Visa policy of Qatar
- they are citizens of one of the GCC countries.
- they are citizens of one of the eligible countries for visa waiver.
All visitors, except GCC citizens, must hold passports valid for at least three months from the date of arrival. GCC citizens are permitted use National ID Cards to enter Qatar, however the governments of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have prohibited their citizens from traveling to Qatar.
Visa policy map
Freedom of movement
On 9 August 2017, the Qatari Government announced it would grant visa-free entry to citizens of 80 countries, with immediate effect for those travelling as tourists. Citizens of these countries no longer need to apply or pay for a visa; instead, a multi-entry visa waiver will be issued free-of-charge at the port of entry, upon presentation of a valid passport with a minimum validity of six months and a confirmed onward or return ticket. Visa waiver is only available at Hamad International Airport.
Nationals of the 39 countries listed can obtain a visa waiver upon arrival valid for 180 days from the date of issuance and entitle its holder to spend up to 90 days in Qatar, during either a single trip or on multiple trips.
Nationals of the 45 countries listed below can obtain a visa waiver upon arrival valid for 30 days from the date of issuance and entitle its holder to spend up to 30 days in Qatar, during either a single trip or on multiple trips. This waiver may be extended for a further 30 days.
Visa on arrival
Nationals of Iran travelling on business can obtain a visa on arrival at a cost of QAR 200 for a maximum stay of 30 days, provided holding QAR 5000 or a major credit card, return ticket, hotel reservation during stay period and an invitation from any company in the country.
Electronic Travel Authorisation
From 27 September 2017 citizens of all nationalities who hold valid residence permits or visas from either Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, the United States of America or the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council can obtain an Electronic Travel Authorisation for up to 30 days. The visa may be extended online for 30 additional days.
Qatar introduced an e-Visa system on 23 June 2017. All other countries except Egypt and Israel that do not qualify for visa on arrival may apply for a tourist visa online through the eVisa system. Visas are issued within four working days if all documents are submitted and are valid for a stay period up to 30 days in Qatar.
Regardless of nationality, travelers who are in transit through Hamad International Airport do not require a visa if they depart within 24 hours.
On 26 September 2016, the Ministry of the Interior announced the issuance of free transit visas for passengers of any nationality transiting through Hamad International Airport. Only travellers travelling on Qatar Airways, with layovers between 5 and 96 hours are eligible.
Diplomatic and service category passports
Holders of diplomatic or service category passports of the following countries do not require a visa:
D — diplomatic passports only
Visa waiver agreements for diplomatic, private and service passports were signed with Ethiopia in November 2017, Argentina in October 2018, Nepal in October 2018 but they are yet to be ratified.
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- Qatar Visa Online
- Visas for Visitors
- Qatar offers visa-free entry to citizens of 80 countries
- Qatar visas
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- New Transit Rules Make Visiting Qatar Easier
- Annual Tourism Performance Report 2015
- 2016 Annual Tourism Performance Report
- 2017 Annual Tourism Performance Report