Qatar Updates Family Entry Regulations

Qatar’s Ministry of Interior has revised regulations and procedures regarding the entry process for the families of residents intending to visit or reside in the country.

Key Changes
  • For family residence:
    • For government and semi-government employees, securing family housing through their employer or maintaining a salary not lower than QAR 10,000, as confirmed by an employment contract, is required.
    • Private sector employees in technical or specialized fields (non-labour) must have a salary of at least QAR 10,000 or QAR 6,000 along with family housing verified in the employment contract.
    • In family sponsorship cases, children should be under 25 years of age, and unmarried daughters are required. Additionally, comprehensive health insurance covering their entire stay is mandatory from entry into the country.
    • Children 6-18 years old must be enrolled in licensed schools within the country or demonstrate enrollment in an educational platform overseen by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education if studying abroad. This is a requisite during the issuance or renewal of the residence permit.
  • For family visits:
    • Sponsoring residents must hold professions outside labour sectors, with a salary not less than QAR 5,000 and family housing accredited by relevant authorities.
    • The visiting relative should belong to permissible degrees of relation to the sponsoring resident, without a specified age restriction. However, it is obligatory to have health insurance covering the visitor’s stay in Qatar.

The Ministry confirmed that these updated regulations and procedures are currently in effect.

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