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.
A business visa is required if you need to do a short-term business trip to Qatar. The length of your stay will determine what type of visa you need.
Discover the different types of visas Qatar has available for situations such as studying, investing in or returning to Qatar, and for newborns.
To visit Qatar, travellers from all over the world need first to see whether they are eligible for visa-free entry, or they need to apply for a Tourist Visa.
To live and work in Qatar, you must have a Work Residence Permit (RP). To be eligible for an RP, you must first have a sponsor.