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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A new update from MoI on visa-free entry for Indians – Traveller can carry a valid debit or credit card

A new update from MoI on visa-free entry for Indians – Traveller can carry a valid debit or credit card

During the first week of November, Ministry of Interior on its website updated the rules to obtain on arrival visa for Indians. The new update said, from 11th of November 2018 visa can be obtained only for 30 days and cannot be extended.  Also, it was made mandatory for the visitor to hold a valid credit card (in visitors name or the male head of a family)

In a recent announcement on the MoI website, Ministry of Interior has made a further update on the rules to obtain on arrival visa for Indians. As per the new update, a traveler can carry a valid debit or credit card. When traveling as a family, the family head should have a card in his name.

“Applicant must be in possession of a valid credit or debit card (Mandatory to present a valid credit or debit card in the name of the traveller; in case of travelling with family, the family head should have a card in his name),” said the announcement on the MoI website.

 

No extension beyond 30 days on visa free entry to Indians, Starting 11 Nov 2018

No extension beyond 30 days on visa-free entry to Indians, Starting 11 Nov 2018

India is one of the countries whose citizens are offered visa-free entry to Qatar. Ministry of Interior has updated rules for visa-free entry to Indians by putting an end to the extension of visa starting 11th of November, 2018.

Ministry of Interior on its website has updated that starting from 11th of November 2018, the on-arrival tourist visa facility for Indians can be obtained for 30 days and cannot be extended further. Also, another important update is that it is now mandatory for the applicant to possess a valid credit card. (in the name of the traveler or the male head of a family).

Brief of new update by MoI:

  • Free entry visa for Indians cannot be extended beyond 30 days starting from 11th November 2018 (earlier it can be extended for 30 days with a maximum period of stay up to 60 days)
  • It is mandatory that applicant must hold a valid credit card in his / her name or in the name of the head of the family (male head)

Other rules to obtain a visa-free entry for Indians remains the same which includes,

  • Passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of entry to Qatar
  • Confirmed return ticket

Indians were among the six major nationalities who visit Qatar, according to statistics released in April 2018 from the Ministry.

Qatar was ranked as the most open country in the Middle East and 8th most open country in the world following a string of visa facilitation measures introduced by the country, including allowing nationals of 88 countries to enter Qatar visa-free and free-of-charge. As a result, Qatar’s openness score had leaped by 71.3 points since 2014, when it ranked 177th, posted thepeninsulaqatar.com

Over 1,000 people to fly in for an Indian destination wedding in Qatar

Over 1,000 people to fly in for an Indian destination wedding in Qatar

Visa-free entry for Indians into Qatar has opened doors for some unique opportunities in the tourism sector as an Indian couple has chosen Doha as the venue for their destination wedding.

To be held at The Ritz-Carlton Doha, the wedding will see more than 1,000 guests flown in from all over the world. The wedding party has booked the entire hotel, all 374 rooms, for the event and the celebration will continue for three days including a musical evening by renowned Indian pop band Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy.

According to the general manager of the hotel, the negotiations to finalise the venue have been going on for almost a year. The family was looking at a few other options also including a few in other GCC countries. But, finally they chose Doha and The Ritz-Carlton.

Erden Kendigelen, general manager, The Ritz-Carlton

Erden Kendigelen, general manager, The Ritz-Carlton

“The fact that we have a wonderful and newly renovated property went in our favour, but what really clinched the deal is the announcement by Qatar government in August 2017 allowing citizens of 80 countries visa-free entry to the country. We were also able to anticipate and cater to every need of the family and this created an emotional engagement with them,” Erden Kendigelen, general manager, The Ritz-Carlton, said.

The hotel has roped in prominent names from the world of Indian traditional weddings to orchestrate the three-day affair. The luxury wedding planners Divinity Weddings, famed decor designer Heena Patel of Amaahyaaj in Vadodara and Mumbai’s prominent gourmet vegetarian catering company Popular Caterers will work closely with The Ritz-Carlton Doha teams. Some of them are already here getting the preparation going. To get the authentic feeling right the hotel is procuring a great many things straight from India. They had shipped in two containers full of kitchen equipment to prepare the traditional food for the guests.

The Ritz-Carlton Doha - Indian VIP Wedding

The Ritz-Carlton Doha

The Ritz-Carlton Doha wants the event to be a showpiece event and the first in many. They are not new to hosting weddings as they host around 200 local weddings a year including 5-6 VIP weddings. But what makes this different is the fact that a huge number of people are flying in to attend a traditional Indian wedding infused with Arabic elegance. This also puts Qatar in the tourism map for destination weddings, which is very popular among Indian elites.

“We have put in a lot of effort into planning the nitty-gritties along with the family and the professionals from India. We even attended a traditional marriage ceremony in India to understand the requirements better. There is a lot of excitement among the ladies and gentlemen of the hotel as this is a great opportunity to showcase our property and also Qatar as a destination for such huge events,” Kendigelen added.
The hotel with the help of various government bodies like QTA and Qatar Airways have arranged for a smooth arrival and custom procedures at the airport. Around 100 families will stay back after the wedding for a tour of Qatar. During the ceremonial days, Ritz is planning short trips for guests to Museum of Islamic Art, Souq Waqif and shopping centres.

The Ritz-Carlton Doha Qatar- Indian VIP Wedding

The Ritz-Carlton, Doha, Qatar.

“Our ultimate goal is to promote our destination and showcase the proud Qatari heritage while our guests experience a memorable, unique and unforgettable comfort that will stay with them forever,” a hotel spokesperson said.

A special team has been formed to take care of the guests, right from the arrival at the airport to their departure, and assist them throughout the 3-day event.

Source Credit: https://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/

New links on MoI website for entry visa queries

The Public Relations Department at the Ministry of Interior said yesterday that it has recently launched two new links on its website (www.moi.gov.qa) for queries on entry visas for Qatar.

The links are

https://portal.moi.gov.qa/qatarvisas/ in English and

https://portal.moi.gov.qa/qatarvisasar/ in Arabic.

The page that opens by clicking on/typing the link contains fields such as ‘nationality’ and ‘residence country’ of the applicant.

 

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Qatar OnArrival Visa – Visitors should extend on-arrival visa online | MoI

Qatar OnArrival Visa – Visitors should extend on-arrival visa online | MoI

Visitors entering Qatar on a tourist visa on arrival should extend the same electronically through the website of the Ministry of Interior (MoI), it was announced on Monday.

The Airport Passports Department has urged the visitors to use this electronic channel to extend the on-arrival visa free of charge and not to visit the Airport Passports Department for the service.

Colonel Mohamed Rashid al-Mazrouei, director of Airport Passports Department, said their office had provided the visa extension service earlier, but now it has to be done online through the MoI website.

The official also noted if the visitor has failed to complete the extension procedures before the expiry date he would have to pay a fine of QR200 for each day of his overstay.

Earlier the authorities had announced that the nationals of 47 countries listed below do not require prior visa arrangements and can obtain a visa waiver upon their arrival in Qatar.

The countries include Azerbaijan, Australia, Argentina, Ecuador, Uruguay, Brazil, Vatican, Mexico, India, United States of America, Japan, Andorra, Indonesia, Ukraine, Paraguay, Pakistan, Brunei, Britain, Panama, Bolivia, Belarus, Thailand, Chile, China, Comoros, South Africa, Georgia, Russia, San Marino, Singapore, Suriname, Guyana, Venezuela, Kazakhstan, Canada, Cuba, South Korea, Costa Rica, Colombia, Lebanon, Macedonia, Moldova, Monaco, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Ireland and Peru.

Source Credit: http://www.gulf-times.com

Visa extension

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has informed, through its social media accounts, that visitors entering Qatar through the 30-day on-arrival visa system can extend their stay online for another 30 days via the following link on the MoI website: https://portal.moi.gov.qa/wps/portal/MOIInternet/services/inquiries/visaservices/visitvisaextension

Qatar had recently introduced different types of visas, including on-arrival visas, e-authorisation and e-visas. While the 90-day on-arrival tourist visa (for citizens of 34 countries) has a validity of 180 days with a multi-entry option and is not extendable, the 30-day visa (for nationals of 47 countries) can be extended for another 30 days.

Source Credit: http://www.gulf-times.com

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