For travellers from the UAE visiting Qatar, it's important to note that as of 1 February 2023, obtaining a health insurance policy has become mandatory for all visitors applying for a visitor's visa. This applies to various visa types, including the Family Visit Visa, GCC Residents Visit Visa, and Visa On Arrival. However, an update in August 2023 clarified that visitors entering Qatar on an instant visa and staying for less than 30 days are not obligated to secure health insurance. Despite this exemption, it is still highly recommended to have travel insurance to cover any unexpected medical emergencies during your stay.

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  • Residents of GCC countries, including those from the UAE, can obtain a visa on arrival in Qatar, subject to certain eligibility conditions. This visa scheme allows for a 30-day stay, which can be extended, offering flexibility for travellers. To be eligible for this visa on arrival, applicants must meet specific requirements such as having a passport with a minimum validity of six months from the intended arrival date, a valid GCC residence card with at least three months of validity, and a profession listed among the approved professions. Additionally, a confirmed round-trip ticket and accommodation confirmation are necessary, along with mandatory visitor’s health insurance from one of the accredited companies by the Ministry of Public Health.
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  • For UAE travellers looking to explore Qatar, several top destinations offer a blend of cultural, historical, and modern attractions. 
  • Doha: The capital city is known for its stunning skyline, the Corniche promenade, the Museum of Islamic Art, and the bustling Souq Waqif.
  • The Pearl-Qatar: An artificial island offering high-end shopping, dining, and entertainment.
  • Katara Cultural Village: A hub for arts and culture with theatres, galleries, and performance venues.
  • Al Zubarah: A UNESCO World Heritage site, this abandoned town offers a glimpse into Qatar's pearling past.
  • Inland Sea (Khor Al Adaid): A unique landscape where the sea encroaches deep into the heart of the desert, accessible by 4x4 vehicles.
The ideal time to visit Qatar from the UAE is during the high season, which runs from November to March. During these months, Qatar experiences cooler temperatures, making outdoor activities and sightseeing more comfortable. This period also coincides with various cultural events, attracting visitors from around the Gulf. For those looking to enjoy poolside relaxation, November and March are particularly suitable, as the temperatures are warm enough without the intense heat of the summer months.

For UAE travellers planning a visit to Qatar, understanding local customs, weather patterns, and transportation options can greatly enhance your trip. 

  • Best time to visit: Qatar's peak season runs from October to May, offering pleasant temperatures for outdoor exploration and coinciding with various cultural events.
  • Dress modestly: Respecting local customs by dressing modestly, especially in public areas and when visiting cultural sites, is appreciated.
  • Use public transportation: The Doha Metro provides an efficient and comfortable way to navigate the city, connecting major attractions and districts.
  • Understand local etiquette: Familiarising yourself with Arab customs, such as dining etiquette and traditional greetings, can enrich your cultural experience.

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Getting Qatar travel insurance online in the UAE is easy with Allianz. Visit our website, choose the appropriate policy, and complete the purchase process online for instant coverage.