Qatar changes visa on arrival rules for Indian nationals


Qatar’s Ministry of Interior has updated the conditions to get free visa on arrival for Indian nationals. According to MoI website, the visa-free entry for Indians will not be extendable beyond 30 days starting 11 November 2018.

Previously Indians could extend the visa after 30 days and stay in Qatar for a total of 60 days.

Also it is now mandatory that the applicant must be in possession of a valid credit or debit card in the name of the traveller. If travelling as a family, the credit or debit card should be in name of the male head of the family.

Other conditions are passport validity of six months, a confirmed return ticket, and a confirmed hotel reservation for the passenger.

Here is the updated description on MoI website:

Visa free entry for Indians

Nationals of India can obtain on-arrival tourist visa facility spend up to 30 days in Qatar (not extendable), if the following terms and conditions are met starting 11 November 2018

Terms & Conditions:

  • Passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the arrival date.
  • Confirmed Return ticket
  • Confirmed Hotel reservation for the passenger.
  • Applicant must be in possession of a valid credit or debit card. (Mandatory to present a valid credit or debit card in the name of the traveller, in case of travelling with family, the family head should have a card with his name)
  • The duration of the visa cannot be extended beyond 30 days

(*Paterfamilias: The male head of a family or household)

According to the statistics from the Ministry released in April 2018, Indians were among the six major visitors to Qatar.

Qatar was ranked as the most open country in the Middle East and 8th most open country in the world following a string of visa facilitation measures introduced by the country, including allowing nationals of 88 countries to enter Qatar visa-free and free-of-charge.

NOTE: Travellers are advised to check their visa conditions on MoI official page.

Related: Complete Guide to Qatar’s Visa on Arrival scheme

Published on 7 November 2018, Updated: 16 November 2018


  1. Why families planning to stay with their relatives need to have hotel reservation.
    The new rule is really disappointing as it is a short notice information.
    I had booked tickets for my parents by this month end (Exactly 23rd Nov 2018) and they don’t have credit cards and its difficult to get credit card with in this short period of time.

  2. Joy Fernandez on

    I had booked tickets for 4 of us from India to doha on 19 of Nov and booked return ticket on 17 Feb which has three months of staying as advised by my uncle who is been living in Doha for almost 26 years. Pls guide me how to sort this issue.

  3. What do they mean by applicant in the credit card section??
    Suppose, my spouse needs to visit, do my spouse needs to have her own CC or do I have to have my CC?
    If my family visits (mom/dad/brother), do my dad/brother have to possess their own credit card or my credit card is enough? Its unclear for me. Please let me know. I need to plan for my family visit.

  4. My wife and daughter on arrival visa now 2month
    Dec 6 finished visa can i pay money other one month renewal eligible

  5. Is it compulsory that my parents or close relatives should stay in hotel, they want to visit me and spend some time with us by staying with me in my residence…. Kindly reply.

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