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What was once labeled as a boring part of Middle East has remodeled itself into a world-class city with a thriving art scene, delectable culinary possibilities, an unrivaled Museum of Islamic Art and some of the finest souks in the Gulf. Qatar might be mostly desert, but its spectacular skyline hides many traditional possibilities like watching camels being ridden by robot racers, observing falconry in the process or take in the beauty of a gorgeous sunset from a landscape of magical dunes. There are many reasons that make Qatar exciting and luckily Sri Lankans can easily apply for a Qatar Visa with minimal documents. Since Sri Lankans are not eligible for an on-arrival Qatar Visa, getting a visa before flying to Qatar is a must. Keep reading Arooha's blog about Qatar Visas for Sri Lankans to get the details about price, procedures, certain travel tips and more.

Qatar Visa Types and their rates

1. 30 Day Tourist Visa - 17,000 LKR

This visa type is suitable for Individuals who are visiting Qatar for leisure purposes or to visit family and friends.

2. 90 Day Business Tourist Visa - 65000 LKR (Males) / 75 000 LKR (Females)

This visa is suitable for business people visiting Qatar for seminars, investments or other business related reasons.

What are the supporting documents required for Sri Lankans to get a Qatar Visa?

Getting a Qatar visa is easy for Sri Lankans because only few documents are needed to process a Qatar visa. The documents required are:

  1. Clear colour scan of applicant's passport personal details page
  2. If applicant's reference is residing in Qatar then a scanned copy of the Residence ID and contact details

Qatar Visa Processing

Duration: The processing time is usually 4 to 5 Qatar working days.
Procedure:

  • Submit the relevant documents to Arooha Colombo office and make the Qatar Visa fee payment.
  • Your documents will be checked by Arooha Visa representative and sent for processing.
  • You will receive your Qatar Visa via email to the email address provided at the time of application.

Frequently asked Questions

The best time to apply for a Qatar visa is a minimum of 4 working days before scheduled date of travel, a maximum of 90 days or anywhere in between. It is recommended to apply as early as possible.

No, you can apply for a visa any time before you travel but no later than 4 working days.

The decision to issue qatar visa is solely the decision of Qatar’s Immigration Authorities, Qatar Airways or the Qatar Tourism Authority. Holding a Qatar visa does not guarantee entry into Qatar as the final decision is made by the Immigration Officers at the entry counter at Qatar’s Hamad International Airport.

If all the necessary documents are submitted properly, your Qatar Visa will be issued within 4 working days.

The cost for each type of Qatar Visa is stated above.

The documents required for a Qatar visa are:

  • Colour scan copy of Passport’s personal details page
  • If applicant’s reference is residing in Qatar then a scanned copy of the Residence ID and contact details

To be able to apply for a Qatar Visa your passport should have a minimum validity of 6 months from the date of arrival at Qatar. If your passport is valid for less than 6 months you will need to renew your passport before applying for a Qatar Visa.

Yes, all individuals travelling to Qatar (including infants and children) need to have a visa to enter Qatar. This rule also applies for infants travelling on parent’s laps. Arooha does not issue Qatar Visa for children endorsed on parent’s passport.

Your Qatar Visa will be sent to you via email to the email address given during the application procedure.

No, you will receive an electronic visa copy to your email address which can be printed and taken with you when travelling to Qatar.

Sadly, the Qatar Immigration doesnt state reasons of visa applications being rejected.

All visa fees and service fees charged will not be refunded even if the visa gets rejected.

Yes, you can re-apply if your visa application gets rejected

All days excluding weekends (Friday and Saturday in Qatar) and public/national holidays.

Passports with single name are not accepted. Applicants should have a minimum of 2 names in their passport to be eligible to apply for a Qatar Visa.

No applicants with travel documents cannot apply with us as we currently process Qatar Visas with normal Passports only.

Tips to know when travelling to Qatar

  • Make a visit to your doctor a minimum of 4 to 8 weeks before departure to get vaccinated as there are many vaccinations recommended to take before travelling to Qatar.
  • Arabic is the national language but English and French are widely used. If you like to connect with the locals you can learn a few Arabic words like Kaif Halak (how are you) or Salaam (Hello).
  • Dress modestly to respect the local culture. Men and women should avoid wearing knee-length dresses and trousers. Women should also avoid wearing skinnies and sleeveless tops and opt for full sleeve lengths.
  • Don't spit on the streets unless you are ready to pay a fine of QR 200 (approximately 8500 LKR).
  • Visit Souq Waqif to get an idea of the traditional shopping scene. Walk through a labyrinth of buildings sporting historic architecture to gain access to artisan shops, spices, dried fruits, unique souvenirs and authentic restaurants.
  • Make the Museum of Islamic arts a mandatory stop to get a clear idea of Islamic architecture and admire not only the islamic artwork but also the building inspired by many Islamic elements and designed by the Architect of Louvre Pyramid, I.M. Pei.
  • Visit the Villaggio Mall to sail through the indoor canals with a Gondola ride and get the feel of shopping in Venice.
  • Walk along the 7 kilometer stretch of Doha Corniche which starts from the Museum and ends at the city center. This walk promises stunning views of the Doha skyline and can be enjoyed further with a dhow cruise at sunset.
  • Don't consider hiring a car and driving it while vacationing in Doha as the driving rules are strict and the violation fines prices. Instead use the karwa taxi service or Uber.
  • Liquor is not sold widely because Qatar is governed by Sharia laws. Don't even imagine smuggling a bottle of wine from the duty-free. Carry your passport and visit a 5-star hotel but be prepared to pay a good sum for a glass.

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