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Posted On: 7 November 2018 10:50 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:19 pm

Qatar Guide: Updated rules for on arrival visa for Indians

Khadiza Begum
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India is one of the countries on this list who is eligible for on arrival visa to Qatar. Ministry of Interior has updated rules recently for visa-free entry for Indians. According to the new rules, starting from 11 November, 2018, nationals of India can obtain on-arrival tourist visa facility spend up to 30 days in Qatar which is not be extendable. Previously Indians could extend the visa and stay in Qatar for a total of 60 days.

In addition to that, it is now mandatory for the applicant to possess a valid credit card or debit card in the name of the traveller or in name of the male head of the family.

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. As a result, Qatar’s openness score had leaped by 71.3 points since 2014, when it ranked 177th. Indians were among the six major visitors to Qatar according to the statistics from the Ministry released in April 2018.

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(The main hall of Hamad International Airport in Doha. Image credit: iStock by Getty image)

Terms & Conditions for on arrival visa

According to the Ministry of Interior, you 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.

About Ministry of Interior

The ministry of interior-Qatar is responsible for all kind of visa policies and their website is designed to keep you up-to-date on the visa information that are relevant to you. If you have any enquiries regarding the visa waiver programme, you can find the contact details below to communicate with them to get your question to receive an answer!

Contact no: 2351378
FAX: 2351345
Email: [email protected]

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