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Qatar
State of Qatar
Last Updated: September 14, 2017
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Embassy Messages
Quick Facts
PASSPORT VALIDITY:

6 months

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

Minimum of 2

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

Yes

VACCINATIONS:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

None

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Doha

Al-Luqta District
22nd February Street
PO Box 2399
Doha, Qatar
Telephone: +(974) 4496-6000, extension 0 or 6600
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(974) 4496-6000, extension 0 or 6600,
Fax: +(974) 4488-4298
ACSDoha@state.gov or

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Destination Description

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Qatar for information on U.S. – Qatar relations.   

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

See the government of Qatar’s website for visa information.

Requirements for Entry:

  • Passport valid for at least six months
  • Visa

Be sure to leave Qatar before your visa expires.  The Qatari Government charges as much as USD $55 for each day that you overstay your visa, up to USD $3,300.

For further information, see the Qatari Ministry of Interior website.

Tourist visas: When traveling on a U.S. passport, the Government of Qatar does not require prior visa arrangements and travelers my obtain a free visa waiver upon arrival.  The waiver is valid for 30 days from the date of issuance and entitles the holder to spend up to 30 days in Qatar, or multiple entries during the 30-day validity.  Passports must have a minimum validity of six months.  More information can be found on the Government of Qatar website.  

Residency permit holders: Former resident permit holders seeking to return to Qatar should carry a “no objection letter” issued by their former sponsor.  

For further information on residence permits, see the Government of Qatar  or U.S. Embassy website. In general, you will need:

  • Police clearance certificate
  • Authentication of education degrees
  • Certified true copies of civil documents (marriage certificates, birth certificates, etc.)
  • Occupational certifications from your home country

Exit Permits:

  • U.S. citizens with employment sponsored residency permits cannot leave the country without an exit permitobtained from their employer. If you hold a Work Residence Permit, you must notify your employer each time you leave the country. Employers, at their discretion, may offer multiple exit permits, which are now free.
  • Before approving an exit visa at the end of employment, sponsors, and Qatari immigration authorities may confirm with your Qatari bank that there are no outstanding loans. 
  • If you owe money, you will be barred from exiting Qatar (See Exit Bans in Local Law section). Qatari banks place holds on accounts to ensure all debts are paid before you leave.
  • U.S. citizen family members with family residence visas do not need an exit permit to leave Qatar; however, sponsors (usually the husband/father) can elect to receive instant notification if family dependents are attempting to depart the country.

Qatar does not recognize dual nationality. If you hold Qatari citizenship, Qatari law requires that you enter and exit on your Qatari passport. Qatari authorities may confiscate your U.S. passport if you hold Qatari/U.S. dual nationality. Should this happen, contact the U.S. Embassy. The seizure does not constitute loss of U.S. citizenship.

Military Personnel: Military personnel should consult the Department of Defense Foreign Clearance Guide before traveling, since different entry/exit requirements may apply. For further information, call the Host Nation Coordination Cell of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing at 011-974-5551-0815.

HIV/AIDS restrictions:

Some HIV/AIDS entry restrictions exist for visitors to and foreign residents of Qatar.   Medical exams are required for all long-term visitors and residents. If you have HIV/AIDS, you may be deported. Verify this information with the Embassy of Qatar before traveling.

Customs: Customs regulations are strict regarding alcohol, narcotics, pork products, weapons or weapons-related articles (hand cuffs, laser pointers, etc.), and pornographic/sexually-related materials.

See the State of Qatar’s website for specific information regarding Qatar customs requirements.

Find information on dual nationalityprevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

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Safety and Security

Potential for terrorist activity:

You may find useful security information specific to Qatar on the Overseas Security Advisory Council’s website.

Terrorist groups are very active in the Middle East and North Africa. The U.S. government remains highly concerned about possible attacks against U.S. citizens, facilities, businesses, and perceived U.S. and Western interests in the region.  Government officials throughout the region are concerned about the potential return of foreign fighters following ISIS’s territorial losses in Iraq, Syria, and Libya.  ISIS, al-Qa‘ida, and affiliated organizations reportedly continue to plan attacks within the region against Westerners through assassination, kidnapping, hijacking, and bombing.

Please review the Worldwide Caution before traveling to Qatar.

Safety Precautions:

  • Practice personal security measures at all times
  • Monitor local media broadcasts and consular messages
  • Vary travel routes and times when possible
  • Be aware of your surroundings and local events

Areas to avoid:

  • Large crowds and demonstrations
  • Labor or work camps
  • Venues and events frequented by Westerners. While the Government of the State of Qatar occasionally provides security for some events, the Embassy cannot gauge the adequacy of security in advance. 

Crime:

The crime rate in Qatar is generally low. Incidents of violence and petty theft are rare, but on the rise.There is a large police presence throughout the country. 

See the Department of State and the FBI webpages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime:     

  • Report crimes to the local police at 999.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy at + (974) 4496-6000.
  • Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes.
  • More information on local resources and assistance can be found through the Protection and Social Rehabilitation Centre hotline: 6693-3999, 6693-3108, or 6693-3919.
  • See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault should first contact the U.S. Embassy at + (974) 4496-6000.

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy at + (974) 4496-6000 for assistance.  Victims may also seek medical care through Hamad Hospital emergency room.  Hamad Medical Customer Service in country phone number:  16060.  If you are calling from overseas phone: + (974) 4439-5777.

We can:

  • help you find appropriate medical care
  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical
  • support in cases of destitution
  • help you arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

For further information:

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Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Exit Bans: Exit bans can be placed on people for various reasons, including:

  • labor or financial disputes
  • personal debt (including credit card debt and bank loans)
  • outstanding contracts or leases
  • traffic fines
  • bounced checks
  • pending legal matters
  • gestures or behavior reported by Qataris that are viewed as “offensive.” 

U.S. citizens placed under an exit ban have been barred from leaving Qatar; some have also been placed in prison pending payment of debts. Once placed under a travel ban, you are barred from leaving the country until the case is abandoned or resolved by the court. This process could take months or even years. 

Always carry a copy of your passport for proof of identity, or authorities may detain you for questioning.

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be deported, arrested, or imprisoned. 

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Criminal penalties for certain offenses are harsher than those in the U.S.:

  • Incidents involving obscene language, gestures, or insulting comments often result in arrest, overnight imprisonment, and/or fines.
  • Alcohol-Related Offenses: Qatar maintains a zero-tolerance policy against drinking and driving. Penalties for public intoxication and other alcohol-related offenses are severe, including immediate arrest, heavy fines, imprisonment, and/or deportation.
  • Illegal Drug Usage: Convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and steep fines.

In case of arrest:

Qatari authorities do not routinely notify the U.S. embassy of a U.S. citizen’s arrest.  If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately.  If you are not allowed to do so, ask a friend or family member to contact the U.S. Embassy.

See our webpage for further information.

For more serious crimes, Qatari authorities may not allow U.S. Embassy officials to visit until the initial interrogation is completed.

Qatari police sometimes arrest U.S. citizens without providing access to legal counsel. You could be arrested if you are a:

  • Potential witness to a crime (including traffic accidents involving injuries, slander, traffic arguments, etc.)
  • Relative of a suspect
  • Crime Suspect

If arrested – regardless of the charge – you will probably spend 1-2 nights in jail before a hearing takes place. Once an arrest is made, only the Qatari Public Prosecution and Courts have the authority to grant a release. 

See our webpage for further information.

Employment in Qatar:

It is illegal for Qatari employers to retain your passport,except for visa and immigration processing.  U.S. passports are the property of the U.S. government.

In the event of a contract or employment dispute, Qatari authorities refer to the Arabic language of a contract. Verbal assurances or side letters are not binding in Qatar. 

Qatari law favors employers over employees. Employees have limited recourse in the event their employer terminates a contract early.  If a sponsor files a complaint against an employee who departed Qatar, the employee may be barred from returning to Qatar, even on a subsequent tourist or airport visa.  Many terminated U.S. citizens have been barred from departing Qatar because of pre-existing debts, despite having no job to earn income [see Exit Bans in Local Law section].

In most cases, transferring employment prior to the end of a contract requires the permission of the previous employer (which is discretionary) and is subject to approval by the Ministry of the Interior.  Recent changes to the law allow employees to transfer to new employers without permission at the end of their contract, which can last up to five years.  Additional mechanisms for transferring between employers exist through the Ministry of Interior in cases such as bankruptcy, abuse, or repeated failure to pay an employee on time.

Faith-Based Travelers: 

Religion is a very sensitive issue in Qatar; treat any discussions on religion with care and caution.

Proselytizing is against the law. Attempts to covert a member of another religion or even “share your faith” can be considered “proselytizing.”  Penalties for such actions include deportation or imprisonment.

While you may import religious material for personal use, do not bring religious materials into the country for proselytizing purposes; this is prohibited.

Charitable activities, both religious and non-religious, must be approved in advance by the Ministry of Social Affairs.

See our following webpages for details:

LGBTI Travelers: Same-sex sexual relations between men are against the law, even if relations are consensual. Penalties include lashings, lengthy prison sentences, and/or deportation. 

There is no law criminalizing same-sex sexual relations between women.

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Access and accommodation is limited, given the scarcity of ramps, TTY or TDD communication systems, Braille signs, and/or appropriate restroom facilities. Public transportation is generally inaccessible. 

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.  Qatari regulations require children with Qatar residency permits to be enrolled in a school licensed by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, in a certified home schooling program, or in a formal boarding school abroad.

Women Travelers: Men occasionally verbally and/or physically harass unaccompanied expatriate women.  

In deference to Islamic culture, avoid wearing sleeveless shirts, halter-tops, or shorts. Only wear athletic clothing in public when engaged in sports activities.

See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

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Health

Modern medical facilities and Western-style pharmacies are available. Doctors and hospitals expect immediate cash payment for health services. 

For information on the Qatari national healthcare system, see their website.

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas. 

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance (our webpage) to cover medical evacuation.

If traveling with prescription medication, check with the Qatari customs authority on traveling proper procedures for traveling with prescription medication and/or the Ministry of Public Health about what drugs are allowed.

Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription. 

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

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Travel and Transportation

For current traffic regulations, see the Ministry of Interior’s Traffic Police website.

Driving:

You must have a Qatari driving license to drive in Qatar. Do not drive on a U.S. driver’s license.  

Requirements for a permanent Qatari driver’s license (newly arrived and prospective residents):

  • Written exam
  • Road test

Requirements for a temporary Qatari driver’s license (short-term visitors):  

  • Present U.S. driver’s license at any branch of Qatar’s Traffic Police.

Traffic accidents are one of the leading causes of death in Qatar. The extensive use of roundabouts, numerous road construction projects, and high-speed driving can be challenging.  In rural areas, poor lighting, wandering camels and roads without shoulders create hazards.

Avoid arguments over traffic incidents. Qatari citizens who feel insulted can file a police complaint that can result in your arrest and overnight detention.  

Drivers are liable for persons injured in a traffic accident. Local police have held U.S. citizens overnight while ascertaining the extent of injuries. 

Traffic Fines: Please be aware that traffic offenses are easily captured via well-placed cameras and the fines can be expensive in Qatar.

Public Transportation:

Public transportation is limited to taxis and buses. Public transportation is safe, but not readily available.  Private mobile application-based taxi services are increasingly popular.

See our Road Safety page for more information. 

Aviation Safety Oversight: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Qatar’s air carrier operations.  Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Qatar should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts.  Information may also be posted to the  U.S. Coast Guard homeport website  and the NGA broadcast warnings (select “broadcast warnings”)

Hague Convention Participation
Party to the Hague Abduction Convention?
No
U.S. Treaty Partner under the Hague Abduction Convention?
No
What You Can Do
Learn how to respond to abductions FROM the US
Learn how to respond to abductions TO the US
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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Doha

Al-Luqta District
22nd February Street
PO Box 2399
Doha, Qatar
Telephone: +(974) 4496-6000, extension 0 or 6600
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(974) 4496-6000, extension 0 or 6600,
Fax: +(974) 4488-4298
ACSDoha@state.gov or

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General Information

For information concerning travel to Qatar, including information about the location of the U.S. Embassy, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, entry/exit requirements, safety and security, crime, medical facilities and health information, traffic safety, road conditions and aviation safety, please see country-specific information for Qatar. 

The U.S. Department of State reports statistics and compliance information for individual countries in the Annual Report on International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA).  The report is located here.

 

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Hague Abduction Convention

Qatar is not a signatory to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Abduction Convention), nor are there any bilateral agreements in force between Qatar and the United States concerning international parental child abduction.

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Return

Legal systems and laws pertaining to custody, divorce, and parental abduction vary widely from country to country.  Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney who specializes in family law in Qatar and who can provide accurate legal guidance that is specific to their circumstances. 

 

The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, Directorate for Overseas Citizens Services, Office of Children’s Issues provides assistance in cases of international parental child abduction.  For U.S. citizen parents whose children have been wrongfully removed to or retained in countries that are not U.S. partners under the Hague Abduction Convention, the Office of Children’s Issues can provide information and resources about country-specific options for pursuing the return of or access to an abducted child.  The Office of Children’s Issues may also coordinate with appropriate foreign and U.S. government authorities about the welfare of abducted U.S. citizen children.  Parents are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of State for assistance.

 

Contact information:

Bureau of Consular Affairs
Office of Children's
CA/OCS/CI
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Telephone:  1-888-407-4747
Outside the United States or Canada: 1-202-501-4444
Website
Email: AskCI@state.gov

Parental child abduction may be a crime in Qatar depending on the circumstances of the child's removal.  Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney in Qatar to determine if their particular case qualifies as a crime under Qatari law.

Parents may wish to consult with an attorney in the United States and in the country to which the child has been removed or retained to learn more about how filing criminal charges may impact a custody case in the foreign court.  Please see Possible Solutions - Pressing Criminal Charges for more information.  

 

 

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Visitation/Access

Legal systems and laws pertaining to custody, divorce, and parental abduction vary widely from country to country.  Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney who specializes in family law in Qatar and who can provide accurate legal guidance that is specific to their circumstances.

The Office of Children’s Issues may be able to assist parents seeking access to children who have been wrongfully removed from or retained outside the United States.   Parents who are seeking access to children who were not wrongfully removed from or retained outside the United States should contact the U.S. Embassy in Doha for information and possible assistance.

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Retaining an Attorney

The Qatari Government established two organizations that aim to protect women and children from domestic violence: the Qatar Foundation for Protection and Social Rehabilitation and the Family Consulting Center.  These organizations will provide mediation in domestic violence and divorce cases and assist parties with understanding their rights and finding legal assistance.  No costs are associated with using these organizations.   The Qatar Foundation for Protection and Social Rehabilitation and the Family Consulting Center can be contacted by phone in country at: 4666671/72/73, outside of the country at:  +974-467-9444, or by email. 

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Mediation

Legal systems and laws pertaining to custody, divorce, and parental abduction vary widely from country to country.  Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney who specializes in family law in Qatar and who can provide accurate legal guidance that is specific to their circumstances. 

The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, Directorate for Overseas Citizens Services, Office of Children’s Issues provides assistance in cases of international parental child abduction.  For U.S. citizen parents whose children have been wrongfully removed to or retained in countries that are not U.S. partners under the Hague Abduction Convention, the Office of Children’s Issues can provide information and resources about country-specific options for pursuing the return of or access to an abducted child.  The Office of Children’s Issues may also coordinate with appropriate foreign and U.S. government authorities about the welfare of abducted U.S. citizen children.  Parents are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of State for assistance.

Contact information:

Bureau of Consular Affairs
Office of Children's
CA/OCS/CI
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Telephone:  1-888-407-4747
Outside the United States or Canada: 1-202-501-4444
Website:  travel.state.gov
Email: AskCI@state.gov

Parental child abduction may be a crime in Qatar depending on the circumstances of the child's removal.  Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney in Qatar to determine if their particular case qualifies as a crime under Qatari law.

Parents may wish to consult with an attorney in the United States and in the country to which the child has been removed or retained to learn more about how filing criminal charges may impact a custody case in the foreign court.  Please see Possible Solutions - Pressing Criminal Charges for more information.  

Exercising Custody Rights

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country. It is important for parents to understand that, although a left-behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.  For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney if planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

The U.S. government cannot interfere with another country’s court or law enforcement system.

To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney in the country in which the child is located.  

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney. 

Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.

For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

 

Hague Convention Participation
Hague Adoption Convention Country?
No
Are Intercountry Adoptions between this country and the United States possible?
Is this country a U.S. Hague Partner?
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Hague Convention Information

Qatar is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Intercountry adoptions of children from non-Hague countries are processed in accordance with 8 Code of Federal Regulations, Section  204.3 as it relates to orphans as defined under the Immigration and Nationality Act, Section 101(b)(1)(F).

Adoption is not permitted in Qatar, which follows Muslim “Shari’a” law. Only Qatari citizens may obtain legal guardianship of a child, which is not the same as adoption. The child cannot inherit family property or assume a Qatari citizen’s family or tribal name based on a legal guardianship. Legal guardianship is limited to situations where: the parents are unknown; or the child has been abandoned; or the mother is known, but incapable of supporting the child and willing to relinquish parental rights and the father is unknown. The legal proceedings for legal guardianship are completed by the Family Court of Qatar. The law extends to third-country national children who are considered Qatari citizens. As such, the State of Qatar will not allow for the relocation of the child to another country.

U.S. citizens interested in obtaining legal guardianship of a child in Qatar should contact the Family Court of Qatar to inquire about applicable laws and procedures. Likewise, U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in Qatar, who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country, should contact the Family Court of Qatar. See contact information below.

Caution: Prospective adoptive parents should be aware that not all children in orphanages or children’s homes are adoptable. In many countries, birth parents place their child(ren) temporarily in an orphanage or children’s home due to financial or other hardship, intending that the child return home when this becomes possible. In such cases, the birth parent(s) have rarely relinquished their parental rights or consented to their child(ren)’s adoption.

Please visit the Department of State’s Country Specific Information for more information on travelling to Qatar and the U.S. Embassy Doha’s website for information on consular services.

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Contact Information

Qatar’s Adoption Authority/Family Court:
Dhreima Qatar Orphan Foundation
Tel: +974- 44589444
Fax: +974- 44580014
P.O.Box: 24026, Doha, Qatar
Website: q-orphans.org
E-mail: qof@q-orphans.org – info@q-orphans.org

U.S. Embassy Doha 
22nd February Street
Al Luqta
Doha, Qatar
974-4496-6000
E-mail: ACSConsularDoha@state.gov
Website: qa.usembassy.gov

Qatari Embassy in the United States:
Embassy of the State of Qatar
2555 M Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
Phone: (202) 274-1600
Website:  http://washington.embassy.qa/en
Email: info@qatarembassy.org

Houston Consulate:
The General Consulate of the State of Qatar
1990 Post Oak Blvd., Suite 900
Houston, TX 77056
Phone:  (+1) 713-355-8221
Fax (+1) 713-355-8184
Email: houston@mofa.gov.qa

New York Consulate: 
Consulate General of the State of Qatar
50 Central Park S, Suite 1707
New York, NY 10019
Phone:  212-497-2757 
Website: qatarnyc.org
Email: newyork@mofa.gov.qa

Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 24 Months
A-2 None Multiple 24 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1 None Multiple 120 Months
B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1 $5.00 Multiple 60 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 60 Months
C-2 None Multiple 6 Months
C-3 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 60 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2C 12 None Multiple 24 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 24 Months
G-2 None Multiple 24 Months
G-3 None Multiple 24 Months
G-4 None Multiple 24 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B None Multiple 24 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 24 Months 3
H-2A None Multiple 24 Months 3
H-2B None Multiple 24 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 24 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 24 Months 3
I None Multiple 12 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 60 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 24 Months
L-2 None Multiple 24 Months
M-1 None Multiple 60 Months
M-2 None Multiple 60 Months
N-8 None Multiple 12 Months
N-9 None Multiple 12 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 24 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 24 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 24 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 24 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 24 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 24 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 24 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 24 Months
R-2 None Multiple 24 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

Please check back for update

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth and Death Certificates

Available for births and deaths occurring after l969; prior to that date records are not complete. Applicants should apply at the Ministry of Public Health in Doha. Certificates will not be mailed to nonresidents but will be released to individual acting on their behalf.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Available for Moslems after l957; not available for Christians. Applicants should apply to the President of the Sharia Court, P.O. Box 232, Doha, and furnish names of both spouses and date of marriage and/or divorce.

Note: Documents are released in Arabic only.

Adoption Certificates

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Identity Card

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Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Certificates

  • Available/Unavailable: Available
  • Fees: 10 Qatari Riyals for residents – 10 U.S. dollars for nonresidents.
  • Document Name:

شهادة حسن سيرة وسلوك
POLICE CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE

  • Issuing Authority:

General Directorate of Criminal Investigations
Criminal Evidence and Information Department
P.O. Box 23004
Salwa Road, Exit 15
Doha, Qatar

  • Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: A4-size paper carrying State of Qatar, Ministry of Interior seal as a watermark in Arabic language with colored Ministry of Interior insignia on the top-center of the document. The applicant’s photograph is on the upper left corner with a Department wet seal on top of the photograph.  A similar seal is also placed on top of the signing authority’s name and signature.  The certificate carries information both in Arabic and English. It is not necessary to notarize the certificate at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  
  • Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Director of Criminal Evidence and Information Department
  • Registration Criteria: Any current or former resident may apply.  The applicant’s first entry date and last exit date in Qatar is required.
  • Procedure for Obtaining: Residents of Qatar can apply by visiting the Office of the General Directorate of Criminal Investigations in person.  Former residents now living outside Qatar can apply via mail by including a return envelope and a processing fee of 10 U.S. dollars in cash.  They may also ask a friend or relative to act on their behalf by applying in person and paying the in-person processing fee of 10 Qatari Riyals. Details on the application procedure are available at the Ministry of Interior’s website at www.moi.gov.qa.  
  • Certified Copies Available: N/A
  • Alternate Documents: N/A
  • Exceptions: Applicants are required to submit evidence of their legal stay in Qatar. If someone is unable to provide evidence or details of his/her entry into or exit from Qatar, that applicant is required to visit the Directorate of Expatriate Affairs at the Ministry of Interior to get a certificate of entry/exit record.  
  • Comments: For local residents, it can take up to two weeks to issue a certificate. For applicants from outside Qatar, it can take one month or longer. The certificate is valid for six months from the date of issuance.
  • Types Available (Regular, Diplomatic, Official, etc.): N/A

 

Military Records

Available. Applicants should apply to the Commandant of Police, P.O. Box 58, and Doha. Applicants should include full passport data, name of Qatari sponsor while in Qatar, dates of arrival and departure, and one full set of fingerprints. All requests by Qatari citizens for such records must be approved on a case-by-case basis by the Commandant of Police. All available information will be sent in every case and is recognized as valid for a period of three months.

Passports & Other Travel Documents

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Other Records

Not applicable

Visa Issuing Posts

Doha, Qatar (Embassy)

The U. S. Embassy is located at the Al-Luqta District on 22nd February Street,
P.O. Box 2399, Doha.

Tel: (974) 488-4101

Fax: (974) 488-4176

Visa Services

All visa categories for all of Qatar.

Foreign Consular Office Contact Information

Washington, DC (202) 274-1600 (202) 202-9633

Houston, TX (713) 355-8221 (713) 355-8184

New York, NY (212) 497-2757 (212) 751-8632

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Doha
Al-Luqta District
22nd February Street
PO Box 2399
Doha, Qatar
Telephone
+(974) 4496-6000, extension 0 or 6600
Emergency
+(974) 4496-6000, extension 0 or 6600
Fax
+(974) 4488-4298
Qatar Country Map

Learn about your destination
Additional Information for Reciprocity

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

Country Information

Qatar
State of Qatar
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Embassy Messages
Quick Facts
PASSPORT VALIDITY:

6 months

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

Minimum of 2

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

Yes

VACCINATIONS:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

None

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Doha

Al-Luqta District
22nd February Street
PO Box 2399
Doha, Qatar
Telephone: +(974) 4496-6000, extension 0 or 6600
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(974) 4496-6000, extension 0 or 6600,
Fax: +(974) 4488-4298
ACSDoha@state.gov or

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Destination Description

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Qatar for information on U.S. – Qatar relations.   

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

See the government of Qatar’s website for visa information.

Requirements for Entry:

  • Passport valid for at least six months
  • Visa

Be sure to leave Qatar before your visa expires.  The Qatari Government charges as much as USD $55 for each day that you overstay your visa, up to USD $3,300.

For further information, see the Qatari Ministry of Interior website.

Tourist visas: When traveling on a U.S. passport, the Government of Qatar does not require prior visa arrangements and travelers my obtain a free visa waiver upon arrival.  The waiver is valid for 30 days from the date of issuance and entitles the holder to spend up to 30 days in Qatar, or multiple entries during the 30-day validity.  Passports must have a minimum validity of six months.  More information can be found on the Government of Qatar website.  

Residency permit holders: Former resident permit holders seeking to return to Qatar should carry a “no objection letter” issued by their former sponsor.  

For further information on residence permits, see the Government of Qatar  or U.S. Embassy website. In general, you will need:

  • Police clearance certificate
  • Authentication of education degrees
  • Certified true copies of civil documents (marriage certificates, birth certificates, etc.)
  • Occupational certifications from your home country

Exit Permits:

  • U.S. citizens with employment sponsored residency permits cannot leave the country without an exit permitobtained from their employer. If you hold a Work Residence Permit, you must notify your employer each time you leave the country. Employers, at their discretion, may offer multiple exit permits, which are now free.
  • Before approving an exit visa at the end of employment, sponsors, and Qatari immigration authorities may confirm with your Qatari bank that there are no outstanding loans. 
  • If you owe money, you will be barred from exiting Qatar (See Exit Bans in Local Law section). Qatari banks place holds on accounts to ensure all debts are paid before you leave.
  • U.S. citizen family members with family residence visas do not need an exit permit to leave Qatar; however, sponsors (usually the husband/father) can elect to receive instant notification if family dependents are attempting to depart the country.

Qatar does not recognize dual nationality. If you hold Qatari citizenship, Qatari law requires that you enter and exit on your Qatari passport. Qatari authorities may confiscate your U.S. passport if you hold Qatari/U.S. dual nationality. Should this happen, contact the U.S. Embassy. The seizure does not constitute loss of U.S. citizenship.

Military Personnel: Military personnel should consult the Department of Defense Foreign Clearance Guide before traveling, since different entry/exit requirements may apply. For further information, call the Host Nation Coordination Cell of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing at 011-974-5551-0815.

HIV/AIDS restrictions:

Some HIV/AIDS entry restrictions exist for visitors to and foreign residents of Qatar.   Medical exams are required for all long-term visitors and residents. If you have HIV/AIDS, you may be deported. Verify this information with the Embassy of Qatar before traveling.

Customs: Customs regulations are strict regarding alcohol, narcotics, pork products, weapons or weapons-related articles (hand cuffs, laser pointers, etc.), and pornographic/sexually-related materials.

See the State of Qatar’s website for specific information regarding Qatar customs requirements.

Find information on dual nationalityprevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

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Safety and Security

Potential for terrorist activity:

You may find useful security information specific to Qatar on the Overseas Security Advisory Council’s website.

Terrorist groups are very active in the Middle East and North Africa. The U.S. government remains highly concerned about possible attacks against U.S. citizens, facilities, businesses, and perceived U.S. and Western interests in the region.  Government officials throughout the region are concerned about the potential return of foreign fighters following ISIS’s territorial losses in Iraq, Syria, and Libya.  ISIS, al-Qa‘ida, and affiliated organizations reportedly continue to plan attacks within the region against Westerners through assassination, kidnapping, hijacking, and bombing.

Please review the Worldwide Caution before traveling to Qatar.

Safety Precautions:

  • Practice personal security measures at all times
  • Monitor local media broadcasts and consular messages
  • Vary travel routes and times when possible
  • Be aware of your surroundings and local events

Areas to avoid:

  • Large crowds and demonstrations
  • Labor or work camps
  • Venues and events frequented by Westerners. While the Government of the State of Qatar occasionally provides security for some events, the Embassy cannot gauge the adequacy of security in advance. 

Crime:

The crime rate in Qatar is generally low. Incidents of violence and petty theft are rare, but on the rise.There is a large police presence throughout the country. 

See the Department of State and the FBI webpages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime:     

  • Report crimes to the local police at 999.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy at + (974) 4496-6000.
  • Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes.
  • More information on local resources and assistance can be found through the Protection and Social Rehabilitation Centre hotline: 6693-3999, 6693-3108, or 6693-3919.
  • See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault should first contact the U.S. Embassy at + (974) 4496-6000.

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy at + (974) 4496-6000 for assistance.  Victims may also seek medical care through Hamad Hospital emergency room.  Hamad Medical Customer Service in country phone number:  16060.  If you are calling from overseas phone: + (974) 4439-5777.

We can:

  • help you find appropriate medical care
  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical
  • support in cases of destitution
  • help you arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

For further information:

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Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Exit Bans: Exit bans can be placed on people for various reasons, including:

  • labor or financial disputes
  • personal debt (including credit card debt and bank loans)
  • outstanding contracts or leases
  • traffic fines
  • bounced checks
  • pending legal matters
  • gestures or behavior reported by Qataris that are viewed as “offensive.” 

U.S. citizens placed under an exit ban have been barred from leaving Qatar; some have also been placed in prison pending payment of debts. Once placed under a travel ban, you are barred from leaving the country until the case is abandoned or resolved by the court. This process could take months or even years. 

Always carry a copy of your passport for proof of identity, or authorities may detain you for questioning.

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be deported, arrested, or imprisoned. 

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Criminal penalties for certain offenses are harsher than those in the U.S.:

  • Incidents involving obscene language, gestures, or insulting comments often result in arrest, overnight imprisonment, and/or fines.
  • Alcohol-Related Offenses: Qatar maintains a zero-tolerance policy against drinking and driving. Penalties for public intoxication and other alcohol-related offenses are severe, including immediate arrest, heavy fines, imprisonment, and/or deportation.
  • Illegal Drug Usage: Convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and steep fines.

In case of arrest:

Qatari authorities do not routinely notify the U.S. embassy of a U.S. citizen’s arrest.  If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately.  If you are not allowed to do so, ask a friend or family member to contact the U.S. Embassy.

See our webpage for further information.

For more serious crimes, Qatari authorities may not allow U.S. Embassy officials to visit until the initial interrogation is completed.

Qatari police sometimes arrest U.S. citizens without providing access to legal counsel. You could be arrested if you are a:

  • Potential witness to a crime (including traffic accidents involving injuries, slander, traffic arguments, etc.)
  • Relative of a suspect
  • Crime Suspect

If arrested – regardless of the charge – you will probably spend 1-2 nights in jail before a hearing takes place. Once an arrest is made, only the Qatari Public Prosecution and Courts have the authority to grant a release. 

See our webpage for further information.

Employment in Qatar:

It is illegal for Qatari employers to retain your passport,except for visa and immigration processing.  U.S. passports are the property of the U.S. government.

In the event of a contract or employment dispute, Qatari authorities refer to the Arabic language of a contract. Verbal assurances or side letters are not binding in Qatar. 

Qatari law favors employers over employees. Employees have limited recourse in the event their employer terminates a contract early.  If a sponsor files a complaint against an employee who departed Qatar, the employee may be barred from returning to Qatar, even on a subsequent tourist or airport visa.  Many terminated U.S. citizens have been barred from departing Qatar because of pre-existing debts, despite having no job to earn income [see Exit Bans in Local Law section].

In most cases, transferring employment prior to the end of a contract requires the permission of the previous employer (which is discretionary) and is subject to approval by the Ministry of the Interior.  Recent changes to the law allow employees to transfer to new employers without permission at the end of their contract, which can last up to five years.  Additional mechanisms for transferring between employers exist through the Ministry of Interior in cases such as bankruptcy, abuse, or repeated failure to pay an employee on time.

Faith-Based Travelers: 

Religion is a very sensitive issue in Qatar; treat any discussions on religion with care and caution.

Proselytizing is against the law. Attempts to covert a member of another religion or even “share your faith” can be considered “proselytizing.”  Penalties for such actions include deportation or imprisonment.

While you may import religious material for personal use, do not bring religious materials into the country for proselytizing purposes; this is prohibited.

Charitable activities, both religious and non-religious, must be approved in advance by the Ministry of Social Affairs.

See our following webpages for details:

LGBTI Travelers: Same-sex sexual relations between men are against the law, even if relations are consensual. Penalties include lashings, lengthy prison sentences, and/or deportation. 

There is no law criminalizing same-sex sexual relations between women.

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Access and accommodation is limited, given the scarcity of ramps, TTY or TDD communication systems, Braille signs, and/or appropriate restroom facilities. Public transportation is generally inaccessible. 

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.  Qatari regulations require children with Qatar residency permits to be enrolled in a school licensed by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, in a certified home schooling program, or in a formal boarding school abroad.

Women Travelers: Men occasionally verbally and/or physically harass unaccompanied expatriate women.  

In deference to Islamic culture, avoid wearing sleeveless shirts, halter-tops, or shorts. Only wear athletic clothing in public when engaged in sports activities.

See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

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Health

Modern medical facilities and Western-style pharmacies are available. Doctors and hospitals expect immediate cash payment for health services. 

For information on the Qatari national healthcare system, see their website.

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas. 

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance (our webpage) to cover medical evacuation.

If traveling with prescription medication, check with the Qatari customs authority on traveling proper procedures for traveling with prescription medication and/or the Ministry of Public Health about what drugs are allowed.

Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription. 

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

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Travel and Transportation

For current traffic regulations, see the Ministry of Interior’s Traffic Police website.

Driving:

You must have a Qatari driving license to drive in Qatar. Do not drive on a U.S. driver’s license.  

Requirements for a permanent Qatari driver’s license (newly arrived and prospective residents):

  • Written exam
  • Road test

Requirements for a temporary Qatari driver’s license (short-term visitors):  

  • Present U.S. driver’s license at any branch of Qatar’s Traffic Police.

Traffic accidents are one of the leading causes of death in Qatar. The extensive use of roundabouts, numerous road construction projects, and high-speed driving can be challenging.  In rural areas, poor lighting, wandering camels and roads without shoulders create hazards.

Avoid arguments over traffic incidents. Qatari citizens who feel insulted can file a police complaint that can result in your arrest and overnight detention.  

Drivers are liable for persons injured in a traffic accident. Local police have held U.S. citizens overnight while ascertaining the extent of injuries. 

Traffic Fines: Please be aware that traffic offenses are easily captured via well-placed cameras and the fines can be expensive in Qatar.

Public Transportation:

Public transportation is limited to taxis and buses. Public transportation is safe, but not readily available.  Private mobile application-based taxi services are increasingly popular.

See our Road Safety page for more information. 

Aviation Safety Oversight: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Qatar’s air carrier operations.  Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Qatar should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts.  Information may also be posted to the  U.S. Coast Guard homeport website  and the NGA broadcast warnings (select “broadcast warnings”)

Hague Convention Participation
Party to the Hague Abduction Convention?
No
U.S. Treaty Partner under the Hague Abduction Convention?
No
What You Can Do
Learn how to respond to abductions FROM the US
Learn how to respond to abductions TO the US
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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Doha

Al-Luqta District
22nd February Street
PO Box 2399
Doha, Qatar
Telephone: +(974) 4496-6000, extension 0 or 6600
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(974) 4496-6000, extension 0 or 6600,
Fax: +(974) 4488-4298
ACSDoha@state.gov or

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General Information

For information concerning travel to Qatar, including information about the location of the U.S. Embassy, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, entry/exit requirements, safety and security, crime, medical facilities and health information, traffic safety, road conditions and aviation safety, please see country-specific information for Qatar. 

The U.S. Department of State reports statistics and compliance information for individual countries in the Annual Report on International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA).  The report is located here.

 

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Hague Abduction Convention

Qatar is not a signatory to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Abduction Convention), nor are there any bilateral agreements in force between Qatar and the United States concerning international parental child abduction.

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Return

Legal systems and laws pertaining to custody, divorce, and parental abduction vary widely from country to country.  Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney who specializes in family law in Qatar and who can provide accurate legal guidance that is specific to their circumstances. 

 

The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, Directorate for Overseas Citizens Services, Office of Children’s Issues provides assistance in cases of international parental child abduction.  For U.S. citizen parents whose children have been wrongfully removed to or retained in countries that are not U.S. partners under the Hague Abduction Convention, the Office of Children’s Issues can provide information and resources about country-specific options for pursuing the return of or access to an abducted child.  The Office of Children’s Issues may also coordinate with appropriate foreign and U.S. government authorities about the welfare of abducted U.S. citizen children.  Parents are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of State for assistance.

 

Contact information:

Bureau of Consular Affairs
Office of Children's
CA/OCS/CI
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Telephone:  1-888-407-4747
Outside the United States or Canada: 1-202-501-4444
Website
Email: AskCI@state.gov

Parental child abduction may be a crime in Qatar depending on the circumstances of the child's removal.  Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney in Qatar to determine if their particular case qualifies as a crime under Qatari law.

Parents may wish to consult with an attorney in the United States and in the country to which the child has been removed or retained to learn more about how filing criminal charges may impact a custody case in the foreign court.  Please see Possible Solutions - Pressing Criminal Charges for more information.  

 

 

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Visitation/Access

Legal systems and laws pertaining to custody, divorce, and parental abduction vary widely from country to country.  Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney who specializes in family law in Qatar and who can provide accurate legal guidance that is specific to their circumstances.

The Office of Children’s Issues may be able to assist parents seeking access to children who have been wrongfully removed from or retained outside the United States.   Parents who are seeking access to children who were not wrongfully removed from or retained outside the United States should contact the U.S. Embassy in Doha for information and possible assistance.

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Retaining an Attorney

The Qatari Government established two organizations that aim to protect women and children from domestic violence: the Qatar Foundation for Protection and Social Rehabilitation and the Family Consulting Center.  These organizations will provide mediation in domestic violence and divorce cases and assist parties with understanding their rights and finding legal assistance.  No costs are associated with using these organizations.   The Qatar Foundation for Protection and Social Rehabilitation and the Family Consulting Center can be contacted by phone in country at: 4666671/72/73, outside of the country at:  +974-467-9444, or by email. 

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Mediation

Legal systems and laws pertaining to custody, divorce, and parental abduction vary widely from country to country.  Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney who specializes in family law in Qatar and who can provide accurate legal guidance that is specific to their circumstances. 

The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, Directorate for Overseas Citizens Services, Office of Children’s Issues provides assistance in cases of international parental child abduction.  For U.S. citizen parents whose children have been wrongfully removed to or retained in countries that are not U.S. partners under the Hague Abduction Convention, the Office of Children’s Issues can provide information and resources about country-specific options for pursuing the return of or access to an abducted child.  The Office of Children’s Issues may also coordinate with appropriate foreign and U.S. government authorities about the welfare of abducted U.S. citizen children.  Parents are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of State for assistance.

Contact information:

Bureau of Consular Affairs
Office of Children's
CA/OCS/CI
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Telephone:  1-888-407-4747
Outside the United States or Canada: 1-202-501-4444
Website:  travel.state.gov
Email: AskCI@state.gov

Parental child abduction may be a crime in Qatar depending on the circumstances of the child's removal.  Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney in Qatar to determine if their particular case qualifies as a crime under Qatari law.

Parents may wish to consult with an attorney in the United States and in the country to which the child has been removed or retained to learn more about how filing criminal charges may impact a custody case in the foreign court.  Please see Possible Solutions - Pressing Criminal Charges for more information.  

Exercising Custody Rights

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country. It is important for parents to understand that, although a left-behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.  For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney if planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

The U.S. government cannot interfere with another country’s court or law enforcement system.

To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney in the country in which the child is located.  

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney. 

Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.

For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

 

Hague Convention Participation
Hague Adoption Convention Country?
No
Are Intercountry Adoptions between this country and the United States possible?
Is this country a U.S. Hague Partner?
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Hague Convention Information

Qatar is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Intercountry adoptions of children from non-Hague countries are processed in accordance with 8 Code of Federal Regulations, Section  204.3 as it relates to orphans as defined under the Immigration and Nationality Act, Section 101(b)(1)(F).

Adoption is not permitted in Qatar, which follows Muslim “Shari’a” law. Only Qatari citizens may obtain legal guardianship of a child, which is not the same as adoption. The child cannot inherit family property or assume a Qatari citizen’s family or tribal name based on a legal guardianship. Legal guardianship is limited to situations where: the parents are unknown; or the child has been abandoned; or the mother is known, but incapable of supporting the child and willing to relinquish parental rights and the father is unknown. The legal proceedings for legal guardianship are completed by the Family Court of Qatar. The law extends to third-country national children who are considered Qatari citizens. As such, the State of Qatar will not allow for the relocation of the child to another country.

U.S. citizens interested in obtaining legal guardianship of a child in Qatar should contact the Family Court of Qatar to inquire about applicable laws and procedures. Likewise, U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in Qatar, who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country, should contact the Family Court of Qatar. See contact information below.

Caution: Prospective adoptive parents should be aware that not all children in orphanages or children’s homes are adoptable. In many countries, birth parents place their child(ren) temporarily in an orphanage or children’s home due to financial or other hardship, intending that the child return home when this becomes possible. In such cases, the birth parent(s) have rarely relinquished their parental rights or consented to their child(ren)’s adoption.

Please visit the Department of State’s Country Specific Information for more information on travelling to Qatar and the U.S. Embassy Doha’s website for information on consular services.

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Contact Information

Qatar’s Adoption Authority/Family Court:
Dhreima Qatar Orphan Foundation
Tel: +974- 44589444
Fax: +974- 44580014
P.O.Box: 24026, Doha, Qatar
Website: q-orphans.org
E-mail: qof@q-orphans.org – info@q-orphans.org

U.S. Embassy Doha 
22nd February Street
Al Luqta
Doha, Qatar
974-4496-6000
E-mail: ACSConsularDoha@state.gov
Website: qa.usembassy.gov

Qatari Embassy in the United States:
Embassy of the State of Qatar
2555 M Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
Phone: (202) 274-1600
Website:  http://washington.embassy.qa/en
Email: info@qatarembassy.org

Houston Consulate:
The General Consulate of the State of Qatar
1990 Post Oak Blvd., Suite 900
Houston, TX 77056
Phone:  (+1) 713-355-8221
Fax (+1) 713-355-8184
Email: houston@mofa.gov.qa

New York Consulate: 
Consulate General of the State of Qatar
50 Central Park S, Suite 1707
New York, NY 10019
Phone:  212-497-2757 
Website: qatarnyc.org
Email: newyork@mofa.gov.qa

Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 24 Months
A-2 None Multiple 24 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1 None Multiple 120 Months
B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1 $5.00 Multiple 60 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 60 Months
C-2 None Multiple 6 Months
C-3 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 60 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2C 12 None Multiple 24 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 24 Months
G-2 None Multiple 24 Months
G-3 None Multiple 24 Months
G-4 None Multiple 24 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B None Multiple 24 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 24 Months 3
H-2A None Multiple 24 Months 3
H-2B None Multiple 24 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 24 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 24 Months 3
I None Multiple 12 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 60 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 24 Months
L-2 None Multiple 24 Months
M-1 None Multiple 60 Months
M-2 None Multiple 60 Months
N-8 None Multiple 12 Months
N-9 None Multiple 12 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 24 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 24 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 24 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 24 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 24 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 24 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 24 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 24 Months
R-2 None Multiple 24 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

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Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth and Death Certificates

Available for births and deaths occurring after l969; prior to that date records are not complete. Applicants should apply at the Ministry of Public Health in Doha. Certificates will not be mailed to nonresidents but will be released to individual acting on their behalf.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Available for Moslems after l957; not available for Christians. Applicants should apply to the President of the Sharia Court, P.O. Box 232, Doha, and furnish names of both spouses and date of marriage and/or divorce.

Note: Documents are released in Arabic only.

Adoption Certificates

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Identity Card

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Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Certificates

  • Available/Unavailable: Available
  • Fees: 10 Qatari Riyals for residents – 10 U.S. dollars for nonresidents.
  • Document Name:

شهادة حسن سيرة وسلوك
POLICE CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE

  • Issuing Authority:

General Directorate of Criminal Investigations
Criminal Evidence and Information Department
P.O. Box 23004
Salwa Road, Exit 15
Doha, Qatar

  • Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: A4-size paper carrying State of Qatar, Ministry of Interior seal as a watermark in Arabic language with colored Ministry of Interior insignia on the top-center of the document. The applicant’s photograph is on the upper left corner with a Department wet seal on top of the photograph.  A similar seal is also placed on top of the signing authority’s name and signature.  The certificate carries information both in Arabic and English. It is not necessary to notarize the certificate at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  
  • Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Director of Criminal Evidence and Information Department
  • Registration Criteria: Any current or former resident may apply.  The applicant’s first entry date and last exit date in Qatar is required.
  • Procedure for Obtaining: Residents of Qatar can apply by visiting the Office of the General Directorate of Criminal Investigations in person.  Former residents now living outside Qatar can apply via mail by including a return envelope and a processing fee of 10 U.S. dollars in cash.  They may also ask a friend or relative to act on their behalf by applying in person and paying the in-person processing fee of 10 Qatari Riyals. Details on the application procedure are available at the Ministry of Interior’s website at www.moi.gov.qa.  
  • Certified Copies Available: N/A
  • Alternate Documents: N/A
  • Exceptions: Applicants are required to submit evidence of their legal stay in Qatar. If someone is unable to provide evidence or details of his/her entry into or exit from Qatar, that applicant is required to visit the Directorate of Expatriate Affairs at the Ministry of Interior to get a certificate of entry/exit record.  
  • Comments: For local residents, it can take up to two weeks to issue a certificate. For applicants from outside Qatar, it can take one month or longer. The certificate is valid for six months from the date of issuance.
  • Types Available (Regular, Diplomatic, Official, etc.): N/A

 

Military Records

Available. Applicants should apply to the Commandant of Police, P.O. Box 58, and Doha. Applicants should include full passport data, name of Qatari sponsor while in Qatar, dates of arrival and departure, and one full set of fingerprints. All requests by Qatari citizens for such records must be approved on a case-by-case basis by the Commandant of Police. All available information will be sent in every case and is recognized as valid for a period of three months.

Passports & Other Travel Documents

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Other Records

Not applicable

Visa Issuing Posts

Doha, Qatar (Embassy)

The U. S. Embassy is located at the Al-Luqta District on 22nd February Street,
P.O. Box 2399, Doha.

Tel: (974) 488-4101

Fax: (974) 488-4176

Visa Services

All visa categories for all of Qatar.

Foreign Consular Office Contact Information

Washington, DC (202) 274-1600 (202) 202-9633

Houston, TX (713) 355-8221 (713) 355-8184

New York, NY (212) 497-2757 (212) 751-8632

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Doha
Al-Luqta District
22nd February Street
PO Box 2399
Doha, Qatar
Telephone
+(974) 4496-6000, extension 0 or 6600
Emergency
+(974) 4496-6000, extension 0 or 6600
Fax
+(974) 4488-4298
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Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.