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Guide : 13 Traffic Violations that can land you in jail

Most traffic tickets are issued for minor offences – including tickets for speeding and parking violations. Normally these can be settled by paying the fine amount at MOI or Traffic Department. But there are certain traffic-related offences that can result in more significant fines, loss of driving privileges, or even imprisonment. Here are the types of violations that cannot be settled by paying fines and needs to be viewed by the concerned court: 1. Driving a vehicle without obtaining a driving license or with a license that is not meant for the class of vehicle. Minimum imprisonment of one month ; Maximum imprisonment of 3 years ; AND / OR fine of minimum QR 10,000 and maximum QR 50,000. The punishment for repeating the same violation will be a compulsory minimum Imprisonment of one week and maximum 3 years and fine of minimum QR 20,000 and maximum QR 50,000. 3 black…

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Guide : How to get Qatar Return Visa in case of overstay or lost ID

UPDATED : 24 January 2016 Return visa or re-entry permit is a temporary document granted for those who have stayed out of the country more than 6 months and his/her residency is still valid and has prior approval of entry. This document can also be used in case the resident loses passport or Residence Card while outside Qatar. NOTE :  Re-entry visa has a validity period of 30 days only. The sponsored person has to return to Qatar within the validity period. 1. For those on sponsorship of companies and establishments This visa is granted for an expatriate on the sponsorship of an establishment, who has stayed out of the country more than 6 months and his residence permit is still valid. Requirements: Submission of the application from the sponsor  (Form can be downloaded here or obtained from any typing center) Copy of the establishment card of the company Passport copy of the…

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Qatar’s New Residence Card : Top Questions and Answers

[UPDATED : 26 February 2016] In June 2015, Qatar’s Ministry of Interior announced that it will discontinue affixing Residence Permit sticker in expatriate passports. Instead of RP stickers, the new Residence Permit card will be used as travel document as well identity proof. Considering that this would be new move affecting all expatriates in Qatar, NRICafe.com is trying to answer some of your possible questions, based on information provided by Ministry of Interior. 1. Will I still have RP sticker in my passport ? No, the new residence card will replace residence permit stickers in the passports as well the existing ID card. The RP card will be the only document that proves the identity of the expatriate resident in Qatar as well his valid residence in Qatar. 2. When is this being implemented ? The new system will be implemented starting Monday, 15 June 2015. It will be implemented gradually by issuing new residence cards for first time…

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How to apply for Hajj Visa from Qatar

Qataris, GCC citizens and residents who plan to go to Hajj from Qatar are required to apply online through the Department of Hajj and Umrah website at the Ministry of Endowment and Islamic Affairs throughout the month of Sha’ban. In recent years, Saudi Arabia has cut down the visa quotas granted to different nations to better accommodate pilgrims. As of 2015 there are 1,200 seats for Qatar out of which 900 are for citizens and 300 for expatriates. Every year, Qatar’s Ministry of Endowment and Islamic affairs (Awqaf) forms the Qatari Hajj Mission which selects the eligible candidates for the Hajj seats. The online registration for aspiring pilgrims is done through www.hajj.gov.qa. Eligible candidates will be chosen through an electronic draw and informed through text messages. Even though the registration is closed for the year, those who have applied can check the status through this link. This year a total of 19,000 people – citizens and expatriates…

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Vaccination schedule for children living in Qatar

Qatar follows World Health Organisation’s vaccine schedule and in accordance with child’s age. A total of 12 different vaccines (Bacille Calmette-Guerin – BCG, Hepatitis B, Hexavalent, Pentavalent, Hepatitis B, Poliomyelitis and Haemophilus Influenza Type b,Rotavirus, Oral Polio, Pneumococcal, MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis A, Influenza and Meningococcal) are scheduled for children aged zero to 12 years to protect them against major life threatening diseases of childhood. Following is the vaccination schedule for children in Qatar: BCG and HBV0: Given at birth. 6-in-1 vaccine known as Hexavalent, usually given at two months. It protects against Diptheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (whooping cough), Hepatitis B, Polio and Haemophilus influenze type b disease (Hib). Pentavalent vaccine almost same like Hexavalent given at two, four and six months. MMR protects against measles, mumps and rubella (new recommendation – two times at 12 and 18 months). Hepatitis B series vaccine given at 24 months, 3-4 years, 4-6 years,…

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11 Things to know regarding school admissions in Qatar

The Supreme Education Council (SEC) has announced a set of guidelines relaxing the admission procedures to the schools. Here are 11 things you need to know while seeking admissions. 1. An expatriate student seeking admission in a private school is no more required to produce an equivalency certificate from the SEC. Earlier, all new students from abroad moving to a private school in Qatar were required to get their transfer certificates attested by the authorities concerned in their home countries as well as the Qatari embassies there. 2. Expatriate students from abroad (Eg. India) are required to provide only Transfer Certificates from their last school. 3. Parents can hereafter transfer their children between private schools without the SEC’s  permission, if there are vacancies at the appropriate level in the receiving school. 4. Only Qatari students moving from a private or international school to an Independent school requires certificates authenticated by Attestation and Equivalency Unit of the…

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How to register and make use of Metrash2 on your mobile

Metrash2 is a free mobile application from the Qatar’s Ministry of Interior which enables expats and nationals to renew their residence permits, renew and replace driver’s licences, conduct vehicle ownership transfers, fill out visit visa applications and renew e-gate cards. This service is very helpful when it comes to checking your traffic violations, paying the fines, reminder about expiry dates of Residence Permit, Driving Licence etc. This can also give complete official details of your own and your dependents at a single click. There are 40+ services including : Traffic Services  Resident Permit Services Visa Services Exit Permit Services E-Gate Services Complete list of services is available here. Metrash was originally introduced in 2006 as an electronic service for mobile users only where upon subscription, residents could receive SMS messages regarding Traffic violation, RP expiry, License expiry etc. In the initial years the service was not very popular as the registration was complicated and…

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Passport Renewal : Common Questions & Answers

Following our post on Renewal of Indian Passports while in Doha we received many queries from our readers. Even though we have tried to answer every question, here are the answers to the most asked questions that might be helpful to more readers. 1. When can I apply for renewal / re-issue of passport? You can apply for a re-issue of passport up to 1 year before the expiry.  Our advise is to renew 6 months before expiry (if you have travel plans to a foreign country) or at least 3 months before expiry (if you have no travel plans). Reason is that most countries would insist on the passport validity of at least of six months for issuing a new visa. Accordingly, it is advisable to apply for renewal well before time to avoid last minute rush. 2. My passport expired 1 month ago. Can it be reissued? What is the procedure to re-issue it?…

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How to renew Indian Passport in Qatar

An application for a new passport can be made within one year of expiry of the old passport. All applicants are advised to submit their applications for renewal of passport at least 3 months before the expiry date. NOTE : All passports issued before 2001 need to be upgraded to machine readable passports (Click for details). Passport options You can either apply for : a ten year validity 36-paged normal passport booklet (Fees: QR 275/-) OR a 64-paged jumbo passport booklet (Fees: QR 370/-). 1. Download the application form (EAP-I Form) and Datasheet (EAP-1D Form). You can also obtain these forms from the embassy free of cost or submit a photocopy of the forms. 2. Fill all columns carefully and legibly. (TIP : You can get these done through freelance typists who are available in front of Indian Embassy during morning hours. They charge you a small fee, but have better knowledge about the technical…

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How to set-up home utilities in Qatar

Here is a complete guide on how to set up home utilities like electricity, water, telephone, internet, television, cooking gas and drinking water while moving to Qatar. Water & Electricity Electricity and water supply in Qatar are administered solely by the Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation, which is popularly referred to as Kahramaa. If there is an existing connection you would have to transfer it to your name. Click here to download the application form. To apply, visit a Kahramaa service centre with the following documents: Completed application form Copy of Qatar ID Kahramaa reference number (you will find this on your home’s front door frame if you have an apartment; if you have a villa, look on the electricity box) Copy of your lease (Tenancy Contract) QR 2,000 for deposit (QR 1,200 for electricity and QR 800 for water) Current meter readings (It is better to take a photo on mobile) Cooking Gas Gas for…