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Posted On: 30 November 2021 06:00 pm
Updated On: 23 June 2022 11:34 am

How to travel to Qatar [by air, land & sea]

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Qatar has a prime location on the map of the world and is close to the rest of the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe. And, with the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ less than a year away, Qatar is expecting lots and lots of people from around the world to touchdown in Qatar to witness this first FIFA World Cup in the Middle East and the first to be held in the winter.

If you're wondering how to travel to Qatar and whether it's possible to enter the country by routes other than by air, then, we can help you. Scroll down to see how you can travel to this beautiful country to enjoy everything it has to offer.

To be able to enter Qatar via the different ports, it's compulsory for tourists to pre-register on the Ehteraz website before travelling to Qatar.


  • For details and updates on travel policy and procedures to Qatar in light of the coronavirus pandemic, visit the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) COVID-19 website.
  • Due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on global travel, visa-free entry to Qatar is temporarily suspended for certain nationalities. Before you apply for a visa or do a booking, check eligibility for visas here.

Getting to Qatar by air

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The best way to enter Qatar is by air. Qatar Airways is Qatar’s national airline, but many other airlines from different parts of the world fly into Qatar, too. Hamad International Airport (HIA) is the only port of entry if you’re travelling to Qatar by air.

To enter Qatar by air through HIA, you must have a valid visa for Qatar. Find out here if you are eligible for visa-free entry to Qatar:

Getting to Qatar by land

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There is just one entry point into Qatar by road and it’s through Saudi Arabia. Qatar shares a land border with Saudi Arabia and the Abu Samra border crossing is the point of entry between both. Abu Samra is located almost an hour away from main Doha.

To enter Qatar by land through Abu Samra, you must have a valid visa for both countries.

Getting to Qatar by sea

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Qatar has five main seaports: Hamad Port, Doha Port, Al Ruwais Port, Ras Laffan Port and Mesaieed Port. However, these ports are used for commercial purposes and not as a point of entry for travellers to Qatar.

The only seaport that is used as a point of entry for travellers is Doha Port and, that, too, is only for those travelling in cruise ships that anchor in Doha for short periods of time, so travellers can visit Doha and its many attractions.


Sources: Qatar Airways; World Travel Guide; Holidify