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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 Yes
Canadian Yes Yes No
Australian Yes Yes No


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


British, Irish, Australian, Canadian and US-American nationals do not need an entry visa for travel to Qatar and are allowed multiple stays up to 30 days within a time period of 30 days, which begins when the visa waiver is issued on their arrival. An extention for further 30 days is possible. 

All other EU nationals do not need an entry visa for visits and touristic or business travel to Qatar and are allowed multiple stays up to 90 days within a time period of 180 days, which begins when the visa waiver is issued on their arrival. 

Transit passengers who arrive by Qatar Airways and who have a stopover of at least 5 hours and up to 96 hours before continuing to a third country are eligible for a free transit visa.

Nationals from all countries who require a tourist visa for travel to Qatar can apply for an e-visa in advance from when using Qatar Airways as their air carrier.

Visa Note


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: QR100 / about £25 (payable by credit card); tourist visa from the embassy: £25.


Visa on arrival: 30 days; tourist visa from the embassy: one month within three months of issue.


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 (

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

Working days

Allow 10 working days for visa processing if applying via the embassy.

Sufficient Funds

If applying for a visa in advance, you must show a recent bank statement with a balance of at least £800.

Extension of stay

Tourist visas cannot be extended.

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.
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.
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.
Address: PO Box 3 off Wahda St near Rainbow roundabout, West Bay, Doha, ,
Opening times:

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

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