UPDATE: With effect from 11 November 2018, hotel reservation may be required for some nationalities including Indians.
Hotel reservations or other conditions are not compulsory for obtaining different types of on-arrival tourist visas in Qatar, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) has clarified.
However, visitors may be asked to provide the address of their place of stay in Qatar, the MoI explained in a post on social media.
- The general conditions for getting on-arrival tourist visas are six months’ passport validity and a confirmed return or onward ticket.
Qatar recently introduced different types of visas, including on-arrival visas, e-authorisation and e-visas.
30 days free tourist visas
Visitors from 47 countries (including India) can enter and stay in Qatar for 30 days with this type of visa.
- The visa is valid for multiple entries and extendable for another 30 days.
- The passport must be valid for at least 6 months.
- The visa is free of charge.
- The visa is stamped on the passports along with entry stamp and date of entry and expiry of duration of stay.
The 90-day on-arrival tourist visa (for citizens of 34 countries) has a validity of 180 days with a multi-entry option and is not extendable.
Ever since Qatar introduced 30 days free visa for Indian nationals, a large number of Indians have used this facility.
However there were reports that many visitors were turned back at Indian airports as they did not have hotel bookings or proof of funds.
To explore the visa options available for different nationalities, one can visit the MoI visa portal at https://portal.moi.gov.qa/qatarvisas/
This post was originally published on 16 October 2017.