Qatar Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes Yes Yes
British Yes Yes Yes
Canadian Yes Yes Yes
Other EU Yes Yes Yes
USA Yes Yes Yes

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Passports

To enter Qatar, passports must have one blank page and be valid for at least six months.

Passport note

Israeli passport holders are not permitted to enter Qatar.

Visas

Visas for Qatar are required by all nationals referred to in the chart above, except transit passengers continuing to a third country who do not leave the airport.

Visa note

Nationals of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the USA can obtain entry visas upon arrival at the airport in Doha. Visitors may conduct business on an entry visa providing the authorities are given prior notice.

Nationals of the same countries can apply for a joint tourist visa for Qatar and Oman on arrival at Doha airport, allowing for travel between the two countries. This costs QR100 and is valid for a month. You can extend it for another month for QR200. See the Qatar e-Goverment website (www.gov.qa) for more details.

Those applying for visas in advance must include recent bank statements OR a formal letter from your employer confirming that you are visiting Qatar on business (if you are applying for a business visa).

Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for Qatar.

Types and cost

Prices may vary depending on exchange rate and nationality of the applicant.

Visa on arrival: approximately £16 (payable by credit card); single-entry tourist visa: £20; single-entry business visa: £40.

British nationals: six-month multiple-entry visa: £95; two-year multiple-entry visa: £330; five-year multiple-entry visa: £600.

Durations and costs of multiple-entry visas for other nationals vary; check with your local embassy.

Validity

Visa on arrival: 30 days; single-entry tourist and business visas: one month within three months of issue; multiple-entry visas: two or five years with a maximum of one month per stay.

Transit

No visa is required if you don't leave the transit area. If you do plan to leave the airport, a transit visa is available for 24 hours.

Application to

Consulate (or consular section at embassy) or on arrival in some cases (see above). You can also apply for a tourist visa online via the Qatar e-Government website (www.gov.qa).

Nationals of countries where Qatar has no diplomatic representation may apply for visas through an alternative embassy or their hotel in Qatar, which will arrange for the visa to be collected on arrival at the airport.

Those wishing to visit friends or relatives in Qatar may ask them to apply to the immigration authorities in Qatar on their behalf for a visa.

Temporary residence

You can only apply for a temporary residence visa if you have a firm job offer or contract from an employer in Qatar; it usually take six weeks to process. Work permits can only be obtained by a local sponsor.

Working days

Allow 10 working days for visa processing.

Sufficient funds

If applying for a visa in advance, you must show a recent bank statement with a balance of at least £850.

Extension of stay

If you wish to extend your visa, you must apply to the Ministry of Interior (www.moi.gov.qa).

Entry with pets

You must obtain a permit from the Department of Animal Resources, along with a health certificate issued by a vet in your home country.

Embassies and tourist offices

Embassy of the State of Qatar in the USA
Telephone: (202) 274 1600. Website: http://www.qatarembassy.net Opening times: Mon-Fri 0930-1230 (consulate section).
Embassy of the State of Qatar in the UK
Telephone: (020) 7493 2200. Website: http://www.qatarembassy.info Opening times: Mon-Fri 0930-1600 (general enquiries); 1000-1300 (visa section).
British Embassy in Qatar
Telephone: 974 4496 2000. Website: http://www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-embassy-doha Opening times: Sun-Thurs 0800-1530.
Edited by Jane Duru
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