If you are having a baby or have just given birth in Qatar, there are several administrative procedures required to kick start your baby’s future. These include obtaining a birth certificate, a passport if you intend travelling and a residence permit if you live in Qatar.
All babies born in Qatar must be registered and provided with a birth certificate. If you live in Qatar, then before you can apply for a child’s passport or a Residence Permit, you must first obtain a birth certificate.
The process is relatively easy. Read on to find out how to acquire a birth certificate for your newborn.
Applying for a Birth Certificate
When your child is born, you will receive a vaccination booklet and a notification of live birth. You will need to take these items, and several other documents, to the Birth Registration counter in the hospital where your baby was born. You will be provided with a Birth Notification and Registration Form. The form should be completed with the child’s details, as well as the mother’s and father’s. A witness is also required to complete a section of the form.
Make sure you complete all sections of the application form. Ensure you write the baby's name and your details correctly and clearly - mistakes are not easily rectified once the birth certificate is issued!
The additional documents required are:
- The originals and copies of both parents passports;
- The originals and copies of both parents Resident Permits, ID cards or Visas;
- The original attested Marriage Certificate (plus a copy).
The fee charged for each copy of the birth certificate is 20 QAR (payable by Debit or Credit Card).
Submit the form and the required documents to the registration counter and your baby's Birth Certificate should be processed while you wait.
There are official working hours* for receiving birth certificate forms and submitting birth certificate requests. Official working hours are as follows:
- Morning hours: 7:30 am - 12:30 pm for Al Khor hospital, Al Wakra Hospital, The Cuban Hospital (Dukhan), Doha Clinic Hospital, Al Ahli Hospital, Al Emadi Hospital, Sidra Medicine and Women's Wellness and Research Centre.
- Evening Hours: 2:00 pm - 6:30 pm for Al Ahli Hospital, Sidra Medicine and Women’s Wellness and Research centre.
If the newborn’s parents are under separate sponsorship, the child’s birth certificate will need to be collected from the Criminal Evidence and Investigation Department (CID) located on Salwa Road/Abu Samra Road.
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