Qatar eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) help & FAQ

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What is the Qatar ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization)?

The ETA is a new entry requirement for some eligible countries who will arrive in Qatar by air. This document is valid up to 30 days after arrival.

What do I need to apply for a Qatar ETA?

To complete the application, all applicants require clear, colored electronic scans of the following:

  • An ordinary passport scan (bio page) with a validity for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Qatar
  • A passport-size photo
  • Airline reservation
  • Proof of accommodation. In the case of staying in a hotel, it is necessary for a copy of the hotel reservation. In case of staying with a Qatari resident, it is a necessary invitation letter from this resident along with his/her Qatar resident visa copy, Qatar ID, passport bio page. Finally, in case of staying with a Qatari national: his/her Qatari national ID and invitation letter
  • Proof of residence
  • Proof of valid visa held for your residential status
  • Proof of valid visitor visa held for any one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, GCC, New Zealand, Schengen countries, USA or UK

What is the cost to obtain the Qatar ETA?

The cost of a Qatar ETA is USD 15.00.

Additionally, Aid-Air charges a service fee with costs that vary according to the processing time selected:

  • Standard Processing Time – USD 20.00: 10 Business Days
  • Rush Processing – USD 50.00: 7 Business Days
  • Super Rush Processing – USD 70.00: 4 Business Days

* The price can change, the correct fee present at applying

How long does the Qatar ETA process take?

It depends on the method of processing time you chose. We offer three options:

  • Standard Processing Time: 10 Business Days
  • Rush Processing: 7 Business Days
  • Super Rush Processing: 4 Business Days

* The processing time can change, the correct time at applying

How long is the Qatar ETA valid for?

Qatar ETA is valid for use within 30 days after arrival during a single visit.

How long is the Qatar ETA valid for?

Qatar ETA is valid for use within 30 days after arrival during a single visit.

Which countries are eligible for the Qatar ETA?

Citizens of all nationalities who hold valid residence permits or visas from either Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, or the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council. The visa or residence permit should be valid for at least six months after arrival date.

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola , Antarctica , Armenia ,Bangladesh , Barbados ,Belize,Benin,Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Burkina Faso , Burundi , Cambodia , Cameroon , Cape Verde , Central African Republic , Chad , Congo , Ivory Coast , Democratic Republic of Congo , Dominica , East Timor , El Salvador , Equatorial Guinea , Eritrea , Ethiopia , Fiji , Gabon , Gambia , Ghana , Grenada , Guatemala , Guinea , Guinea-Bissau , Haiti , Honduras , Iraq , Iran , Israel , Jamaica , Kenya , Kiribati , Kosovo , Kuwait , Kyrgyzstan , Laos, Lesotho , Liberia , Madagascar , Malawi, Mali , Marshall Islands, Mauritius , Micronesia , Mongolia , Montenegro , Morocco , Mozambique , Myanmar , Namibia , Nauru , Nepal , Nicaragua , Niger , Nigeria , Oman , Palau , Palestine , Papua New Guinea , Philippines , Rwanda , Saint Lucia , Samoa , Sao Tome & Principe , Sierra Leone , Solomon Islands , Somalia , South Sudan , Sri Lanka , St. Kitts and Nevis , St.Vincent & Grenadines , Sudan , Swaziland , Syria , Taiwan , Tajikistan , Tanzania , Togo , Tonga , Trinidad and Tobago , Tunisia , Turkmenistan , Tuvalu , Uganda , Uzbekistan , Vanuatu , Vietnam , Western Sahara, Zambia , Zimbabwe.

However, not all countries can apply online. The following countries should book an appointment for in-person visa application at their corresponding Qatar Visa Center: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.

When can I apply for a Qatar ETA?

You can apply for a visa a maximum of 30 days Per Entry and a minimum of 4 Business Days.

How long should the validity of my passport be if I want to apply for the Qatar ETA?

Travelers must have their ordinary passport with at least 6 months validity from the date of arrival to apply for the Qatar ETA.

Can I extend my Qatar ETA?

The maximum stay allowed is 30 days Per Entry. If you wish to extend your visit, you may apply online for an additional 30 days Per Entry period. If the visitor leaves the country and wishes to return, they will need to apply for a new ETA before traveling back to Qatar.

What does Qatar ETA allow me to do?

The Qatar ETA allows travelers to obtain a visa-on-arrival to Qatar.

How many entries are allowed under a Qatar ETA?

The Qatar ETA allows for a Single Entry.

What if I stay in Qatar longer than the allowable stay permitted?

Visitors who remain within the Qatar territory after the 30 days Per Entry visa period, will be charged a daily fee of 200 QAR (approximately 54 USD) for each day overstayed.

Vaccination requirements to travel to Qatar

Yellow Fever vaccine is required if traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

Check WHO – Countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and countries requiring yellow fever vaccination.

Learn More About Qatar Tourism

Qatar is a small but beautiful peninsula in the Persian Gulf. It has gained a lot of attention in the last few years, which is why the FIFA World Cup will be held there in 2022. It has become a popular tourist attraction, with more and more people traveling there for their vacation. Qatar is a developed country, with about 30% of its GDP coming from oil. It is one of the safest countries in the world, and you should have a wonderful experience when you go there.

Before we discuss anything else, know that you can travel to Qatar mostly by air. As far as a Qatar visa is concerned, you first need to check if you need one. Qatar’s visa policy is lenient, and 82 nationalities only need a passport valid for 3 months since the arrival to enter the country.

The visa exemption allows either 90 days or 30 days of stay, depending on your nationality. The citizens of GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council), however, do not even need a passport. A national ID number will suffice.

If you are not visa-exempt, you need to apply for a visa. However, you can do that online. Qatar adopted the electronic visa system in 2017, and everyone can take advantage of it except for the citizens of Egypt and Israel. The Qatar e-visa allows its holder to stay in Qatar for up to 30 days.

An Electronic Travel Authorization is also available for people who hold valid visas or residence permits issued by Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Schengen countries, the United States, the United Kingdom, or the states in the GCC. The ETA allows a 30-day stay in Qatar, but you can extend it for another 30 days. The request can be made online.

Leaving visas aside, you should have a pleasant vacation in Qatar. You have plenty of things to see and to do. First of all, we recommend that you go and see the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, the capital city.

You do not have to be Muslim to appreciate its beauty. The Pearl Qatar should also be on your list of places to visit. It is a man-made island that is connected to Doha by a bridge. You will find a lot of high-end restaurants there, as well as shops. Keep in mind that you need quite a budget to spend a few days there.

A lot of people who visit Qatar like to see the Villagio Mall. It is a shopping mall built in Venetian style. And yes, there is a canal and you can use a gondola to move around. The shops are both casual and high-end.

If you are looking for some luxury, the Banana Island Resort is waiting for you. Remember that you need to make a reservation to spend a few days there, and it is going to cost you quite a lot. It is an exclusive retreat with over-water villas, spas, suites, restaurants, and much more. Mostly locals spend their time there, so you will not find any alcohol on the premises.

Last but not least, you cannot leave Qatar without seeing Katara. It is a cultural village where you can have some of the best Arab food. The restaurants are fantastic, you will also find a beach, and many cultural events are held there. Maybe you will catch one before you go back home.

As far as fun activities go, apart from shopping in the huge malls, most tourists prefer to go and fight the dunes. You will not do any actual fighting, but dune-bashing in a Land Cruisers sure does sound like a lot of fun. Many watersports, such as kitesurfing and jet-skiing, are also available.

Getting around in Qatar should be easy. You can enjoy public transportation, but taxis and limousines are also available. The latter is a little bit more expensive, but it is considered the most comfortable means of transportation. Uber is also available in Qatar, and it works great. You receive a picture and identification information on your driver before he arrives, which will make you feel safe.

The official language in Qatar is Arabic, but you will be surprised at how many people speak English. After all, Qatar used to be a British protectorate, so English is their second language. Plus, Qatar has a diverse population. With workers coming from all parts of the world. Even so, it would be incredibly appreciated if you learned some Arabic phrases before your trip. It is a sign of respect, and the people you interact with in Qatar will highly appreciate it.

When it comes to food and drink, you can take your pick. You will find western food, as well as Arabic cuisine. We suggest that you explore the latter since the food is delicious, especially their kebabs and hummus. Alcohol can be bought in a single shop in Doha, but a special license is required.

Muslims can buy it, but they cannot consume it. You will find some in restaurants and hotels, but it is pricey. Lastly, it is illegal to bring alcohol in Qatar as a tourist. Apart from that, you should try the exotic juices. They taste fantastic.

Another thing that is worth mentioning is that you must respect the Islamic beliefs of Qataris and Bedouins. You are not legally required to wear the hijab or anything, but you should dress modestly. Cover your shoulders and waist, and do not wear anything too short. The rule applies both to men and women.

The people in Qatar are incredibly hospitable. Fighting for the bill is common since they want you to feel welcome. It is recommended that you accept gifts or meals from a Qatari. There are no strings attached.

They just want to be hospitable. However, there are a few rules you should follow when interacting with a local. Avoid showing the bottom of your feet to your host and doing anything with your left hand. It is considered the dirty hand, which is why it is disrespectful to use it. Even if you are left-handed, try to be right-handed while in Qatar. It is a sign of respect.

As far as safety is concerned, you have nothing to worry about. The crime rate is pretty low in Qatar. Other than that, make sure to protect yourself from heat exhaustion. You need to stay hydrated at all times and wear a lot of sunscreens. Covering yourself up will help more than losing layers. When going to the desert, make sure to cover your head as well.

All in all, Qatar is an excellent vacation destination. You can have some fun doing some of the activities you find available, or you can relax in one of their luxury spas and resorts.

Shopping is pretty popular too since many high-end brands have 50% off sales every year. Buying a Valentino dress at the half-price does sound good, doesn’t it? Other than that, the people are lovely and hospitable, and you should have a wonderful time.