A special visa category has been added to Qatar’s Hayya portal for residents of the GCC countries (UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Oman). GCC Resident Entry (A2) e-visas are now available through Hayya for expatriates with valid residency permits in GCC countries.
There are a number of factors to consider when applying for the Qatar Visa For GCC Residents, including the step-by-step application process, eligibility requirements, a list of professions, visa fees, and the duration of stay.
How To Apply Qatar Visa For GCC Residents Through Hayya Portal 2023
Applying online through the Hayya Portal for GCC Resident Visas involves the following steps:
Step 1: Go to Hayya Portal
You can find the Hayya website.
Step 2: Click on “Apply For Hayya”
On the page, you can find the button in the center.
Step 3: Sign up and login
To sign up for a Hayya account for the first time, click on “Sign Up” and enter your email address. Your email will contain a verification code that needs to be entered.
Log in using your email address and password once your account has been created.
Step 4: Click on “Apply For Hayya”
The “Apply For Hayya” button will be in the middle of the page. Click on it.
Step 5: Select Category of Visit
The drop-down menu should show “GCC Resident Entry (A2)”.
Step 6: Select Purpose of Visit
Select the purpuse of GCC visit in Qatar.
Step 7: Upload Your Photo
- You will need to check the box next to “I have read the instructions on how to upload my Personal Photo and Passport ”.
- You can browse your personal photo by clicking on “Browse Personal Photo”.
- A light background and sharpness are critical to a good photo.
Step 8: Upload Passport Details
- You can browse for the first page by clicking on “Browse for the first page ”.
- You should only upload the first page of your passport.
- Remove the machine-readable zone (MRZ) from the image by cropping.
- Then click on “Save ”.
- You will be able to extract your data automatically. You can manually enter your data if it is unreadable.
- To validate the user, click “Validate User ”.
You will need to select “Passport Type” if the “Validate User” option does not appear after automatic data extraction.
There is a mandatory requirement for the first name and last name. The last page of your passport (to verify your father’s name) and the first page of the passport (to add your last name) can be uploaded if your passport does not have your last name.
Your application data may be amended by the Hayya platform to match the information on your official identity document. For Hayya platform identity documents, this is the format that should be used.
Step 9: Enter Residency Information
- Please select your birth country
- You can choose any GCC country as your country of residence.
- Declare any previous nationalities you have held. Select the country if you have one.
Step 10: Select Job Title
Here we provide a list of more than 200+ professions, so that you can select the one that best fits your job title. You can manually enter your job title if it is not listed under “Others”.
It is important to note that Qatar will not allow you entry if the job title on your Residency Permit does not match the job title on your Residency Permit.
Step 11: Upload GCC Resident Permit
Ensure that the profession listed on your resident permit is uploaded. Then click the “Save” button.
Saudi residents can upload Muqeem documents with expiry dates since Saudi IDs do not have an expiry date.
Step 12: Enter Accommodation Details
The next step is to choose a type of accommodation.
Your host in Qatar should have already added your details if you select “Family and Friends hosting”. A message will appear if this is not done.
The Hayya portal lets you upload details about your hotel or rented apartment if you are staying there. The accommodation name should be entered under “Other Accommodation”.
Step 13: Enter Contact Information
Your phone number and emergency contact information should be entered at the end of the process.
The last step is to click on “Review & Submit”.
Step 14: Pay the Visa Fee
An email with a payment link will be sent to you once your application has been reviewed and approved.
A credit or debit card is required to pay the QR 100 visa fee. It is usually possible to pay with Visa or Mastercard.
Qatar Visa For GCC Residents
GCC nationals and their guests can obtain a visa for 30 days stay in Qatar following a new announcement on 16 April 2023.
If you meet all of the following requirements, you will be issued a Qatar Visa for GCC Residents:
- A valid passport must be presented upon entry for a period of at least three months.
- Any GCC country (UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Oman) will issue a valid residence permit card for the visitor. At least three months should elapse after the entry date of the residence permit.
- In the case of an air visitor, a return ticket should be obtained.
- Accommodations should have been confirmed by the visitor. Alternatively, you can rent an apartment or book a hotel room.
- It is important for the visitor to travel from the country where he lives.
- It is recommended that visitors have health insurance (in accordance with MOPH guidelines).
GCC Residents Visa Fees
- Visit visas for GCC residents cost QAR 100 (USD 27).
- Credit cards and debit cards are accepted for fee payments.
- There is a fine of QAR 200 (USD 55) per day for overstaying.
What is the refund policy?
Once your visa is approved, you must pay the entry visa fee. No matter what your travel status or arrangements are, the fees are non-refundable.
30 days are the validity period of the visa.
Documents Checklist For Travel
In order to travel, you will need the following documents:
- Hayya Entry Permit
- GCC Residence card
- Return Flight Tickets (not required for land border)
- A description of the accommodations (Host invitation & QID or DQ hotel booking)
- Health Insurance
Qatar Visa For GCC Residents Video Guide
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it possible to get a Qatar visa for residents of the GCC?
In order to apply for a GCC Resident Entry Visa, you must be a resident of one of the GCC countries (UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Oman).
Is it possible to get a GCC Residents Visa in Qatar if I meet certain conditions?
In order to obtain a visa, you must have a valid residence permit and passport, as well as a profession listed as eligible for entry.
What is the cost of a GCC Residents Visa to Qatar?
Qatar visas are available for QAR 100 for a single entry. Credit or debit cards are accepted for payment.
What is the processing time for the GCC Residents Visa?
Qatar Residents Visa is valid for 30 days and is valid for single entry.
Is a visa required for GCC citizens to enter Qatar?
Those from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates are not required to have a visa to enter Qatar.
Can I apply for a GCC Entry Visa based on my profession?
From the menu, you can select your profession once you begin the application process. Your job title on your residency must match the job title you select from the menu.
When I apply for GCC Resident Entry, can I bring my dependents with me?
Your dependent can be added to your application. Additionally, they must be residents of the GCC. Dependents who are not GCC residents must submit a separate Tourist Entry (A1) application.
Can I still apply for an on-arrival visa if I am a resident of the GCC?
Yes, of course. Residents of the GCC are still eligible for on-arrival visas.