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Complete Guide to Qatar’s Visa On Arrival scheme 2018

Everything you need to know about Qatar’s Visa on Arrival scheme. Includes answers to frequently asked questions and regulations for 2018. In August 2017, State of Qatar made a landmark announcement that it will allow visa-free entry for citizens of 80 countries (now 81 countries), with immediate effect. As per the announcement, citizens of these 81 countries can get free Visa On Arrival to Qatar. The general conditions for getting Visa On Arrival are six months’ passport validity and a confirmed return or onward ticket. The decision has received great appreciation from international community with thousands of visitors utilizing this facility each month. As per the Ministry of Interior statistics, during February 2018 alone  72,110 on-arrival visas  were issued by Qatar. In this article we are trying to answer most of the frequently asked questions about this facility: Frequently Asked Questions 1. Which all nationalities can avail Visa On Arrival…

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Guide : How to apply for newborn baby passport in India

Passport is the most important document required for traveling abroad. At one point of time, issuing of a passport was a tedious task and most people would rely on travel agents for the same. The agents’ charges for getting you the newborn baby’s passport were even higher. Thanks to the revolutionary measures and extensive digitalization, it is now much easier to obtain a passport in India. So, here are the steps for obtaining passport for new born baby: Birth Certificate At the time of your baby’s birth, generally, the hospital will give you a form regarding the relevant details that will be sent to government bodies to obtain the birth certificate. So, you don’t have to worry too much about the procedure. However, in some cases you might need to apply yourself: Birth Certification Procedure Obtain registration form by the nearest registrar. Fill it and submit at nearest local authority…

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Guide : How to get International Driving License in Qatar

[UPDATED : 9 July 2016] International Driving License/Permit is a document that allows an individual to drive motor vehicle in more than 150 countries when accompanied by a valid full license from the country of issue. The document is slightly larger than a standard passport and is essentially a multiple language translation of one’s own existing driver’s license, complete with photograph and other information. In you are a resident of Qatar, you can apply at Qatar Automobile and Touring Club. They are the sole authority to issue International Driving Permit and Carnet de passages (Trip Tickets) in Qatar. Some travel agents and car rental companies also provide the same service, but the service fee is relatively higher. Location Qatar Automobile and Touring Club is located on C-Ring Road opposite to Doha Petrol Station between Gulf Cinema signal and Toyota signal. Phone : 4441 3265 / 4441 5718 Working hours : 7 am – 1…

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Guide : 13 Traffic Violations that can land you in jail

Most traffic tickets are issued for minor offences – including tickets for speeding and parking violations. Normally these can be settled by paying the fine amount at MOI or Traffic Department. But there are certain traffic-related offences that can result in more significant fines, loss of driving privileges, or even imprisonment. Here are the types of violations that cannot be settled by paying fines and needs to be viewed by the concerned court: 1. Driving a vehicle without obtaining a driving license or with a license that is not meant for the class of vehicle. Minimum imprisonment of one month ; Maximum imprisonment of 3 years ; AND / OR fine of minimum QR 10,000 and maximum QR 50,000. The punishment for repeating the same violation will be a compulsory minimum Imprisonment of one week and maximum 3 years and fine of minimum QR 20,000 and maximum QR 50,000. 3 black…

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

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…

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How to register and make use of Metrash2 on your mobile

Metrash2 is a free mobile application from the Qatar’s Ministry of Interior which enables expats and nationals to renew their residence permits, renew and replace driver’s licences, conduct vehicle ownership transfers, fill out visit visa applications and renew e-gate cards. This service is very helpful when it comes to checking your traffic violations, paying the fines, reminder about expiry dates of Residence Permit, Driving Licence etc. This can also give complete official details of your own and your dependents at a single click. There are 40+ services including : Traffic Services  Resident Permit Services Visa Services Exit Permit Services E-Gate Services Complete list of services is available here. Metrash was originally introduced in 2006 as an electronic service for mobile users only where upon subscription, residents could receive SMS messages regarding Traffic violation, RP expiry, License expiry etc. In the initial years the service was not very popular as the registration was complicated and…

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Accident procedures to be simplified

An electronic device to simplify procedures after accidents will be introduced at all traffic departments in a month’s time, reported Al Watan. Officials from the General Directorate of Traffic said the tablet would help in completing post-accident procedures at the accident site itself, before the individuals involved in the accident can leave the scene. The tablet was unveiled by the General Directorate of Information System of Ministry of Interior at the just-concluded Milipol Qatar 2014. According to sources from the traffic department, the feature-rich device will allow the traffic police to complete the procedures at the scene of the accident itself. This means that the parties involved in the accident need not go to the police station. The data will be recorded and the cars will be photographed on the spot itself. A receipt will be sent to the car owners either by e-mail or via SMS. If an individual…