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Guide: How to apply for Qatar Tourist visa online

In a bid to further facilitate visitors’ access to the country, Qatar has made its e-visa services available to tourism-related businesses as well as individuals arriving to Qatar aboard any airline.

Hospitality establishments and tourism offices holding a valid license with Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) can now fully complete their guests’ tourist visa applications online via a newly activated feature on www.qatarvisaservice.com.

Travellers on any airline can apply

And, as part of the service expansion, individuals who are traveling to Qatar on any airlines can now apply directly for tourist visas on the same portal.

This added convenience is possible as the e-visa platform is now linked to all airline booking platforms including that of the national airline, Qatar Airways.

Visa Eligibility

Nationals of 242 countries (including India) can apply for a visa through this service.

Nationals of 70 countries are eligible for a visa on arrival in Doha, however to save time on arrival, they can also choose to apply for a pre-approved visa using this service.

Requirements for application

All applicants must have a machine readable individual passport which is valid for at least 6 months from the date you enter Qatar (You will not be able to apply using this service for children who are endorsed on parents’ passport).

To complete the application, all applicants require clear colored electronic scans of the following:

If you’re a GCC resident, you’ll also need to provide:

Fees: The total fee (including visa fee and service fee) is USD 41.78 (approximately QAR 150).

How to Apply for tourist visa online

Step One: Visit www.qatarvisaservice.com to register and fill in the visa application form.

Step Two: Upload required documents (incl. passport scans, personal photographs, a scan of passenger’s airline ticket). Make payment via a Visa or Mastercard debit or credit card.

Step Three: Receive updates and e-visa via email or log back on to track status online.

Qatar launched its e-visa platform last month allowing travelers to the country to apply directly for tourist and visitor visas.

The service, created in partnership between QTA, Qatar Airways, and the Ministry of Interior, is set to ease visitor access to Qatar, as it offers a more efficient and transparent visa application system, with standardised fees for each visa type.

In November 2016, Qatar introduced a new free-of-charge transit visa, which allows passengers with a minimum transit time of five hours in Hamad International Airport, to stay in Qatar for up to 96 hours (four days). The move has resulted in a 40% increase in stopover visitors to Qatar in the period between January and May 2017 compared to the same period in 2016.

Published on 16 July 2017
Sources : Qatar News Agency, The Peninsula, Gulf Times