Visa on Arrival in Qatar
Obtaining a Visit Visa on Arrival in Qatar
For anyone thinking of visiting Qatar in the short term or the long term, there are certain visa arrangements to consider. For international workers coming to live and work in Qatar on a company sponsored visa, their employers will usually look after their visa arrangements. You can read more about business visas here.
However, for those coming to Qatar to visit, there are other more temporary visa options available. While some visitors will need to arrange a visa prior to their travel to Qatar, others can benefit from Qatar’s visit visa on arrival service.
What is a Visa on Arrival?
As the name suggests, obtaining a visit visa on arrival simply allows visitors to gain a visa on their arrival in Qatar. Whether you can benefit from a visa on arrival will depend on the country in which you were born, or more specifically, the country in which your passport was issued.
Who can benefit from a visit visa on arrival?
Until recently, only 33 countries had an agreement with Qatar, which allowed their citizens to obtain a visit visa on arrival when entering Qatar. These countries included:
The United States, Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Finland, Spain, Monaco, the Vatican, Iceland, Andorra, San Marino, Lichtenstein, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and South Korea.
However since July, this list has expanded to include 74 countries: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czecho, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guyana, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea St, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, U.K., Ukraine, Uruguay, USA, Vatican, and Venezuela.
How do you obtain a visit visa on arrival?
After arriving at the airport, visitors should head to the Hamad International Airport immigration counter. There they will show their passport and pay the QAR100 fee for the visa. It’s easiest to pay this by credit or debit card.
For visitors wanting to pay cash, they must visit the designated bank counter before approaching the passport control counter. The bank will charge a fee of QAR25 for processing the cash payment, with all major currencies accepted.
How long does the visit visa last?
Acting as a kind of tourist visa, this visit visa allows visitors to stay in Qatar for up to 30 days. Looking to stay in Qatar longer? The visit visa can be extended for an additional 30 days without leaving the country.
To extend the visa, visa holders simply visit the airport immigration department located near the cargo section at the airport, which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. After payment of the QAR100 fee, the visa will be extended by up to 30 days.
It’s worth bearing in mind that if a visa holder overstays on this visit visa, there is a penalty fee of QAR200 per day.
Not eligible for a visit visa on arrival? Check out the Hukoomi (government e-portal) site for more info on the various visa options available to those travelling to Qatar.
Or for more information on how Fusion Middle East assists Qatari businesses with their visa application needs, visit our visa services page, or contact us today.