Qatar: Mandatory Health Insurance Requirements for Visitor Visas

Last Updated on March 1, 2023

Key Points 

  • Qatar will implement the mandatory Health Insurance Scheme on Feb 1, 2023, which will require all visitors to obtain insurance from a Qatari-registered company 


The government of Qatar will implement the first phase of its mandatory Health Insurance Scheme on 1 February 2023. The scheme will require all visitors to the country to obtain health insurance from a Qatari-registered health insurance company.  

According to the government, the insurance policy for visitors must cover emergency and accidental services only, with a premium of 50 Qatari Riyals per month at the initial issuance and upon extension of the visa. The process for obtaining health insurance will be added as an additional step in the visitor visa application process or visitor visa extension process. 

For a full list of Qatari-registered health insurance companies, check here. For further information on the health insurance scheme, check here.  

What are the Changes? 

Effective 1 February 2023, the government of Qatar will require foreign nationals applying for a visitor visa or renewing visitor visas to also obtain health insurance. According to the announcement, the scheme aims to regulate health insurance and improve accessibility to health services throughout the country.  

Looking Ahead  

Continue to check the government of Qatar’s website and Envoy’s website for the latest updates and information.  

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