National Address Registration has begun | MoI urges the citizens, expatriates, and legal persons in the country to register before 26 July 2020

National Address Registration has begun | MoI urges the citizens, expatriates, and legal persons in the country to register before 26 July 2020

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has confirmed on its social media channels that Citizens, Expatriates, and legal person in Qatar in accordance with the National Address Law No. 24 of 2017 to register their National Addresses within six months. The Ministry of Interior has begun the National Address Registration from the 27th of January 2020 and registration closes on 26th July 2020.

National Address Registration can be done through Metrash 2 mobile app (Andriod / iOS) or MOI website or directly at Unified Services Centres of the Ministry of Interior. (Click here to access the form for individuals)

In accordance with the National Address Law, the Ministry of Interior urges the citizens, resident expatriates and legal…

Posted by Ministry of Interior – Qatar on Saturday, January 25, 2020

The National Address Law (Law No 24 of 2017) obligates all residents of Qatar (locals and expatriates) to register their data in a simple form. The National Address is defined as a set of data that every natural or legal person possesses, whether a citizen, an expatriate, or a person acting as such, to perform transactions with government and non-government entities and receive various services from the country easily.

The Ministry of Interior (MOI) has called on citizens, expatriates, and legal persons in the country, in accordance with the National Address Law No. 24 of 2017 to register their National Addresses within six months starting today and up till Sunday, July 26, 2020, otherwise, violators will be subject to legal actions, including a fine of QR 10,000 maximum (source: portal.www.gov.qa

National Address Registration form asks for the below details.

  • Residential address
  • Land phone number
  • Mobile number
  • E-mail
  • Employer’s address for government and private sector employees
  • Permanent address abroad and any other information specified by the relevant authority.
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Qatar Visa Portal | MoI announces new unified visit visa portal

Qatar Visa Portal | MoI announces new unified visit visa portal

The Ministry of Interior’s (MoI) Visa Support Service (VSS) Department director, Maj Abdullah Khalifa, al-Mohannadi announced at a press conference Monday,  the launching of a  new Qatar Visa Portal (qatarportal.gov.qa) – a unified platform to receive applications for visas to enter the country for major events and for various activities including business and investment.

This new facility is aimed at facilitating the visa application process for visitors from all countries through a simple and smooth process. The application form does not exceed one page and any user can fill the form electronically from anywhere in the world within a very short time.

The applicant has to register with an e-mail ID first to log in to the portal. The documents to be submitted include copies of:

  • *Passport
  • *Photo
  • *Flight ticket
  • *Hotel reservation or the applicant’s residence in Qatar

Once the applicant has logged in, he is then asked to choose the events that he wants to attend in Qatar. He can attend multiple events during the 30-day visa validity period, which could be extended for another 30 days. The applicant can track the status of the application on the portal as well.

The visitor’s passport should be valid for at least six months from the date of entry into Qatar. If an application meets the required conditions, the visa is issued within 48 hours.

The application fee is QR100.

Qatar Visa Portal | MoI announces new unified visit visa portal

Qatar Visa Portal | MoI announces new unified visit visa portal

The application for a visa can be made within 90 days and at least four days before travel. However, this service cannot be used to obtain a visa for children registered with their parents’ passports.

The Qatar Visa Portal provides options to get details of the events and submit the visa.

The Qatar Visa Portal was opened in collaboration with various entities including those dealing with various events and the Qatar National Tourism Corporation. The portal lists the major events and gives all details in a bid to help potential visitors get a proper idea. Details of transportation, accommodation and tourist destinations are also available in the portal.

The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy’s (SC) Security Committee’s Technical Affairs Committee head Lt Col Jassim Abdul Raheem, the MoI’s Security Systems Department director Lt Col Jassim Abdur Raheem al-Sayed, Public Relations Department assistant director Maj Mubarak Salim al-Bouainain and the SC’s Security Committee spokesperson Lt Col Dr Jabr Hamoud al-Noaimi were also present at the press conference.

Image Credit: portal.www.gov.qa / gulftimes

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Pedestrian traffic fines up to QR 500 for violating traffic rules in Qatar – MoI Qatar

Pedestrian traffic fines up to QR 500 for violating traffic rules in Qatar – MoI Qatar

Ministry of Interior has reminded pedestrians to be cautious and to follow traffic rules. From Aug 2019, it imposes fines on pedestrians violating traffic rules.

Pedestrian traffic fines – The following fines are in effect now to pedestrians who violate traffic rules:

  • QR 100 – Pedestrians walking on the median strip of the road, or in places designated for cycling, and non-compliance at the extreme end of the road against traffic.
  • QR 200 – Pedestrians who don’t take the required precautions or use designated areas to cross a road.
  • QR 500 – Pedestrians who don’t follow the traffic signals while crossing the road at an intersection or when the Traffic Police allows vehicles to move. As well as breaking through military parades and processions.


The General Directorate of Traffic conducted a #AccidentFreeSummer campaign from 1st of July to 1st of August to create awareness about road safety in Qatar. This campaign was focused on serious traffic violations such as mobile phone usage while driving, Using parking lots of people with special needs by others, stopping vehicles in the yellow box and much more.

Pedestrians were taught on the proper method of road crossing and the importance of using reflectors. The move to impose fine on pedestrians was announced after this seminar.

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MOI Qatar launches online visitor authorisation – Free on arrival visa from 04Jun to 16Aug 2019

MOI Qatar launches online visitor authorisation during Summer in Qatar – Free on arrival visa from 04Jun to 16Aug 2019

Ministry of Interior Qatar (MOI Qatar) in partnership with Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) has launched an electronic authorization system via http://www.qatarvisaservices.com. This has been launched for all those who wish to travel to Qatar as a part of the ‘Summer in Qatar’ program.

‘Summer in Qatar’ program started from today the 4th of June and runs until 16th of August 2019.

  • During ‘Summer in Qatar’ program residents and citizens of Qatar can bring their families and friends on arrival visa to Qatar.
  • Expats who which to bring friends and relatives receive an electronic notification allowing them to enter the country on a visa upon arrival.
  • This visa can be availed for free upon arrival
  • Anyone who wishes to visit Qatar during this period can avail visa upon arrival (on arrival visa) after applying through qatarvisaservices.com

Requirements for “Summer in Qatar” program visa depends on the purpose and type of visitor:

If the visitor is your relative or a friend:
  • Return ticket
  • Host’s valid residence permit
  • Proof of kinship
If the visitor is a former expat:
  • Return ticket
  • Proof of the previous residence in Qatar
  • Hotel reservation for the duration of the visit
If the visitor is your immediate family member:
  • Return ticket. All tickets must have the same reservation code.
  • Proof of kinship
  • Booked hotel stay for the duration of the visit

Summer in Qatar Program:

This year, QNTC has brought one of the biggest summer festivals ever in Qatar with a lot of family-fun activities and events. Also, it includes retail discounts, indoor theme parks, live entertainment acts, Qatar Museum’s culture pass, movie premieres, hospitality offers and many more.

Commenting on the announcement, Major Abdullah Khalifa al-Mohannadi , Director of Visa Support Services Department at the General Directorate of Passports, MOI stated that. “the UN World Tourism Organization recently ranked Qatar as the most open destination in the Middle East and the eighth worldwide in terms of visa facilitation. The new facilitation for expat families and former expats during the Summer in Qatar program will further enhance Qatar’s openness, and enrich traveler experiences.

Khalid Al Jumaily, QNTC official, stressed that providing visitor experiences that reflect Qatar’s modernity and vision while celebrating Qatari heritage and tradition of hospitality is at the core of the tourism development strategy. Also added “This experience begins even before a traveler arrives in Qatar, during their planning process. This latest development is part of QNTC efforts to introduce the biggest summer season in Qatar.”

The online authorization service is open for all nationalities. The concerned immigration department will process applications and respond to them within 24 hours. This speedy response will make it easier for travelers to choose Qatar as their destination during the summer season.

Qatar embarked on a journey to enhance visa facilitation and ensure Qatar is ready to welcome the world in 2016 when an agreement was signed between QNTC, Qatar Airways, Qatar’s Ministry of Interior and VFS Global to create an online platform for processing visa applications and issuing e-visas. The new service, launched in 2017, has significantly eased visitor access to Qatar, offering a more efficient and transparent visa application system, with standardised fees.

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Source: Press release | Image Credit: tiq.qa

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Qatar ranks first in safety and security among 118 nations

Qatar ranks first in safety and security among 118 nations – “Numbeo” Crime Index 2019

Numbeo ranks, The State of Qatar in the first position in safety and security among 118 nations. Qatar has retained its global distinction as the safest country among Arab countries.

Crime Index of a country is an estimation of overall level of crime in a given country. Safety index is quite opposite of crime index. If the country has a high safety index, it is considered very safe.

Qatar scored 13.26 points in the “Crime Index“, being the lowest score and scored 86.74 points in the “Safety Index” during the current year.

Ministry of Interior has been working on ensuring a well-integrated security system within the country and creating awareness to people in Qatar. Efforts by the MoI has gained this rank to achieve maximum safety and security in the country and protecting lives and property, by the vision 2030.

About NUMBEO: NUMBEO has the largest database in the world about countries and cities. This database is contributed by users across the world. NUMBEO ranks (twice in a year) cities and countries based on various data which includes Cost of Living, Crime, Quality of Life, Health Care, Pollution, Property Prices, Traffic, and Travel.

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Vehicle registration (Istimara) renewal can be now done through Metrash2

Vehicle registration (Istimara) renewal can be now done through Metrash2

Vehicle registration (Istimara) renewal service can now be done via Metrash2 and MoIQatar E-Services Portal, Ministry of Interior (MoI) said today.

Brig Mohammed Saad Al Kharji, DG of Traffic Directorate launched the Vehicle Registration (Istimara) Renewal service electronically via Metrash2 and MoIQatar website. Brig Abdul Rahman Ali Al-Maliki, ADG of Information Systems Directorate and Brig Abdulla Khalifa Al Muftah, PRD Director were present at the function.

Brig. Mohammed Saad Al-Kharji, DG of Traffic Directorate launched Vehicle Registration (Istimara) Renewal via #Metrash2 and #MoIQatar Website.

Brig. Mohammed Saad Al-Kharji, DG of Traffic Directorate launched Vehicle Registration (Istimara) Renewal via #Metrash2 and #MoIQatar Website.

The new service will enable vehicle owners to complete vehicle registration (Istimara) renewal electronically through MOI e-services portal or Metrash2 mobile app and get the vehicle registration card delivered to the address they specify or collect them at Traffic Service Centres if they wish.

Vehicle registration (Istimara) renewal can be now done through Metrash2

Vehicle registration (Istimara) renewal can be now done through Metrash2

Once the technical inspection is completed successfully and insurance of the vehicle is issued, log into Metrash2 or MOI e-services portal and select Traffic Services then choose Vehicle Registration Renewal from the listed services. Provide the vehicle plate no., choose the correct type of registration and then confirm the details provided. The registration fee can be paid electronically using a credit card for individuals and direct debit from the bank account for companies.

All types of vehicles including private, government, and companies can be renewed using this service and it works 24/7.

Apart from this, there are a number other services provided by Traffic Directorate via Metrash2 and MOI E-services portal.

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