Exceptional Entry Permit application is open on Qatar Portal

Exceptional Entry Permit application is open on Qatar Portal

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Due to COVID-19 restrictions and temporary ban on international flights many Qatar Residents who are currently struck outside Qatar couldn’t return back to Qatar. Exceptional Entry Permit is a temporary service which helps residents of Qatar who wish to return back can apply to enter Qatar.

Exceptional Entry Permit to Qatar has gone live on the Qatar Portal Website, The Peninsula Qatar recently posted. 

Since yesterday (1st of Aug 2020) application has gone live on https://portal.www.gov.qa/wps/portal/qsports/home It is a welcoming news for many residents who are waiting to return to Qatar to meet their family and / or to get back their work.

Exceptional Entry Permit service allows applications to be submitted under two types.

  • For Qatar Residents and Citizens (You need to enter your Qatar ID number and your personal mobile number)
  • For Visitors and Business Representatives (Have to provide the email and number before proceeding to add personal details)

Steps to Request Exceptional Entry Permit:

  • Create a new account on Qatar Portal or Log in to your existing account (if available).
  • Click on “Apply for Exceptional Entry Permit”.
  • Read terms and conditions and prepare all required attachments before starting the application.
  • Enter the application page and fill in the required information correctly and completely as shown in the passport.
  • Enter your email correctly to receive approval on your application.
  • Print permit after approval and keep a copy of it and a copy of the quarantine undertaking to be presented to airport officials.

Source: The Peninsula Qatar | Image Credit:Qatar Portal

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Travelling out of Doha with a return booking? – You cannot depart without your 14-day confirmed quarantine hotel booking 

In a recent Circular (Circular No. 12 for the year 2020) from Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) dated 17th June 2020, it has been advised that with immediate effect all passengers travelling out of Doha with a return booking must have a confirmed reservation in one of the designated quarantine hotels in Qatar on their return.

As per the circular, no passengers irrespective of nationality can depart from Doha without holding a confirmed hotel booking for their return for a period of fourteen (14) days which will be prepaid against a nonrefundable voucher obtained from the hotel through “Discover Qatar” website.

In case travel dates into Doha are amended, hotel reservations can be changed subject to availability.

Passengers who are currently out of the State of Qatar, and upon their return, must also hold a confirmed hotel booking in one of the quarantine hotels at the time of checking into their flights to Doha.

List of current quarantine hotels in Qatar:

  1. Dusit Doha
  2. The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa
  3. Time Rako Hotel
  4. The Town Hotel
  5. Ezdan Hotels Doha – Tower 2
  6. Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel
  7. AlRayyan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton
  8. City Centre Rotana Doha Hotel
  9. Kingsgate Doha Hotel
  10. Millenium Central Hotel
  11. Millennium Plaza Hotel
  12. Wyndham Grand Regency Doha Hotel
  13. Dusit D2 Salwa Doha
  14. Ezdan Hotels Doha – Tower 1
  15. Grand Regal hotel
  16. Holiday Villa Hotel and Residence
  17. K108 Hotel
  18. La Villa Hotel
  19. Safir Hotel

To book hotel rooms – https://www.qatarairwaysholidays.com/qa-en/welcome-home-booking/?cid=DQFAQ

See complete details and latest updates on https://www.discoverqatar.qa/welcome-home/

Circular (Circular No. 12 for the year 2020) from Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) dated 17th June 2020 

 

 

Circular (Circular No. 12 for the year 2020) from Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) dated 17th June 2020

Circular (Circular No. 12 for the year 2020) from Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) dated 17th June 2020



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QID holders who wanted to return back to Qatar during Phase Three, beginning 1st August 2020 | All you need to know

QID holders who wanted to return back to Qatar during Phase Three, beginning 1st August 2020 | All you need to know

The gradual lifting of Phase One Covid-19 restrictions by Qatar beginning June 15, mentioned that passengers making essential trips out of country would be required to undergo mandatory 2-week hotel quarantine at designated hotels. The communiqué also made it very clear that the cost of the quarantine will have to be borne by the passenger.

However, several questions were raised regarding the situation of residents who wanted to return back to Qatar during Phase Three, beginning 1st August 2020.

QID holders returning from 1 August – 15 September: QID holders will not be able to board a flight to Qatar without first receiving authorisation to travel to Qatar, and then by also providing confirmation of a 14 day government approved welcome home package reservation.

QID holders are advised not to book a quarantine package until approval to return to Qatar has been confirmed. Details of the approval process will be published when the eligibility and guidelines are confirmed by the relevant authorities.

Discover Qatar, the destination management division of Qatar Airways and a partner of National Tourism Council have posted in their website, what are the necessary quarantine conditions that would apply to those residents who are ‘permitted’ to arrive into Qatar.

Source Credit: Discover Qatar

Please do not book a Welcome Home Package until you have approval to travel to Qatar.

Until 31 July arrivals into Qatar are only permitted for Qatari Nationals, their travelling companions, those with a Permanent Resident Card or other exceptionally approved Visa holders. From 1 August pre-approved QID resident permit holders will also be able to travel to Qatar. We are awaiting more details from the relevant authorities about the pre-approval process.

If you wish to be informed of the latest updates, we recommend that you sign up to our e-mail newsletter. Alternatively please come back to this page regularly to check for updates.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Eligibility – Who is eligible to return to/enter Qatar, on which dates, and under what conditions.

Who needs to go into quarantine upon arrival into Qatar, and can I self-isolate or book my own hotel?

All permitted arrivals into Qatar must go into Government approved hotels to quarantine for a 14 day period upon arrival into Qatar. The following is a summary of who is currently permitted to arrive into Qatar and what quarantine conditions apply (subject to change so please check out the rules and conditions on regular basis):

For Qatari Nationals, their travel companions, those with a Permanent Resident Card or other eligible Visa holders returning to Doha from 15 June – 15 September:

All travellers departing from Qatar will need to book and pay for one of the approved quarantine hotel packages for a period of 14 days, which must be booked before departure from Qatar, if the return date is planned on or before 15 September. Check in at HIA will not be permitted without a confirmed quarantine reservation, if arrival back into Qatar is before 15 September. Eligible travellers currently outside Qatar will also need to book and pay for one of the approved quarantine hotel packages for a period of 14 days if arriving back into Doha on or before 15 September. Bookings can be made at Qatar Airways Holidays in partnership with Discover Qatar. Only Qatari Nationals, their travelling companions, those with a Permanent Resident Card or other eligible Visa holders, will be permitted to arrive into Qatar before 1 August 2020.

QID holders returning from 1 August – 15 September: 

QID holders will not be able to board a flight to Qatar without first receiving authorisation to travel to Qatar, and then by also providing confirmation of a 14 day government approved welcome home package reservation.

QID holders are advised not to book a quarantine package until approval to return to Qatar has been confirmed. Details of the approval process will be published when the eligibility and guidelines are confirmed by the relevant authorities. Please check back regularly to this page for updates.

Can all QID Holders return on 1 August?

No, only QID holders from selected “low risk” countries will be permitted to travel from 1 August, and pre-authorisation to enter Qatar will be required for all QID holders. Further details and a list of approved “low risk” countries will be provided when available.

Can I self-quarantine at home?

No, as of now, and as per Ministry of Public Health regulations, the 14 day quarantine is required at an approved and designated quarantine hotel. Check the rules and regulations on a regular basis for future updates.

What if my Qatar ID has expired?

If your QID has expired whilst you have been outside of Qatar you may be permitted to re-enter Qatar to renew your QID, after you been approved to travel and have successfully completed your 14 day quarantine.

Can I fly with an airline other than Qatar Airways?

Yes, but the same entry conditions will be present for Qatari Nationals and QID holders.

If I have already had a positive test for Covid-19, can I travel?

No, once you have recovered and tested negative you can travel, by adhering to the entry and quarantine requirements already outlined.

How to book – to enable a smooth return/entry to Qatar, Discover Qatar outlines the official approved booking process.

Where can I make my hotel booking?

For all other permitted arrivals, quarantine bookings can be made at Qatar Airways Holidays in partnership with Discover Qatar.

Can I cancel or amend the booking?

Yes, bookings can be amended, up to 24 hours prior to your arrival, without any penalty. There is no refund for any unused quarantine reservations or if you fail to check in on the date of your arrival.

Can I choose the Hotel?

Yes, you will be able to choose between different star rated hotels available, depending upon your preferred hotel category and budget.

How much will it cost?

Welcome Home package rates and options will be available from 15 June. If eligible, check availability for your chosen dates at Qatar Airways Holidays in partnership with Discover Qatar.

Can I book direct with a hotel?

No, you will need to make your booking directly with Qatar Airways Holidays in partnership with Discover Qatar for a stay at an approved quarantine hotel.

Your safety and comfort are the highest priority – upon arrival and at your hotel.

What will happen on arrival at the airport?

Upon arrival at HIA, you will be directed to a transfer to take you to the hotel.

How will I go from the Airport to the Hotel?

A compulsory one way transfer will be provided.

Is there any limit to how much luggage I can bring in the transfer which is provided?

Luggage space is limited to one piece of checked in luggage and one piece of hand luggage per passenger. Additional charges may apply if you have excess luggage that cannot be accommodated into the transfer vehicle provided.

What steps are in place to ensure safety in the hotels?

Your hotel will be compliant with the Qatar Clean program. Qatar Clean is a collaborative effort by the National Tourism Council, Ministry of Public Health, and the hospitality and tourism sectors. The program has been carefully designed to align with best practices and expert protocols to ensure remarkable levels of cleanliness, hygiene and safety for our guests and front line workers. For more information please visit www.qatarclean.com

What happens if I test positive for Covid-19 at any time of quarantine?

You will be directed to follow the instructions provided by MOPH staff at the hotel.

Can I share the room?

Only with direct relatives. A maximum of 2 adults and 1 child 6 years or under may share a room.

Will I be able to have contact with family members or friends who are based in Qatar, at any time during quarantine?

No. Physical contact is not allowed.

Will I be able to have contact with family members or friends at any time during quarantine (where they are also in quarantine)?

No, only unless you will be sharing a room.

What if we are a large group and / or have specific requirements?

Please call or email Discover Qatar with your request and we will be happy to see if this can be accommodated.

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +974 4423 7999

Image used is just for representation purpose only.



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NRIs stranded in India urge Centre – “Don’t fly empty planes”

NRIs stranded in India urge Centre  – “Don’t fly empty planes” | US and Gulf expats want to return back to their second home.

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Stranded non-resident Indians (NRIs) in the country working/residing in US and Middle Eastern countries have urged the Centre to help them get back to countries of their residency, citing the threat of losing their jobs and livelihoods due to the delay among other reasons.

They say they could be put on empty Air India flights engaged in the world’s biggest evacuation named ‘Operation Vande Bharat’.

Some of them say they are separated from their minor children, who are now in dire straits as more than two months have passed. Some others stuck in India are facing innumerable problems and have no idea when they can join their ailing kin.

According to The Hindustan Times NRIs told them that they are more than 4,000 in numbers and have approached many without results. Around 2000 of these are from the Middle-Eastern countries, around 1000 from Europe and approximately 800 from the US. They have created WhatsApp and Telegram groups to stay in touch with each other and air their grievances.

“I came here for my mother’s cancer operation. I have a one- and- a-half-year breastfeeding child left with my husband in Qatar and I knocked on many doors to help me get back. My husband’s job is also in danger now,” said another woman from Kochi who did not wish to be named.

At least 50 per cent of the stranded NRIs had come to see their ailing relatives and they want the government to hear their woes before it’s too late.

Another woman came to Kolkotta to attend her father’s funeral service after leaving her two minor kids with her husband. “Initially I thought it will be there for a few weeks. But there is no sign of any resumption of flights. I am really worried,” she said.

Minister of state for external affairs V Muraleedharan said the government was aware of their plight. “Many such cases came to our attention. We don’t have any problem in sending them back but the host country will have to allow flight services. Most of these countries have suspended international flights and are allowing only special ones. Once they begin service, they can go on the first flight. If their visas expire, we will help them in getting extension,” he said adding they will have to wait for some more time.

The government specified rules allow Indian nationals with at least a one-year-long visa to book flights for foreign destinations being serviced by Operation Vande Bharat Mission. It also allows Green Card and OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) cardholders to travel. In case of deaths and medical emergencies, Indian nationals holding six months visa can also be allowed to travel provided the conditions imposed for entry of people by the destination countries are met.

On the other hand, NRIs residing/working in the US but stranded in India are stressed about President Donald Trump’s uncertainty surrounding the revised rules for H1-B visas. “Lots of NRIs are stuck in India away from families, on the verge of losing jobs, visa expirations, with a financial crisis about to take over us. If we can’t go back to the US our life will be mere chaos. Please help us,” Aravind Bijjala told Republic World.com

In a petition on Change.org, called ‘Start International Flights in India’, the NRIs have expressed their distress asking the government to resume outbound flights, so that they can fly out of India to their respective destinations. Most of them argue that outbound flights do not pose a health concern. The petition has received over 8000 signatures to date.

The current H-1B visa rules require certain professionals, along with their family members, to leave the United States within 60 days of job loss. Since the NRIs stranded here cannot report to work, many have been threatened to be laid-off, something that could result in them losing everything that they have worked for over decades.

“Most of us are on work visas. Our stay in the US is directly tied to our employment. If say someone gets laid off or terminated while they are in India, they won’t be able to return. Which means they can’t go back to their families, their homes…Nothing at all,” said Shashank Ashtikar, a Silicon Valley techie who is stranded in India.

Being the worst-hit country during the pandemic the US faces a major recession and life does not seem brighter for the NRIs even in a post-pandemic world. In this situation, it is extremely imperative for them to make it back on time and hold on to whatever is left for them back in the states, to safeguard themselves from being laid off.

Along with repeated attempts of reaching out to the Centre and the MEA, the NRIs have also started an online petition to try and gain more attention to their problem. “I am a daughter who has lost her mother and a mother who can’t be with her minor kids.” This was the first thing that Poorva Dixit Talathi said while describing what she was going through. During the days India has been under lockdown, Poorva has not only lost her mother but has also had no time to grieve.

“I travelled to Mumbai on an emergency to take care of my ailing Mother. My kids aged 5yrs and 3 yrs stayed back with my husband in California. Unfortunately, my mom lost her battle to life on March 24. By then everything was under lockdown in India. Performing her rituals was a huge battle in itself. Younger one barely understands why mom is not coming back,” said Poorva. “I have already lost my mom and being away from my kids is killing me daily. Haven’t been able to grieve for my mother’s demise as I am busy finding ways to go back to the US,” she added.

Rashmi, another NRI stranded in India revealed that she flew in to the country to perform her mother’s last rites, leaving back home her 8-year-old son who is autistic. “I came to India because my mom passed away suddenly. I am stuck here now and I need to go back home to my family and especially my 8-year-old autistic son who really needs me.”

The NRIs have only one request from the Government– to start outbound flights. If not, send them back on the empty flights being sent to evacuate Indian citizens from the US.

While the US and the Middle Eastern countries are interested in allowing expats leave their country, NRIs who are stranded in India, continue to reach out for help urging the Center to let them go back to their second home in the planes that are flying out empty from Indian soil.

Source: The Hindustan Times | Republic World.com | Picture courtesy: Republic World.com



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Tourist visa holders in Qatar are allowed to stay in the country without extending their visas or paying any fee | MoI

Tourist visa holders in Qatar are allowed to stay in the country without extending their visas or paying any fee | MoI

The Ministry of Interior tweeted on its official account regarding on-arrival and in-advance tourist visas. It has announced that, Visitors in the country on tourist visas (on-arrival and priorly issued visas) can stay in the country without extending their visas or paying any fee, taking into account their inability to return to their home countries due to closure of airports.

Tweet states that, “According to Law No.21 of 2015 regulating entry and exit of expatriates and their residence, it has been decided to allow expatriate visitors in the country on tourist visas (on-arrival and in-advance) to stay in the country, taking into account their inability to return to their home countries due to the closure of airports in most countries of the world.

  1. They can stay in the country without extending the visa or paying any fee
  2. Once the country declares that the conditions have returned to normal and flights start operation to their countries, they will be granted a grace period to leave the country.

Family members of expats in Qatar including many Indian families are here in Qatar on on arrival and family visit visas. They couldn’t return to India due to closure of airports. This will be a big relief to all the tourist and their family members.

Who are all allowed to stay in Qatar without extending their visas due to closure of airports?

All who are currently in Qatar on a tourist visa (either on arrival or family visit visa) can stay in the country without extending their visas.

Do tourist visa holders in Qatar need to pay for staying in Qatar due to closure of international airports?

Tourist visa holders (on-arrival and priorly issued visas) can stay in Qatar without extending their visas and no need to pay any fee until flight start operations to their home country.

Source: MoI Qatar

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Qatar has taken many preventive measures to limit the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19. As a part of precautionary and preventive measures taken by the country, since the 18th of March, all inbound flights to Doha have been stopped temporarily with the exception of air cargo and transit flights. On the other hand, India has brought mandatory quarantine for travelers from the Middle East and announced a 21-day complete nationwide lockdown. Airlines have cancelled their flights and countries announced airport closures.

We have received a lot of questions from the Indian community in Qatar regarding the Visa Extension, on arrival visas and many more questions which include – What will happen to a resident who is outside Qatar currently, Can an on-arrival visa be extended, how can we do Visa Extension during this time and many more related to visas…(Post your questions which are not covered in this and we will try our best to find the answers and reply)

Based on the information available from sources, we tried our best to cover answers to those questions:

  1. My Mother is in Doha now and she came through an on-arrival visa and it is expiry in a week from now. Is it possible to extend the on-arrival visa due to the non-availability of flights from Doha?

For all on arrival visa holders currently in Qatar, Visa will be extended automatically. You do not have to do anything to extend the visa. It will be extended until the 22nd of April 2020. This announcement is made as per the current situation and might be updated in the future based on the situation at a later stage.

Qatar Visit Visas (Visit & On Arrival Visas) can be extended for 1 month from the date of the expiration of Visa. This can be done through Metrash2 or MOI Website. No need to visit the General Directorate of Passports or MOI Service Centres. Visit https://portal.moi.gov.qa/visitvisaextension to extend or to check visa status.

  1. I am a resident of Qatar. I sponsored a visit visa for my wife’s parents, and they are here for the last 2 months. If the current situation continues beyond their visa expiry period, is it possible to extend their stay?

At the moment there is no announcement made with regard to Family Visit Visas. Sooner we can expect an announcement from MOI on procedures to extend Family Visit Visas. MOI Visa Extension Service Website.

  1. My wife is now in India. She is a resident of Qatar. Her QID is expiring in few weeks. As she cannot come to Qatar now due to restrictions in India and travelers ban in Qatar. What shall I do? Is it possible for her to enter Qatar again after the ban?

Yes, She can enter once the entry ban in Qatar is lifted. A resident with expired Qatar ID or stayed more than six months out of Qatar will be allowed to enter Qatar once the ban is lifted.

  1. I am on a business visa and my visa is nearing expiry. Is there a way to extend my business visa?

Yes. It is possible to extend your business visa through an extension request from your sponsor. Please ask them to submit all the required documents which include Passport Copy, CR Copy and a request letter for the visa extension.

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His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani chaired a meeting of the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management to follow up on all developments and precautionary measures to combat the spread of coronavirus COVID-19. Decisions and procedures directed by His Highness are as follows:

  • Suspension of inbound flights to Qatar: Stopping all incoming flights to Doha, starting from Wednesday evening, corresponding to March 18, for a period of 14 days, renewable, with the exception of air cargo and transit flights.
  • Qatari Citizen across the world: Receiving Qatari citizens coming from any destination in the world without specifying that with a period of time, provided that the quarantine is applied to them for a period of 14 days and inviting citizens and residents in to avoid travel during the coming period.
  • Qatari Students: Qatari students located outside the country are advised to adhere to the policies in the country they are studying with the readiness of the country’s embassies to provide any of the necessary services, including facilitating the procedures for returning to Qatar.
  • Metro and Bus Services: Public Transportation including Metro and Bus service operations ceases from 15th March from 10 pm onwards until further notice.
  • Work from Home: Allowing the following categories to work remotely: Employees over the age of 55, pregnant women, and people suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart and kidney disease, and high blood pressure
  • Government Schools: All students in government schools start studying remotely from March 22, 2020, and students from grades one to eleven will be subject to a continuous evaluation system

His Highness the Amir also directed a number of packages on the financial and economic sector as follows:

  • To support and provide financial and economic incentives, in the amount of QR 75 billion to the private sector
  • The central bank to put in place the appropriate mechanism to encourage banks to postpone loan installments and obligations of the private sector with a grace period of six months
  • The Qatar Development Bank to postpone the installments for all borrowers for a period of six months
  • Government funds to increase their investments in the stock exchange by QR 10 billion
  • The Central Bank provides additional liquidity to banks operating in the country
  • Exempting food and medical goods from customs duties for a period of six months, provided that this is reflected in the selling price to the consumer
  • Exemption from rents for industrial facilities for a period of six months
  • Exempting the following sectors from electricity and water fees for a period of six months: Hospitality and tourism sector | Retail sector | Small and medium industries sector | Commercial complexes in exchange for providing services and exemptions to tenants | Logistics areas

Source: Qatar News Agency

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Jet Airways and IndiGo have resumed using the UAE airspace for their flights to Doha, more than a week after they were forced to re-route their planes due to an embargo by several Gulf nations on flights to and from the Qatar capital.

The development came after UAEs General Civil Aviation Authority clarified today that the ban applied only to airlines, aircraft and companies registered in Qatar.

Bahrain and Saudi Arabia too issued identical statements explaining that the embargo did not apply to all airlines, according to local media reports.

The ban applies to “all Qatari aviation companies and aircraft registered in the state of Qatar”, several media reports quoted the agencies of the three countries.

Both IndiGo and Jet Airways have returned to flying over the UAE to reach Doha, the capital of Qatar. Air India Express, a subsidiary of Air India, was yet to go back to its original route plan. The three Indian carriers operate flights to and from Doha.

Since the imposition of the ban by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt, the Indian carriers had to alter their routes and fly over Karachi (Pakistan), Bandar Abbas (Iran) to Doha resulting in longer flying hours and additional operational costs due to higher fuel burn and deployment of additional human resources.

Full-service carrier Jet Airways today said in a statement that it had received permission to use the UAE airspace.
“The airline will start operating on its earlier routes via the UAE with immediate effect, helping it reduce guest inconvenience as well as additional flight time,” the airline said.

Jet Airways, whose strategic partner is the UAE-based Etihad Airways, operates flights from Delhi, Kochi, Kozhikode, Mumbai and Thiruvananthpuram.

Low-cost carrier IndiGo, which operates a flight each from Delhi and Mumbai to Doha, said that it received a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) informing about the change and its flight from Delhi on Wednesday morning will fly over the UAE.

However, Air India Express has not yet revised its route, according to an official. It operates 14 flights to Doha from Kozhikode, Mangalore and Mumbai.

The restrictions on use of airspace came while nine countries — Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Mauritius, Mauritiana, Yemen, Libyas eastern-based government and the Maldives — severed diplomatic ties with Qatar last week. PTI JC IAS SMN

Source Credit: http://indiatoday.intoday.in

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