Passport / Visa
Visitors from all around the world can enter Qatar either visa free, or by filling out simple online applications, depending on the passport they carry.
Nationals of more than 80 countries are eligible for visa-free entry into the State of Qatar, with varying allowable lengths of stay. With a valid passport of a minimum validity of six months and a confirmed return ticket, people from the eligible countries can obtain a visa waiver upon arrival to Qatar without any prior visa arrangements.
Best Time to Visit
The best months to visit Qatar are November to early April as the milder weather conditions allow for sightseeing and outdoor activities. The summer months from June to September are very hot with minimum rainfall, so these can be difficult, especially so if you're sensitive to high temperatures.
Located in the capital city of Qatar, Hamad International Airport is the international airport of Doha which hosts many airlines from around the world and provides a wide range of services like banking and currency exchange service, parents room and medical assistance.
Doha’s bus network connects Hamad International Airport to various destinations across the city and all buses depart from Bus Pavilion that is located to the right of the arrivals hall.
Address: Hamad International Airport, Doha
Many local and international car hire companies operate in Qatar. Hirer will be required for a credit card, passport copy and a valid driving licence from their home country or international permit.
Although buses are not widely used by tourists, the service of many buses are modern, clean and air-conditioned. Fares within the city are around QAR3 to QAR9 depending on the distance, and fares outside town are reasonably priced.
Most visitors take taxis to go around Doha. Karwa taxis are widely available and reasonably priced and their meters start at QAR 4 and run at QAR1.2 per km. To order a taxi in advance, please call +974 4458 8888.
There are no major health risks and no special inoculations required by visitors. There are many well-stocked pharmacies with English speaking staff throughout Doha city, while some open for the whole day.
Wellcare Pharmacy – Park n Shop
Address: Park N Shop, Doha
Tel: +974 4416 0546
Wellcare Pharmacy – Safari
Address: Safari Mall, Doha
Tel: +974 4468 0638
Al Rawdah Pharmacy
Address: Basement of Centerpoint Ml Al, Doha
Tel: +974 4452 5410
Qatar post provides fast mail delivery to more than 220 countries around the world and the post offices are scattered around Doha.
Tel: +974 4458 2193
Opening time: Sun - Thur: 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM Sat: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Tel: +974 4473 1757
Opening time: Sun - Sat 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Tel: +974 44784 026
Opening time: Sun - Thur: 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM Sat: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The country code for Qatar is +974. Telecom providers Ooredoo and Vodafone offer pre-paid and post-paid mobile services. Wi-fi broadband hotspots are available across the country and are easily accessible at hotels and public places.
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