Find out about the different types of visas available to foreigners moving to or coming to Qatar...

Visitor’s Visa

Short-term visas for visitors and business visits are available to many nationalities. Visitors' passports need to still be valid for six months in order to apply for a visa.

A tourist visa is valid for a month and is non-extendable. If applying for a visa through Qatar Airways or an authorised local hotel a fee must be paid at the customs desk or during the online application process. Credit card is the only payment method accepted. The MOI have details on tourist visas and fees and a downloadble tourist visa application form.

Current regulations stipulate that citizens of the following 33 designated countries are eligible to attain a visit or tourist visa on arrival in Qatar:

Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Poland, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA, and the Vatican.

Citizens from nations not on the designated country list must apply through the Qatar embassy in their home country, or alternatively may be granted a visa if they book directly through a Qatar hotel or sponsor.

Residents of Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE – can apply for a GCC Resident Visit Visa that is extendable for up to a three-month stay.

Spouses and children of expatriates who possess a Work Residence Permit can apply for sponsored visit visas that last up to six months. Other family members may apply for the same visa but may only stay three months.

Business Visa

A Business Visa allows entry to Qatar on a short-term basis for work-related visits, and is an alternative form of entry visa.

A 72-hour visa can be issued on arrival. A letter from a sponsoring company is required, as is a valid return ticket.

A month-long business visa is also available for overseas workers joining companies, or those employed on a short-term contract, and must be applied for by a sponsoring company. There is a fee for this visa, and the visa can be extended for a total of three months.

Real Estate Visa

The Real Estate Visa is new to Qatar; therefore, official sources such as Hukoomi, the government website, should be checked for any change in regulations before purchasing a property.

The Real Estate Visa entitles foreign owners of properties from selected new developments in Doha to residency.

The first step is to ensure that the property being purchased entitles the buyer to apply for the visa. As the regulations are new and subject to change, this should be double checked through the property developer, the real estate agent, and the Ministry of Interior.

Once the property is purchased, the applicant needs to proceed through the Ministry of Municipality & Environment, who complete the paperwork.

The following documents are required:

  • Property ownership deeds and titles
  • Certificate of good behaviour (details must be obtained from the Ministry of Interior)

The visa is valid for five years, or until the property is sold.

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