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Posted On: 9 February 2018 03:47 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:18 pm

[UPDATED] MOI Qatar: Grace period of 90 days confirmed for renewal of expired RP

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UPDATE: August 27, 2020

The 90-day period that the Ministry of Interior is referring to pertains to the grace period after the expiry of RP. After your RP is cancelled, you are allowed to stay in the country for only 30 days.

READ MORE HERE: What is the grace period for Residence Permit (RP) after expiry or cancellation?


Last week, published an article on need-to-know tips for expats who are leaving Qatar permanently. In this article, we mentioned that individuals exiting Qatar either permanently – having their Qatar Resident Permit cancelled, or whose RP’s have expired – have seven days or one week to leave the country before a fine of QR 10 per day is levied.

This information was collected from the Qatar Ministry of Interior’s website.

However, some of our followers spoke out on social media to state that there was in fact a grace period of 30 days or 1 month. Because we wanted to make sure to provide you with the most accurate information we reached out directly to the Ministry of Interior over Twitter to inquire.

The Ministry Tweeted back to confirm that there is, in fact, a 90 day or 3-month grace period for residents who have have had their RP cancelled or whose RP has expired, to leave the country without penalty.

To read the full Law on the Regulation of Expatriates Entry, Departure, Residence and Sponsorship, click here.

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