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Posted On: 17 November 2018 02:30 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:19 pm

Debit cards also allowed for Indian nationals to enter Qatar on arrival visas

Khadiza Begum
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Good news for Indian nationals as Ministry of Interior-Qatar shares another positive update for Indians arriving in Qatar on arrival visas.

As per the latest update, a credit card is no longer compulsory to enter Qatar on arrival visas. A credit card or a debit card is acceptable in his or her name to avail of Qatar's visa-free entry.

Before it was obligatory for the Indian nationals to possess a valid credit card in the name of the traveller or in name of the male head of the family to gain visa on arrival access to Qatar.

Aside from this change, the other rules remain the same which includes no extension of stay beyond 30 days, passport with over the six-month validity and a requirement for a confirmed hotel reservation and return ticket. Prior to November 11, Indians were among the six major visitors to Qatar who were eligible to extend their on arrival visa to stay up to 60 days.

Qatar was ranked as the most open country in the Middle East and 8th most open country in the world following the initiatives of visa facilitation measures introduced by the country. Nationals of 80 countries are now eligible for a visa waiver and can enter Qatar without requiring any prior visa arrangements.

Terms & Conditions for on arrival visa

According to the Ministry of Interior, Indians have to meet the following terms and conditions to be eligible for the on arrival visa.

  • Passport must be valid for at least six months from the arrival date.
  • Confirmed Return ticket.
  • Confirmed Hotel reservation for the passenger.
  • Applicant must be in possession of a valid credit card. (mandatory to present a valid credit card in the name of the traveler, for family's only for the paterfamilias.
  • The duration of the visa cannot be extended beyond 30 days.