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19 December 2017 01:24 pm

How to get on-arrival visas for newborns in Qatar

Khadiza Begum
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Expatriate moms often travel home to give birth. In many countries, it's a tradition to be with the mother’s family when a woman is expecting. Once the mother arrives in Qatar with the child, several documents are required in order to pass through immigration. With the latest announcement of visas on arrival for newborns to Qatar, they can stay legally in the country.

(Hamad International Airport, Photo credit: iStock by Getty Images)

Qatar has announced that these visas on arrival would now be available for newborns with the condition they arrive in the country within six months of being born. The Ministry of Interior has said the child should have a valid passport and the mother should be under her husband’s sponsorship. The Ministry said immigration officers would also check the original birth certificate.

The move comes in the wake of several restrictions being lifted for Qatar visas. More countries have recently been added to the list which are eligible for visas on arrival.

Requirements:

The conditions for the newborn visa on arrival is as follows:

  1. The father and mother should have a valid residence permit in Qatar. 
  2. The baby should be not more than six months old.  
  3. The wife should be under the sponsorship of the husband.
  4. Original birth certificate and valid passport of the child.
  5. The visa would be provided for newborns on arrival along with their parents at the entry border. 

(Image credit: MOI-Qatar)

Fee:

The visa is free of charge.

Fine for overstay:

QR 10 per day after expiration of the specified period which is two months outside the country and three months inside country. 

For more information:

Ministry of Interior - Qatar

Contact: (+974) 2236-7111

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.moi.gov.qa

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