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
Qatar visa waiver for 30 days
Also, read Qatar Visa
Qatar Visa on Arrival Eligible Countries
Qatar visa on arrival is typically divided into two main categories.
Visa on arrival valid for 180 days and stay period of 90 continuous days. The countries eligible are as follows;
Visa on arrival for 30 days and an extension of another 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.
- Passport with a validity of at least six months
- Confirmed return tickets
- Proof of confirmed hotel bookings/reservations (even when visiting a friend or family member)
- Valid Credit or Debit Card
- 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
Note: We presently process only the Qatar tourist and business visa at Blinkvisa.
Qatar tourist visa at a glance
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Qatar business visa at a glance
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Visa Qatar FAQs
1. What is the Qatar visa online fees?
|Visa Type||Visa Fee||Blinkvisa Charges||SGST + CGST||Total Cost||Avail Cashback|
|Tourist Visa||INR 9399||INR 500||18%||INR 9989||INR 9989|
|30 Days Business Visa||INR 10199||INR 500||18%||INR 10789||INR 10789|
|90 Days Business Visa||INR 21199||INR 500||18%||INR 21789||INR 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