new year, so i am thinking of entering qatar by roadway. can you please explain the procedure to visit qatar by roadway. i have some questions which i would be glad if you answer them.

    1. do i need to register in ehteraz app now before reaching the salwa qatar border?
    2. do i need to take permission from muroor for taking my car to qatar, and do i need to pay any insurance?
    3. do i need to pay before for visa fees or it is free visit visa for me and my family?
    4. what documents do i need to carry other than passport, vaccine certificate, iqaama…?
    5. do i need to do RT PCR for my kids aged 6 and 8 years?
    6. is 2 doses of Astra zeneca enough for entry or do i need to go for hotel quarentine?
    7. im going to stay with my brother, so do i need to book a hotel?
    8. will my stc internet work after i enter qatar or will it be on roaming?

    1. Hi Syed,
      1. You need Ehteraz pre-approval for all members. You can apply within 7 days of travel.
      2. You need to check this with your Saudi traffic department and your insurance company.
      3. If your nationality is eligible for a visa on arrival it would be free. If not and you are getting a GCC resident visa, you have to pay QR 100 per person.
      4. You will also need Quarantine Hotel Booking, RT-PCR test result, Ehteraz approval, Credit card etc.
      5. RT PCR is needed for all ages.
      6. Since Saudi Arabia is now classified as a Red List country (from 1st Jan 2022), you need 2 days of hotel quarantine as a vaccinated visitor. And as your children are unvaccinated they would need 7 days of hotel quarantine (this can be changed to 7 days home quarantine if you get a family visit visa through your brother/sister and stay with them).
      7. Hotel quarantine is compulsory. For the remaining days, you can book any hotel and cancel after arrival.
      8. You will need a roaming package from STC.

  2. I need to visit Qatar with my family, I am an indian Nationality but GCC Resident, i would like to know visit visa procedure and i am planning to travel by Land route by Saudi Arabia, kindly tell me does Visa on arrival is available on Abu Samra border or need to apply for visa

  3. I have on arrival visit visa in Qatar and valid residency permit for Saudi Arabia. I want to travel from Doha to Riyadh/Dammam by road. Is it possible to travel by road? Kindly answer and guide me

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