Learn More: ETA
On September 27th, 2017, the Government of Qatar has implemented the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA). This new system allows eligible visitors to apply online.
It is valid for up to 30 days after arrival or until the passport expires, whichever comes first. The information entered will be sent electronically to the Qatar Department of Immigration and we will send your Qatar ETA online via email.
You will be required to undergo mandatory hotel quarantine unless you have received both doses of vaccination and hold a COVID-19 vaccine certificate.
Required Documents to Apply
An ordinary Passport scan (bio page) with a validity for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Qatar.
A passport-sized photo.
Airline reservation. Remember it must be a confirmed reservation.
Proof of accommodation. When staying at a hotel, it is necessary to provide a copy of a hotel reservation. If you are staying with a Qatari resident, it is necessary invitation letter from this resident along with his/her Qatar resident visa copy, Qatar ID, and his/her passport bio page. If you are staying with a Qatari national, it is necessary to provide a copy of his/her Qatari national ID, and invitation letter.
Proof of residence: e.g. Resident card, Resident visa, Utility bill, Tenancy contract, Phone bill, Credit/Debit card bill, official printed address page on passport.
Proof of valid visitor visa held for any one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, GCC, New Zealand, Schengen countries, USA or UK. Visa must be valid for at least 30 days after arrival from the date of entry into Qatar.
The validity of an ETA is up to 30 days after arrival or until the passport expires, whichever comes first.
You must have an ordinary passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of your arrival in Qatar.
Passports with a single name will not be accepted. Applicants need to have minimum two names in passport to apply for a Qatar visa.
You should print a copy of your ETA and carry it with you when you travel to Qatar.
A proof of accommodation is required to obtain the travel document. The dates in this document MUST match the travel dates selected in the application. This is a requirement that is demanded by the government in order to issue the travel document.
You must buy your airline tickets before applying for a Qatar ETA. This information is required in the application.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Travelers, with the exception of Qataris, residents and GCC nationals, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter Qatar for tourism or work purposes at this time. A Yellow Fever vaccine is also required if traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
More information in the following link: https://www.who.int/ith/ITH_Annex_I.pdf
Approved vaccines are Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson.
To complete the application, all applicants require clear, colored electronic scans of the following:
An ordinary passport scan (bio page) with a validity for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Qatar.
A passport-size photo
Proof of accommodation. In case of staying in a hotel, it is necessary a copy of hotel reservation. In case of staying with a Qatari resident, it is necessary invitation letter from this resident along with his/her Qatar resident visa copy, Qatar ID, passport bio page. Finally, in case of staying with a Qatari national: his/her Qatari national ID and invitation letter.
Proof of residence
Proof of valid visa held for your residential status
Proof of valid visitor visa held for any one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, GCC, New Zealand, Schengen countries, USA or UK.
The cost for a Qatar ETA is USD 15.00. Additionally, iVisa charges a service fee with costs that vary according to the processing time selected:
Standard Processing Time - USD 20.00: 10 Business Days
Rush Processing - USD 50.00: 7 Business Days
Super Rush Processing - USD 70.00: 4 Business Days.
It depends on the method of processing time you chose. We offer three options:
Standard Processing Time: 10 Business Days
Rush Processing: 7 Business Days
Super Rush Processing: 4 Business Days
Citizens of all nationalities who hold valid residence permits or visas from either Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, the United States of America or the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council. The visa or residence permit should be valid for at least six months after arrival date.
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola , Antarctica , Armenia ,Bangladesh , Barbados ,Belize,Benin,Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Burkina Faso , Burundi , Cambodia , Cameroon , Cape Verde , Central African Republic , Chad , Congo , Ivory Coast , Democratic Republic of Congo , Dominica , East Timor , El Salvador , Equatorial Guinea , Eritrea , Ethiopia , Fiji , Gabon , Gambia , Ghana , Grenada , Guatemala , Guinea , Guinea-Bissau , Haiti , Honduras , Iraq , Iran , Israel , Jamaica , Kenya , Kiribati , Kosovo , Kuwait , Kyrgyzstan , Laos, Lesotho , Liberia , Madagascar , Malawi, Mali , Marshall Islands, Mauritius , Micronesia , Mongolia , Montenegro , Morocco , Mozambique , Myanmar , Namibia , Nauru , Nepal , Nicaragua , Niger , Nigeria , Oman , Palau , Palestine , Papua New Guinea , Philippines , Rwanda , Saint Lucia , Samoa , Sao Tome & Principe , Sierra Leone , Solomon Islands , Somalia , South Sudan , Sri Lanka , St. Kitts and Nevis , St.Vincent & Grenadines , Sudan , Swaziland , Syria , Taiwan , Tajikistan , Tanzania , Togo , Tonga , Trinidad and Tobago , Tunisia , Turkmenistan , Tuvalu , Uganda , Uzbekistan , Vanuatu , Vietnam , Western Sahara, Zambia , Zimbabwe.
However, not all countries can apply online. The following countries should book an appointment for in-person visa application at their corresponding Qatar Visa Center: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.
Qatar is a small but beautiful peninsula in the Persian Gulf. It has gained a lot of attention in the last few years, which is why the FIFA World Cup will be held there in 2022. It has become a popular tourist attraction, with more and more people traveling there for their vacation. Qatar is a developed country, with about 30% of its GDP coming from oil. It is one of the safest countries in the world, and you should have a wonderful experience when you go there.
Before we discuss anything else, know that you can travel to Qatar mostly by air. As far as a Qatar visa is concerned, you first need to check if you need one. Qatar’s visa policy is lenient, and 82 nationalities only need a passport valid for 3 months since arrival to enter the country. The visa exemption allows either 90 days or 30 days of stay, depending on your nationality. The citizens of GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council), however, do not even need a passport. A national ID number will suffice.
In the event that you are not visa-exempt, you need to apply for a visa. However, you can do that online. Qatar adopted the electronic visa system in 2017, and everyone can take advantage of it except for the citizens of Egypt and Israel. The Qatar e-visa allows its holder to stay in Qatar for up to 30 days.
An Electronic Travel Authorization is also available for people who hold valid visas or residence permits issued by Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Schengen countries, the United States, the United Kingdom or the states in the GCC. The ETA allows a 30-day stay in Qatar, but you can extend it for another 30 days. The request can be made online.
Leaving visas aside, you should have a pleasant vacation in Qatar. You have plenty of things to see and to do. First of all, we recommend that you go and see the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, the capital city. You do not have to be Muslim to appreciate its beauty. The Pearl Qatar should also be on your list of places to visit. It is a man-made island which is connected to Doha by a bridge. You will find a lot of high-end restaurants there, as well as shops. Keep in mind that you need quite a budget to spend a few days there.
A lot of people who visit Qatar like to see the Villagio Mall. It is a shopping mall built in Venetian style. And yes, there is a canal and you can use a gondola to move around. The shops are both casual and high-end.
If you are looking for some luxury, the Banana Island Resort is waiting for you. Remember that you need to make a reservation to spend a few days there, and it is going to cost you quite a lot. It is an exclusive retreat with over-water villas, spas, suites, restaurants, and much more. Mostly locals spend their time there, so you will not find any alcohol on the premises.
Last but definitely not least, you cannot leave Qatar without seeing Katara. It is a cultural village where you can have some of the best Arab food. The restaurants are fantastic, you will also find a beach, and many cultural events are held there. Maybe you will catch one before you go back home.
As far as fun activities go, apart from shopping in the huge malls, most tourists prefer to go and fight the dunes. You will not do any actual fighting, but dune-bashing in a Land Cruisers sure does sound like a lot of fun. Many watersports, such as kitesurfing and jet-skiing, are also available.
Getting around in Qatar should be easy. You can enjoy public transportation, but taxis and limousines are also available. The latter is a little bit more expensive, but it is considered the most comfortable means of transportation. Uber is also available in Qatar, and it works great. You receive a picture and identification information on your driver before he arrives, which will make you feel safe.
The official language in Qatar is Arabic, but you will be surprised at how many people speak English. After all, Qatar used to be a British protectorate, so English is their second language. Plus, Qatar has a diverse population. With workers coming from all parts of the world. Even so, it would be incredibly appreciated if you learned some Arabic phrases before your trip. It is a sign of respect, and the people you interact with in Qatar will highly appreciate it.
When it comes to food and drink, you can take your pick. You will find western food, as well as Arabic cuisine. We suggest that you explore the latter since the food is delicious, especially their kebabs and hummus. Alcohol can be bought in a single shop in Doha, but a special license is required. Muslims can buy it, but they cannot consume it. You will find some in restaurants and hotels, but it is pricey. Lastly, it is illegal to bring alcohol in Qatar as a tourist. Apart from that, you should try the exotic juices. They taste fantastic.
Another thing that is worth mentioning is that you must respect the Islamic beliefs of Qataris and Bedouins. You are not legally required to wear the hijab or anything, but you should dress modestly. Cover your shoulders and waist, and do not wear anything too short. The rule applies both to men and women.
The people in Qatar are incredibly hospitable. Fighting for the bill is common since they want you to feel welcome. It is recommended that you accept gifts or meals from a Qatari. There are no strings attached. They just want to be hospitable. However, there are a few rules you should follow when interacting with a local. Avoid showing the bottom of your feet to your host and doing anything with your left hand. It is considered the dirty hand, which is why it is disrespectful to use it. Even if you are left-handed, try to be right-handed while in Qatar. It is a sign of respect.
As far as safety is concerned, you have nothing to worry about. The crime rate is pretty low in Qatar. Other than that, make sure to protect yourself from heat exhaustion. You need to stay hydrated at all times and wear a lot of sunscreen. Covering yourself up will help more than losing layers. When going to the desert, make sure to cover your head as well.
All in all, Qatar is an excellent vacation destination. You can have some fun doing some of the activities you find available, or you can relax in one of their luxury spas and resorts. Shopping is pretty popular too since many high-end brands have 50% off sales every year. Buying a Valentino dress at half price does sound good, doesn’t it? Other than that, the people are lovely and hospitable, and you should have a wonderful time.