Qatar Visa

India shares a cordial relationship with Qatar that is also marked by commercial ties. Hence, every year hundreds of Indians apply for a Visa to visit or settle in Qatar. Indians seeking a visa to Qatar need to fill up Form V1 (Visa application form online). The applicant will have to get the application printed and submit it either online or at the visa counter with all the valid documents attached to it.

  • Documents Required For Various Kinds of Visas In Qatar
  • Additional Visa Requirements Categorized According To Types of Visas
  • Visa Fee
  • How to Apply For Qatar Visa

    • One can’t use an express service while requesting for a visa from the embassy and they won’t be required to pay any additional fees other than the initial official ones.
    • The working hours of the embassies of Qatar are from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm from Monday to Friday.
    • Submission and collection of passports should be done during that time period only.
    • The applicant can get a Qatar visa application form, fill it with the required information and then submit it at the Qatar Embassy.
    • Applicants can use methods of payments such as Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, e-cash, Visa-electron, money orders and checks to pay for their visa. Personal cheques and cash are generally not accepted.
    • Each visa has to be accompanied by its own money order or company cheque. One can’t submit one company cheque for 3 different visa applications. The fees must be paid in USD dollars only.

    Documents Required For Various Kinds of Visas In Qatar

    The following are the documents required to get a Qatar Visa:

    • A valid passport is compulsory while submitting the visa application. The passport’s validity period must be six month longer than the applicant’s intended visit period in Qatar. The passport also has to have blank pages to print the new visa.
    • If the applicant is submitting an application for a business visa, they should provide a letter from their company with it. But if they are applying for a tourist visa, they should provide an invitation letter in order to explain the reason behind their visit to Qatar.
    • An application or a letter is required to be submitted.
    • Every visa application has to be accompanied with 2 colored passport size photographs of the applicant.
    • 2 copies of the first passport pages (photo and name must be present in the copies) along with the original itself.
    • In case of sending their application via mail, they must include a prepaid return envelope, write their name on both the recipient and sender fields. It’s recommended to avoid regular mail to minimize application loss risks.
    • Official passport holders, diplomatic and military personnel have to submit two copies of an official required provided by their government’s authorities along with a letter from the recipient company (where they’re going to work during their stay in Qatar).
    • Applicants won’t need a visa if Qatar is just a connection between flights to other countries.

    Additional Visa Requirements Categorized According To Types of Visas

    The visas mentioned below, except the transit visa, enable visitors to stay in Qatar for one month.

    • A joint tourist visa requires copies of 3 months of bank statement.
    • A transit visa: this visa is necessary for people who have special situations and are stopping by Qatar (for 2 days) before continuing to their destination. If you’re in a transit between flights, then you won’t need it.
    • For a tourist visa, the resident permit and copies of 3 months bank statement needs to be submitted.
    • For business visa, proof of income, ownership of the business and 3 months bank statement needs to be submitted.

    TR or Transit Visa

    • You must apply using the Visa application form or Form V1.
    • Carry the original and a photocopy of your valid passport which has a validity of at least 6 months.
    • Copy of the Qatari residence ID or permit.
    • 2 passport size photographs.
    • The Visa processing time for the non-residents is 5 days.
    • Photocopy of to and fro flight tickets.

    Business Visa

    • You must apply using the Visa application form or Form V1.
    • Carry the original and a photocopy of your valid passport which has a validity of at least 6 months.
    • Copy of the Qatari residence ID or permit.
    • 2 passport size photographs.
    • Employer in Qatar must provide a letter stating the business purpose. The company’s name in India with whom they are engaging in business must be mentioned in the letter along with other details like the applicant’s designation and salary. If the applicant has stayed in Qatar for less than 2 years, then the time taken for Visa processing is 5 days.
    • Non-residents cannot avail business Visa

    Employment Visa

    • You must apply using the Visa application form or Form V1.
    • Carry the original and a photocopy of your valid passport which has a validity of at least 6 months.
    • Copy of the Qatari residence ID or permit.
    • 2 passport size photographs.
    • Non-residents cannot avail employment Visa
    • Original and photocopy of educational qualification documents must be carried by the applicant.
    • Potential employer in India must provide a letter stating the fact that there are no qualified Indians who is specialized for this job.
    • The original employment contract provided by the firm, company or organization must be submitted by the applicant. Photocopy of the same is also required.

    Student Visa

    • You must apply using the Visa application form or Form V1.
    • Carry the original and a photocopy of your valid passport which has a validity of at least 6 months.
    • Copy of the Qatari residence ID or permit.
    • 2 passport size photographs.
    • Photocopies of educational documents such as pass certificate, mark sheet, etc. are required.
    • An admission letter from any recognized university to pursue a specific full-time course or a certificate course (in case of students who are already engaged in full-time courses in India).
    • Local sponsor must provide a salary certificate.

    Visa Fee

    A single exit permit costs QR10, while the cost of multiple exit permit is QR500, with validity of one year.

    *Disclaimer

    News About Qatar Visa

    • Qatar’s first visa center opened in India

      In a bid to simplify and accelerate work visa procedures for travelers, Qatar has opened a smooth visa facilitation center in New Delhi, India. The first Qatar Visa Centre (QVC) in India was opened in the presence of a number of officials from both the countries. Qatar Visa Center in Delhi was inaugurated by Mohammed Khater Al Khater, Ambassador of the State of Qatar. Qatar will soon open six more visa centers in the country in the coming period in the cities of Kochi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Hyderabad, and Chennai. Prior to India, Qatar had already opened the visa centers in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan as part of its ‘Qatar Visa Centers abroad’ program. 

      The visa centers will help the people coming to Qatar from the aforementioned countries and allow them to complete fingerprint and biometric data processing, medical checkup, and employment contract signing in their home countries. Earlier, Qatar allowed Indian tourists visa free entry to the country for 30 days. The visa center is also aimed at assuring prospective employees their rights in a manner consistent with the best international standards.  

      28 March 2019

    • India Restricts ECR Passports from Visa-On-Arrival in Qatar

      India has restricted ECR (Emigration Clearance Required) passport holders from availing Qatar’s visa on arrival facility. Qatar had announced a visa on arrival facility for visitors from a number of countries including India in 2017. However, Indian travel agents and airline officials recently received information that all ECR passport holders will have to receive a stamped visa on their passports before being allowed to travel to Qatar.

      Suspected misuse of the on-arrival visa led to Indian officials restricting the service. However, senior citizens are exempt from the new rule.

      7 June 2018

    • Qatar Tourism Authority opens a representative office in Mumbai

      To attract tourists from India, Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) has opened a representative office in Mumbai, the financial capital of the country. The office is the eleventh in a network of offices that is set around the world. The new office will enable Qatar to tap into one of the fastest growing outbound tourism markets.

      Rashed AlQurese, the chief marketing and promotion officer of QTA stated that given the rapid growth of India’s outbound tourism market and QTA’s intensified efforts to grow visitor source market makes it the perfect time to establish the office in India.

      The office set up in Mumbai will look over a variety of promotional initiatives through QTA’s online Tawash programmer, partner with tour operators, conduct familiarization trips, conduct media campaigns etc to raise Qatar’s profile. With the setting up of the office in Mumbai, India joins a network that include Russia, China, United States of America, Turkey, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, France, Ireland, United Kingdom, South-East Asia and the GCC markets.

      7 May 2018

    • Qatar approves draft law regarding regulation of ownership and usage by non-Qataris

      The Qatar cabinet has approved the draft law that allows foreign citizens to owning property in the country. After the decision was passed by the cabinet in a meeting chaired by the Prime minister Sheikh Abdullah, it has now been referred to the Advisory Council.

      Following the approval, foreigners can now own and use properties in accordance with the conditions specified by the cabinet as well as based on the suggestions of the commission that regulates ownership and use of real estate by non-Qataris. The provisions of the draft law applies to land space, buildings and residential complexes, detachments units in residential complexes etc.

      Apart from approving the draft law, the cabinet also approved a joint work mechanism between the Ministry of Finance and the Qatar Fund for Development. The mechanism will work on determining what kind of scholarships are to be offered to non-Qatari students through the Qatar Scholarship program.

      It needs to be mentioned that Qatar has a robust Indian diaspora, who form the largest foreign worker community in the country. It is noteworthy that nationals of India and other 79 countries can live in the country without requiring any visa for up to 60 days.

      26 April 2018

    • Kazakhstan national airline- Air Astana makes easy availability of visas for Indian passengers

      Kazakhstan’s national airline, Air Astana wants go an extra mile in connecting Delhi and Mumbai with daily flights. When we take a look at the history, Air Astana started flying to India in 2004. Currently the flight flies 10 times and week – seven between Almaty to Delhi and three between Astana, the capita and Delhi.

      Mr. Peter Foster, president and chief executive officer of Air Astana has been convincing Kazakh government to make visas available for the Indian passport holders an easy task. He continues to say that most of the business from India is carried to Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Russia and he wants more Indians to fly to Kazakhstan.

      Carving new growth

      As of now Kazakhstan has zero economic growth along with the slowdown in global oil prices. Now the country is planning not to rely on oil, gas, and minerals for its economic growth but is now discovering tourism and aviation sectors.

      Within the country, there has been aggressive expansion of roads, railways, and airports. According to Mr. Foster the East and West is well connected and through Air Astana, India can be well connected with central Asia, the Caucasus, and Russia. And that is Air Astana’s Indian market.

      20 September 2017

    • Qatar introduces visa-free entry

      While other countries are introducing restrictions on their visa, Qatar has announced a visa-free entry for nationals from 80 countries. In a bid to tourism, the country has decided to remove the requirement for a visa, people from the list nationals can use only their passport to enter Qatar. The there are 33 nationalities who can stay in Qatar for 180 days on single entry whereas the other 47 nationalities are permitted for 30 days stay. Moreover, Qatar has taken various other initiatives to encourage tourism, trade, and other factors that will benefit the nation's economy. These changes are viewed as positive considering the upcoming football World Cup in 2022. Earlier, Qatar offered permanent resident status to individuals who have worked for the benefit of Gulf region.

      16 August 2017

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