Qatar visa is on arrival for all countries in the world. Similarly, Pakistani citizens are also eligible. I visited Qatar two times in last 3 years and I am going to share with you the exact information required for this visa. Doha the capital of Qatar is a nice place for a stopover with Qatar Airways.
Qatar Visa On Arrival Requirements
Although, visa is on arrival for all nationalities. They still have put some requirements in place to obtain this visa at the airport. When you arrive at the airport in Doha, They will paste a small paper on your passport.
Qatari Visa Requirements List
- Passport valid for six months
- Return or onward flight ticket
- Hotel Booking
- Polio Certificate (for Pakistan)
- Debit or Credit Card
The airline will make sure you fulfill these requirements before issuing you with a boarding pass. Sometimes they won’t ask you anything but most of the times they will. They asked me both the times when I visited Qatar. Visa is free of charge and you can stay for up to 30 days on that visa for tourism purpose.
You can also obtain this visa if you have a stopover at Doha airport. But the stopover must be more than 8 hours. They denied me this visa when my stopover was less than 8 hours. I was coming from Malaysia.
Qatar Transit Visa with Qatar Airways
When I visited Qatar back in 2016, Qatar had not yet started the visa on arrival scheme. But Qatar Airways had started a free 4 days transit visa which one had to apply online. I went to Qatar through that visa in 2016 and it was also hassle free. You have to apply online for this visa and your ticket must be with Qatar airways.
They still have this visa facility online. It takes around 48 hours for this visa to get approved and requirements are just passport’s scanned copy and flight ticket with Qatar Airways. This is good for those who want to make sure a pre-arranged visa to avoid any kind of hassle. But this visa is only for 4 days which is enough time to explore Doha or the Entire country of Qatar because Qatar is a tiny country.
Immigration Experience at Doha Airport
Both the times with Transit and also visa on arrival, it was a hassle free process. The immigration officer only asked for hotel booking. They did not ask for return flight and polio card. But remember to keep all the required documents with you because immigration officers can suddenly ask about all the required documents for that particular visa type.
Overall, Qatar is a nice country for a stopover especially in winter months of December, January and February. I would strongly discourage you to visit Qatar in rest of the nine months due to the extreme hot weather in Doha. I have a complete travel guide about Doha Qatar and I would suggest you to read that before going to Qatar.
I hope you liked my this guide and here is a video which I made during my last family trip to Qatar. You will see some of the attractions in Qatar in this video. If you like then share it. Happy Traveling!