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

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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 sponsored person
  • In case of passport loss, a copy of a Lost Passport Certificate, along with copies of the old and new passport, are required.
  • Fee: QR 500 (Pay by credit / debit card)

2. For those on personal sponsorship of an expatriate resident

This visa is granted for family members of a resident, who have stayed out of the country more than 6 months and their residence permit is still valid.

The sponsor can apply online (Metrash 2) or through MoI Service Center.

Here is the how to apply through MoI Service Center :

Requirements:

  • Submission of the application from the sponsor (Form can be downloaded here or obtained from any typing center)
  • Passport copy or the ID card copy of the sponsor
  • Passport copy of the sponsored person
  • In case of passport loss, a copy of a Lost Passport Certificate, along with copies of the old and new passport, are required.
  • Fee: QR 500 (Pay by credit / debit card)

3. For those on personal sponsorship of a Qatari national

This visa is granted for house maids and those who are on their status who are on the personal sponsorship of a Qatari national and stayed outside the country more than 6 months.

The sponsor can apply online (Metrash 2) or through MoI Service Center.

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Here is the how to apply through MoI Service Center :

Requirements:

  • Submission of an application from the sponsor  (Form can be downloaded here or obtained from any typing center)
  • Copy of the ID Card of the sponsor
  • Passport copy of the sponsored person
  • In case of passport loss, a copy of a Lost Passport Certificate, along with copies of the old and new passport, are required.
  • Fee: QR 200 (Pay by credit / debit card)

NOTE :  If you lose your passport and get a return visa / permit, your lost passport becomes invalid / blacklisted. You cannot use that passport in case you get it back.

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  1. Can any one please guide me my mother visa is on my personal sponsorship can she enter after 6 months and before one year into qatar. She has a valid rp till nov 2017

    Any updates on any one who has actually done it after 6 momths and before rp expiry

    Note she has residence permit and not visit visa

  2. My wife has stayed out for more than one year. Her rp expiry is in July, 2019. Can anyone guide me, what will be procedure to come back in Qatar.

  3. Hello Kamlesh. I am facing a similar situation and they refused return visa as stay outside is more than a year. How about yours?

  4. If your the family members you sponsor styed more than 180 days BUT LESS THAN 360 days out of Qatar, use METRASH 2 application to apply for a “Return Permit”. Do so NO MORE THAN 15 DAYS BEFORE DATE OF ARRIVAL (as validity of return permit is 15 days) until they enter with their valid RP permit and reset the time counter of all this process.

    You can check their status on METRASH2 to know when exactly they got out of Qatar.
    You can either use METRASH2 to pay online with your credit card the 500 QAR per person,
    else you can go to Hamad Airport Gate 3, 2nd floor, passport room counter 6 (after all registration boots, on the left of the entrance of custom controls.

    The process is instantaneous, as soon as you pay their status is updated in the system, they have 15 days to enter Qatar. I usually do the process when I go to the airport to pick them up, it must be done before they have to pass the Qatari custom on arrival.

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