Visa Requirements for Qatar
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Freedom of Travel
Passport holders of 5 countries have freedom of travel to Qatar. This often means there will be no limitation on the duration of stay, and no restrictions on activities such as volunteering, employment, or conducting business.
Visa Not Required
Passport holders of 90 countries can travel to Qatar without prior visa, eVisa, or on-arrival visa.
- Visa-Free30 daysAvailable at Hamad International Airport. The Visa Waiver Facility (of 30 days) cannot be facilitated if stay is less than 1 night, a Transit Visa should be applied for instead. Label is put in the passport in addition to a stamp upon arrival after satisfying the entry requirements.
eVisa, Transit Visa from Qatar Airways (9–96 hours) and ETA are also available. eVisa refers to a Tourist Visa. These three methods are all acceptable alternatives for tourism should the South African passport holder wish not to use the Visa Waiver Facility available upon arrival.
Male travelers who are ordinarily a resident in Qatar require an Exit Visa/ Permit.
Visa On Arrival
Visa to travel in Qatar can be obtained at airports and other borders crossings for Passport holders of 15 countries.
- Visa On Arrival30 daysVisa on arrival only if holding a hotel reservation made via the website Discover Qatar
Must have POLIO vaccine certificate
Must have travel health insurance from an APPROVED provider on https://www.moph.gov.qa/english/derpartments/policyaffairs/hfid/hirs/insurancecompanies/Pages/default.aspx
When arriving at Doha (Hamad International Airport), before proceeding to immigration the required documents will be verified at the Discover Qatar counter.
The name(s) on the hotel reservation MUST match the name(s) of the person(s) requesting the visa on arrival.
Visa on arrival is free of charge.
All foreign nationals can transit without a visa
Passport holders for 106 countries can obtain an electronic visa / authorization prior to arrival to travel to Qatar.
- eVisa30 daysA visa waiver for a period of 30 days can be granted on arrival given the following conditions:
The passenger must have a confirmed return ticket.
Passengers MUST provide a confirmed hotel reservation booked through the Discover Qatar website ONLY for the entire duration of stay.
eVisa / On Arrival
On-Arrival visa or an electronic visa / authorization is available to passport holders of 6 countries to travel to Qatar.
Pre-arranged Visa Required
Prior to arrival at Qatar, passport holders of 7 countries must obtain a visa at their corresponding consulate of Qatar. Additional travel conditions (such as Visas to other countries) may waive this requirement.
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