This post was originally published on 9 December 2016 and the content may be outdated.
E-gate services at Doha’s Hamad International Airport will be available to expatriates free of charge soon, Qatar Tribune has reported citing a senior official at Ministry of Interior.
The e-gate service is already available to Qatari nationals free of charge.
According to Colonel Mohamed Rashid al Mazroui, Director of the Airport Passports Department at the MoI, work is currently underway to make the service available to expatriates, along with facilitating easy access to e-gates through activation of identity cards inside HIA.
What is the e-gate service?
The e-gate system allows passengers to enter and exit the country with ease.
Holders of the e-gate card may bypass the immigration formalities at the HIA by punching their cards at the gate and pressing their index fingers on an electronic scanner.
As of now, the e-Gate service can be activated at the Ministry of Interior services centres for those aged above 16 years upon payment of a fee. However, those under 18 years need approval from their guardians.
Currently, fees are varying according to the card validity duration – a fee of QR100 applies for one year validity, QR150 for two years validity and QR200 for three years validity.
At present, the number of subscribers to the e-gate service has crossed 60,000.
No more queues at passport counters
The e-gate service would help save time and effort for passengers as they would be able to avoid queues at passport counters.
According to the official, the check-in or check-out process will take only 16 seconds, making it one of the most important services provided by the MoI at HIA.
Mazroui said the department is working on several projects to cope with the increasing number of passengers at the HIA. It is taking measures to reduce the time taken to complete procedures at the passport counters, he added.
The move is in line with the MoI’s strategy and Qatar National Vision 2030 in terms modernisation of entry and exit procedures.
Qatar’s transit visa is now issued free of charge and is available to travelers of all nationalities upon arrival at HIA.