Expedited Visa for
Qatar

When you need to get your visa for Qatar processed quickly, Travel Document Systems is here to help. All of the requirements and application forms, plus convenient online ordering.

Get a Tourist Visa for Qatar

Qatar issues Tourist visas for:
  • Tourist Travel
  • Visiting Family & Friends Sightseeing
  • Family Emergencies

Qatar Tourist Visa for US Passport Holders Required

When you are travelling to Qatar with a U.S. Passport, a Tourist Visa is required.

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Qatar Tourist Visa for Non-US Passport Holders Required

When you are travelling to Qatar with a Non-US Passport, a Tourist Visa is required.

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Get a Business Visa for Qatar

Qatar issues Business visas for:
  • Business Travel
  • Sales Meetings
  • Providing Services
  • Conference/Seminars

Qatar Business Visa for US Passport Holders Required

When you are travelling to Qatar with a U.S. Passport, a Business Visa is required.

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Qatar Business Visa for Non-US Passport Holders Required

When you are travelling to Qatar with a Non-US Passport, a Business Visa is required.

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Get a Official or Diplomatic Visa for Qatar

Qatar issues Official or Diplomatic visas for:
  • Official or Diplomatic Government Travel

Qatar Official or Diplomatic Visa for US Passport Holders Required

When you are travelling to Qatar with a U.S. Passport, a Official or Diplomatic Visa is required.

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Qatar Official or Diplomatic Visa for Non-US Passport Holders Required

When you are travelling to Qatar with a Non-US Passport, a Official or Diplomatic Visa is required.

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Travel Information

Get the most up-to-date information for Qatar related to embassy and consulate addresses, foreign relations information, travel advisories, entry and exit restrictions, and travel tips from the US State Department's website.

Vaccinations

Vaccination Certificate for Yellow Fever Required if a Arriving from an infected area with 5 Days.

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About Qatar

Read about the people, history, government, economy and geography of Qatar at the CIA's World FactBook.

A Brief History of Qatar

Qatar has been inhabited for millennia. The Al Khalifa family of Bahrain dominated the area until 1868 when, at the request of Qatari nobles, the British negotiated the termination of the Bahraini claim, except for the payment of tribute. The tribute ended when the Ottoman Empire occupied Qatar in 1872.

When the Ottomans left at the beginning of World War I, the British recognized Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani as ruler. The Al Thani family had lived in Qatar for 200 years. The 1916 treaty between the United Kingdom and Sheikh Abdullah was similar to those entered into by the British with other Gulf principalities. Under it, the ruler agreed not to dispose of any of his territory except to the U.K. and not to enter into relationships with any other foreign government without British consent. In return, the British promised to protect Qatar from all aggression by sea and to lend their good offices in case of a land attack. A 1934 treaty granted more extensive British protection.

In 1935, a 75-year oil concession was granted to the Qatar Petroleum Company, a subsidiary of the Iraq Petroleum Company, which was owned by Anglo-Dutch, French, and U.S. interests. High-quality oil was discovered in 1940 at Dukhan, on the western side of the Qatari peninsula. However, the start of WWII delayed exploitation of Qatar's oil resources, and oil exports did not begin until 1949.

During the 1950s and 1960s gradually increasing oil revenues brought prosperity, rapid immigration, substantial social progress, and the beginnings of Qatar's modern history. When the U.K. announced a policy in 1968 (reaffirmed in March 1971) of ending the treaty relationships with the Gulf sheikdoms, Qatar joined the other eight states then under British protection (the seven trucial sheikdoms--the present United Arab Emirates--and Bahrain) in a plan to form a union of Arab emirates. By mid-1971, as the termination date of the British treaty relationship (end of 1971) approached, the nine still had not agreed on terms of union. Accordingly, Qatar declared independence as a separate entity and became the fully independent State of Qatar on September 3, 1971.

In February 1972, the Heir Apparent, Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad, deposed his cousin, Amir Ahmad, and assumed power. Key members of the Al Thani family supported this move, which took place without violence or signs of political unrest.

On June 27, 1995, the Deputy Amir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa, deposed his father Amir Khalifa in a bloodless coup. An unsuccessful counter-coup was staged in 1996. The Amir and his father are now reconciled, though some supporters of the counter-coup remain in prison. The Amir announced his intention for Qatar to move toward democracy and has permitted a freer and more open press and municipal elections as a precursor to expected parliamentary elections. Qatari citizens approved a new constitution via public referendum in April 2003, which came into force in June 2005.


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