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Qatar Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa Required
British Yes Yes No
Other EU Yes Yes No
USA Yes Yes No
Canadian Yes Yes No
Australian Yes Yes No

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.

Passport Visa Note

In 2017, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE cut diplomatic ties and closed their borders, territorial waters and airspace to Qatar, following Qatar's alleged involvement in funding Islamic militants.

Visas

Qatar is the most open country in the Middle East, welcoming citizens of more than 80 countries to visit without a visa. Visa waiver is issued on arrival, upon presenting your valid passport with a minimum validity of six months and a confirmed onward or return ticket.

Nationals from the following countries can visit Qatar without a visa and stay for up to 90 days: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine.

Nationals from the following countries can visit Qatar without a visa and stay for up to 30 days, although the waiver may be extended for a further 30 days: Andorra, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Georgia, Guyana, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Macedonia, Maldives, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, New Zealand, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Russia, Rwanda, San Marino, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Suriname, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City and Venezuela.

Pakistan: nationals of Pakistan can visit Qatar without a visa for up to 30 days provided the passport must be valid for at least six months, a confirmed return ticket, a confirmed hotel booking, a certificate of vaccination against polio (if coming from Pakistan directly), and the passenger must have a valid credit card.

In addition, nationals from 37 countries who will be visiting Qatar and Oman can get a joint tourist visa upon arrival. The countries are: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States and the Vatican City.

If you are from a country not listed above but have a valid residence permit or visit visa to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Schengen countries, United Kingdom and United States, you can apply for an Electronic Travel Authorisation free of charge online. The ETA will allow you to visit Qatar for up to 30 days and may be extended for an additional 30 days. The information required for the ETA application includes:
• Proof of accommodation in Qatar (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).

If you are from a country not listed above and need a visa to Qatar, you can apply it online. The cost is QAR100.

Types and Cost

Tourist visa: QAR100

Validity

• Visa-free entry: varying allowable lengths of stay.
• Electronic Travel Authorisation: 30 days.
• Tourist visa: varying allowable lengths of 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

Visit qatarvisaservice.com.

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. Work permits can only be obtained by a local sponsor.

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.


Our visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing,
We strongly recommend that you verify critical information unique to your trip with the relevant embassy before travel.

Embassies and tourist offices

Embassy of the State of Qatar in the USA


Telephone: +1 202 274 1600.
Website: http://washington.embassy.qa/en
Address: , 2555 M St. NW, Washington, DC 20037,
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 0900-1700 (embassy business hours); 0930-1230 (consulate section)

Embassy of the State of Qatar in the UK


Telephone: +44 20 7493 2200.
Website: http://london.embassy.qa/en/embassy
Address: Mayfair, 1 South Audley Street, London, W1K 1NB,
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 0930-1600 (general enquiries); 1000-1300 (visa section).

British Embassy in Qatar


Telephone: +974 4496 2000.
Website: https://www.gov.uk/world/organisations/british-embassy-doha
Address: , West Bay, Doha, ,
Opening times:

Sun-Wed 0800-1530. Thurs 0800-1330.

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