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Entry visas to the State of Qatar

 

The permission of entering the country for visiting purposes is granted to the citizens of 33 countries without the need of obtaining a visa beforehand. The specified countries are:

  • Andorra
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
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  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Holland
  • Japan
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Monaco
  • New Zeeland
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • San Marino
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Vatican City

If the applicant has sponsor or an immidiate family member in the State of Qatar, all the procedures to obtain a visa can be made by that person.

  • The Government of the State of Qatar does not accept temporary passports.
  • Submitting and picking up passports must be between 10:00 AM and 14:00 PM, Monday to Friday.
  • All passports do not require a visa to Qatar if connecting to other flights by transit (8 hours).
  • South African citizens may not obtain a visa upon arrival, at the airport.
  • The visa processing time takes between 7 to 10 working days.
  • To enter the country there is no medical certificate required, but the tourists are advised to provide a Medical Insurance before travelling to Qatar.
  • The holders of visa are advised to use Qatar Airways Company to enter the country.

 

Tourist Visa

Can be obtained through a hotel in Qatar

In case the applicant does not have a sponsor or an immidiate family member in Qatar, the visa will be obtained through the hotel in Qatar. By making a hotel reservation, must be a For or Five Stars Hotel in Qatar, the hotel automatically applies for the visa to the Ministry of Interior of Qatar and they will send back to the applicant a copy of the visa, by fax or by e-mail.

With the copy of the visa, voucher from the hotel and return ticket, the applicant is to travel to Qatar and the original visa is to be taken from the Doha International Airport upon arrival.

Contact details for Hotels in Doha

  • Four Seasons Hotel
  • The Ritz Carlton
  • Sharq Village and Spa
  • Doha Marriott
  • Sheraton Hotel
  • Intercontinental Doha

 

  • Can be obtained through the Embassy of the State of Qatar to Pretoria South Africa (Please allow 15- 30 days for processing and issuing)

To obtain the visa through the Embassy of the State of Qatar in South Africa, please submit the following documents:

  • Application Form duly filled-in and signed
  • The original passport, valid for at least six months longer than the applicant's intended stay in the State of Qatar and must have available pages to place a visa. The Government of the State of Qatar does not accept temporary passports.
  • A copy of the passport;
  • Bank statement for 3 months
  • 2 (two) color passport-size photographs;
  • Provisional Flight ticket reservation with retun or onward travel;
  • Provisional Hotel booking
  • Visa fee. The Visa fee is not refundable.

The validity of this visa is 3 months from the date of issue; the visa holder must enter the country before the expiration of the period of validity.  Visa holder is entitled to stay in the country for one month from the date of entry.

*The Embassy is set up solely to provide visa application administrative support. The Embassy has no decision making authority to issue or refuse a visa or a permit. All applications will be assessed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the State of Qatar. The Embassy and its staff cannot be held responsible for any delay with applications or any financial loss you may incur.

 

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Business Visa

It must be obtained before traveling, from the Ministry of Interior of the State of Qatar, through the local business partner.

Further the issuing of the visa, one copy will be forwarded by fax or by e-mail to the applicant, in order to travel with, and the original visa is to be taken from the Doha International Airport upon arrival.

In case there is no local business partner in Qatar, the following documents should be submitted to the Embassy of the State of Qatar in South Africa, in order to obtain the visa:

  • Application Form duly filled-in and signed
  • The original passport, valid for at least six months longer than the applicant's intended stay in the State of Qatar and must have available pages to place a visa. The Government of the State of Qatar does not accept temporary passports.
  • A copy of the passport
  • A document attesting the applicant status of businessman (Company Letter);
  • 2 (two) color passport-size photographs;
  • Provisional Flight ticket reservation or Air Ticket copy;
  • Provisional Hotel booking
  • Visa fee. The Visa fee is not refundable.

The validity of this visa is 3 months from the date of issue; the visa holder must enter the country before the expiration of the period of validity.  Visa holder is entitled to stay in the country for one month from the date of entry. Business visa can be extended.

(Please allow 15-30 days for processing and issuing)

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Work visa

All the procedures to obtain the work visa are made by the Qatari employer.

 

Diplomatic visa

For the diplomats, their family and companions, holders of diplomatic or service passports, the necessary documents requested to issue the visa from the Embassy of the State of Qatar in South Africa are:

  • Application Form duly filled-in and signed.
  • The original passport, valid for at least six months longer than the applicant's intended stay in the State of Qatar and must have available pages to place a visa. The Government of the State of Qatar does not accept temporary passports.
  • Verbal Note from the applicant’s institution
  • 2 (two) color passport-size photographs
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  • Please note: The Embassy is set up solely to provide visa application administrative support. The Embassy has no decision making authority to issue or refuse a visa or a permit. All applications will be assessed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the State of Qatar. The Embassy and its staff cannot be held responsible for any delay with applications or any financial loss you may incur.

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