THE ESSENTIAL QATAR GUIDE

Travel & Accommodation

Getting Here

Hamad International Airport

Opened in April 2014, the state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport is conveniently located just south of Doha city. HIA is a five-star airport by Skytrax and ranked Fourth Best Airport in the World by the 2019 Skytrax World Airport Awards, it can handle 8,700 passengers per hour and has an annual capacity of up to 50 million.

Immigration formalities, baggage reclaim and other passenger services are designed to be ultra-efficient. In addition to its role as Qatar Airways’ home base, HIA also serves some 50 other international airlines. The taxi transfer time to the city centre is some 30 minutes.

Qatar Airways

The national carrier Qatar Airways has won numerous awards for quality and service. Most recently, it was named ‘Best Airline of the Year’ for a record fifth time in the 2019 Skytrax World Airline Awards, including named top airline in three other categories- World’s Best Airline in the Middle East, World’s Best Business Class, and World’s Best Business Class Seat.

Qatar Airways’ rapidly expanding network now covers some 160 destinations worldwide, including most major cities throughout the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australasia and North and South America.

To meet expected future demand growth, Qatar Airways has 340 aircraft on order.

Visa Requirements

VISITING QATAR MADE EASY

Thanks to a host of visa facilitation measures, Qatar is now the most open country in the Middle East. Visitors from all around the world can now enter Qatar either visa free, or by filling out simple online applications, depending on the passport they carry.

This webpage is designed to keep you up-to-date on the visa policies that are relevant to you, and the process you need to follow to apply for a visa, if necessary.

Visa-Free Entry
Nationals of more than 80 countries are eligible for visa-free entry into the State of Qatar, with varying allowable lengths of stay. Nationals of the eligible countries do not require any prior visa arrangements and can obtain a visa waiver upon arrival to Qatar, upon presentation of a valid passport with a minimum validity of six months and a confirmed onward or return ticket.

For nationals of the countries listed below, the waiver will be 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.

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. Hungary
18. Iceland
19. Italy
20. Latvia
21. Liechtenstein
22. Lithuania
23. Luxembourg
24. Malaysia
25. Malta
26. Netherlands
27. Norway

28. Poland
29. Portugal
30. Romania
31. Serbia
32. Seychelles
33. Slovakia
34. Slovenia
35. Spain
36. Sweden
37. Switzerland
38. Turkey
39. Ukraine

For nationals of the countries/regions listed below, the waiver will be 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.

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. Georgia
16. Guyana
17. Hong Kong, China
18. India
19. Indonesia
20. Ireland
21. Japan
22. Kazakhstan
23. Lebanon
24. Macedonia
25. Maldives
26. Mexico
27. Moldova
28. Monaco
29. New Zealand
30. Panama
31. Paraguay
32. Peru
33. Russia
34. San Marino
35. Singapore
36. South Africa
37. South Korea
38. Suriname
39. Thailand
40. United Kingdom
41. United States
42. Uruguay
43. Vatican City
44. Venezuela

Pakistan 
Similar to the 46 countries listed above, nationals of Pakistan can enter Qatar visa-free and spend up to 30 days in Qatar, during a single or multiple trips, with an option to extend for another 30 days, if the following terms and conditions are met.

Terms and conditions for Pakistani nationals
• Passport must be valid for at least 6 months
• Return ticket must be confirmed
• Hotel booking confirmation for duration of the stay must be presented
• The passenger must have a valid credit card
• Those coming directly from Pakistan should present a certificate of vaccination against polio
• The duration of the visa can be extended only after confirming the return ticket

Rwanda
As with the 46 countries listed above, nationals of Rwanda can enter Qatar visa-free and spend up to 30 days during a single trip or multiple ones, with an option to extend their stay for another 30 days, provided the following terms and conditions are met:

Terms and conditions for Rwanda nationals

• Passport must be valid for at least 6 months
• Return ticket must be confirmed
• Hotel booking confirmation for duration of the stay must be presented

If you have any questions regarding the visa waiver programme, please check our FAQs.

Qatar-Oman Joint Tourist Visa (Visa on Arrival)
This visa is issued upon arrival and is valid for 30 days for the State of Qatar and the Sultanate of Oman. It allows for multiple entry to both countries and is extendable for an additional 30 days for a fee. Citizens of the following countries are eligible for the joint visa:

  1. Andorra
  2. Australia
  3. Austria
  4. Belgium
  5. Brunei
  6. Canada
  7. Cyprus
  8. Denmark
  9. Finland
  10. France
  11. Germany
  12. Greece
  13. Hong Kong
  1. Hungary
  2. Iceland
  3. Ireland
  4. Italy
  5. Japan
  6. Liechtenstein
  7. Luxembourg
  8. Malaysia
  9. Monaco
  10. Montenegro
  11. Netherlands
  12. New Zealand
  13. Norway
  1. Poland
  2. Portugal
  3. San Marino
  4. Singapore
  5. South Korea
  6. Spain
  7. Sweden
  8. Switzerland
  9. United Kingdom
  10. United States
  11. Vatican City

 

Electronic Travel Authorisation

Individuals who are not eligible for visa-free entry, but who hold a valid residence permit or visit visa to either  Schengen countries, Australia, Canada, UK, USA or New Zealand, can obtain an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) free of charge* by completing an online application prior to travelling.

The form is easy to fill in. You will be asked to provide:
• proof of accommodation in Qatar (e.g. hotel booking, or your host’s address)
• details of your return (or onward) travel
• a copy of your passport (with a minimum validity of six months)
• a copy of your residence permit or visa to any one of the eligible countries stated above (with a minimum validity of 30 days).

Once your request has been approved** you will receive an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) allowing you to obtain a visa-on-arrival to Qatar, which in turn allows you to stay in the country for up to 30 days during a single visit. The visa may be extended for an additional 30 days, to be used during the same visit. If you leave the country and wish to return, you will need to apply for the new ETA before travelling back to Qatar.

Apply for an ETA here: www.qatarvisaservice.com.

Online Tourist Visa

Individuals not eligible for visa-free entry or ETA can apply for a Tourist Visa online. Visitors to Qatar travelling on board any airline may apply for a Tourist Visa through the Qatar Visa Service. The cost of the Qatar Tourist Visa is QAR 100. Tourist Visa holders are allowed to stay in Qatar for up to 30 days on a single trip.

To submit a request for a Qatar Tourist Visa, visitors are required to:
• complete an online form
• upload required documents (including passport scans & personal photographs)
• provide an airline booking reservation
• make an online payment using a valid Visa or Mastercard

Once the application is complete, visitors will be contacted via e-mail with a response to their visa application**.

Click here to be redirected to the Qatar Visa Service website.

Note: visitors travelling to Qatar with Qatar Airways, may select 'Apply for a visa' after logging in to 'My Trips' on the airline's website. This automatically directs them to the Qatar Visa Service website, where they can start the Qatar Tourist Visa application process for themselves and any accompanying travellers under the same booking.

Qatar Transit Visa

Qatar Airways passengers transiting in Qatar for a minimum of 5 hours are eligible to apply for the Qatar Transit Visa. It is free of charge, valid for up to 96 hours (four days) and open to passengers of all nationalities**.

For more information about the Qatar Transit Visa, please click here.

GCC Resident Visit Visa

Residents of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries who hold positions in approved professions and those accompanying them may obtain a GCC Resident Visit Visa on arrival in Qatar.

This single-entry visa, which can be obtained for a fee of QAR 100, payable by Visa or Mastercard, is valid for 30 days and may be renewed for an additional three months. Visitors wishing to avail of this visa scheme may be asked to present official documentation stating their profession upon entry to Qatar.

Visa Exemptions

Nationals of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates) do not require a visa to enter Qatar.

*Service fees only apply.

**All visas are approved and issued at the sole discretion of Qatar's Ministry of Interior.

 

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