Qatar opened two Qatar Visa Centers in Islamabad and Karachi last week, to facilitate the recruitment of skilled labour from Pakistan, as well as provide the required services for obtaining visas to the State of Qatar for the purpose of visit and residence. 

The Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, HE Saqr Bin Mubarak Al Mansouri said that Qatar has chosen Pakistan as one of the first eight countries to launch the visa centre, to strengthen the relations between the two countries and as proof that Qatar is keen to support these relations. The ambassador also stressed the decision to increase the number of Pakistani workers in Qatar to work on the infrastructure projects currently underway in Qatar, in preparation for World Cup 2022.

Previously, visa procedures such as signing of work contracts, enrolment of biometrics data and medical tests, were carried out in the past after the entry of the expatriate to Qatar. With the opening of the visa centres, all procedures will now be done by these centres in their country of origin through an integrated electronic system. This will ensure speedy completion of special process for the issuance of visas and residence permits in Qatar. However, these procedures do not affect the local procedures of the expatriate country related to travel abroad.

Opening of Qatar Visa Center in Islamabad
Opening of Qatar Visa Center in Islamabad

The application process for work visa applicants from Pakistan to Qatar requires the applicants to get a visa reference number from the Ministry of Interior of Qatar, and booking an appointment through their website at Applicants should be no earlier than fifteen minutes before their scheduled time.

Qatar Visa Centers in Islamabad and Karachi

Conveniently located at I-A, I&T Center, G-6, Islamabad, and at the Ground Floor, 37-B / Block 6 Main Shahra-e-Faisal – PECHS in Karachi, both centres are equipped with state-of-the-art biometric enrolment and medical test facility. Both facilities are designed following international standards ensuring transparency, traceability and increased security for visa applicants.

Both centres operate from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday. Some of the key medical tests to be conducted at the centres include blood tests, x-ray, visual assessments, and physical examinations.

The two centres maintain robust multi-lingual information services for the benefit of visa applicants across multiple touch points. Information on appointment scheduling, requirements and steps at the visa centre can be found in English, Urdu and Arabic. For enquiries, applicants can call the centre helpline: +920 51 843 9384, or send an email to [email protected]. Walk-in enquiries are also entertained.