Over the years, the State of Qatar is progressively emerging as a popular tourist and business destination. The country’s charming allure, whether it is the souq or the inland sea or the fact that it has the world’s largest per capita income. Also, the Qatari government’s visa-waiver or Qatar visa on arrival, and a convenient eVisa facility may be the reasons for this huge influx of visitors.

Qatar Visa on Arrival vs. Qatar eVisa

In their endeavour to promote tourism and Qatar as a growing business destination, the Qatar government introduced visa-waivers for 30 and 90 days for select countries.

Apart from the visa-waiver, few countries, specifically of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have Freedom of Movement as well. Thus, below are the countries that have visa-waivers and freedom of movement in Qatar.

Visa waiver in Qatar

While some countries are eligible for a visa waiver for 90 days, others are eligible for 30 days only.

Qatar Visa waiver for 90 days

visa waiver 90 days

Qatar visa waiver for 30 days

visa waiver 30 days

Also, read Qatar Visa

Qatar Visa on Arrival Eligible Countries

Qatar visa on arrival is typically divided into two main categories.

Category 1:

Visa on arrival valid for 180 days and stay period of 90 continuous days. The countries eligible are as follows;

180 days valid Qatar visa on arrival

Category 2:

Visa on arrival for 30 days and an extension of another 30 days

Qatar visa on arrival 30 days

Note: Indians are eligible for the Category 2 visa on arrival. However, they are not eligible for the extension of visa.

What is the Qatar Visa on Arrival Requirements?

To avail a Qatar visa on arrival, the following documents are a must.

  1. Passport with a validity of at least six months
  2. Confirmed return tickets
  3. Proof of confirmed hotel bookings/reservations (even when visiting a friend or family member)
  4. Valid Credit or Debit Card
  5. Proof of sufficient funds (bank statement)

For the complete list of requirements for all Qatar visa types, read Qatar Visa Requirements

Why Qatar visa on arrival for Indians is not convenient?

For Indians, the visa on arrival enables a stay period of 30 days only. While others may extend their visa on arrival on payment of additional visa fee, it is non-extendable for Indians.

Moreover, one of the important conditions for Qatar visa on arrival for Indian passport holders is that even though they may have relatives living in Qatar, they still must provide proof of confirmed hotel reservation.

No Qatar business visa on arrival for Indians

Apart from the above-mentioned reasons, Indians cannot avail a visa on arrival for business visits. Also, it is not convenient when you are visiting friends or relatives staying in Qatar. Needless to say, the long queues at the immigration desk or the chances of refusing entry into the country are uncertainties you cannot take your chances with.

Important: There are also chances for the airlines (other than Qatar Airways) to refuse to board you without a Qatar visa.

Alternatives to visa on arrival

Opting for a visa in advance and travelling with a confirmed visa to Qatar will not only save your time but will also assure entry into the nation. Rather than gambling the probability of rejection of your visa on arrival, travelling with a pre-approved visa is a safer.

So, which is the other option? Qatar visa online is the solution here, which is not only convenient but is also time-saving. And, depending on the purpose of your visit, you can choose the following.

Types of Qatar visa online

  1. Qatar Tourist visa
  2. Qatar Visit visa
  3. Qatar Business visa
  4. Qatar Transit visa

Note: We presently process only the Qatar tourist and business visa at Blinkvisa.

Qatar tourist visa at a glance

Qatar single-entry tourist visa

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Qatar business visa at a glance

30 days business visa

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90 days business visa

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Visa Qatar FAQs

1. What is the Qatar visa online fees?

Visa TypeVisa FeeBlinkvisa ChargesSGST + CGST Total CostAvail Cashback
Tourist VisaINR 9399INR 50018%INR 9989INR 9989
30 Days Business VisaINR 10199INR 50018%INR 10789INR 10789
90 Days Business VisaINR 21199INR 50018%INR 21789INR 21789

Note: The Qatar tourist visa fee for individuals aged 55-years and above is INR 14399

Also, read Qatar Visa Fee to understand how the cashback works.

2. Is my Qatar visa fee refundable?

At Blinkvisa, you get a cashback on all online visas for Indians which is as good as a refund. However, we do not provide a cash refund.

Also, read Qatar Visa for Indians

3. What is the processing time for Qatar visa online?

Typically, it takes up to 6 working days for processing the Qatar visa online.

Also, read Qatar Visa Online