How GCC Residents Can Travel Via Qatar (2022)

1 SEPTEMBER 2022 UPDATE: Qatar has changed the travel and quarantine policy with effect from 4 September 2022. We have updated this article based on the new rules. Please check the latest rules here.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, most GCC countries had banned direct flights from South Asian countries like India, Pakistan, Srilanka etc. However, the State of Qatar had allowed 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. Note that the contents of this article may not be relevant in 2022 as all countries are now open to residents and visitors.

Requirements To Get Qatar Visa On Arrival

Below are the current requirements in place:

  • The traveller must be a citizen of a country eligible for a visa on arrival. Currently, 90+ countries like India, Pakistan, the UK, the US, and Canada are eligible for this. You can see the full list of countries here.
  • The passport must be valid for six months.
  • The traveller should have a return or onward ticket.
  • The traveller should have a hotel booking.
  • The traveller should have a negative RT-PCR test result within 48 hours of travel.

Additional conditions apply for travellers from India, Pakistan and Iran.

Documents Required To Travel Via Qatar

  • Passport
  • Two-way flight ticket
  • Ehteraz pre-travel approval
  • 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)

In addition, if you are travelling to another GCC country, ensure you meet their entry requirements like a 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.

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 hotel in Doha

Travellers from India, Pakistan, and Iran should book hotels for the entire duration 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 three days before arrival in 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 48 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.
  • 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.

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,
    Im residence in UAE but Philippines Passport i have few Travel Agencies, i want to visit Doha. I inquire few Travel ageny there but till now Visa Application is not open.
    When will visa applicstions be open.


  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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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