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Posted On: 18 August 2023 07:00 pm
Updated On: 17 August 2023 03:12 pm

Ways to travel to Qatar by land, air & sea

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Are you looking to travel to Qatar soon? There is more than one mode of transportation to get into the country.

The (ILQ) team gives you various ways to travel to Qatar - by air, land, and sea. Let's take a look at them.

    Hayya Portal application as entry permit for visitors

    Image credit: Shutterstock, screengrab from Hayya Portal

    Hayya Portal is a portal for tourist visa applications for all those who want to enter Qatar. Here are the categories of tourist visas to Qatar:

    • A1 - Tourist Entry Visa: For general tourists, and can be applied for via the new Hayya Portal.
    • A2 - GCC Resident Entry Visa: GCC residents can now visit Qatar easily with a dedicated GCC Resident Entry Visa regardless of profession.
    • A3 - Entry Visa with Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA): Applies to visa and residency holders of the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and/or Schengen.
    • A4 - Entry Visa for Companion of GCC Citizen: Applies to GCC Citizens who would like to bring companions during their travel.
    • C - Hayya with Me: International Hayya Cardholders who visited Qatar during the World Cup can invite up to 3 family members/ friends via Voucher Codes to visit Qatar.


    The Ministry of Public Health on 10 August 2023 announced the categories exempted from mandatory health insurance; some include visitors too.

    • All transit passengers
    • Temporary entry travellers
    • Visitors with on-arrival visas for a period of (30) days of their entry into the country

    RELATED: Ministry exempts categories from mandatory health insurance; few to get free government healthcare

    Travel to Qatar by air

    Ways to travel to Qatar by land, air & sea
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    This is the best and the most preferred way to get into Qatar by many. The ports of entry by air are Hamad International Airport (HIA) and Doha International Airport (DIA).

    Qatar Airways is the national carrier, and many global airlines fly into the country too.

      Travel to Qatar by land

      Ways to travel to Qatar by land, air & sea
      Image credit: QNA

      Qatar, being a peninsula, shares only one land border with Saudi Arabia called the Abu Samra Land Border. This is the only entry point via land into Qatar and is located about 1.5 hours away from central Doha.

      Visitors who want to enter Qatar through the Abu Samra Land Border can also travel via their private vehicle, subject to certain conditions.


        Travel to Qatar by sea

        Ways to travel to Qatar by land, air & sea
        Image credit: Shutterstock

        Two ports in Qatar serve as entry points for travellers entering Qatar by sea. They are the Doha Port and Hamad Port. Chartered cruise ships dock and bring in tourists here.

        READ MORE: Your guide to the Grand Cruise Terminal at the Doha Port


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