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Qatar Visa on Arrival: Eligibility and costs
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Jan Koelle
3 min read
Updated on May 14, 2024

Planning a trip to Qatar? You might be in luck with visa requirements! If you're from one of the eligible countries for visa-free entry or a Qatar Visa on Arrival, you're all set.

Otherwise, a Qatar eVisa through the official Hayya platform or via our app is your go-to option.

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Can I get a visa on arrival in Qatar?

It's good to know that the Qatari government has changed the term from Visa on Arrival to visa-free entry. However, the entry process is the same. On arrival you'll receive, if eligible, a stamp in your passport that authorizes a short stay for tourism or business.

If you're from one of the countries on this list you can get visa-free entry and don't need to pre-apply for a visa to visit Qatar.

The length of stay varies per nationality and can found in the above list.

Visa-free entry for citizens from GCC countries

Citizens of the following Gulf Cooperation Council countries enjoy freedom of movement in Qatar. They do not require a visa (even a Visa on Arrival) under any circumstances:

  • Bahrain
  • Kuwait
  • Oman
  • Saudi Arabia
  • United Arab Emirates

Note: If you’re a resident (not a citizen) of a GCC country, you’re eligible for a single-entry visa on arrival. The visa will only be issued if your residence permit is valid for at least six months. Please approach an immigration counter, present your passport, and pay your visa fee. Your visa will be valid for a one-month stay in Qatar.

Do I need to pay for the Qatar Visa on Arrival?

The Qatar Visa on Arrival is free for most eligible travelers.

The only exceptions are nationals of the following countries, who must pay a fee of QR 100 (about US$27 at the time of writing):

  • Belarus
  • Iran
  • Macao
  • Mauritius
  • Montenegro
  • Taiwan

Note that this list can change at any time. To pay the fee, simply make your way to an immigration counter upon arrival in Qatar, and pay by card (some bank fees may apply).

Qatar Visa on Arrival requirements

Make sure to meet the following requirements, in addition to being from an eligible country:

  • Have a passport that's valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival in Qatar.

  • Can show a return or onward flight ticket.

  • Can present a confirmation for accommodation (hotel or contact details of a local host).

Note: Citizens from Pakistan, India, Thailand, Iran, and Ukraine must book an accommodation via the authorized channel of Discover Qatar for their entire stay. Regular hotel bookings are not accepted to get the Visa on Arrival.

  • Having (travel) health insurance is recommended, and mandatory for people staying in Qatar longer than 30 days. If that's the case, you must get insurance through the official Qatar website for QR 50 (about US$ 13) per day.

  • Have proof of enough funds to pay for your trip. Some nationalities are asked upon arrival to show a valid international credit card (such as travelers from Pakistan, Iran, or Thailand) or at least US$1000 in cash.

How to get a Qatar eVisa

If you're not eligible for the Qatar Visa on Arrival, you can apply for the Qatar eVisa instead.

You can apply online via the government website or via iVisa on our user-friendly platform.

More questions about traveling to Qatar?

If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with our knowledgeable customer service team via online chat or WhatsApp.

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Jan Koelle
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Jan Koelle is an expert in the travel documentation industry. With a profound understanding of the visas and passport landscapes, Jan has a wealth of strategic insight about requisites, regulations, and streamlined visa applications. He guides a dedicated team of +170 professionals at iVisa, steering planning, execution, fulfillment, continuous Improvement, and the launch of new visa destinations, guaranteeing iVisa excellence.
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