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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Did obtaining exit permits in Qatar just get easier?

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Expats and Qatari minors can now apply for exit permits at immigration service offices across Qatar, including the post office and Hamad Medical Corp., the Ministry of Interior has announced.

“Individuals and authorized representatives of companies” can also apply for exit permits online.

The Gulf Times reports:

For this purpose, filled in application forms available at the MoI website, with authorised signature shall be submitted along with original ID of the sponsor or establishment card of the company and the passport copy of the sponsored persons. Fee for single travel permit is QR10 and for multiple travels QR500 to be paid by bank cards.

The assistant director of Information Systems Department of the Ministry, Colonel Abdul Rahman al-Maliki said that the exit permits applications can be submitted electronically also through the e-government web portal or MoI self-service kiosks.

These kiosks are available at 11 locations in different parts of the county in shopping complexes and malls such as Lulu Hypermarket, Villaggio Mall and Landmark. The Ministry is planning more kiosks in different locations, he added.

It sounds like Qatar is attempting to streamline the exit permit process. What is unclear, however, is who is eligible to apply to leave the country and on what conditions. 

Has anyone tried the online system? Or visited one of the centers?

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