This post was originally published on 17 June 2017 and the content may be outdated.
Expatriates in Qatar should always carry their original Residency Permit (QID) cards, an official of the Ministry of Interior has reportedly said at an Iftar organised for the Indian community.
According to a report on Gulf Times, Faisal al-Hudawi, Community Reach Out Office Coordinator at the Public Relations Department, Ministry of Interior was speaking at an Iftar organised by Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah Foundation for Humanitarian Services (RAF) at Al Arabi Sports Club.
Here are some of the points he mentioned:
- Photocopies of the Residency Permit cards are not acceptable.
- Always carry the original and show if asked by the Al Fazza Police.
- If any person is claiming to be a policeman or CID and asks for QID, people have the right to ask for his identity card.
- Authorised officials can have any of three types of IDs, such as the one from the Ministry of Interior, a CID ID, and the third one from the Drugs Prevention and Enforcement Department.
Prohibited items when travelling to Qatar
- People should always be careful about the materials they carry from their countries while travelling to Qatar.
- If any person hands over any baggage, you have to verify the content of the baggage before coming to Qatar.
- If not, never accept such baggage as it might land you in trouble in case they turn out to contain prohibited items.
Related Guide: Prohibited and restricted items while travelling to GCC
Medicines banned in Qatar
- Around 150 types of medicines are prohibited in Qatar. Such medicines should not be brought to the country.
- If you want to bring any medicine to be used for a long term such as a month, the prescription must be signed by a doctor on his letter pad with hospital seal.
- If you need medicine for more than one month, consult it with the doctor and get the prescription for alternate medicine available in Qatar.
- Certain medicines used in India are not permitted in Qatar. So people should not bring them here.
- People caught in drug cases have to pay a fine of QR 300,000 to 500,000 as well as imprisonment up to 10 years.
Related Guide: Procedures and regulations for carrying medicines to Qatar
Don’t share pictures of accident victims
- It is prohibited to share the pictures of an accident or victims on social media.
- If somebody violates this rule and the second party complains about it, there can be a fine of up to QR10,000 or up to two years’ imprisonment.
- People also must not forward such pictures to their social media groups or share it with others.
The MoI official also asked the gathering to always remember the number of their residential buildings.
“In case of an emergency, it is always important to inform the police, the number of the building. This will help the police reach the place immediately as their system is automatically connected with the buildings through their numbers,” he added.