Qatar: Country and Foreign Investment
Entry and Residence
This page was last updated on 23 September 2020.
It is generally necessary to obtain a business or tourist visa to enter Qatar. However, this does not apply to nationals of Gulf Cooperation Council countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates) or passengers in transit.
Citizens of the following territories can obtain a visa on arrival in Qatar: Andorra, Australia, Brunei, Canada, the EU, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, New Zealand, San Marino, Singapore, Switzerland, and the USA.
Nationals of other jurisdictions must apply to the Immigration Department in Doha. The application must include a letter of invitation from someone who is legally living in Qatar or have their visa request authorized by a tour agency.
Visas are generally granted for two weeks, although certain country nationals can extend their stay to up to three months. Work and residence permits must be obtained for those seeking to reside in Qatar; it is also essential for permanent residents to obtain an identity card.
Those working in Qatar who wish to leave the country (e.g. for a vacation) must obtain an exit visa to do so.
Foreigners – and especially non-Muslims – are not generally granted citizenship in Qatar. Children of foreigners born in Qatar automatically assume the parents’ nationality; however, if one parent is a Qatari national, the child is usually granted local nationality.