Overland Qatar Travel

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Visiting Qatar[edit]

Give a brief overview of what it's like to visit. How easy is the border, how safe is the country, are there great things to see and do, etc.

Entering Qatar with a Car or Motorbike[edit]

Correct as of: (date last confirmed correct)

Required Paperwork[edit]

(To check if you need a travel Visa for Qatar, application instructions and fees see: Qatar Visa online application at VisaHQ.com)
List the paperwork required to enter with a vehicle, including number of copies

Process at border[edit]

Briefly describe the process at the border to enter with a vehicle

Cost of entry[edit]

State the cost for a vehicle to enter

Permitted length of stay[edit]

State the permitted length of entry for the vehicle

Extension of stay[edit]

Describe the process to extend the permitted length of entry for the vehicle, if possible.

Storing a vehicle and temporarily leaving the country[edit]

Describe if/how a vehicle can be stored, and for how long.
Also mention if the owner / temporary importer can leave the country while the vehicle is in storage.

Exiting with a vehicle[edit]

Describe the paperwork requirements and process at the border to exit.

Driving in Qatar[edit]

Recommended books for Overlanding in Qatar[edit]

Lonely Planet Bahrain, Kuwait & Qatar
Lonely Planet Bahrain, Kuwait & Qatar
by Gordon Robison, Paul Greenway
From $44.16 on Amazon
Work Less To Live Your Dreams: A Practical Guide To Sa...
Work Less To Live Your Dreams: A Practical Guide To Sa...
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Overlanders' Handbook: Worldwide Route And Planning Gu...
Overlanders' Handbook: Worldwide Route And Planning Gu...
by Chris Scott
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Adventure Motorcycling Handbook: A Route & Planning Gu...
Adventure Motorcycling Handbook: A Route & Planning Gu...
by Chris Scott
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Solar Powered Desalination: Zero Carbon Footprint Wate...
Solar Powered Desalination: Zero Carbon Footprint Wate...
by Dallia Ali, Noof Ali Al Saoud
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Travel insurance for Qatar[edit]

World Nomads offer the most flexible Travel Insurance at the best prices for multi-country / multi-year trips. You can buy, extend and claim online, even after you've left home.

Vehicle insurance requirements[edit]

Yes or No if insurance is mandatory, and what kind is acceptable.

Cost of vehicle insurance[edit]

State the price of insurance and a time period.

Where to purchase vehicle insurance[edit]

Describe where insurance can be purchased.

Driving license[edit]

State the kind of driving licenses required. i.e. International Driving Permit.

Driving side of road[edit]

Unknown if RHD vehicles can be driven in Qatar.

Mandatory items in vehicle[edit]

State any mandatory items that must be carried in the vehicle. (i.e. safety triangle, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, etc.)


General Road quality[edit]

Give a brief description of the general road quality. Mention if one way streets are common.

Road signs[edit]

Briefly describe the overall quality & existence of road signs for directions and hazards.

Toll roads[edit]

List the frequency and approximate price of toll roads. There are no toll roads in Qatar.

Bribery in Qatar[edit]

Briefly describe how common bribery is and whether it should be expected, and the best way to deal with it.


describe the frequency of checkpoints (police or military and what to expect.

Traveling with pets[edit]

List the entry requirements and anything else required to travel with a pet.

Gas price in Qatar and Diesel price in Qatar[edit]

Last updated: October 2012

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Gasoline Grade Price
Unleaded €0.19 EUR per Liter[1]
Diesel €0.19 EUR per Liter[1]

Gas and Diesel Availability / Frequency[edit]

Briefly describe if gas shortages are known to occur.
Also state the approximate average distance between gas stations. This is a very rough estimate. Petrol/Gas prices are 1.8 QR per L of Super Gasoline (95) and 1.85 QR per L for Diesel as of April 2018. There are growing number of petrol stations and most small towns have a least one station. No gas shortages known to have occurred in last four years.

Gas and Diesel Quality[edit]

Discuss if gasoline / diesel considered "clean" or "dirty", and generally high or low quality.
State the sulfur content of diesel, if known.

Safety and Security Considerations[edit]

Driving at night[edit]

Discuss driving at night and if it should it be avoided. Mention why.

Vehicle parking[edit]

Discuss if vehicles can be parked on the street, if they are considered "safe" at night. If vehicles can not be parked on the street, list the other options that exist.

Special driving considerations[edit]

A List of special things to be careful of (i.e. Unsigned speed bumps, abnormal road rules, people or animals on the road, etc.).
List any roads that are not recommended to drive for safety or other security reasons.

Security advisories and information[edit]

Camping in Qatar[edit]

Describe if organized "pay" camping is common. List the facilities commonly found at these campsites.
List the approximate average price range of camping in organized campgrounds.
Also discuss the possibility of "wild" or "roadside" camping. How common is it? Is it considered safe, or a bad idea.

Camping guide books[edit]

List and link to books specifically for camping.

==Drinking water== Dinking water should be bought in bottled form. The tap water is "safe" to drink but may not have to correct electrolyte or pH balance. Electrolyte problems are common in Qatar and contribute to increased risk of cardiac problems care must be taken to stay hydrated with quality water. Describe if the regular tap water is safe to drink. If not, describe where safe water can be purchased and the approximate average price range.

=Navigation= The best navigation to use in user updated applications such as "Waze." The country has lost of contraction in many areas and road closures are often done with little notice. Some road closures may take well over a year to finally be re opened as very large new roads are being placed. ==Paper maps== I would not recommend paper maps as the road layouts change often in Qatar. Google maps will give you a rough idea about road layout but is not be reliable. Reise Know-How are amoung the best paper maps. Purchase paper maps before arriving in Qatar

Saudi Arabia 1,800,000 Travel Map, Waterproof, Gps-com...
Saudi Arabia 1,800,000 Travel Map, Waterproof, Gps-com...
by Reise Knowhow
From $12.95 on Amazon
Qatar And Doha City Travel Reference Map (internationa...
Qatar And Doha City Travel Reference Map (internationa...
by ITMB Publishing
From $11.69 on Amazon
Doha (qatar) - Wink Travel Guide
Doha (qatar) - Wink Travel Guide
by Wink Travel Guide
From $9.90 on Amazon

GPS Maps of Qatar[edit]

Review different GPS companies, quality and coverage (Tomtom, Garmin, OSM, Tracks4Africa). Tomtom and Garmin both work well but expect that even the most up to date GPS will be confused with the new roads and traffic patters being built. (with links to each).

GPS co-ordinates for camping, propane, gas, repairs, etc. in Qatar[edit]

  • iOverlander is a website and iPhone application designed by Overlanders, for Overlanders. It contains GPS co-ordinates and reviews for camping, hotels, propane, water, mechanics, borders and much more.

Link to sites that have a list of GPS co-ordinates (or directions) for camping locations (including "wild" campsites), propane filling, gas stations, repair shops, places of interest, etc.

Special Overland Travel interests[edit]

List any special items / places that are popular with Overlanders

Vehicle Maintenance[edit]


4x4s / Trucks


Local Garages[edit]

Add known good mechanics here.

Buy or sell a car or motorbike in Qatar[edit]

Describe how a foreigner can buy a vehicle. List any difficulties or limitations on where the vehicle can be driven.

Describe how a foreigner can sell a foreign-plated vehicle, or list not possible.'


Links to the source of any information - blogs or discussion forums, etc.

  1. 1.0 1.1 World petrol prices, gas prices, diesel prices|MyTravelCost.com

Helpful External links[edit]

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