November 10, 2020

Visiting Family Visas

If you are a resident in Qatar you may request a Family Visit Visa for your immediate family and for other relatives. *Visas are valid for 30 days at a cost of 200 QAR each and 50 QAR for each registered dependant or companion*. Visas can be extended for a further 5 months for immediate family (spouse and children), first degree relatives (parents and siblings), second degree family (grandparents/children, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, and half-siblings), and in-laws. Other relatives may extend their visas for an additional two months only. Visa extensions each cost 200 QAR per month extended and 50 QAR for each registered dependant or companion. Extensions are subject to visitors undertaking a medical examination. Medical examinations cost 100 QAR per person.

You can apply for Family Visit Visas in person at any one of the Ministry of Interior (MOI) Service Centres in Qatar, or online via Metrash2 (residents only) or the MOI E-Services portal (MOI e-services are only accessible online in Qatar). To apply you will need to submit:

  • The appropriate application form (downloadable from the MOI website, to be completed and translated into Arabic);
  • A letter from your employer citing your profession and salary;
  • Proof of residence;
  • A copy of your passport with Residence Permit/Qatari ID;
  • A copy of your spouse's passport with Residence Permit/Qatari ID if the visitor(s) is from their side of the family;
  • Copies of your visiting family’s passports;
  • As applicable, attested marriage certificate, birth certificates, passports, etc. to prove your relationship with each family member.

Once your application has been approved, ensure that you forward a copy of the Visa(s) to family members travelling to Qatar to show at immigration when they arrive. Visitors will also need to provide on arrival a valid passport (valid for a minimum of 6 months) and a confirmed onward/return ticket.

If your visa application is for more than one person (i.e. family members) an additional fee per person applies. For example, a family visit visa is provided at a cost of 200 QAR and an additional 50 QR per person. So, visas for a family of four would cost 350 QAR.

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Published: January 01, 2020
Last updated: November 10, 2020
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