On Arrival Visit Visa of Qatar for GCC residents

Ministry of Interior of Qatar has started issuing on arrival visa for the expatriates who have GCC residence permit. This is applicable to all the expatriates working in GCC countries.

It should be kept in mind that nationals of GCC countries are already allowed to move freely in any of the GCC countries without a visa. Issuing on arrival visa for the expatriates of GCC countries will open new horizons for the business and expatriates of these countries.

Conditions to get On Arrival Visa for Qatar

1-On Arrival Visa for Qatar will only be issued to the residents of the GCC countries.

2-The validity of the Residence Permit should be at least six months at the time of issuing on arrival visa for Qatar.

3-The validity of the Passport should also be at least six months at the time of issuing on arrival visa for Qatar.

4-If visitor is traveling by plane, he must bring return ticket with him

5-Initial cost of the visa will be QR 100

6-Initial visa duration will be one month

7-On Arrival visa for Qatar can be extended 3 times for one month each by paying QR 100 each time.

8-The profession of the resident seeking on arrival visa for Qatar must be among the list of professions listed below.

Iqama holder must have an exit re-entry visa with him. You can apply for the exit re-entry visa of your dependents yourself by following this link. “Apply for Exit Re-Entry Visa

Experience of a Pakistani Passport Holder: Dears, I have a Pakistani Passport last month I traveled to Qatar via road. Before planning my trip, I went to Qatar embassy in Riyadh to confirm if I can get an on-arrival visa on the border.

Embassy guys asked my nationality and profession and then told me to apply for tourist visa. Even my profession (system analyst) is on the list. But I guess they want Pakistani citizens to get a visa first (even it's not mentioned anywhere on their MOI website).

They gave me Alawwal bank account number, where I submitted 315 SAR (105 SAR per person). I filled application forms, submitted them along with photocopies of Iqama, passports with bank deposit slip.

Please try to find someone who can have a conversation with you in English. BTW it took me 1 month to get Visa. Initially, they applied but after many follow-ups mentioned to me that it's rejected.

Then a serious guy checked my submitted documents, he applied again and got the response from Qatar within 3 days. He forwarded me the emails he received containing links to download visa.

Keep your Iqama IDs, Car Istimara and driver’s license with you along with passports. After crossing immigration control, on Qatar side park your car and go to visa office. Give the officer your passports and printed copies of your Qatar visa.

And he will put entry stickers on passports. After this, you have to pay for insurance. I guess that was some 90 SAR.

List of Professions Entitled for On Arrival Visa for Qatar

1.Aquatic specialist

2.Statistics specialist

3.Agricultural specialist

4.Gardening specialist

5.Medical analysis specialist

6.Speech specialist

7.Breeding specialist (animals/birds/bees)

8.Medical X-ray specialist

9.Nutrition specialist

10.Zoology specialist


12.Lab specialist

13.Sports medicine specialist


15.X-Ray specialist

16.Media specialist

17.Customs specialist

18.Medical therapy specialist


20.University professor

21.Media person

22.Secretary or director of library

23.Staffs at embassies in GCC (except support services jobs)

24.Archeological researcher

25.Administrative researcher

26.Legal researcher




30.Quantity enumerator

31.Referee (sports)

32.Finance/Economics expert

33.Law expert

34.Information Systems expert

35.Diplomat (Members of diplomatic corps)


37.President or director of a university

38.Chief Justice

39.Head of Prosecution

  1. President or director  of  a  club
  2. Weather expert
  3. Earthquakes expert
  4. Captain of Ship/Cruise/Carrier/Steamship
  5. Businessman
  6. Religious person
  7. Architectural draftsman
  8. Business lady
  9. Executive secretary
  10. Journalist
  11. Pharmacist
  12. Jeweler
  13. Army officer
  14. Police officer
  15. University student
  16. Physician (All specialization)
  17. Surgeon (All specialization)
  18. Veterinary doctor
  19. Pilot
  20. Scientist
  21. College dean
  22. Astronomer
  23. Artist (Actor, Musician,  Composer,  Poet,  Painter,  Singer…..etc)
  24. Telecom technician

64.Professional  security  and  safety  technician

  1. Medical equipment technician
  2. Control equipment technician
  3. X-ray technician
  4. Dental technician (fixing)
  5. Radio or TV  transmission  technician
  6. Optical technician

71.ECG  technician

  1. Horse breeding technician
  2. Mining technician
  3. Microscopic technician
  4. Geology technician
  5. Well drilling technician
  6. Pharmaceutical technician
  7. Foodstuff technician
  8. Ship maintenance technician
  9. Aircraft maintenance technician
  10. Train Maintenance Technician
  11. Lab Technician
  12. Aviation Technician
  13. Physicist
  14. Judge
  15. Chemist (All Specializations)
  16. Player (All sports  items  in  a sports  club)
  17. Author
  18. Computer Programmer
  19. Translator
  20. Accountant / Auditor
  21. Lecturer
  22. Lawyer / Advocate

94.Economic Analyst

95.Systems Analyst

96.Operations Analyst


98.Customs Clearer

99.Sports  Trainer

100.Aviation Trainer

101.General Professional Trainer (Industrial/Agricultural/Commercial)

102.Teacher / Instructor


104.Investment Manager

105.Archeological Director

106.Research & Studies Director

107.Insurance Manager

108.Banking business Manager

109.Production Director

110.Manager or Director of any government departments or companies

111.Administrative Manager

112.Broadcasting Manager

113.Media Manager

114.Regional Director

115.Bank Manager

116.Commercial Manager

117.Marketing Manager

118.Television Manager

119.Executive Manager / Director

120.Cooperative Society Manager

121.Accounts Manager

122.Cinema Director

123.Company or Factory Manager

124.Maintenance Manager

125.Printing and Publishing Manager

126.Hotel Manager

127.Electrical Manager

128.Finance Manager

129.Sales Manager

130.Museum Manager

131.School Manager

132.Plant Manager

133.Theatre Manager

134.Hospital Manager

135.Institute Manager

136.Library Manager

137.Laboratory Manager

138.Marine Transport Manager

139.Land Transport Manager

140.Air Transport Manager

141.Tourism Agency Manager

142.TV or Radio Programs Presenter

143.Correspondent (Newspaper/Radio/TV)

144.Food Controller

145.Aircraft Takeoff Controller

146.Maritime Controller

147.Quality Controller

148.Air Controller

149.Marine Traffic Controller

150.Media Controller

151.Road Controller

152.Aircraft Landing Controller

153.Cruise Ship Guide

154.Tourist Guide

155.Aviation Guide


157.Assistant Pharmacist


159.Assistant  Engineer  (All  specializations)


161.General Supervisor

162.Ships Supervisor


164.Decoration Designer

165.TV Cameraman

166.Cinema Cameraman

167.Press Photographer

168.Land Hostess

169.Air Hostess

170.Program Producer

171.Ship Captain

172.Aircraft Pilot

173.Male or Female Nurse

174.Cinema or Television Producer

175.Marketing Representative

176.Sports Representative

177.Sales Representative

178.Procurement Representative

179.Administration Coordinator

180.Archeological Prospector

181.Engineer (All specializations)

182.Career Counselor

183.Assistant General Manager


185.Commercial Broker

186.Travel or Tourism Agent


188.Ministry Undersecretary

Source: Gulf News

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.